Back to listOct 26, 2009

2009 SGI Youth Autumn Training Session in Tokyo

091023sgi_yd_start.jpg At the opening ceremony

From October 22-26, 2009, 200 SGI youth members from 50 countries participated in an autumn leadership training course in Tokyo, Japan. The opening ceremony and welcome took place at the Soka International Friendship Hall in Sendagaya, on October 22.

At the initial meeting, several appointments were made. Naoki Nishi was appointed SGI Youth Leader, Seiichiro Harada was appointed SGI Young Men's Leader and Takahisa Miyao was appointed SGI Student Leader. Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada encouraged everyone to strengthen their bonds of unity, based on a shared commitment of mentor and disciple. Representatives from Cote d’Ivoire, Spain and Indonesia relayed their personal experiences of their practice of Nichiren Buddhism.

On October 23, a study session was held with SGI Study Department Vice Leader Masaaki Morinaka at the Tokyo Makiguchi Memorial Hall in Hachioji. Mr. Morinaka lectured on Nichiren's writing "On the Buddha's Prophecy" and encouraged the youth leaders to apply the humanistic ideals of Nichiren Buddhism in their daily lives.

091026sgi_yd_exchange_mtg.jpg At Fujisawa Culture Center in Kanagawa

On October 25, members from USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand participated in an exchange meeting with Soka Gakkai members at Fujisawa Culture Center in Kanagawa. Masayuki Shida spoke about how he overcame illness and strengthened his resolve to work for peace through his Buddhist practice.

On October 26, SGI young women from 50 countries gathered for a general meeting at the Soka Young Women's Center in Shinanomachi. SGI-USA Young Women's Leader Vinessa Shaw and Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) Young Women's Leader Landy Lin spoke about youth activities in their respective countries, including invididual efforts to foster friendship and community based on dialogue.

[Adapted from articles in the October 23, 24, 26 and 27, 2009, issues of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photo courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]