SGI-Europe Holds Summit Meetings
From January 15-17, 2010, approximately 200 representatives from 28 European countries attended the SGI-European Summit at the SGI European Center in Trets, France. In a message, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and Mrs. Kaneko Ikeda encouraged the participants to have strong conviction, emphasizing the importance of resolute prayer in bringing about victories in their daily lives. They conveyed their hope that SGI-Europe members will make fresh advances through prayer based on the shared commitment of mentor and disciple and unity based on "many in body, one in mind."
During the summit, it was announced that discussion meetings would be held at 7,200 venues in 30 countries during May, 2010, which commemorates the 50th anniversary of Mr. Ikeda's inauguration as the third Soka Gakkai president (May 3, 1960).
Also during the event, upcoming study activities in SGI-Europe countries were announced. SGI-Europe will hold a summer study conference in 2010, with the aim of nurturing the next generation of leaders. In autumn and winter, study exams on Nichiren Buddhism will be held in over 18 countries.
At the opening and closing ceremonies of the summit, SGI-UK Young Men's Leader Manuel Fernandez and SGI-Spain Youth Leader Pablo Juarez each reported on various SGI activities taking place within their countries. SGI-Europe Chair Hideaki Takahashi encouraged everyone to triumph over their obstacles with strong conviction. He also stressed the need to expand the solidarity of those desiring lasting peace in the world.
On January 14, a SGI-Europe Youth Summit took place, led by SGI-Europe Youth Summit Chair Daiki Nakamoto.
[Adapted from an article in the January 22, 2010, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photo courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]