Throughout Europe SGI Members Vow to Work for Peace
SGI-Germany young women members attended training sessions at the Villa Sachsen Grand Culture Center in Bingen, Germany, from October 8-10. Participants deepened their understanding of Buddhism through studying Nichiren's writings and also through sharing with one another their experiences of applying Buddhism in their daily lives. At the meeting, women renewed their determination to work for the betterment of society and planted an apricot tree on the grounds of Villa Sachsen to commemorate their gathering.
From September 30 to October 3, SGI-Sweden held leaders training sessions at SGI-UK's Taplow Court Grand Culture Center. SGI-Sweden General Director Fredrik Hultman and SGI-Sweden Women's Leader Marion Lindblom encouraged participants to take full responsibility in advancing world peace. During the training sessions, SGI members from Sweden held cultural exchange meetings with SGI-UK members at 17 local discussion meetings.
In Iceland, SGI members held autumn training sessions near Reykjavik from September 24-26. SGI-Europe Chair Hideaki Takahashi delivered a lecture on Nichiren's writing titled "The Heritage of the Ultimate Law of Life" (WND, p.216-219). Members learned about the value of unity and the importance of taking full responsibility for their lives. Although SGI members in Iceland have been affected by the economic crisis and the recent volcanic eruption in their country, they have strengthened their determination to work for the betterment of society.
[Adapted from an article in the October 26, 2010, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photo courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]