Back to listJan 25, 2010

SGI-USA Holds SGI Leaders Study Conference


From January 22-25, SGI-USA hosted a SGI Leaders Study Conference at the Florida Nature and Culture Center in Weston, Florida. Some 190 representatives from North, Central and South America converged at the conference center, together with Soka Gakkai Study Department Leader Masakki Morninaka.

During the four-day conference, Mr. Morinaka lectured on three essential writings of Nichiren — "Letter to Jakunichi-bo," "On Repaying Debts of Gratitude," and "The Strategy of the Lotus Sutra"—based on SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's essay series, "Learning from the Writings: The Hope-filled Teachings of Nichiren Daishonin."


In his lecture, Mr. Morinaka clarified how the shared commitment of mentor and disciple is key to the philosophy of Buddhist humanism. In a message, Mr. Ikeda wrote that by studying Nichiren's writings, one can develop the power and ability to greatly propel forward the movement for world peace. Mr. Morinaka commented that "A genuine disciple sees and learns from the mentor's actions and then determines to walk the same path of action."


He commented further that, "Genuine Buddhism pulsates in one's actions which cherish the dignity of life. Mr. Morinaka stated that "Letter to Jakunichi-bo" conveys the image of a mentor who is imbued with the expectation that his disciple will strive alongside him. He also quoted second president of the Soka Gakkai Josei Toda saying, "Ours is a struggle of human revolution—a struggle to overcome our own lack of concern for others and awaken the compassion of the Buddha."

[Adapted from an article in the February 5, 2010, issue of the World Tribune, SGI-USA; photos courtesy of Victor Golden]