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Members in Europe Recall Their Buddha Encounters

April 2018

A European members seminar was held April 6-8 in Italy on the occasion of celebrating Shakyamuni's birth. Some 20 members from various countries in Europe and the United Kingdom aimed to recall their encounters with Buddha and the teachings in connection with the one great task.

The seminar consisted of four programs: lectures, a discussion program, an Odaimoku chanting practice and a ceremony marking the anniversary of Shakyamuni's birth. In the lectures, the participants learned the meaning of "Many in Body, One in Spirit" and the Threefold Lotus Sutra chapter "Beholding the Precious Stupa." The lecture on Beholding the Precious Stupa was especially important in helping the participants recognize that they all have Buddha nature. They also shared their experiences of the moment when the Buddha appeared in their heart.

Participants were pleased to meet members from different countries with different backgrounds. They also were grateful to be able to recognize the truth that they are Buddha's disciples through learning the teachings and cultivating their Buddhist hearts. Finally, the participants made a vow to devote themselves to practicing the teachings and disseminating them in Europe, where a diversity of nationalities and cultures exist.

Rissho Kosei-kai International held a two-week Leaders Training Seminar July 6-18 in Tokyo and the Founder's birthplace, in Suganuma, Niigata Prefecture.
Rissho Kosei-kai International held a two-week Leaders Training Seminar July 6-18 in Tokyo and the Founder's birthplace, in Suganuma, Niigata Prefecture.

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