Up until this past weekend I wasn’t clued into the artistic programming conducted inside the SGI-USA Buddhist Center. It was only upon being handed a flyer that featured an upcoming event that I started to ask questions about the performances scheduled to take place on Saturday, August 24, 2013 (11am to 1pm). From taiko drumming and song, to hip-hop and poetry, the talent show sounds like it’s going to be an open and diverse event that will also reveal the intricate humanistic tapestries woven together around Nichiren Buddhism.
Three days after being handed the card, I was randomly introduced to Susan Francesca Giordano who happened to be attending the talent show. She talked of the young people who were performing that evening, describing how the center had become an inclusive place for people to gather, talk, learn, perform and feel at peace with themselves and others. “The SGI-USA of Buffalo will be hosting “The Art Of Life Buddhists Got Talent Show”. Please come and enjoy the efforts of the members who practice Nichiren Daishonin”s Buddhism in Buffalo.Creating Hope and Joy based on Buddhist Principles. A wonderful opportunity to learn about the practice of Nichiren Buddhism dedicated to the cause of World Peace through individual happiness. See you all there at 121 West Tupper Street. SGI-USA’S CENTER FOR ART AND CULTURE.”
Food will be served at the talent show.