One Europe With Sensei!

2017 Youth Training Course Report.

Photo: Seikyo Press.

Europe is composed of 50 countries, with many languages, cultures, customs and borders, but as the new SGI-Europe song indicates, the members remain “one Europe with Sensei,” united as a force for peace.

Toward November 18, 2018, the fifth anniversary of the opening of the Hall of the Great Vow for Kosen-rufu, the youth are determined to lay the groundwork for a united, peaceful continent. Here are reports from representatives of several European countries.

United Kingdom’s “Generation Hope”

In response to recent terrorist attacks in the U.K., the youth of SGI-UK decided to hold “Encouraging Dialogue” campaigns to use the Buddha’s wisdom, courage and compassion to talk with as many people as possible about the practice and philosophy of SGI Nichiren Buddhism. As a result, they have held dialogues with over 45,000 people in the U.K. this year alone!

To commemorate the 60th anniversary of March 16, Kosen-rufu Day, in 2018, SGI-UK will hold “Generation Hope,” a gathering of 6,000 young agents of change who are determined to transform the society in which they live. SGI-UK Young Men’s Leader Koichi Samuels expressed his determination to rise above the challenges of society and create a new generation of hope by combating ignorance and hatred with dialogue and compassion. By November 18, 2018, their goal is to increase their membership to 18,000 to respond to SGI President Ikeda’s call to increase the network of Bodhisattvas of the Earth in the U.K.

French Youth Lead A Surge in
Discussion Meeting Attendance 

Chairperson of the European Youth Committee Kiyoshi Ozawa and SGI-France Young Women’s Leader Lio Collias at the SGI Training Course, September 2017. Photo: David Witkowski.

President Ikeda once encouraged the members of France that, when they increased their discussion meeting attendance, they could change their country. In accord with their mentor’s guidance, SGI-France is fighting to increase their discussion meeting attendance toward November 18, 2018. The student division members are especially challenging themselves to share Buddhism with their friends on campus, which has resulted in a surge of young people learning about the SGI and its message of hope and peace.

Spain Holds Its First Monthly
Youth General Meetings

For the first time, Spain began holding monthly youth division general meetings this year in over 72 locations, gathering more than 1,200 youth from throughout the country. From February to July, these monthly meetings created a great groundswell of youth standing up for kosen-rufu in their respective organizations.

For the second half of 2017, the youth are focused on deepening their study of SGI Nichiren Buddhism to ensure that the youth have a solid foundation in faith.

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