SGI-Russia Holds Training Course in Austria
On February 21 and 22, 2009, SGI-Russia held a training course at the SGI-Austria Culture Center in Vienna, Austria, in preparation for September 8, 2009, the 35th anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's first visit to Russia (then USSR) in 1974. Together with SGI representatives from East European countries, some 35 SGI-Russia members led by SGI-Russia leaders Takeshi Yamakawa and Mariko Yashiki attended. Participants came from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod and the easternmost city of Vladivostok. Previous SGI-Russia training courses were held at SGI-UK's Taplow Court Grand Culture Center in May 2007 and at SGI-Germany's Villa Sachsen Grand Culture Center in March 2008.
This year's course included the study of Mr. Ikeda's recent lecture on Nichiren's writings, a question and answer session and group discussions. SGI-Russia members resolved to further dedicate themselves for peace in their country through dialogue based on the life-affirming philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism. SGI-Europe Vice Chair Yoshio Nakamura and SGI-Europe Vice Women's Leader Kimiko Brummer, both SGI-Russia advisors, attended.
[Adapted from an article in the March 3, 2009 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]