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Buddhism | Jan 26 2009

Soka Gakkai Publishes The Lotus Sutra and Its Opening and Closing Sutras

Soka Gakkai recently released The Lotus Sutra and Its Opening and Closing Sutras, commemorating January 26, 2009, the 34th anniversary of the founding of the SGI. The book offers an English translation of the Lotus Sutra and two short sutras, the Immeasurable Meanings Sutra and the Sutra on How ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jan 26 2009

SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's 2009 Peace Proposal Highlights Nuclear Disarmament, "Humanitarian Competition"

On January 26, 2009, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda issued his annual peace proposal entitled "Toward Humanitarian Competition: A New Current in History." Analyzing the global economic crisis, Mr. Ikeda questions humanity's abstract love of money, calling for a focus on the real needs of real people and stressing the need to ... read more

Press Releases | Jan 26 2009

Buddhist Leader's 2009 Peace Proposal Highlights Nuclear Disarmament, "Humanitarian Competition"

Tokyo, Japan: On January 26, Daisaku Ikeda, president of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Buddhist association, today issued his annual peace proposal entitled "Toward Humanitarian Competition: A New Current in History." Analyzing the global economic crisis, Ikeda questions humanity's abstract love of money, calling for a focus on the real needs ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 25 2009

SGI-Dominican Republic Women Gather Throughout the Country

SGI-Dominican Republic women have been meeting at various locales around the country. On January 25, 2009, SGI-Dominican Republic Women's Leader Leiko Komatsu attended a meeting at the SGI culture center in Santo Domingo. One woman shared the sense of fulfillment she gained from practicing Nichiren Buddhism as well as the ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 25 2009

SGI-Spain Representatives Meet in Madrid

On January 25, 2009, some 700 SGI-Spain members gathered in Madrid, Spain. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a congratulatory message, expressing his hope that the members would advance in unity, achieve personal triumphs and make concerted efforts to be good citizens, expanding their circle of friendships. In 1991, SGI-Spain was newly ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 24 2009

SGI-Portugal Officially Registered

SGI-Portugal was recently officially registered as a religious organization. Sueji Naohara was appointed SGI-Portugal's general director. When SGI President Daisaku Ikeda first visited Portugal in 1965, there were no members in the country. An SGI chapter was established in Portugal in January 1992. Since then, the Portuguese members have worked ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jan 24 2009

SGI-USA Celebrates Spirit of Martin Luther King Jr.; Relaunches Victory Over Violence Website

On January 15, SGI-USA youth in the Washington, D.C. area joined with other young people in an interfaith initiative to clean the Anacostia River shoreline. Following the activity, the youth met in groups to discuss environmental issues relating to their faith traditions. Participants reported they left more determined to ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Jan 20 2009

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Donates to Fund for Medical Patients in Need

On January 20, 2009, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) made a contribution of RM 18,000 to the SAHABAT-PPUKM (Friends of PPUKM) Fund at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre (PPUKM), which provides financial assistance to patients in need. SGM General Director Choo Kong Fei presented the check to Professor Dato ... read more

Sustainable Development | Jan 19 2009

SGI-USA Washington, D.C. Culture Center Participates in "Ecotour"

On January 19, 2009, the eve of the historic presidential inauguration of Barack Obama, SGI-USA members welcomed more than 75 guests to the SGI-USA Washington, D.C. Culture Center as part of an "Ecotour" sponsored by the Presidential Inaugural Committee 2009. Participants took five-mile bike and bus tours down Northwest Massachusetts ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 18 2009

SGI-Europe Holds Annual Peace Summit at SGI-European Center in France

From January 16-18, 2009, SGI-Europe representatives gathered for their annual Peace Summit at the SGI European Center in Trets, southern France. Some 200 members from 26 European countries attended. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a message applauding SGI-Europe's efforts to foster capable people, based on the study and practice ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 18 2009

Young Women's Meetings Held in Panama and Paraguay

On December 21, 2008, young women in Panama gathered for a leaders' meeting at the SGI-Panama Culture Center. Ashanti De León was appointed SGI-Panama young women's leader. She expressed her determination to foster more capable young women through heartfelt dialogue. Other newly appointed young women's leaders included Janune Chandler, student ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jan 16 2009

SGI Day Celebrated in Guam

To mark the occasion, Guam Governor Felix Camacho named January 9 "World Peace Day" and the island's legislature signed a resolution commending Daisaku and Kaneko Ikeda and the members of the SGI, as well as honoring the SGI's founding on January 26, 1975. Speaker of the 30th Guam Legislature Judith ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 15 2009

Korean Edition of The Lotus Sutra Published

SGI-Korea recently published a Korean edition of The Lotus Sutra and Its Opening and Closing Sutras. The Lotus Sutra is widely considered to be the most important scripture of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition. ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 11 2009

Study Exam on Nichiren Buddhism Held in India

On January 11, 2009, approximately 6,000 Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai (BSG) members sat for an entrance-level study exam at 95 venues throughout the country. Study materials included two of Nichiren's writings, "Winter Always Turns to Spring," a letter to the lay nun Myoichi, and one of his many letters ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 10 2009

IOP Hosts Public Lecture at Villa Sachsen, Germany

On January 10, 2009, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) hosted a lecture at SGI-Germany's Villa Sachsen Grand Culture Center. Dr. Michael von Brück, an eminent professor of religious studies at the Institute of Protestant Theology and Comparative Religions, University of Munich, spoke on the "Mentor and Disciple Relationship ... read more