March 16 is a symbolic day for Soka Gakkai and SGI members, commemorating the occasion on March 16, 1958, when Josei Toda, second president of the Soka Gakkai, then in frail health, made an impassioned speech to 6,000 Soka Gakkai youth, entrusting them with the responsibility for the future of the Soka Gakkai and its efforts to contribute to the creation of a peaceful world and promote understanding of the humanistic philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism.
Nothing is irredeemable in youth. Rather, the worst mistake you can make when young is to give up and not challenge yourselves for fear of failure. The past is the past and the future is the future. Keep moving forward with a stead eye on the future, telling yourselves: “I’ll start from Today!” -Daisaku Ikeda
From Discussions on Youth page 26 (World Tribune Press 2010)
SGI Tampa Bay Community Center Website
This Soka Gakkai Community Center was established on March 4th 2007. President Ikeda describes the Community Center as a Castle of Kosen Rufu in the US. Currently this Community Center serves the Tampa Bay area, Tampa Chapter, Brandon Chapter, Pinellas Chapter, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, and the Sarasota Chapter. If you are interested in attending a meeting to learn more about Nichiren’s Buddhism - go to our Contact page and call us or send an email.
The 2014 Norton Lecture’s “The Ethics of Jazz”