SGI-UK Members Strengthen Interfaith Understanding at Jubilee Celebration and Buddhist Convention
On October 10, SGI-UK members from the London borough of Camden joined civic celebrations marking the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II hosted by the mayor of Camden. The ceremony took place at St. Mary Magdalene Church and included a procession, renditions from the choirs of three local schools and readings and music from Muslim, Christian, Jewish, and other faith communities. An excerpt from SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's introduction to The Record of the Orally Transmitted Teachings, a compilation of notes on Nichiren's lectures on the Lotus Sutra recorded by his disciple Nikko, was also read.
Meanwhile, members from Manchester represented SGI-UK at the Manchester Buddhist Convention at Saint Peter's Chaplaincy on October 13. The convention, which is organized by the Manchester University Buddhist Society and has been held annually since 2008, brings together Buddhist monks and nuns, lay Buddhist practitioners and people who are interested in Buddhism from North West England. The theme of the convention was "The Buddha in Our Midst." At the session introducing the practice of Nichiren Buddhism, the film Our Shared Humanity was screened and four SGI-UK members shared experiences highlighting the impact of the practical application of Buddhist concepts such as Earthly Desires are Enlightenment, Changing Poison into Medicine, and the mentor and disciple relationship.
[Adapted from articles in the November 7, 2012, issue of the SGI-UK Online News Bulletin; photos courtesy of Wooi Seng Voon and SGI-UK]