New Commemorative Hall Opens at Soka Gakkai Malaysia's Grand Culture Centre
Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) held a festival commemorating the 80th anniversary of Soka Gakkai's founding on December 5, at the SGM Headquarters in Cheras, Selangor.
SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a message congratulating members on their meeting and shared his hope that SGM members always value a spirit of creating harmony.
SGI Women's Leader Kayoko Asano and SGI General Director Yoshitaka Oba traveled from Japan to attend. Their remarks focused on the importance of each member challenging to strengthen their wisdom and compassion through their practice of Nichiren Buddhism.
SGM also celebrated the official opening of a newly-designed permanent exhibition hall that comprised three floors of the 12-story SGM Grand Culture Centre in Kuala Lumpur. The new space showcases Mr. Ikeda's photographs as well as exhibition panels depicting SGI's activities promoting peace, culture and education.
Among the guests at the festival were Tan Sri Dato' Azman Hashim, Pro-Chancellor of Open University Malaysia; Tan Sri Dato' Seri Arshad Ayub, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the University of Malaya; and Tan Sri Professor Emeritus Dato' Dr. Ismail Hussein, President of The Federation of National Writers Associations of Malaysia.
Speaking at the event, Tan Sri Arshad expressed his belief that although knowledge is valuable, having wisdom is most important. He stated that he considers Mr. Ikeda to be an example of a man of wisdom. He remarked that the three founding presidents of Soka Gakkai have dedicated their lives to creating world peace, prosperity and happiness, based on a shared, deep respect for all life.
[Adapted from an article in the December 14, 2010, issue of Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photos courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]