Founding of Soka Gakkai Women's Division Celebrated Worldwide
In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Soka Gakkai Women's Division, SGI members around the world held meetings to mark the occasion.
On June 19, women from SGI-Nicaragua held a meeting with the theme "Women's Roles in Modern Society," at the SGI-Nicaragua Culture Center in Managua. The meeting included small group discussions where participants dialogued with each other about the theme.
In Colombia, women held local district meetings where they discussed the role of women in advancing peace. At one such meeting held on June 12, over 60 attended. Leading up to the meetings, participants deepened their understanding of Buddhism through studying Nichiren's writings and learning about the Buddhist concept of "human revolution" or inner transformation. On the day of the meetings, the women shared what they had learned through their study with their small discussion groups and renewed their determination to help promote the Buddhist ideal of respecting the dignity of all life, for the sake of the future.
In New Zealand, women held a celebratory meeting at the SGI-New Zealand Wellington Center on June 19. Her Excellency Lady Susan Satyanand, wife of New Zealand's 19th Governor-General, Rt. Hon. Sir Anand Satyanand, attended as a guest speaker and expressed her appreciation for SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's emphasis on the importance of women and trust in their capabilities.
Christchurch, New Zealand, was hit by a large earthquake on June 13, following the February 22, 2011, earthquake. Although affected by the earthquake, SGI members held a general meeting on June 18 to renew their determination to not be defeated in the face of the crisis and to always remember the "treasures of the heart"--the source for indestructible victory and happiness in each person's life.
[Adapted from an article in the July 6, 2011, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photos courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]