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The Florida Nature and Culture Center (FNCC), located in the peaceful Everglades, opened in 1996 as a facility for SGI-USA members to refresh their spirit and determination to practice Nichiren Buddhism. As SGI President Daisaku Ikeda commented: "There should be time for sleeping and time for chanting. People should leave energized and filled with hope."
The FNCC is located on 125 acres of restored wetlands surrounding Toda Lake. Here amid the Live Oak trees and Sabal Palms native to the Florida landscape, discussions on Buddhism, philosophy and everyday life take place in a relaxing atmosphere. Members from across the country enjoy bicycle rides throughout the grounds, swimming in the pool and incredible food.

"If you have the opportunity to go to the Florida Nature and Culture Center, don't waste it! I have been four times in seven years of practice, and each time I was able to take my practice to another level. If you are stagnant, go. If you are suffering, go. If you're a new member, go. If you're a leader, go. The FNCC is for everyone. You will return renewed, refreshed, and redetermined to fight and absolutely WIN in every aspect of your life. Buddhism is win or lose. Going to FNCC is a definite WIN.”
-Nicole D. Collier, Southeastern Region

FNCC - Soka Gakkai
FNCC - Soka Gakkai
FNCC - Soka Gakkai
FNCC - Soka Gakkai
Mentor and Disciple Exhibit and Documentary Film
FNCC - Mentor Dis

We have the "Soka Mentor and Disciple Victory Hall Exhibition" on the oneness of mentor and disciple at the Florida Nature and Culture Center. This exhibit is a result of SGI President Ikeda's consideration and honors the lives of the first three Soka Gakkai presidents. The exhibit shows, through historical items, examples of their commitment to kosen-rufu as inspiration for visitors to refresh their own dedication to this objective together with their mentor.

Featured in the exhibit are works by President Ikeda, including the "Justice" (seigi) calligraphy penned on May 5, 1979; manuscripts from the novel The Human Revolution and large photographs accompanied by poetry. Also on display are poetic works in President Toda and President Ikeda's handwriting, books and other writings of the successive Soka Gakkai presidents, and academic and civic honors received by President and Mrs. Ikeda.

The documentary film "Traveler for Peace" will also be shown in conjunction with the viewing of the new exhibition. This history of President Ikeda's activities in the United States, his "Traveler for Peace," will help viewers to understand the importance of President Ikeda's philosophy and guidance as a compass for their own life and faith, and as a lighthouse for all people.
"Traveler for Peace" explores President Ikeda's first overseas trip in 1960 and examines its lasting significance through the words of disciples in America who witnessed his efforts. The work will also look at President Ikeda's vision for the future, which he is entrusting to the youth of today, just as President Toda had entrusted it to him. More than merely a reflection on the past, the film shows how President Ikeda's activities and guidance during his first overseas trip were the foundation for the growth of the SGI today, and the eternal model for a victorious future.

Tours of the exhibition and viewing of the film will be incorporated into all FNCC conferences as an option. Please contact your local zone or territory office to find out more information about upcoming FNCC conferences. Thank you very much for your support!