Back to listNov 5, 2011

Conference on Buddhism Held in Catalonia

At the St. Augustine Convent Civic Center in BarcelonaAt the St. Augustine Convent Civic Center in Barcelona

On November 5, a conference was held at the St. Augustine Convent Civic Center in Barcelona, Spain, on the theme of alleviating suffering from a Buddhist perspective. The event was coordinated by the Buddhist Association Joint Committee of Catalonia. Speakers at the event included an array of Buddhists working in the fields of medicine, psychology and social services. They shared how their practice helps them in their professional fields to care for and interact with people and patients on a daily basis. SGI member Dr. Amparo del Pino Gutiérrez gave a talk on SGI's Buddhist concepts and principles.


Dr. Gutiérrez, professor of the Department of Nursing at Barcelona University, explained the concept of "human revolution," how illness and karma are viewed from a Buddhist perspective and the connection between nursing and Buddhism. Referencing SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's book titled Unlocking the Mysteries of Birth and Death and his essays on Florence Nightingale, Dr. Gutiérrez noted that, from the standpoint of Buddhism, human beings have an innate force or power which can help them to overcome sickness. 

[Adapted from a report from SGI-Spain; photos courtesy of SGI-Spain]