Study Sessions on Nichiren Buddhism Held in India, Indonesia and Singapore
On March 21-22, 2009, Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai (BSG) held study sessions on Nichiren Buddhism with SGI Study Department Chief Katsuji Saito at Siri Fort Auditorium and the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) auditorium in New Delhi. Some 3,000 members from across the country participated in the sessions which centered on Nichiren's writings, including "The Object of Devotion for Observing the Mind" and "Lessening One's Karmic Retribution."
In his lecture, Mr. Saito elaborated on the meaning of "the object of devotion for observing the mind" and "juji-soku-kanjin (embracing the Gohonzon is in itself observing one's own mind)." Questions and answers followed the lecture. The sessions provided the participants with a valuable opportunity for furthering their understanding of Nichiren Buddhism.
On March 28-29, some 700 Soka Gakkai Indonesia (SGI-Indonesia) members attended a study conference at SGI-Indonesia Headquarters in Jakarta. At the same time, a youth gathering and leaders' training session took place. Some 2,600 Singapore Soka Association (SSA) members attended a study session on March 29-30 at the SSA Headquarters.
SGI-Asia Study Department Chief Masaaki Morinaka led both sessions, basing his talks on SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's lecture series "Learning From The Gosho: The Hope-filled Writings of Nichiren Daishonin." Mr. Morinaka explained that the SGI has been correctly practicing Nichiren Buddhism, which can be considered orthodox Buddhism. He also noted that the study of Nichiren Buddhism based on a spirit of shared commitment of mentor and disciple is fundamental to achieving victory in one's life.
[Adapted from an article in the April 7, 2009 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]