In this issue
Black History Month Celebrations in February
Winning in Faith and in Life by Clinton JonesPacoima, Calif. In 1990, SGI President Ikeda bestowed upon me the Soka Sports Award for my accomplishments as a professional football player. Over the next 15 years, three members of the 1965 and 1966 Michigan State national championship teams were inducted into the Hall of Fame, including
Let’s Create an “America of Capable People”
SGI Women’s Leader Yumiko Kasanuki on the mission of leaders to foster capable people. Aiming toward the 100th anniversary of the Soka Gakkai’s founding, I would like to make a vow together with all of you to grow together as leaders and as human beings. With this determination, SGI Women’s Leader Yumiko Kasanuki began the
Creating a Brilliant Galaxy of Capable People
The following are excerpts from SGI President Ikeda’s speech at the Soka Gakkai Headquarters Leaders Meeting held on Sept. 5, 2001. These excerpts were featured in a video of the speech that was shown during the 45th Soka Gakkai Headquarters Leaders Meeting of the New Era of Worldwide Kosen-rufu, held on Jan. 11 in Tokyo.
“To the Bright Suns of Kosen-rufu”
Kicking off the Year of Advancement and Capable People, SGI Women’s Leader Yumiko Kasanuki and SGI Vice Women’s Leader Kayo Maeta traveled from Jan. 22–28 to the U.S., attending meetings in New York and Los Angeles, as well as a women’s conference at the Florida Nature and Culture Center in Weston, Florida (see pp. 5,
Celebrating 30 Years of the SGI-USA’s Rebirth
In February 1990, SGI President Ikeda cancelled his trip to South America to extend his visit to the United States at a critical juncture for the American organization. During his 17 days in Los Angeles, he attended general meetings and training sessions in which he especially focused on fostering youthful successors. In his guidance, he
Check It Out
Kosen-rufu Blossoms Along the Silk Road in Kazakhstan
In a historic first, SGI discussion meetings were conducted in the country of Kazakhstan. In this sparsely populated nation, which shares borders with China and Russia, members determined to finally meet despite having to travel long distances. The first gathering was held in celebration of Soka Gakkai Day last May 3 with five SGI members
The Third of the Three Powerful Enemies
Buddhism teaches that as the forces of the Buddha increase to awaken more people to lasting happiness, powerful enemies will try to disrupt this noble effort. Rather than incite fear, this teaches that when we face opposition while spreading Buddhism, we can be confident that we are on the right path. The Lotus Sutra teaches
New Members Meeting
We face many challenges in a multicultural nation. What is the best way to live in such a diverse society?
During a question-and-answer session at the Nagano Training Center in Nagano Prefecture, Japan, on Aug. 7, 1992—the summer following the 1992 Los Angeles riots— SGI President Ikeda responded to this question from SGI-USA Culture Department members. This is from a report published in the Aug. 31, 1992, World Tribune, p.4. Your question is very important.
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Practicing Buddhism as People of African Descent
Seats are available for the SGI-USA Practicing Buddhism as People of African Descent Conference, to be held Sept. 18–21, at the Florida Nature and Culture Center in Weston, Florida. The conference is open to all SGI-USA members (must be at least 16 years of age and submit a minor consent form). For more information, contact