SGI Celebrates Men's Division Day Around the World
SGI men around the world celebrated Soka Gakkai Men's Division Day on August 24--the day SGI President Daisaku Ikeda joined the Soka Gakkai at the age of 19. The Men's Division itself was founded on March 5, 1966.
In the Philippines, some 1,300 SGI members celebrated the occasion by holding general meetings throughout the country on August 14 and 21. They deepened their understanding of Buddhism through studying the writings of Nichiren, which clarify the fundamental teachings expounded in the Lotus Sutra. Participants also shared how their Buddhist practice has helped them improve their lives.
In Christchurch, New Zealand, a men's meeting was held on August 20. This was particularly significant as many SGI meetings have been canceled or postponed due to the aftereffects of the large earthquake which shook the city on February 22. The city is still in the process of demolishing some buildings in the city center that were destroyed by the quake.
At the meeting in Christchurch, participants read words of encouragement from Mr. Ikeda and strengthened their determination to make utmost efforts toward restoring the community. Meetings were also held in Wellington on August 21 and Auckland on August 27 and 28.
[Adapted from an article in the August 30, 2011, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photos courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]