SGI-Haiti Leader is Guest Speaker on National Radio Program
On September 26, 2008, SGI-Haiti Chapter Leader Niaud Pierre appeared on “Eduquer la Cite,” a radio program run by the National Radio of Haiti (Radio Nationale d’Haiti), at the request of the program's host Aristide Vauban. Mr. Pierre was asked to introduce how the SGI and its members view issues Haiti is currently facing, such as poverty and environmental destruction, based on the practice of Nichiren Buddhism.
For nearly one hour, Mr. Pierre shared Buddhist concepts such as the "ten worlds" or ten potential states or conditions that a person can manifest or experience and the "oneness of self and environment," the principle that life and its environment are inseparable at the most profound level. He also introduced "human revolution," the SGI's core ideal in which a profound inner transformation that results in development of one's greater self is then reflected positively in one's environment.
The radio station received favorable feedback from numerous listeners who were encouraged by the hope-filled teachings of Nichiren Buddhism. In response, on October 24, Mr. Pierre reappeared on the program. He was also a guest on another FM radio program on October 23.
On October 5, SGI-Haiti hosted a Buddhist seminar in the suburbs of Port-au-Prince, Haiti's capital. Some 25 SGI members and their friends attended and discussed the philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism.
[Adapted from an article in the November 19, 2008 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]