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Rissho Kosei-kai International Holds International Leaders Training Seminar in Tokyo

July 2018

A Leaders Training Seminar was held July 12-21 at Rissho Kosei-kai headquarters in Tokyo. This was the second half of a two-part seminar, the first half having took place in July last year. Fourteen leaders, thirteen of whom had also participated in last year's seminar, came from the Oklahoma, New York, Tainan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka Dharma centers, as well as from the Ulaanbaatar Chapter and the Central Delhi Hoza Center. Participants heard lectures by Rissho Kosei-kai headquarters leaders and went through a five-day practical training at local Dharma centers to deepen their understanding of the Lotus Sutra, to learn the basic practices of Rissho Kosei-kai, and to become leaders who are capable of connecting people with the Dharma.

On July 14, the participants took part in a hoza session facilitated by President-designate Kosho Niwano. The participants spoke about their learning and resolutions during the session. President-designate Niwano responded to each of them, giving her guidance. She said that if people do not run away from their difficulties when they arise but embrace them as an opportunity to improve, those problems will become a treasure. She continued by saying, "Difficulties will turn into treasure when you pray for others' happiness. I believe that a bodhisattva is a person who has a capability to accept life's contradictions and the sufferings of others. I would like to endeavor with you to become such a person myself." After the hoza session was over, the participants commented that they had been deeply impressed by the president-designate's warmhearted guidance. Through the session, the participants learned the importance of working wholeheartedly on everything in front of them.

On July 21, the participants received a certificate of completion from Rev. Koichi Saito, director of Rissho Kosei-kai International. Representing the participants, four people expressed their determination to study further and practice of the teachings. Mr. Christopher Peters from the Oklahoma Dharma Center, said that he had learned through hoza sessions the importance of revering others' buddha-nature. He expressed his vow to endeavor to accept things as they are and continue to revere the buddha-nature in everyone.

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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