"Cherry, plum, peach and damson blossoms all have their own qualities, and they manifest the three properties of the life of the Buddha without changing their character."
Gosho Zenshu, p. 784
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Mission

The mission of the Courageous Freedom Group is to introduce all people, including LGBTQ friends,

  1. to the magnificence and power of their lives, as reflected in the Gohonzon-the "Banner of Equality"-the mandala inscribed by Nichiren Daishonin,
  2. to the warm, embracing support of the Soka Gakkai International-USA, our lay Buddhist organization for Peace, Culture and Education, and
  3. to the life and works of Daisaku Ikeda, whose dedication to spreading this Buddhist humanism shines as an eternal example for all people and communities.

Through sharing this life-affirming teaching that celebrates diversity, the Courageous Freedom Group will advance the humanistic principles of Buddhism both within and outside the community, offering hope, pride, courage, and confidence in living the most value-creative and happy lives.

Courageous Freedom Group - National & Territory Leaders

National Leaders


WD - Mira Gandy
miragandy@gmail.com
MD - Alex Boling
alexboling@gmail.com
YWD - Katie Thornber
sokakatie@gmail.com
YMD - Marty Chapman
kudoku2686@outlook.com

 

Territory Leaders


EAST
WD - Alison Perlo
aperlo@humanrevolutionconsulting.com
MD - Steven Wunder
stevenjwunder@gmail.com

CENTRAL
WD - Karen Walker
roaringlion311@gmail.com
MD - Kevin King
kevinyking@att.net

WEST
WD - Amelia Calvaruso-Stone
astoneinvenice@gmail.com
MD - Anthony White
acwhite1966@yahoo.com
YWD - Jackie Caraves
jcaraves@gmail.com
YMD - Nikko Vongsa
vongsa.adsanai@gmail.com

 

Activity Guidelines

  1. Quarterly Meetings by Zone (Or Region with prior approval from the zone)
  2. FNCC Conference: October 6 – 9, 2017
  3. Local PRIDE activities (e.g. marching in parade or booth at festival with prior approval from zone)

 

Encouragement

WORLD TRIBUNE - GABRIEL VIDAL

"Learning to Treasure My Own Life"
Gabriel Vidal gains the courage to live true to himself.
Click here to read the full article at WorldTribune.org.

BUDDHIST IN AMERICA - MICHELLE RIOFRIO


At the start of her Buddhist practice, Michelle Riofrio found herself in the grips of fear; feeling afraid to share her new faith with her catholic parents, afraid to express herself in the conservative community in Argentina she lived in. After she was robbed at gunpoint, she determines to use her Buddhist practice to overcome every type of fear that controlled her life, summoning forth the courage to truly be herself.

WORLD TRIBUNE - NAT COLE

Facing a terminal illness with her Buddhist practice, Nat Coll learns how to truly live. Click here to read the full article at WorldTribune.org.
"Buddhism upholds equality and expounds supreme humanism. All human beings have equal rights. there is no difference whatsoever in their inherent dignity. So, no matter what your may face, please live with pride, confidence and courage."

SGI President Daisaku Ikeda