SGI-Russia Members Meet in Moscow and St. Petersburg
On June 6, 2008, SGI-Russia members in St. Petersburg gathered for their monthly discussion meeting, sharing how they have challenged to overcome their daily hardships based on their Buddhist practice. Together they deepened their understanding of Nichiren Buddhism through discussing the Buddhist view on life and death. Participants also celebrated June 6, the anniversary of the birth of first Soka Gakkai President Tsunesaburo Makiguchi (1871-1944) as well as that of the great Russian poet Aleksandr Pushkin (1799-1837).
In Moscow, members of SGI-Russia's Southeast and Southwest Districts held a combined prayer meeting on June 8 to study the spirit of mentor and disciple. Each participant resolved to challenge their own "human revolution," an inner transformation reflected as positive change in one's outward circumstances, with their practice of Nichiren Buddhism as a foundation.
Both meetings were attended by Soka Gakkai Vice President Kosaku Eto who held question and answer sessions. Mr. Eto encouraged everyone to cultivate happiness in Russian society based on their determined prayers and their own personal development.
[Adapted from an article in the June 17, 2008 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]