Back to listApr 15, 2012

Buddhist Study Sessions Held in the Philippines, Australia and Brazil

SGI-Philippines Culture CenterAt the SGI-Philippines Culture Center

In the month of March and April, SGI organizations around the world held study sessions focused on deepening understanding of the writings of Nichiren and key Buddhist concepts.

In the Philippines, over 400 SGI members attended lectures given by SGI Study Department Vice Chief Masaaki Morinaka at the SGI-Philippines Culture Center in Manila on March 25 and 26. Participants studied SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's lecture on Nichiren's writing titled “Hell Is the Land of Tranquil Light.” The latter was written in 1274 to the widow of Nanjo Hyoe Shichiro, who had sent gifts to Nichiren on the tenth anniversary of her late husband’s death.   

Mr. Morinaka commented on how Nichiren encouraged her by explaining that no matter what one's life condition may be at present, through one's strong determination one can give rise to the highest, most noble state of life. Nichiren emphasized that every person has the capability of attaining Buddhahood in one's present form and acquiring the four virtues of eternity, happiness, true self and purity.

Members study in BrazilMembers study in Brazil

From April 13-15, Mr. Morinaka also spoke at the SGI-Australia Culture Center, where participants studied in depth Nichiren's writings “On Attaining Buddhahood in This Lifetime” and “The Workings of Brahma and Shakra.” A study session was also held at the SGI-Australia Melbourne Center on April 15.

In Brazil, the seventh SGI Latin American Study Session on Nichiren Buddhism was held at the SGI-Brazil (BSGI) Dr. Daisaku Ikeda Culture Center in São Paulo from April 6-8. Some 2,600 people gathered from 10 countries which included Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.

SGI Study Department Chief Katsuji Saito spoke on three of Nichiren's letters: “The Object of Devotion for Observing the Mind,” “The Selection of the Time” and “Letter to the Brothers.” These letters stress themes such as the mentor and disciple relationship and the value of working together for shared goals.

All study sessions included question and answer sessions with participants.

[Adapted from articles in the April 13, 23 and May 2, 2012, issues of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photos courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]