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Buddhism | Jan 1 2007

SGI New Year's Prayer Meetings Held Across the African Continent

On January 1, 2007, SGI members of the Central African Republic, located in the heart of the continent, met for a New Year's prayer meeting. Since returning from an SGI training session in Japan in October 2006, Jean Chrysostome Gody, SGI-Central African Republic coordinator, has been sharing reports from his ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 1 2007

SGI-Canada Greets the New Year

On January 1, 2007, SGI-Canada held New Year's meetings at locations across the country including the cities of Toronto, Vancouver, Halifax and Saskatoon as well as on Prince Edward Island. At the SGI-Canada Culture Center in Toronto, SGI-Canada General Director Tony Meers emphasized that each individual's personal growth and happiness ... read more

Sustainable Development | Dec 31 2006

Singapore Soka Association Adopts Park

SSA General Director Ong planting a Duranta variegated dwarf shrub SSA volunteers warm up with exercises Under the auspices of Singapore National Park Board's "Adopt a Park" program, women and young women of Singapore Soka Association (SSA) have taken responsibility for beautifying Telok Kurau Park. At the "adoption" ceremony held on December ... read more

Education | Dec 29 2006

Over 8,000 Utilize Soka Gakkai Educational Counseling Centers in Japan during 2006

As part of their educational reform efforts, since 1968, Soka Gakkai members working in education have voluntarily provided free counseling to preschool through high school students and their parents on a variety of problems including bullying, truancy, violence, social withdrawal, problems with interpersonal relationships and learning difficulties. In 2006, 8,598 ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 21 2006

Greek Edition of Burton Watson's The Lotus Sutra Published

Kedros Publishers, Athens, Greece, recently released a Greek edition of The Lotus Sutra, widely considered to be the most important scripture of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition. This edition is translated from Burton Watson's translation published in 1993 by Columbia University Press, New York. The 500-page Greek version includes an introduction, ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 19 2006

SGI-Macau and SGI-Hong Kong Celebrate 40th and 45th Anniversaries

Macau: On November 26, 2006, SGI-Macau held its 23rd general meeting at the SGI-Macau Culture Centre. The meeting commemorated SGI-Macau's 40th anniversary and served as a kick-off toward its 50th. Performances by various dance and chorus groups, including the girls' Daybreak Dancers, celebrated the event. A couple shared their experience ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Dec 19 2006

World Federation of the United Nations Associations (WFUNA) Secretary General Visits Soka Gakkai Headquarters, Tokyo

On December 19, 2006, Pera Wells, secretary-general of the World Federation of the United Nations Associations (WFUNA) met with Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada at the Soka Gakkai headquarters in Shinanomachi, Tokyo. She was accompanied by Park Soo Gil, honorary chair of the United Nations Association (UNA) of the Republic ... read more

Education | Dec 19 2006

Chief Editor of Ming Pao Lectures on Responsible Journalism at SGI-Hong Kong Center

On December 1, 2006, SGI-Hong Kong sponsored a lecture by Paul K. B. Cheung, chief editor of Ming Pao, one of Hong Kong's leading newspapers, at the SGI-Hong Kong Culture Centre. Speaking to an audience of 550 on the media's responsibility to society and its influence, Mr. Cheung remarked that ... read more

Culture | Dec 19 2006

Indonesian National Youth Council Visits Soka Gakkai Headquarters

On December 19, 2006, Hasanuddin Yusuf, president of the Indonesian National Youth Council (KNPI), the Republic of Indonesia's largest youth organization, and other KNPI officials visited the Seikyo Shimbun Press offices in Shinanomachi, Tokyo to meet with Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada, General Director Masaaki Masaki, Soka Gakkai International (SGI) ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 17 2006

SGI-Hong Kong, SGI-Macau and SGI-Malaysia Hold Buddhist Study Examinations

On December 17, 2006, SGI-Hong Kong and SGI-Macau held an intermediate-level study examination on Nichiren Buddhism. The candidates were tested on Nichiren's writings. The study material included SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's "Lectures on 'The Opening of the Eyes'" and The World of Nichiren Daishonin's Writings, a dialogue between Mr. Ikeda ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 16 2006

SGI-Korea Young Men Participate in Training Session on Cheju Island

December 1-3, 2006, 108 SGI-Korea Young Men's Division (YMD) representatives from throughout South Korea attended a training session at the Cheju Korea-Japan Friendship Training Center in Seogwipo City, Cheju Province on Cheju Island. The young men studied Buddhist philosophy based on Nichiren's writings and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's recent speeches ... read more

Education | Dec 14 2006

Government Selects SGI-Taiwan's Monthly Periodical for Young Children as Recommended Reading

The Taiwan Government Information Office (GIO) recently selected Soka Youth, a monthly magazine for young people published by SGI-Taiwan's Cheng Yin Culture Enterprise Co., Ltd., for inclusion in its 27th excellent extracurricular reading list for elementary and junior high school students. Every year, the GIO sponsors a program to ... read more

Sustainable Development | Dec 11 2006

"Seeds of Change" Exhibition at the Indian Museum, Kolkata, India

On December 11, 2006, the "Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential" exhibition was inaugurated at the Indian Museum in Kolkata by Mayor Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya. The exhibition was co-sponsored by Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai (BSG), UNICEF and the West Bengal Federation of United Nations Association (WEBFUNA). Mayor Bhattacharya, ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 10 2006

Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai Holds 32nd General Meeting

On November 26, 2006, 1,200 Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai (BSG) representatives met for their 32nd general meeting at the Soka Bodhi Tree Garden in a New Delhi suburb. In a message, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda congratulated the participants on BSG's development and growth. Encouraging everyone to work in harmony, Mr. ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 10 2006

Youth Support Groups Meet in Italy and Belgium

From December 1 through 3, 2006, a combined training course for SGI-Italy Soka and Byakuren groups was held in Pescia, a small medieval town in the hills northwest of Florence, Italy. The Soka and Byakuren Groups are young men's and young women's support groups, respectively, within the SGI organization that ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 10 2006

SGI-Paraguay Celebrates 45th Anniversary

On December 10, 2006, SGI-Paraguay hosted a general meeting commemorating its 45th anniversary in Pirapo City, Itapúa, Paraguay. Several members recounted how they had applied the philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism in order to surmount hardships and achieve their personal goals, while representatives of each division shared their resolutions for 2007. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Dec 10 2006

"Gandhi, King, Ikeda: A Legacy of Building Peace" Exhibition Shows in Kathmandu and Pokhara, Nepal

Chancellor Satya Mohan Joshi views display Opening ceremony From November 9 through 19, 2006, the exhibition "Gandhi, King, Ikeda: A Legacy of Building Peace" was held at the Nepal Art Council in Kathmandu, Nepal. Some 200 guests attended the official opening on November 9. Chancellor of the Nepal Bhasha Academy Satya Mohan ... read more

Culture | Dec 10 2006

China-Japan Friendship Association Delegates and SGI President Discuss Bilateral Friendship

On December 9, 2006, President Song Jian of the China-Japan Friendship Association (CJFA), China, and his party were warmly received by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada, and Soka Gakkai youth representatives at Soka Gakkai's Tokyo Makiguchi Memorial Hall in Hachioji, Tokyo. In a two-hour discussion, Mr. ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 9 2006

SGI-Nepal Holds 12th General Meeting

On November 25, 2006, SGI-Nepal members held their 12th general meeting at their center in Kathmandu. In a message, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda stated that sharing in friends' sorrows and sufferings and endeavoring to encourage them through dialogue is to live in accord with Nichiren's teachings. He also encouraged the ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 7 2006

SGI-USA Conducts Memorial Service at Site of 9/11 Terrorist Attacks in New York

Plaque bearing Mr. Ikeda's prayer for peace On October 31, together with SGI-USA representatives, SGI General Director Yoshitaka Ohba of Japan visited "Ground Zero," the site of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, where the former World Trade Center once stood. They offered prayers for the victims of 9/11 as ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 7 2006

SGI-Argentina and SGI-Taiwan Hold Entrance-Level Study Exams on Nichiren Buddhism

On October 29, 2006, SGI-Argentina held an entrance-level examination on Nichiren Buddhism. Some 1,800 members participated at 36 venues in Buenos Aires, Cordoba, Tucuman, Bariloche and others. The members were tested on their knowledge of the life of Nichiren as well as the letters of encouragement he sent his followers, ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 7 2006

SGI-Norway Opens First Center; Holds First Study Examination

On the following day, SGI-Norway held its first study exam on Nichiren Buddhism at the new center. The candidates were tested on basic Buddhist concepts and Nichiren's writings, such as "Many in Body, One in Mind" and "Reply to Kyo'o." ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 7 2006

SGI-Argentina Peace Auditorium Recognized for Architectural Excellence

On December 7, 2006, the University of Palermo, Argentina, presented its Outstanding Building Award to the SGI-Argentina Peace Auditorium in Buenos Aires, recognizing the structure as the best constructed in Argentina during the past ten years. A panel of renowned architects were judges in the competition. SGI-Argentina Peace Auditorium Corindo Testa, ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 6 2006

SGI-UK Opens New Center in Central London

Local SGI members celebrate opening On November 18, 2006, SGI-UK opened a new center in central London, which will serve as the hub of activities for members living in North, Central and East London. Some 500 representatives gathered to celebrate the opening. SGI-UK Vice General Director Kazuo Fujii congratulated everyone, ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 5 2006

New SGI Center Opens in Bremen, Germany

On November 18, Soka Gakkai's 76th anniversary, SGI-Germany opened a new center in Bremen, Germany. The local members attending the opening prayed for the happiness and prosperity of their families and society and for lasting peace in the world. Bremen, situated in northwestern Germany, has a rich history dating back ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 4 2006

Philosophical Dialogue among Confucian, Buddhist and Daoist Scholars in Hong Kong

In a message, IOP founder and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda stated that ideas such as the "golden mean" and "neutrality" that underlie traditional Chinese thought find common ground in the Buddhist concept of the "Middle Way." These schools of thought are expressions of the virtues of the "Middle Way" that ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 4 2006

Lotus Sutra Exhibition in Hong Kong Displays Rare Artifacts from Early Recorded History

On November 25, 2006, some 300 guests attended the opening of "The Lotus Sutra--A Message of Peace and Harmonious Coexistence" at the SGI-Hong Kong Cultural and Recreational Centre. The exhibition brought together a rare collection of artifacts, calligraphic and pictorial representations of the Lotus Sutra including historic originals and reproductions ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 4 2006

8,000 Sit for Buddhist Study Exams in 25 European Countries

This autumn (2006), some 8,000 SGI members in 25 European countries, such as Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, U.K., Switzerland and Belgium, were tested on their study of Nichiren Buddhism. The exam material included basic Buddhist concepts and "Many in Body, One in Mind" and "Reply to Kyo'o" from Nichiren's writings ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 3 2006

SGI Members in Slovenia Host Seminar

On December 2 and 3, 2006, SGI members in the southern Alpine states and Adriatic nations of Europe hosted an "Alpine and Adriatic Seminar" in Ljubljana, the capital of the Republic of Slovenia. Fifty SGI members and their friends from six countries--Italy, Austria, Croatia, Slovenia, Germany, and Hungary--gathered for a ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 3 2006

SGI-Peru Holds Elementary-Level Buddhist Study Examination in 14 Cities

On December 3, 2006, the SGI-Peru Study Department held an elementary-level examination in 14 cities throughout Peru, including Lima, Peru's capital. Some 780 SGI-Peru members of all ages sat for the examination to test their knowledge on basic Buddhist concepts and Nichiren's writings such as "The True Aspect of All ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 2 2006

SGI-USA Language Groups Help Build Global Network

SGI-USA National Language Bureau representatives discuss their goals for 2007 For those first attending an SGI-USA activity, the wide diversity of its membership, a hallmark of SGI-USA, is immediately apparent. SGI-USA members represent cultures and speak languages from around the globe. Sixty-four representatives representing 13 languages--Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, French, ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Dec 2 2006

"Children and a Culture of Peace" Exhibition Opens in Ishikawa, Tochigi and Yamagata Prefectures

On December 2, 2006, "Children and a Culture of Peace Exhibition: For the Sake of Children's Happiness," created and sponsored by the Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee (WPC), opened simultaneously at the Hakusan City Citizen's Exchange Center in Ishikawa Prefecture; the Ohtawara Community Vocational Training Center in Tochigo Prefecture; and ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Dec 1 2006

IAEA Director General Meets with SGI President

On November 30, Nobel Peace Laureate Mohamed ElBaradei, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), an inter-governmental organization under the auspices of the United Nations, met with SGI President Daisaku Ikeda in Tokyo. Dr. ElBaradei and his wife, Aida Elkachef, received a warm welcome from SGI President Daisaku ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 29 2006

SGI-Mexico and Veracruz City Cosponsor Youth Peace Convention

On November 19, SGI-Mexico and Veracruz, a major port city in Mexico, cosponsored the "2nd Youth Peace Convention" at Redondo Campo Hall. Some 600 young people attended from throughout Mexico. Panelists SGI-Mexico Young Men's Leader Roberto Toledo, Jésus Orosco, Veracruz Youth Assembly chair, and Eduardo Muñoz, professor ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 29 2006

SGI Members Gather in Uganda, Cameroon and Ghana

Uganda: On November 11-12, 2006, SGI-Uganda women participated in their first training course in Kampala at a ranch on the shores of Lake Victoria. Among the 16 participants were two women from Kenya and one from Rwanda. The women studied "Happiness in this World" from Nichiren's writings and discussed core ... read more

Culture | Nov 28 2006

Min-On Cosponsors 18th Kyoto Foreign Students Music Festival

140 international students studying in Kyoto and vicinity participated in the annual festival On November 26, some 140 international students from 23 countries and regions studying at universities and colleges in Kyoto and vicinity participated in the 18th Kyoto Foreign Students Music Festival at Kyoto Kaikan Hall, Kyoto City. Adorned in ... read more

Culture | Nov 26 2006

Thai-Japan Performing Arts Collaboration in Tokyo Commemorates 60th Anniversary of Thai King's Coronation

On November 25, "A Rainbow of Dance Part 9: A Tale of Two Cities," a blending of traditional Japanese and Thai performing arts, commemorating the 60th anniversary of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej's accession to the throne, was held at the Tokyo International Forum, Chiyoda, Tokyo. The event was sponsored ... read more

Sustainable Development | Nov 23 2006

Oman Hosts "Seeds of Change" Environment Exhibition

"Seeds of Change--the Earth Charter and Human Potential," an exhibition created by Soka Gakkai International (SGI), was held in two cities in the Sultanate of Oman: in Muscat from November 4-12; and in Sur on November 16, 2006. The exhibition highlights the Earth Charter as a "map" pointing toward sustainable ... read more

Education | Nov 23 2006

SGI-Bolivia Hosts Seminar on Nichiren Buddhism

On November 23, 2006, SGI-Bolivia sponsored a seminar on Nichiren Buddhism at the SGI-Bolivia Culture Center in Santa Cruz, in collaboration with Nur University. Since July 2003, SGI Bolivia has hosted lectures and seminars on Buddhism as part of a class curriculum at the university at the request of Professor ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 20 2006

21st "Boys and Girls Art of Hope Exhibit" Opens at Josei Toda International Center in Tokyo

The 21st "Boys and Girls Art of Hope Exhibit" opened November 19 at the Josei Toda International Center in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. Subtitled "With Courage and Hope Let's Launch a Great Voyage of Peace," the exhibit will show through December 3, 2006. Some 80 drawings and paintings ... read more

Culture | Nov 20 2006

21st "Boys and Girls Art of Hope Exhibit" Opens at Josei Toda International Center in Tokyo

The 21st "Boys and Girls Art of Hope Exhibit" opened November 19 at the Josei Toda International Center in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. Subtitled "With Courage and Hope Let's Launch a Great Voyage of Peace," the exhibit will show through December 3, 2006. Some 80 drawings and paintings selected from among ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 18 2006

SGI-Cameroon Women Hold General Meeting

On November 18, 2006, some 110 SGI-Cameroon women and 20 guests participated in a general meeting in Yaounde City, Cameroon's capital. Another 40 men and youth members provided support behind the scenes. With a theme of "Women and Environmental Protection--Challenges and Hopes for Building the Century of Life," women representatives ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 18 2006

SGI-Macedonia Holds First Study Examination on Nichiren Buddhism

On November 18, 2006, SGI-Macedonia held its first study examination on Nichiren Buddhism for 11 candidates in Skopje, the nation's capital. The candidates studied material translated into Macedonian from Serbian and English by the SGI-Macedonia Study Committee. To prepare for the exam, candidates participated in seminars and study sessions. [Adapted from ... read more

Culture | Nov 18 2006

SGI-Dominican Republic Combined Band Wins Silver Prize in National Competition

On November 18, 2006, the SGI-Dominican Republic Brass Band and Fife-and-Drum Corps combined to participate in the "2nd Youth Musical Band Festival" in Santo Domingo, the nation's capital. Competing with bands from throughout the country, the SGI-Dominican Republic group won the silver prize in the "Junior and Senior High School" ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 15 2006

English Edition of The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Volume II to be Released Soon

The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin (WND), Volume II, was recently published in commemoration of November 18, Soka Gakkai Founding Day. Next year also marks the 55th anniversary of Nichiren Daishonin gosho zenshu, a compilation of Nichiren's writings in the original classical Japanese. WND Volume II comprises 234 ... read more