Buddhist Study Seminars Held in India
From February 13-14, 2010, Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai (BSG) held study seminars on Nichiren Buddhism at two locations in India. SGI Study Department Chief Katsuji Saito attended as a guest lecturer.
On February 13, two sessions were held at the National Cooperative Union of India in New Delhi. Some 600 attended. Mr. Saito opened with a discussion of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's lecture on Nichiren's writing, "The Opening of the Eyes," and an explanation of the benefits received when one practices as Nichiren taught.
On February 14, around 1,600 gathered at the Soka Bodhi Tree Garden in New Delhi for a second day of seminars. Mr. Saito lectured on Nichiren's writing, "On Benefits in Buddhism," and spoke about using one's Buddhist practice to break through self-imposed limitations and develop one's life, referred to as "human revolution" by second Soka Gakkai president Josei Toda. Mr. Saito went on to say that human revolution can be further described as a fundamental inner transformation whereby one breaks through the shackles of the "lesser self" bound by self-concern and ego, and develops altruism and a "greater self" capable of caring and taking action for the sake of others.
Mr. Saito encouraged participants to draw forth from their lives their innate potential and contribute to the betterment of society.
[Adapted from an article in the February 22, 2010, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photo courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]