Fourth Latin America Study Session on Nichiren Buddhism Held in Brazil
From April 10-12, 2009, the fourth Latin America Study Session on Nichiren Buddhism was held at the SGI-Brazil (BSGI) Dr. Daisaku Ikeda Culture Center and the BSGI Culture Center in São Paulo, Brazil. Some 2,100 gathered from 12 countries throughout Central and South America--Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.
Participants studied the humanistic principles of Nichiren Buddhism with SGI Study Department Chief Katsuji Saito. On the first day of the session, Mr. Saito lectured on Nichiren's writings "The Three Kinds of Treasure" and "Conversation between a Sage and an Unenlightened Man," citing a passage that states, "More valuable than treasures in a storehouse are the treasures of the body, and the treasures of the heart are the most valuable of all" (The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol. 1, p. 851). He spoke about how one's practice of faith and the "treasures of the heart" are the source for indestructible victory and happiness throughout the three existences of past, present and future.
[Adapted from an article in the April 21, 2009 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]