Leaders from 60 Countries and Territories Gather in Japan for SGI General Meeting
On November 14, 2009, Soka Gakkai's monthly leaders meeting coincided with the SGI general meeting held at the Tokyo Makiguchi Memorial Hall in Hachioji, Japan, commemorating the Soka Gakkai's 79th anniversary (November 18, 1930). SGI President Daisaku Ikeda attended along with Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada, SGI General Director Yoshitaka Oba, SGI Women's Leader Kayoko Asano and 250 SGI members from 60 countries and territories.
At the meeting, Mr. Harada expressed his appreciation for the members' contributions to creating lasting peace. In anticipation of study exams on Nichiren Buddhism to be held throughout Japan on November 29, he encouraged those with more experience to nurture newer members so that they would surpass them, fully expressing their capabilities. Furthermore, he emphasized the importance of one-to-one dialogue and shared his wish for everyone to live cheerfully and be victorious in life.
In his speech, Mr. Ikeda stated that Nichiren Buddhism, which is based on compassion and bringing forth profound respect for the dignity inherent in life, is a philosophy that can create positive changes in society. He encouraged everyone to continuously strive to learn and grow throughout life, based on the shared commitment between mentor and disciple.
In the build-up toward the 80th anniversary of the Soka Gakkai, Mr. Ikeda expressed his desire that members would expand their abilities and friendships, opening a path to victory.
[Adapted from articles in the November 13 and 14, 2009, issues of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photo courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]