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Buddhism | May 24 2009

SGI-Argentina Holds Study Exam; Leaders Meet in Buenos Aires

On May 3, 2009, SGI-Argentina held an elementary-level study examination on Nichiren Buddhism at 31 venues throughout the country. The study material included two of Nichiren's letters to his followers--"Reply to Sairen-bo" and "Reply to Ueno." After the exam, a participant who recently began practicing Nichiren Buddhism commented, "I ... read more

Human Rights | May 24 2009

SGI Representative Lectures on Human Rights Education in Budapest

SGI representative to the United Nations, Geneva, Kazunari Fujii, gave a lecture at an Asia-Europe training session for youth leaders on "The Role of Human Rights Education in Intercultural Dialogue--an Asia-Europe perspective," held from May 17-24, 2009, at the Council of Europe European Youth Centre in Budapest, Hungary. The ... read more

Interfaith | May 23 2009

Singapore Soka Association Youth Participate in Interfaith Dialogue

On May 23, 2009, two Singapore Soka Association (SSA) Youth Division representatives, together with youth leaders from various religious traditions, engaged in an interfaith session organized by the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS) at the Harmony Centre. The special session was held in conjunction with a visit by ... read more

Buddhism | May 19 2009

SGI-Korea Holds Study Sessions on Nichiren Buddhism

From May 18-19, 2009, SGI-Korea held study sessions on Nichiren Buddhism at the SGI-Korea headquarters building in Seoul. Some 1,200 SGI-Korea representatives attended the conference. SGI Study Department Chief Katsuji Saito traveled from Japan and lectured on several of Nichiren's writings. On May 18, representative leaders from the Seoul metropolitan ... read more

Buddhism | May 17 2009

SGI-Paraguay Men Hold Training Session

On May 17, 2009, SGI-Paraguay men gathered for a training session at the SGI-Paraguay Culture Center in Asunción, Paraguay. SGI-Paraguay General Director Kaoru Kurita attended together with 64 representatives. Two participants shared how they have improved their circumstances based on their practice of Nichiren Buddhism. This was followed with study ... read more

Buddhism | May 17 2009

SGI-Belgium Appoints New Youth Leaders

On May 17, 2009, SGI-Belgium members gathered to make a fresh start with new national leaders at the SGI-Belgium Culture Center in Brussels, Belgium. The organization has recently developed into a general headquarters. SGI-Belgium consists of some 50 different ethnicities and nationalities, and one third of the membership is young ... read more

Buddhism | May 16 2009

Lotus Sutra Exhibition Held in Catalonia, Spain

The exhibition, held for the first time in Spain, was the opening event for the fourth Catalan Parliament of Religions scheduled for June 2009, a preparatory gathering ahead of the Parliament of the World's Religions to be held in Melbourne, Australia, in December 2009. The exhibition displayed facsimiles and romanized texts ... read more

Buddhism | May 16 2009

SGI-UK and SGI-Portugal Hold Leaders Training Sessions

From April 17-19, 2009, SGI-UK women gathered for leaders training sessions in Coventry, UK. Studying some of Nichiren's writings and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda’s recent speeches, participants deepened their understanding of the greatness of living a life based on the shared commitment and struggles of mentor and disciple. ... read more

Sustainable Development | May 16 2009

SGI-USA San Francisco, California, Participates in Renovated Park Celebrations

On May 16, 2009, a reopening celebration was held for Franklin Square Park, a 5.6-acre park in San Francisco, California, USA, bordering the SGI-USA San Francisco Culture Center. Once considered one of the worst city parks in northern California, Franklin Square Park was renovated with $1.2 million in grant money ... read more

Sustainable Development | May 14 2009

SGI-Canada Hosts Booth at World Environmental Education Congress

From May 10-14, 2009, SGI-Canada hosted an exhibition booth at the 5th World Environmental Education Congress, held in Montreal's Palais des Congrès. The annual congress is held in a different country each year, with educators, professors, university students, researchers and community leaders attending. Based on the theme "Earth, Our ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | May 12 2009

SGI Representatives Attend NPT PrepCom in New York

From May 3-12, 2009, an SGI delegation led by Hirotsugu Terasaki, Executive Director of the SGI Office of Peace Affairs, participated in the meetings held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York preparatory to the 2010 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference. The NPT is one of the most ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | May 11 2009

SGI Exhibition Opens at UNESCO Event in Eugene, Oregon, USA

The conference included a panel discussion, during which representatives from various religious and spiritual traditions, including the Muslim, Christian and Jewish faiths, exchanged views on how religious and spiritual communities can address the current ecological crisis. Throughout the weekend, hundreds of visitors viewed the exhibition which was first launched ... read more

Culture | May 10 2009

Tenth Anniversary of Korea-Japan Friendship Monument Celebrated; SGI-Korea Youth Convention Held

On May 10, 2009, Soka Gakkai representatives and Korean residents in Kyushu, Japan, gathered at the Soka Gakkai Fukuoka Training Center, Fukuoka Prefecture, for a commemorative meeting to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Korea-Japan Friendship Monument. Soka Gakkai Vice President Masaharu Sato announced that May 15, the day ... read more

Buddhism | May 9 2009

SGI-Hong Kong Announces New Leaders

On May 9, 2009, SGI-Hong Kong held a leaders meeting at the SGI-Hong Kong Culture Center. Some 1,500 participated in the event which was also a kick-off for SGI-Hong Kong's 50th anniversary in 2011. General Director John Ng Chor Yuk and Women's Leader Wo Wai Kuen were announced as ... read more

Culture | May 8 2009

"Dialogue with Nature" Photography Exhibition Held in Daegu, South Korea

From April 29 to May 8, 2009, SGI-Korea and Yonhap News Agency cohosted the exhibition "Dialogue with Nature: Photographs by Daisaku Ikeda" at Daegu Exhibition and Convention Center in Daegu Metropolitan City, South Korea. The Korean Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Ministry of Environment, Daegu Metropolitan City, Federation of Artistic ... read more