HK-SGI Gymnastic Group

May 7, 2008

Performance at the Hong Kong Olympic Torch Relay Ceremony’s opening.

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Towards May 3rd, Soka Gakkai Day

April 27, 2008

SGI President Ikeda’s Essay
The Deepest of Commitments
By HO GOKU

Recalling the 1951 inauguration of Josei Toda as president of the Soka Gakkai: ‘True unity is the joint struggle of courageous individuals who share and put into action the stand-alone spirit,” writes SGI President Ikeda, under the pen name of Ho Goku. “In such unity lies the key to achieving the unprecedented undertaking of kosen-rufu.”

That day, an intrepid lion arose. On May 3, 1951, Josei Toda was inaugurated as the second Soka Gakkai president. A mighty roar for the propagation of Buddhism — for the sake of world peace and the happiness of all humanity — reverberated across the land: “I will give my life for the propagation of Buddhism! I vow to convert, through my own efforts, 750,000 households during my lifetime!”

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Towards Chapter Friendship Gathering!

April 17, 2008

We held our Chapter/ District leaders meeting today. 🙂

We learn that the heart is the most important.
心为切要。


In order to win in any battle,
1. Be in the same heart and mind as our mentor (师弟不二的精神).
2. Have the stand alone spirit (一人立起的精神).
2. Have the never-be-defeated spirit (不败的精神).

When giving encouragement to fellow members, let’s remember to:
1. Share with our hearts
2. Give hope
3. Base on teachings of faith


Also, check out Chapter Friendship Gathering (also on sidebar navigation)!

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Ikeda Sensei says, “Soka Gakkai members, who strive valiantly to fulfill their precious missions in their own ‘corner of the land’ day after day, year after year, illuminating all around them with the light of the Mystic Law, are the supreme treasures of the nation. This is no more noble treasure in the world than a person of strong faith.”

The Buddha, Geoff and Me

April 9, 2008

The Buddha, Geoff and Me by Edward Canfor-Dumas

Get your hands on this novel! Highly recommended by those who’ve already read it!

If you have a review of this book to share, please use the comment section of this entry. 🙂

The Buddha, Geoff and Me (Click on link for book details.)

3.16 Victory!

April 9, 2008

Tremendous victories created over the span of 3 days until March 16th!
For more updates on the happenings of 3.16 in Singapore, lookout for the SSA Times Issue 319.

Meanwhile, read Speech by Minister for Foreign Affairs George Yeo at the Youth for Peace Interfaith Symposium, 16 March 2008.

Counting Down to Kosen-rufu Day

March 10, 2008

It’s 6 days to March 16th! The YMDs are still going all out to touch lives through their 5000 homevisits, and the YWDs are still opening hearts and forming friendships through the 20,000 dialogues!

To pay depths of gratitude to our mentor, let’s gear up and run this final lap with strength, courage and cheerfulness!
There is only one choice– to WIN.
Let’s employ the strategy of the Lotus Sutra! 🙂

For more on the youth action in preparation for the big day, visit the
Official SSA Youth 3.16 Weblog @ http://ssayth316.wordpress.com/

Also check out the March 2008 issue of the Creative Life: “Day of Immortal History: March 16”.

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“Buddhism teaches that the mind encompasses the entire universe. When we change our innermost state of mind, our whole being changes, and this affects the world in which we live. This is the teaching of the oneness of life and its environment, and the principle of a single life-moment possessing three thousand realms… Everything starts with a strong determination.”

– Daisaku Ikeda


First SKC Youth Leaders Meeting

February 24, 2008
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Towards 3.16 Kosen-rufu Day

February 19, 2008

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the upcoming March 16, Kosen-rufu Day!
The SSA Youth Division plans to commemorate March 16 by holding a three-tier programme:

1) SGI Asia Youth Exchange
– Exchange with SGI youth representatives around the region

2) 3.16 Commemorative Meeting
– Peace declaration by youth representatives from different countries
– Opening of SGI exhibition, “From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit”
– Cultural performances

3) First Youth for Peace Interfaith Symposium @ Singapore Expo
– “Humanising Religion: Creating Peace.” (This theme is adopted based on the title of President Ikeda’s 2008 Peace Proposal).
– Guest-of-Honour: Foreign Minister George Yeo
– Inter Religious Organizations’ (IRO) youth representatives
– Sharing of the efforts for peace by various religious organizations
– Promote interfaith initiative and bring about inter-religious understanding and harmony in Singapore.

(Source: SSA Times, Issue 312.)

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Let’s learn together! 🙂

Link: Articles by Daisaku Ikeda and Rika Hagiyama

 

Mr. Toda’s Birthday on 11th Febuary 1900

February 11, 2008

Excerpts from A Youthful Diary” by Ikeda Sensei – On Feb 11th (Toda Sensei’s Birthday)

1951
Visited Mr.Toda’s home at 6.00. He began 2nd stage of his lecture…. Determined all the more to advance towards kosen-rufu with my teacher…. Today was Mr.Toda’s birthday. Sadly reflected that I did not offer him my best wishes.

1954
Today is President Toda‘s fifty-fourth birthday. In the morning, I gave him a white shirt and necktie as a gift…..

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Singapore President Nathan Sends Birthday Message to SGI President Ikeda

February 6, 2008

On January 14, Republic of Singapore President S R Nathan sent a belated birthday message to SGI President Daisaku Ikeda. It reads as follows:

Dear Mr Ikeda,

Congratulations on the joyous occasion of your 80th birthday.

The Soka Association in Singapore has made valuable contributions to our community over the years. Their work is in furtherance of your personal philosphy for the Soka Movement, ie to promote universal understanding to the benefit of all. Your vision, and your leadership of the Soka Gakkai International and committment to the humanitarian causes around the world have been a great source of encouragement for local Soka Movements all over the world. Your local chapter in Sinagpore is working towards that end — promoting the well-being of peoples locally and thus contributing to peace.

On behalf of my fellow Singaporeans, I wish you many more years of good health, and success in leading the Soka Movement in the various humanitarian missions that the Soka Gakkai International and its branches abroad are undertaking.

Yours sincerely,
S R Nathan

(Extracted from the SSA Times, Issue 310)