YOUTH DIVISION STUDY CONFERENCE

Manila International Peace Center, April 8,2018

 

From April 6 to 8, the SGI-Philippines Study Conference was held at PCC and MIPC, and it was attended by more than 800 members in total. Mr. Nobuo Fukase, SGI Study Department vice leader, was assigned to the study conference in the Philippines for the first time.From April 6 to 8, the SGI-Philippines Study Conference was held at PCC and MIPC, and it was attended by more than 800 members in total. Mr. Nobuo Fukase, SGI Study Department vice leader, was assigned to the study conference in the Philippines for the first time.

The topic for the “Lecture for General Membership” was “On Establishing the Correct Teaching for the Peace of the Land.” Citing various writings of Ikeda Sensei, Mr. Fukase emphasized that the peaceful society would be possible if we start the change from ourselves, and that our dialogues with our friends should not be the cause of argument or competition over which side is right or wrong; rather it is crucial to believe in the limitless potential of the dialogue partner. 

On April 8, the second Youth Division Study Conference was held at MIPC and youth members from Metro Manila and neighboring provinces attended in high spirits.  Aside from the same topic as the lecture for general membership, “On Establishing the Correct Teaching for the Peace of the Land,” the youth members studied “On the Five Seasonal Festivals” from the perspective of “mentor and disciple.” After the lecture, members raised such questions as “How can we encourage our members who are not yet active in the Gakkai activities?” or “Why do we possess the Buddha nature in our lives?” 

Ikeda Sensei sent his heartfelt message to the study conference, saying: “This study conference is the world’s foremost gathering where you learn together the world’s foremost life philosophy of Nichiren Daishonin, the original Buddha in the Latter Day of the Law.” 

Now is the time for all members of SGI-Philippines to deeply engrave the humanistic philosophy of Nichiren Daishonin expounded and elaborated by Ikeda Sensei through his writings and lectures, and impart courage and hope in the hearts of our friends and family members.