Discussion Meeting Tradition Continues Throughout Japan
At monthly discussion meetings during July 2008, Soka Gakkai national and regional leaders attended meetings in their respective locales throughout Japan. The discussion meeting is a tradition that began with the Soka Gakkai's inception.
National Women's Leader Asami Mitsui participated at a meeting of Wakakusa District, Chiba, on July 9. Following a presentation by young women on the significance of July 3 and 17 in Soka Gakkai's history, Megumi Nakajima reported on how she triumphed over adversity based on her daily Buddhist practice. Ms. Mitsui spoke about the importance of challenging to expand trust and friendship through one-on-one dialogue.
On the same day, Soka Gakkai Chugoku Region Leader Koji Shinohara joined a meeting of Aida District in Hiroshima and National Youth Division Leader Yoshinori Sato attended a meeting at the Soka Gakkai Edogawa Culture Center in Edogawa, Tokyo.
On July 10, Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada held a question and answer session during the Yumai District meeting in Koganei City, Tokyo. Mr. Harada explained how SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's tireless efforts to construct peace through dialogue have now resulted in the SGI and Mr. Ikeda being recognized by leading figures throughout the world. Mr. Harada encouraged everyone to contribute to lasting peace by developing trust and friendship in their respective communities.
On the same day, members of Oji 1 District in Osaka welcomed Kansai Region Leader Yuji Nishiyama at their discussion meeting. A men's chorus sang and six representatives shared how they developed their ability to engage in heartfelt dialogue. Referring to the need to foster capable people for the future, Mr. Nishiyama emphasized that leaders must be the first to challenge their own growth to create an atmosphere in which everyone can freely develop their unique capabilities. He also encouraged the members to advance with the "ever victorious" spirit of Kansai. "Ever victorious" has been a motto used by Soka Gakkai members in Kansai since the 1950s.
[Adapted from articles in the July 10 and 11, 2008 issues of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]