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Back to listOct 2, 2011

Celebrating SGI's World Peace Day

SGI-Mexico members SGI-Mexico members

This year marks the 51st anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's first visit overseas on October 2, 1960, in an effort to help share the teachings of Nichiren Buddhism with people around the world and thereby contribute to building lasting peace.

During the months of September and October, SGI members around the world celebrated this symbolic day, also known as World Peace Day, in their local areas.

On October 2, at their regular monthly World Peace meetings in various locations across the country, SGI-Canada members celebrated the 51st anniversary of SGI President Ikeda's inaugural trip to Canada in October 1960.

The meetings included the reading of a message that Mr. Ikeda had written to the SGI-Canada youth on September 12, 2011. In his message, Mr. Ikeda asked each youth member to develop into a person with an expansive heart and expressed his hope that each of them would "loom large as great sages in the service of justice."

The meetings also included the sharing of faith-based experiences and cultural presentations.

In Mexico City, SGI members held a general meeting on September 21, celebrating the anniversary of Mr. Ikeda's visit to Veracruz City in 1996, where he presented a poem he had written to the members. At the meeting on September 21, a plaque with Mr. Ikeda's poem was unveiled.

Similarly, in Peru, SGI members also held a national leaders' meeting, where some 800 people gathered at the SGI-Peru Culture Center on September 18.

[Adapted from articles in the September 23, October 1 and 2, 2011, issues of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photo courtesy of  Seikyo Shimbun]