SGI members in Sierra Leone Organize Buddhist Seminars
From March 20-21, 2010, SGI members in Kenema, Sierra Leone, held a seminar on Nichiren Buddhism, with some participants traveling by bus for six hours from as far away as the capital, Freetown.
The meeting included a question and answer session that provided participants with opportunities to ask about the humanistic philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism and engage in dialogue.
The gathering also commemorated March 16, 1958. On that day, at a meeting with 6,000 young people, Josei Toda, the second president of the Soka Gakkai, conveyed his hope for the youth of the Soka Gakkai to advance the cause of world peace. Shortly after that memorable day, Mr. Toda passed away on April 2, 1958.
In 2009, SGI members organized three similar seminars in Sierra Leone. The first focused on the history of Nichiren Buddhism and the peace, culture and education activities of SGI. Some 30 attended. The second seminar, with 42 participants, explored Buddhist concepts such as the oneness of life and its environment, the ten worlds and the law of cause and effect, while the third, with 57 in attendance, looked at the relationship between the mentor and the disciple as it relates to the practice of Buddhism.
In response to reports on the successful seminars, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent his congratulations to the members for their dedicated efforts. SGI-Sierra Leone members are committed to advance in their practice of Buddhism and work for the betterment of society.
[Adapted from an article in the April 5, 2010, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photo courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]