SGI-Peru Leaders and Youth Look to the Future
On September 24, 2008, some 650 SGI-Peru leaders gathered at the SGI-Peru Culture Center in Lima, Peru. SGI-Peru Women's Leader María Eugenia Fernádes Loayza announced activities for the remainder of the year and asked everyone to make the most of their November discussion meetings. Participants studied "On Attaining Buddhahood in This Lifetime," one of Nichiren's writings, and representatives gave activity reports. SGI-Peru General Director Carlos K. Shima expressed his congratulations on the publication of the Spanish translation of The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin and emphasized the importance of actively engaging with Nichiren's teachings and applying his timeless wisdom to one's daily life.
On September 14, nearly 270 junior high and high school members gathered at the SGI-Peru Culture Center. SGI-Peru Young Women's Future Division Leader Joanie Carríon Zapata encouraged those attending to have big dreams for their lives and not underestimate their potential. Representatives read excerpts of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's poem dedicated to youth and others shared their goals for 2010, the 80th anniversary of Soka Gakkai's founding. SGI-Peru Youth Leader Juan Manuel Fuentes Díaz called on the youthful participants to become people who give courage to their friends and are appreciative of their parents. The meeting included a screening of a video titled The Cherry Tree, an animated version of Mr. Ikeda's children's story of the same name.
Student group meetings were held on September 13 and October 11 and included a report of the SGI's antinuclear exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit" held in Peru and a question and answer session. SGI-Peru Young Women's Student Leader Nancy Bernuy Trevejos expressed her hope that each member would develop his or her capability and contribute to the development of Peruvian society.
[Adapted from an article in the November 7, 2008 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]