Study Sessions on Nichiren's Writings in Malaysia and Thailand
Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) held Buddhist study sessions at the SGM Culture Center on May 19-20. In total, more than 2,000 people participated in lectures given by SGI-Asia Study Department Chief Masaaki Morinaka.
SGM Study Department Chief Tan Kok Leong spoke about the importance of understanding the mentor and disciple relationship when studying Buddhism. He also encouraged people to apply what they learn within the family and workplace and to actualize their goals.
From May 21-22, SGI-Thailand held study sessions at the SGI-Thailand Thonburi Center in Bangkok. Four sessions were held, led by SGI Study Department Vice Chief Haruo Suda. In total, 3,400 people attended, of whom some 600 were youth.
Mr. Suda introduced one of Nichiren's writings entitled "The Two Kinds of Faith," in which Nichiren encourages his followers to have faith like flowing water--never stagnating but always moving forward.
[Adapted from an article in the May 26, 2011, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photos courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]