The SGI Philippines YMD High School Division held its annual training course on May 27 and 28, 2017 at the Grand Culture Center in Tagaytay City. A total of 32 participants joined the session. One of the topics discussed was “Young Phoenix: Take Flight into the Future”, based on the novel of Sensei Ikeda, The New Human Revolution. It focused on the life of Sensei Ikeda in his youth, the hardships he had to overcome, and the importance of the practice of Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism. Recreational activities and small group discussions were also held to enhance the camaraderie between the participants.

          Each high school division member shared his conviction and future dreams. One member related his plan to study at Soka University in Japan in the future and another set his goal of becoming a professional basketball player. These young phoenixes are the ones who will be the future leaders in the achievement of kosen-rufu. President Ikeda stated: “My young friends, who are burning with seeking spirit as you challenge your studies through the rough waves of life, are the treasures of the Soka Gakkai. I am counting on you to put the finishing touches on kosen-rufu!”