SGI-Korea Holds Study Sessions on Nichiren Buddhism
From May 18-19, 2009, SGI-Korea held study sessions on Nichiren Buddhism at the SGI-Korea headquarters building in Seoul. Some 1,200 SGI-Korea representatives attended the conference. SGI Study Department Chief Katsuji Saito traveled from Japan and lectured on several of Nichiren's writings.
On May 18, representative leaders from the Seoul metropolitan area studied "Reply to the Lay Priest of Ko" from Nichiren's writings. The letter concerns the spirit of repaying one's debt of gratitude and the sincere attitude of the Lay Priest of Ko and his wife, who had risked their lives to protect Nichiren when he was living in exile on Sado Island. In his remarks, Mr. Saito encouraged the participants to follow the path of shared commitment of mentor and disciple throughout their lives. He spoke about Nichiren's followers on Sado who persevered in their strong faith, always seeking encouragement from their mentor. On May 19, SGI-Korea women members from the Seoul metropolitan area and youth representatives held meetings to study one of Nichiren's many letters to his follower Shijo Kingo.
[Adapted from an article in the June 11, 2009 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]