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SGI-Spain Representatives Participate in Interfaith Symposium in Barcelona

SGI-Spain General Director Enrique Caputo speaks at an interfaith symposium in Barcelona

On February 11, 2008, a series of symposiums titled "Crossroads of Religious Beliefs 2007-2008--The Future of Planet Earth" was held at the SGI-Spain Culture Center in Barcelona. The Interreligious Center of Barcelona (CIB), affiliated with the Barcelona City Council, organized the event in support of the United Nations' 2008 International Year of Planet Earth. At each event, representatives from various religious organizations in Barcelona presented activity reports and held question and answer sessions with local residents. SGI-Spain General Director Enrique Caputo attended the symposium on Bahá'í and Buddhsim, representing Buddhist organizations in the city. Participants included Juan R. Villaverde, from the Bahá'í Community of Barcelona and representatives from Christian organizations and the Buddhist Communities Federation of Spain.

Mr. Caputo introduced the Buddhist concepts of dependent origination and the oneness of self and environment, based on SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's lecture titled "Mahayana Buddhism and 21st Century Civilization" delivered at Harvard University in 1993. The oneness of self and environment reveals that life and its environment are essentially one at the most fundamental level, and therefore individuals, by transforming their own lives, can influence and change their environment. Mr. Caputo stated that concepts such as these provide us with great insight and demonstrate that the future of our planet depends on us. Jordi Puig, religious sociologist and a member of CIB, expressed his appreciation for the SGI's wide-ranging activities for peace and for SGI members who are each striving to have a positive influence on their surroundings.

[Adapted from a report from SGI-Spain and an article in the April 11, 2008 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Japan]