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Welcome to Fife Interfaith Group
Fife Interfaith Group was formed in 2004 to promote Interfaith in Fife and welcomes people of all faiths to join in our events and group discussions.
What is ‘interfaith’? Generally speaking, it is a way of bringing people of different faith backgrounds together in order that they may learn from one another and gain greater understanding and acceptance.
It could be summed up by this quote by Dr Hans Küng, a Professor of Ecumenical Theology and President of the Foundation for a Global Ethic… "There will be no peace among the nations without peace among the religions. There will be no peace among the religions without dialogue among the religions".
And so we are a part of an international movement!
Nationally, we have ‘Interfaith Scotland’, which has been working to promote awareness and understanding of the wide variety of faith groups around the country since 1999. (See link at bottom of page.)
Next Meeting:- Tuesday 8 May 2018 7pm Talk by Simon Wiegand Internee at Interfaith Scotland on" Interfaith in Scotland" at New Volunteer House 16 East Fergus Place Kirkcaldy KY1 1XT - All welcome
At our April meeting a Presentation was made to Joyce Leggate of Kirkcaldy Foodbank of a cheque for £160 raised at the performance of “Our Story Goes On” last November. In her acceptance of the donation Joyce said that currently the Foodbank is distributing 800 parcels a month and need £400/500 per month to do this. The demand is rising at the rate of about 100 people a month so this cheque is gratefully received.
Talk on Buddhism by Kasia Grycuk 10 April 2018
SGI Buddhism is based on the teachings of Nichiren Daishonin who lived in 13th Century Japan and was a fisherman’s son. He vowed at 11 that he would be the most important man in Japan when he grew up. He studied Buddha’s Sutras(Teachings) and he felt that the current followers of Buddhism did not understand the essence of the Buddha’s teachings as they had become formalised and ritualised. The Buddha had been born a prince and gone out into the world to receive enlightenment as a way to stop the suffering that he saw about him.
Buddhism had spread from India to China and thence to Japan and it was the Chinese who translated Buddha’s Sutras from the Sanskrit into Chinese. He was especially drawn to the “Lotus Sutra” which talks of the wonder of the Universe and is mystical and hard to understand. Kasia studies a book called the “Heart of the Lotus Sutra” which explains that the chant “Nam-myoho-renge-Kyo” was the phrase that can help you to be happy as you are and do not need another life. Kasia told of us of her own experiences with this chant and how it had helped her in her life.
Of course his teachings called controversy and because of the letters he wrote to the Government encouraging them to treat people better and show respect for life, he was persecuted and eventually exiled. Kasia told of her study of his letters that he had written to his followers who were also, of course, being persecuted and the wisdom in these letters helped her to connect to Buddhism and Nichiren Daishonin himself.
SGI Buddhists are a lay organisation. There are no priests or Temples. When she chants Kasia uses beads which represent different worldly desires as well as helping to focus the thoughts. Silent prayers are also held for those who have died and for “Peace throughout the world for all human beings”. SGI Buddhists practice worldwide in 192 countries. She herself studied at a Buddhist University in Southern California and she spoke of a “Youth Generation Hope” Festival held last year in Manchester, London and Bristol. This was a festival of culture dance and music to show positivity and hope in the world.
Answering questions after her talk she told how her mother had been a Buddhist and had taught English in Japan. When she married she became a Roman Catholic but after problems in her life she again became a Buddhist to sort these out. Her mother encouraged her to chant when she had problems at school and she found this so uplifting that she, too, became a Buddhist. Despite being a Buddhist in a Roman Catholic School she experienced no problems and eventually became Head Girl in her final year.
Another question was answered that there is no Deity in Buddhism and the chants are the means for you to grow and accept life. When asked what happens when we die she was not too sure but she knew that we would be reincarnated and that there is a circle of life and death, each person is an energy which cannot be destroyed. The Universe has no beginning and no end. To be a member it was necessary to make a commitment and this was commemorated by receiving a scroll and she showed a small copy which was carried with her. She stated that the chant helps her to chastise anger and bad emotions and leads her to respectful dialogue.
Kasia said that if anyone wanted to know more about SGI Buddhism please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org