Thailand Youth Blossom as the Hope of Asia

From the 2017 Youth Training Course.

The SGI-Thailand members have been working hard to coexist harmoniously with people who practice other prominent forms of Buddhism in their country, and never to create a conflict based on differing Buddhist beliefs.

Toward that end, SGI-Thailand this year hosted an exhibition produced by the SGI in collaboration with the Institute of Oriental Philosophy titled “The Lotus Sutra—A Message of Peace and Harmonious Coexistence.”

As a result, SGI-Thailand has welcomed over 124,000 visitors from throughout the country to view the exhibit, including monks from Theravada Buddhist schools who came to study the Buddha’s teachings on the Lotus Sutra.

The exhibition was a resounding success in promoting a better understanding of the teachings of the Lotus Sutra and the practice of the Soka Gakkai’s philosophy of Buddhist humanism.

Based on President Ikeda’s recent messages, SGI-Thailand is united toward increasing its youth membership to 50,000 by November 18, 2018. Some of the main activities toward their goal are:

1. Find youth members who practice with their families but are not included on SGI-Thailand’s membership list.

2. Home visit the youth toward their youth general meetings to be held this December.

3. Encourage active youth to bring their friends to meetings.

4. Increase youth leadership to ensure that each member is well supported in his or her Buddhist practice.

With a current membership of about 37,000 youth, 50,000 may seem like a challenge, but the SGI-Thailand youth, united in purpose, are determined to achieve their goal to respond to their mentor, no matter what, and blossom as the hope of Asia.

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