Latin America Study Session Held in Brazil
From April 2-4, 2010, the fifth Latin America Study Session on Nichiren Buddhism was held at the SGI-Brazil (BSGI) Dr. Daisaku Ikeda Culture Center and BSGI Peace Auditorium in São Paulo, Brazil. Some 2,000 gathered from 12 countries throughout Central and South America, including, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.
Participants studied SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's lectures on Nichiren's writings, "The Opening of the Eyes""The True Aspect of All Phenomena" and "The Heritage of the Ultimate Law of Life." Lectures were given by SGI Study Department Chief Katsuji Saito and interpreted into Portuguese and Spanish.
Mr. Saito spoke about the three presidents of the Soka Gakkai and their shared commitment to promote world peace based on the teachings of Nichiren. Mr. Saito encouraged participants to live in accordance with Nichiren's philosophy and as true disciples.
SGI-Brazil members had an opportunity to deepen their Buddhist study by participating in the Elementary-Level and Level 2 Buddhist study exams that were administered at 320 venues throughout Brazil on March 21 Approximately 15,000 members participated. The exams focused on Nichiren's writings titled "The Three Kinds of Treasure" and "On Attaining Buddhahood in This Life Time." Examinees were also questioned on the history of the Soka Gakkai.
[Adapted from an article in the April 11, 2010, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photo courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]