Back to listMar 17, 2012

SGI Youth Members Celebrate March 16

SGI-New Zealand members in AucklandSGI-New Zealand members in Auckland

In the month of March, SGI youth members around the world held meetings to celebrate March 16--known as "Kosen-rufu Day" or "World Peace Day." It was on March 16, 1958, that Josei Toda, second president of the Soka Gakkai, made an impassioned speech to 6,000 young people, entrusting them with the responsibility for the future of the Soka Gakkai and its efforts to contribute to the creation of a peaceful world and promote understanding of the humanistic philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism.

SGI members in SwitzerlandSGI members in Switzerland

On March 4, SGI-New Zealand held a World Peace Day meeting in Auckland. In Switzerland, celebrations were held in Zurich, Bern and Basel.

In Canada, meetings took place around the country from March 10-17. At one such gathering held at the SGI-Canada Vancouver Culture Center on March 10, there were some 450 youth participants. Performances included a variety of dance and songs from Japanese drums to hip-hop dance.

SGI-Canada Vancouver Culture CenterAt the SGI-Canada Vancouver Culture Center

SGI-Canada Youth Leader Judy Lu gave a talk in which she emphasized that from the Buddhist perspective the purpose of life is to lead fulfilled lives and to become truly happy. She said that through practicing Nichiren Buddhism one is able to polish and expand one's heart and find the strength to overcome any obstacle. Small group discussions followed where youth discussed their practice and studied the history and teachings of Nichiren Buddhism.

[Adapted from articles in the March 18 and 25, 2012, issues of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photos courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]