Back to listJun 17, 2012

SGI-Finland Members Deepen Buddhist Study

SGI-Finland membersSGI-Finland members at the study session

SGI-Finland members gathered in Helsinki on June 16 and 17 to participate in study sessions on Nichiren Buddhism.

SGI-Europe Secretary General Kazuo Fujii attended as a guest speaker and gave a talk on Nichiren's writing titled "The Four Debts of Gratitude," a letter written during his exile in the Izu Peninsula. The recipient of the letter was Nichiren's disciple Kudo Yoshitaka, the lord of Amatsu in Awa Province--in modern-day Chiba Prefecture.

Mr. Fujii stressed that the spirit of gratitude and appreciation is key to developing a life of victory. In closing, SGI-Finland Chapter Leader Marjatta Valkama encouraged all those present at the study session to value their lives and what they have to offer to society. Based on the teachings of Nichiren Buddhism, she called on each person to wholeheartedly contribute to the betterment of their environment, be it the workplace, community or at home.

[Adapted from an article in the July 24, 2012, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photo courtesy of SGI-Finland]