SGI-Cuba and SGI-Costa Rica Members Celebrate Anniversaries
In June 2008, SGI-Cuba and SGI-Costa Rica each celebrated the 12th anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's first visit to their countries.
Mr. Ikeda visited Cuba on June 24, 1996, at the invitation of Cuba's Ministry of Culture. He met with then Cuban President Fidel Castro and discussed educational and cultural exchanges as ways of building peace. On June 26, he visited Costa Rica and met with then President José María Figueres Olsen. Mr. Ikeda also met with local SGI members and encouraged them to become exemplary citizens based on their daily practice of Nichiren Buddhism.
SGI-Cuba was officially incorporated as a religious organization in January 2007 and members there have continued to gain trust and friendship in society. On June 22, SGI-Cuba members met for their general meeting in Havana where SGI-Cuba General Director Adelmo Díaz Torres encouraged the participants to be peacebuilders in their respective communities.
On the same day, SGI-Costa Rica held a general meeting at the SGI-Costa Rica Culture Center in San José. A representative shared her joy of realizing a harmonious family based on her practice and study of Nichiren Buddhism. Members of the boys and girls group contributed to the meeting with a dance performance. SGI-Costa Rica General Director Kiichi Ayukawa praised the untiring efforts of the members and expressed his desire to create a new era of peace in Costa Rica based on the unity of "many in body and one in mind."
[Adapted from an article in the July 3, 2008 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]