Back to listMay 28, 2008

Students from National University of Singapore Visit SSA Headquarters

080528x_ssa_interfaith2.jpg Students from the National University of Singapore with SSA youth

On May 28, 2008, some 20 students from the National University of Singapore (NUS) University Scholars Programme (USP), led by Associate Professor Syed Farid Alatas, head of Malay Studies Department at the NUS, visited the Singapore Soka Association (SSA) Headquarters. Their visit is a part of USP's program on interreligious and interfaith dialogue that encourages students to engage in a wide range of activities beyond the classroom, both overseas and locally, and to learn about different cultures and religions.

SSA Young Men's Leader Leonard Koh introduced SSA's activities as well as the SGI's principles as outlined in its charter. During a question and answer session with SSA leaders, students heard that the essence of Nichiren Buddhism lies in each individual manifesting his or her innate potential and thereby taking on any challenges in life. Students also gained insight into the humanistic ideals of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda through watching Another Way of Seeing Things, a short film based on Mr. Ikeda's essay about British historian Arnold Toynbee and the need to challenge prejudiced ways of viewing "others." The NUS students commented they were impressed with the message that true dialogue begins with an "inner dialogue" through which we overcome our own prejudices and stereotypes.

080528x_ssa_interfaith.jpg NUS students led by Associate Professor Alatas (extreme right) take a commemorative photo with SSA representatives

[Adapted from an article in the June 11, 2008 issue of the SSA Times, Singapore Soka Association]