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2 3 3 3 3 4 Young Men Men are Champions Great women Youth are Baby naming with the heart creating of the of Mid Wales ‘Invincible ceremony in of a lion king unity World and Marches in Spirit’ Bournemouth Trust through friendship. Peace through trust. e-bulletin Please send your news and pictures to our email address: roystone55news @yahoo.co.uk Download the e-bulletin at SGI-UK online news bulletin Issue No8 16.09.2009 www.sgi-uk.info President Ikeda issues anti-nuclear proposal SGI President Ikeda released an Josei Toda, issued a historic call for anti-nuclear proposal entitled the abolition of nuclear weapons. His ‘Building Global Solidarity Toward speech, which denounced nuclear Nuclear Abolition’ on September weapons as an absolute evil, contains 8 in commemoration of the 52nd three themes of particular relevance anniversary of second President for today: the need for a transformation Josei Toda’s declaration against the in the consciousness of political use of nuclear weapons. leaders; the need for a clearly shared President Ikeda says: “If nuclear vision toward the outlawing of nuclear weapons epitomise the forces that weapons; and the need to establish would divide and destroy the world, ‘human security’ on a global scale. they can only be overcome by the “I believe it is possible to lay the Picture courtesy of Seikyo Press solidarity of ordinary citizens, which foundations for a world without nuclear transforms hope into the energy to weapons during the next five years, and create a new era. to this end would suggest a five-part “Even though the threat of global plan. I call on: nuclear war has diminished since the 1. The five declared nuclear-weapon end of the Cold War, the number of states to announce their commitment states with nuclear arms has nearly to a shared vision of a world without doubled since the Nuclear Non- nuclear weapons at next year’s NPT Proliferation Treaty (NPT) entered Review Conference and to promptly into force in 1970. There are still some themselves these questions: initiate concrete steps toward its 25,000 nuclear warheads in existence Are nuclear weapons really necessary? achievement. in the world. At the same time, there Why do we need to keep them? 2. The United Nations to establish a is rising fear that the spread of nuclear panel of experts on nuclear abolition, What justifies our own stockpiles of weapons technologies and materials strengthening collaborative relations nuclear weapons when we make an issue through the black market will unleash with civil society regarding the out of other states’ possession of them? the nightmare of nuclear terrorism. disarmament process. I would like to urge the leaders of Does humanity really have no choice but to live under the threat of nuclear 3. The states party to the NPT to all states that either possess nuclear weapons?” strengthen nonproliferation mechanisms weapons themselves or whose and remove obstacles to the elimination national security is reliant on the President Ikeda adds: “In 1957, my nuclear weapons of other states to ask mentor, second Soka Gakkai president turn to page 2 SGI-UK online news bulletin Issue No8 16.09.2009 Page 2 Calling all young men! SGI-UK YMD GENERAL MEETING – ‘THE HEART OF A LION KING’ On October 24 a historic YMD General Meeting will be held in London at Friends House, Euston, writes Manuel Fernandez, SGI-UK YMD leader. Our aim is to gather together 1,000 young men dedicated to kosen- rufu, with a shared determination to respond to Sensei by standing up with the heart of a lion king in daily life, in our districts and in society. Our vision is that this great meeting and our preparations toward it will serve as a powerful catalyst to increase the momentum of all our efforts to expand our circles of friendship in our The young men of London General Area Youth Division is based on two ingredients: districts and discussion gathered at Taplow Court for their Summer the Oneness of Mentor and Disciple and the meetings toward our goal Course, writes Matthew Dearlove. ‘100 per Spirit of Many in Body, One in Mind. Manuel of welcoming one new cent victory for each young man and for Fernandez encouraged us to infuse the YMD member in each each district’ was the theme and the day weeks leading up to the historic SGI-UK YMD district across SGI-UK this was crammed with many inspiring words General Meeting on October 24 with joy and year. and experiences. SGI-UK General Director passion. This was powerfully backed up by the The meeting will be Robert Samuels stressed that the key to our determination that “if our heart is sincere, held at Friends House, success and unprecedented growth in the that day will change our life”. 173 Euston Road, London be attending this meeting to attend the meeting. The NW1 2BJ from 2.30 to 4.30pm (doors open at meeting is also open to to kindly visit and register Anti-nuclear proposal guests but ideally not as on the website as soon 2pm). as possible (You can also from page 1 their first encounter with It will consist of Buddhism. ask your HQ leader to of nuclear weapons by the year 2015. inspiration and direction, register your name for you 4. All states actively to cooperate to We would encourage great experiences of if you don’t have internet reduce the role of nuclear weapons in that any guest be actual proof and a access). national security and to advance on a introduced to SGI and culture festival. It will There you will find global scale toward the establishment Sensei at local discussion be a powerful and joyful inspiration from Sensei’s of security arrangements that are not meetings before the expression of victory recent guidance and dependent on nuclear weapons by the General Meeting. There through all our efforts you can also read (and year 2015. are various opportunities towards that day. contribute) experiences to contribute toward the 5. The world’s people to clearly Every YMD member meeting and the culture of challenging toward the manifest their will for the outlawing of and naitoku in the festival so please contact meeting, including reports nuclear weapons and to establish, by the Youth Division, Student your local YMD HQ or of local district discussion year 2015, the international norm that Division and Future area leader for details. meetings. will serve as the foundation for a Nuclear Group is warmly invited We will be launching a Let’s each of us Weapons Convention.” to attend and, if they website with information summon up the heart of a have not already, they A summary of the proposal will appear and inspiration for the lion king and win in daily should be receiving an in the November issue of the Art of General Meeting – www. life, in our districts and in invitation from a local Living and the full proposal and a sgi-uk.info/ymgm society! leader, although it is not press release are available at the SGI- We would like to ask We look forward to UK website at necessary to have a ticket each young man who will seeing you on October 24! http://www.sgi-uk.org/index.php/sgi-uk SGI-UK online news bulletin Issue No8 16.09.2009 Page 3 Summer Course round-up Picture: Thomas Haigh Picture: Muriel Gallan 38 Women’s Division members of Mid Wales and the Marches 150 members of Central England Youth Division held their HQ gathered at Buckatree Hall in Shropshire in a spirit of course at Hinckley Island Hotel in Leicester with the theme togetherness and joy to build on relationships and forge ‘Be Invincible in Spirit’, writes Elizabeth Ingrams. The new ones, writes Muriel Gallan. There was a delightfully course involved a rich mix of lectures, entertainments and stimulating air of creativity with Gillian Gregory leading a experiences. General Director Robert Samels said: ‘Faith fun-packed dance workshop and Zoe Glynn displaying her is knowing your prayer will be answered,’ and several superb painting ‘Rosa’ designed especially for the course. members gave experiences showing actual proof of this. Picture: Sarah O’Toole Picture: Justin Thomas More than 150 women – including 20 attending for the first time – gathered at London Metropolitan University for the North London Area course, writes Mandy Hawting. There was a great atmosphere and lots of singing. The theme – The Victory of the Women’s Division is the Victory of Kosen-rufu 95 men from West London Area spent two days at Brunel – was exemplified through moving and heartfelt experiences University challenging themselves to make real the spirit ranging from gratitude for being a teacher to how a member of many in body, one in mind, writes Peter Kendall. We was able to influence a borough’s decision-making process heard how that and the spirit of the oneness of mentor and connected with issues on a housing estate. disciple are like the two wheels of a cart. Picture: Duncan Harrrison 46 young men from South of England Area gathered at Cholderton Youth Hostel in Wiltshire, writes Rupesh Shanmugam. Being new to the practice, this was my first Summer Course and I didn’t know what to expect. But after 54 men attended the Central London Area Men’s Division an hour of daimoku my worries were transformed into a course held at the London Ikeda Peace Centre with the positive seeking spirit. A nature walk was cut short as the theme ‘Take the Lead and Win with the Spirit of Sensei’, skies opened up, but it failed to demoralise the young men writes Harjiv Sawhney. We broke into small groups to who sang Gakkai songs! Later, a bonfire was lit to help us discuss the themes ‘For a member of the Men’s Division, his warm ourselves and also act as the stage for visiting Men’s greatest source of pride is the number of victories he has Division leaders to share their experiences. I truly believe achieved through faith’ and ‘The Treasures of the heart are that the Youth Division are the ‘Champions of the World’. most important of all’. Simply awesome! SGI-UK online news bulletin Issue No8 16.09.2009 Page 4 More Summer Course pictures... World News Hachioji, Japan: Korea’s Hongik University presented President Ikeda with an honorary doctorate of literature in recognition of his contribution to Korea-Japan friendship. The conferral of his 259th academic honour took place at Picture: Patricia Levey-Bennett Soka University on September 4. New Jersey, USA: President Ikeda, as founder of the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research, contributed the foreword to The Challenge of Abolishing Nuclear Weapons, a new book by David Krieger, president of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. More than 100 women gathered at Trafford Hall near Chester for the Northern Las Vegas, USA: The city presented Area course, writes Wot Blowers. Right from the start the spirit of good humour, President Ikeda and Mrs Kaneko co-operation, hope, joy, confidence and dedication to kosen-rufu was evident. Ikeda with the Key to the City and Experiences as far-ranging as issues at work, mentor-disciple, childhood trauma proclaimed August 24 Soka Gakkai and mental illness were living proof of victory in everyday life, while lively International Day, in recognition of their discussion meetings strengthened friendships. contributions to intercultural dialogue and understanding. Askov, Denmark: The Ikeda Lake Festival was held on August 22. Some 450 people attended, including members Picture: Helen Ingham of the local community and SGI, as well as students of Askov High School. September A Buddhist magazine September 2009 Price £3 Issue no. 99 Art of Living – 92 Women’s Division members from Central England South East Region came together at Marks Tey, Colchester, writes Vicki Culverwell. We left ladened Essentials for with goodies; hand-made keys; real sunflowers, bought for us by Julie Wilson; Happiness ‘Guidelines to Victory’ from Kimie Koyanagi to put on our altars and…full hearts, Essentials for happiness knowing we had the ability to “pierce the universe with our daimoku”. It was in the month of September, in 1957, that second president Josei Toda Baby-naming ceremony issued his historic declaration against nuclear weapons and the devilish tendency which justifies the taking An SGI-UK member and of life. In 1982, September 21 was her Maori husband held a established by the United Nations as baby-naming ceremony at International Day of Peace the grandparents’ house in Bournemouth, writes Anne Essentials for Happiness is the theme Flude. for this month’s Art of Living which looks at the key ingredients for the The parents, Lyana and happiness of individuals and humanity as Jerry Nepia, came from a whole to identify how a peaceful world London. They wanted part of can truly be established. the ceremony to be Buddhist, so at the beginning four local The ‘ingredients’ are explored ladies from Bournemouth through President Ikeda’s guidance and encouraging the parents to study lectures, features and Q&A on the and Poole districts joined the “work together like the sun mother for gongyo and a few subject of The Gohonzon and, as always, and moon, a pair of eyes, great experiences. minutes daimoku. or the two wings of a bird”. A Dedicated This all took place in It was a beautiful, heartfelt, Dynamo Training the back garden, in glorious loving and moving ceremony, Notice Day will be held sunshine, watched and listened with the parents making Can you help once a month or at a at Taplow Court to intently by around 40 seated vows to their adorable, moment’s notice to serve lunch in the on Saturday guests. The ceremony was beaming little girl, Kiriana. canteen at weekends at SGI-UK National September 19 in English and Maori, and Several people asked about Centre, Taplow Court? If so please call from 1-4pm in several quotes from Nichiren’s the practice and took away Annemarie Smith on 01189455412 for the Ikeda New writings were read out, relating cards, leaflets and copies of more details or email annemarie28@ Century Hall. to a fortune baby, faith, and the Art of Living. hotmail.com with all your details.