SGI-Cambodia Holds First National Leaders Training Course
On April 27, 2008, SGI-Cambodia held its first national leaders' training course at the SGI-Cambodia Culture Center in Phnom Penh, Cambodia's capital. Over 100 representatives from throughout the country participated in the course, with one member traveling 360 kilometers from Bantey Meanchey Province, and another, 290 kilometers from Battambang Province.
Centered on the notion of "shouldering responsibility," the course began with panel presentations on various topics, such as leadership, taking care of members, strengthening faith and prayer and the importance of study. This was followed by small group exchanges during which participants discussed various aspects of their Buddhist practice.
The training course was also an opportunity to reflect on the past six years since the opening of the SGI-Cambodia center in 2002, as well as to express appreciation to the pioneer members for their dedicated efforts that enabled SGI-Cambodia to achieve its current development.
The meeting concluded with the participants making a pledge toward the next 50 years, which included challenging their own personal development; fostering humanistic leaders; actualizing the basics of "faith, practice and study"; valuing and respecting each person's life, including one's own, while inspiring hope; and strengthening the spirit of the shared commitment of mentor and disciple.
[Adapted from an SGI-Cambodia report and an article in the June 4, 2008 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photos courtesy of SGI-Cambodia]