Members in Dominican Republic, Fiji and Uganda Celebrate May 3
On May 1, SGI-Dominican Republic held meetings throughout the country in commemoration of May 3, Soka Gakkai Day. One such meeting took place at the SGI-Dominican Republic Culture Center in Santo Domingo. SGI-Dominican Republic General Director Pedro Familia shared his deepest condolences for those suffering following the March 11 earthquake in Japan and for victims of the January 12, 2010, earthquake in Haiti.
Mr. Familia also remarked that he learned a great deal about faith through watching people in Japan and Haiti stay strong in the face of great obstacles. He also talked about SGI-Dominican Republic's relief efforts following the earthquake in Haiti.
On April 17, SGI members from the Dominican Republic and Haiti gathered at the Peace Bridge Center in Dajabón City, Dominican Republic, for an exchange meeting. One young man spoke about how he has grown from his struggle to cope with his best friend's death following the Haiti earthquake. Other participants told how their practice of Nichiren Buddhism helped transform their lives for the better.
In Nandi City, Fiji, SGI members also celebrated May 3 and offered prayers for earthquake victims. SGI members in Suva City, Fiji, also held a May 3 commemorative meeting on May 8.
[Adapted from articles in the May 13 and 14, 2011, issues of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photos courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]