Memorial Equinox Services Held at Soka Gakkai Centers and Memorial Parks
On March 21, 2010, the day of the spring equinox, Soka Gakkai centers and memorial parks throughout Japan held prayer services for the repose of deceased family members and friends.
SGI President Daisaku Ikeda led a solemn service at the Tokyo Makiguchi Memorial Hall in Hachioji. On the same day, Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada attended a service at the Hachioji Peace Auditorium.
Mr. Harada shared a passage from The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol. 1, titled "On Offerings for Deceased Ancestors," and expressed his belief that making efforts to advance world peace based on Buddhist humanism exemplifies a spirit of repaying one's debt of gratitude to parents and friends. He asked everyone attending to lead lives of justice alongside their mentor and to build a solid life in which they realize true happiness.
On March 20, visitors celebrated the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the Fuji Cherry Nature Memorial Park in Shizuoka Prefecture. To date, some 10,000,000 have visited and offered prayers since the park was opened 30 years ago.
[Adapted from an article in the March 23, 2010, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photo courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]