SGI Women Celebrate Soka Gakkai Women's Division Day
On June 2, 2008, representative Japanese members met for a nationwide WD leaders' meeting at Soka International Friendship Hall in Sendagaya, Tokyo. The recorded meeting was broadcasted to Soka Gakkai centers throughout Japan on June 5 and 6. The meeting included a message from SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and Mrs. Kaneko Ikeda in which they lauded WD members' dedicated, unselfish efforts for the prosperity of society, which would enable them to achieve lives filled with happiness and victory. Also it was noted that former UN Under-Secretary-General Anwarul Chowdhury highly recognizes Soka Gakkai women's grassroots activities as the best example of actualizing a "culture of peace."
At the meeting, two women shared how they conquered family strife and children's illnesses, respectively, based on their Buddhist practice. Soka Gakkai Women's Leader Asami Mitsui and President Minoru Harada also attended and offered encouragement.
Some 80 SGI-Norway women met on May 31 in Bergen as well as on June 1 in Oslo. SGI-Europe Vice Women's Leader Kimiko Brummer led a study session based on Mr. Ikeda's lecture on "Reply to Sairen-bo," the third installment in his series "Learning from the Gosho: The Hope-filled Writings of Nichiren." From May 15-June 1, over 2,700 SGI-Canada women participated in commemorative meetings at some 90 venues throughout the country. On June 7, SGI-Panama women representatives met in Panama City. Following a study of Nichiren's writings, participants enjoyed a performance of traditional dances and songs. SGI-Panama held commemorative meetings in each chapter through June 22.
[Adapted from articles in the June 4 and 20, 2008 issues of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]