SGI Europe Youth Take Initiative for World Peace
SGI members throughout Europe have been commemorating the 50th anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's first visit to Europe in 1961 with meetings in local areas.
On January 29, SGI-Netherlands youth members held a general meeting at the SGI-Netherlands Culture Center in Zeist. New SGI-Netherlands youth leaders were appointed: Young Men's Leader Tadamoto Isogai, Student Group Leader Tijmen Gijtenbeek and Young Women's Leader Sara Bouman. In addition to the newly formed Youth Performance Group, the creation of the Wisdom Group, a youth study group, was announced.
On February 13, SGI-Belgium young men and women held meetings at the SGI-Belgium Culture Center in Brussels. Representatives shared how their practice and study of Buddhism has positively transformed their daily lives and personal relationships. The youth also used the occasion to renew their personal vow to take responsibility for actualizing a peaceful society through engaging in dialogue and building trust within their communities.
[Adapted from an article in the February 25, 2011, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photos courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]