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Celebrating SGI-USA Women’s Day in the District

Photo by Sanya Lu.

On Feb. 27, 1990, women from across the country joined Ikeda Sensei and Kaneko Ikeda, SGI honorary women’s leader, for the First SGI-USA Women’s Division Meeting, held at the former Soka University of America campus in Calabasas, California. At the meeting, Sensei delivered his timeless guidance “Buddhism Is the Clear Mirror That Reflects Our Lives” (see February Living Buddhism, pp. 12–21 for full speech), in which he states: “Chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo is what polishes our life. Not only do we undertake this practice ourselves, we also endeavor to teach others about the Mystic Law so that the mirror of their lives shines brightly, too” (My Dear Friends in America, third edition, p. 96).

Feb. 27, which is also Mrs. Ikeda’s birthday, is now recognized as SGI-USA Women’s Day. 

Every year, the women of America commemorate this day by renewing their vow to become happy and help others do the same by widely sharing Buddhism in their communities. 

This month, women are encouraged to spread hope in their local communities by holding “orchid-room dialogues,” with friends, family and guests, and inviting them to a February discussion meeting.

For more information, please contact your local leaders.

Prepared by the World Tribune staff 

Feb. 3, 2023, World Tribune, p. 4

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