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“Let's Create a New History of Victory!”

SGI-USA Men’s Division Celebrate their 50th Aniversary


Armed with the motto “Let’s Create a New History of Victory!” 7,500 “Golden Pillars of American Kosen-rufu” gathered across the country—in such places as San Juan, Puerto Rico; Anchorage, Alaska; and Albuquerque, New Mexico—to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the men’s division. SGI President Ikeda established the group on March 5, 1966. The celebrations included many Gohonzon conferrals and empowered the men to return to their original prime point and vow with President Ikeda to become “a model of faith” for the SGI (March 2016 Living Buddhism, p. 14).

SGI-USA Men’s Leader Cliff Sawyer said that the meetings were exciting and successful because of the great efforts of the men to encourage one another through one-to-one home visitations and dialogues. Mr. Sawyer added: “We are determined to continue the movement of member care and are inspired by President Ikeda’s expectation of our noble role for kosen-rufu.”