Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai Holds Youth Leaders Training Course
On March 29-30, 2008, Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai (BSG) held a youth training course at the Soka Bodhi Tree Garden in a suburb of New Delhi. The event commemorated the 50th anniversary of March 16, 1958, a significant day in SGI's history when second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda, just weeks prior to his death, met with 6,000 Soka Gakkai youth. He bequeathed to them his deeply held mission of creating lasting peace and individual happiness based on the humanistic life philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism. Some 1,000 youth attended, including representatives from Nepal and Sri Lanka. Participants discussed the oneness of mentor and disciple, a key tenet of Nichiren Buddhism. They also studied SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's lecture on "Reply to Sairen-bo," the third installment in his series "Learning from the Gosho: The Hope-filled Writings of Nichiren." Several youth shared how they have gained trust and deepened friendship in their communities through dialogue.
[Adapted from an article in the April 25, 2008 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photo courtesy of Bharat Soka Gakkai]