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Why Do We Celebrate Women in February?

Commemorating the 65th anniversary of Soka Gakkai Women’s Day.


“My sole desire for women’s division members is that they become the happiest people in the world.”

Twenty-six years ago, on Feb. 27, 1990, SGI President Ikeda opened the First SGI-USA Women’s Division Meeting with these enduring words (My Dear Friends in America, third edition, p. 92).

His guidance that day, titled “Buddhism Is the Clear Mirror That Reflects Our Lives,” became the eternal starting point for the women of America. He then named Feb. 27—Mrs. Ikeda’s birthday— SGI-USA Women’s Day.

“My sole desire for women’s division members is that they become the happiest people in the world.”

In his touchstone guidance, President Ikeda used the analogy of mirrors to speak about the correct attitude in faith. He said in particular: “There is a Russian proverb that says, ‘It is no use to blame the looking glass if your face is awry.’ Likewise, your happiness or unhappiness is entirely the reflection of the balance of good and bad causes accumulated in your life. You cannot blame others for your misfortunes. In the world of faith, it is necessary to realize this all the more clearly” (p. 100). He drove home the Buddhist perspective of the oneness of life and its environment, emphasizing each person’s individual human revolution as the tangible means to change one’s life.

This February, the SGI-USA women and young women around the country will take the lead in their district discussion meetings to commemorate SGI-USA Women’s Day based on the annual theme, “Happiness and Peace Start With Me!” Then in June, to commemorate the 65th anniversary of Soka Gakkai Women’s Day, the SGI-USA women will hold dialogue meetings, always renewing their prime point with their mentor.