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Celebrating 50 Years of the Byakuren Group

Across the country, 340 young women join the young women's training group.

Columbus, Ohio. Photos by Odette Chavez-Mayo, Deepanjan Das, Chuck Gomez, Laura Hamm, Hoss McBain, Jolie Tea.


by Nozomi Kanai
SGI-USA BYAKUREN LEADER

Throughout July, the SGI-USA young women’s division members celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Byakuren Group[1]On July 8, 1966, the Byakuren Group (a young women’s training group dedicated to supporting SGI activities behind the scenes) was established by third Soka Gakkai President Daisaku Ikeda, who envisioned its members as great leaders of the 21st century. by holding induction and graduation ceremonies across the nation, refreshing and deepening their vow for kosen-rufu with SGI President Ikeda to protect the members and SGI citadels.

Dallas, Texas.
Dallas, Texas.

As a result, 340 young women were inducted into the two-year behind-the-scenes training and support group. And carrying on the spirit “Once a Byakuren, We Are Always Byakuren,” 120 others graduated, pledging to continue seeking their mentor’s heart, no matter where they go.

The ceremonies also included the bestowal of the Byakuren Gold Pin to some 200 Byakuren members for helping a friend receive the Gohonzon this year.

President Ikeda writes: “When we strive with the same spirit as our mentor, we will never be deadlocked. Asking ourselves what our mentor would do, mustering all our wisdom and strength to respond to our mentor’s hopes—that spirit is what awakens the state of a lion king within us and gives rise to the courage to triumph over every difficulty and challenge” (August 2016 Living Buddhism, p. 44).

In this spirit, as proud Byakuren members, we are determined to advance kosen- rufu with our mentor by challenging our own human revolution, while humbly serving the members and fighting for the happiness of others, always, from behind the scenes.

Chicago, Ill.
Chicago, Ill.

 

Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C.

 

Boston, Mass.
Boston, Mass.

 

Los Angeles, Calif.
Los Angeles, Calif.
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1. On July 8, 1966, the Byakuren Group (a young women’s training group dedicated to supporting SGI activities behind the scenes) was established by third Soka Gakkai President Daisaku Ikeda, who envisioned its members as great leaders of the 21st century.