SGI-UK Women Members Hold Spring Training Course
SGI-UK women members held a spring training course from May 5-6 in Leicestershire. SGI Europe Women's Leader Sakae Takahashi described the development of SGI in Europe over the years. She noted that 2011 marks the 50th anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's first visit to Europe in 1961. At the time, there were only eight members in Europe, a number which has now grown to over 100,000.
Encouraging members to envision a Europe 50 years from now, Mrs. Takahashi spoke of the changes that had occurred in the European political landscape since that time, including the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the role that dialogue played in making that possible. She also shared a portion of Mr. Ikeda's message sent to the SGI-European Women's Division general meeting held in May: "Those who are never defeated by hardships or obstacles in life are truly happy and victorious."
SGI-UK Women's Leader Suzanne Pritchard gave a talk in which she highlighted the importance of taking responsibility for our lives, believing in one's unlimited potential and taking action to prevail over hardships.
During the course, SGI-UK National Advisor Barbara Cahill was presented with flowers in recognition of her efforts and contribution to SGI-UK's development over the years.
At another event, which took place at SGI-UK's Taplow Court Grand Culture Centre in Berkshire on May 7, Mrs. Takahashi shared her experience of practicing Buddhism for 55 years. She also joined SGI Europe Vice Women's Leader Michiko Samuels and SGI-UK Young Women's Leader Lisa Cowen in answering questions from over 80 young women members in a question and answer session.
[Adapted from an article in the May 18, 2011, issue of the SGI-UK Online News Bulletin, SGI-UK; photo courtesy of Kaori Ando]