SGI-Korea Holds General Meetings for Men's, Women's and Student Groups
On February 28, 2010, SGI-Korea men gathered for a general meeting at the Daejeon Culture Center in Daejeon, South Korea. Approximately 1,200 attended.
SGI President Daisaku Ikeda conveyed a message to participants, calling on them to become "golden pillars of trust and security" in their communities. The event included formal announcement of newly created men's volunteer groups. One group will be responsible for maintaining SGI-Korea facilities. The second group was created for those who deliver SGI-Korea's organ newspaper, the Hwakwang Shinmun. SGI-Korea General Director Yeo Sang Rak encouraged the men in attendance to live with vitality and create their personal victories this year.
On February 23, an SGI-Korea Women's Leaders Meeting was held at the Daejeon Culture Center. Mr. Ikeda also sent a message, calling on the women to become "suns of courage and peace." He especially acknowledged the mothers that were attending, referring to them as "mothers of world peace."
Several women related their own stories of how, with their practice of Nichiren Buddhism, they were able to transform their families and their communities for the better. For one woman, this included deepening her understanding of what it means to be a disciple as well as broadening her state of life so she could take action for the sake of other people's happiness.
In March, SGI-Korea's Student Group held general meetings at venues in the provinces of Jeju, North and South Gyeongsang and Daejeon.
On March 1, at the meeting held at the SGI-Korea Student Group at Daejeon Culture Center, new student group members were welcomed. The event included dances, a skit and a presentation of Mr. Ikeda's 2010 Peace Proposal, titled "Toward a New Era of Value Creation." Some 1,100 attended.
SGI-Korea Student Group Leaders Gyu-Chang Yang and Myoung-Hee Choi encouraged the students to put their intellect into action and work towards creating a culture of peace, including sharing the philosophy of Buddhist humanism within their schools.
[Adapted from an article in the March 25, 2010, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photo courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]