Back to listNov 15, 2009

SGI-Korea Youth and Men Gather Throughout the Country

091217korea_youth.jpg SGI-Korea youth members

On November 15, 2009, SGI-Korea youth members attended general meetings based on a theme of realizing true victory in one's life through a lifelong spirit to learn from one's mentor. Meetings were held at 124 venues throughout South Korea.

Over 10,000 young men and women participated, including many college students. The events provided opportunities for the youth to reflect on and make personal goals and determinations to become courageous and capable individuals for the sake of the future.

SGI-Korea Youth Leader Yang Myung Jun spoke about the importance of having a mentor for developing one's life and becoming successful in the community, at school and at work.

From November 14-15, 2009, SGI-Korea men met at the SGI-Korea Jincheon Training Center in Hoseo Region to deepen their understanding of Nichiren Buddhism and to manifest the Buddhist concept of "faith equals daily life." Approximately 140 people attended. Representative members reported on activities in their local SGI organizations. SGI-Korea Study Department Chief Jung Doo Byung called on each member to steadily develop their lives through study, a core component of the Buddhist practice.

SGI-Korea Vice General Director Woo Taik Duek shared SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's recent speech in which he talks about the Chinese character for the number "eight" symbolizing "to open." With the 80th anniversary of the Soka Gakkai's founding in 2010, Mr. Woo Taik Duek mentioned that the coming year is a great opportunity for people to expand their lives in a big way and open new paths. In conclusion, Mr. Woo Taik Duek encouraged members to become people of sincerity and through dialogue deepen their capacity to care for others.

[Adapted from articles in the December 17 and 19, 2009, issues of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photo courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]