SGI Youth in Eastern Europe Strengthen Study of Buddhism
From March 31 to April 1, a youth seminar was held in Rovinj, Croatia. Members also attended from neighboring Slovenia. The youth deepened their understanding of the shared ideal of mentor and disciple of actualizing peace in their communities and on a global scale.
On April 11, SGI members from throughout Eastern Europe gathered for the first East Europe Youth Training Session held at the SGI-Austria Culture Center in Vienna. Participants gathered from eight countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Serbia and Slovenia.
First, SGI President Ikeda's message congratulating participants on the holding of the historic meeting was shared.
Following words of welcome from SGI Europe Youth Committee Chair Tae Takahashi, SGI Europe Women's Leader Suzanne Pritchard then spoke on Mr. Ikeda's lecture series on Nichiren's writings, in particular on the letters addressed to Nichiren's disciple Shijo Kingo. Topics covered included the fundamentals of faith, the mentor and disciple relationship and how to lead a truly happy life.
On April 14, SGI-Czech Republic members gathered in Prague to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the creation of the first SGI chapter in the country. The meeting included the sharing of faith-based experiences by representative members and encouragement from Suzanne Pritchard. A video created by the youth members recounting the history of SGI in the Czech Republic was also shown.
[Adapted from articles in the April 27 and May 14, 2012, issues of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photos courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]