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SGI World Peace Day Celebrated Around the World

101008czech_commemorating_oct2.jpg SGI members in the Czech Republic

On October 2, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and Mrs. Kaneko Ikeda attended a ceremony in Tokyo to pay tribute to their mentors Tsunesaburo Makiguchi (first president of Soka Gakkai) and Josei Toda (second president of Soka Gakkai). Mr. and Mrs. Ikeda also offered prayers for the well-being of SGI members around the world and the attainment of world peace.

The day marked the 50th anniversary (October 2, 1960) of Mr. Ikeda's first steps in spreading Nichiren Buddhism outside of Japan, which were subsequently followed by travels throughout the world toward fulfilling this endeavor.

In the five decades since, Mr. Ikeda has led the development of the SGI into an organization that encompasses 12 million practitioners in 192 countries and territories. To date, he has visited 54 countries and territories.

SGI members worldwide also celebrated the 50th anniversary of SGI World Peace Day by holding commemorative meetings.

In Japan, the Soka Gakkai's International Department held a general meeting at the Soka International Friendship Center in Sendagaya, Tokyo, on October 2. Following welcoming words and a faith-based experience from one Soka Gakkai member, SGI youth members living in Japan and part of Soka Gakkai's Tokyo International Group performed a song entitled "I Arise" whose theme is about youth taking responsibility for the advancement of world peace with the same commitment as their mentor.

SGI members in Austria commemorated SGI World Peace Day at the SGI-Austria Culture Center in Vienna on October 5. Approximately 150 attended the meeting. In his message, Mr. Ikeda conveyed his deepest respect to all SGI-Austria members and for their efforts to contribute to peace.

In Peru, SGI members held a national headquarters meeting at the SGI-Peru Culture Center in Lima on September 26. SGI-Peru General Director José Juárez Salazar encouraged those attending to embody a youthful spirit and open new paths of peace through earnest prayer and heartfelt dialogue.

Similarly, SGI members in the Czech Republic commemorated the date by gathering on September 11. The small meeting allowed for heartfelt exchanges among those attending.  

101003chile-sgi.jpg SGI members in Chile

[Adapted from articles in the October 3 and 8, 2010, issues of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photos courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]