Bharat Soka Gakkai Holds District General Meetings
Bharat Soka Gakkai (BSG) held district general meetings at 970 venues throughout India from May 7-8. At the meetings, participants also celebrated May 3, which is Soka Gakkai Day and Soka Gakkai Mother's Day. Including guests, approximately 40,000 people took part in the meetings around the country.
SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a message for the district meetings, encouraging participants to make fresh determinations toward the 100th anniversary of the Soka Gakkai's founding in 2030. At many of the gatherings, BSG members spoke about the importance of raising capable youth for the sake of a peaceful future.
One such district meeting took place on May 8 in Kolkata. When the district was formed six months earlier, there were about 50 members but no youth members. Since then, the district has doubled in size and 21 youth regularly take part in district activities.
At the Kolkata meeting, members shared how their Buddhist practice and support and encouragement from local members helped them overcome problems. One member described overcoming a serious illness, while another spoke about gaining trust at his workplace through challenging to overcome his own weaknesses and bringing forth his inherent positive potential.
On May 8, members met in Kulu, located in northern India among the foothills of the Himalayas. Participants, some traveling more than two hours to attend, were able to deepen their understanding of the significance of May 3 and the shared commitment of mentor and disciple.
[Adapted from an article in the May 24, 2011, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photos courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]