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Buddhism | Oct 19 2008

SGI-Greece Members Meet on Aegean Island

From October 16-19, 2008, SGI-Greece hosted an autumn study session at Eretria, Evvoia, Greece. Over 90 members from throughout the country, including those living on small islands, attended the session. Together with SGI-Greece General Director Dimitri Dimopoulos and Women's Leader Monika Vermeulen, attendees studied SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's lecture series ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 19 2008

SGI-Brazil Holds Grassroots Meetings Throughout Brazil

On October 18 and 19, 2008, SGI-Brazil (BSGI) members gathered at some 5,800 locales throughout the country, celebrating the 48th "BSGI Day" (October 19), marking the day SGI President Daisaku Ikeda first visited Brazil. Mr. Ikeda arrived in São Paulo, Brazil, on October 19, 1960. The SGI's first overseas ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 18 2008

"Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World" Exhibition Held in La Paz, Bolivia

From October 4-18, 2008, SGI's exhibition "Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World" was shown at the Franz Tamayo University in La Paz, Bolivia. La Paz City Youth Protection Department Director Antonio Gira, Franz Tamayo University Board Member Celsa Nogales and Vice Chancellor Saúl Canelas attended ... read more

Interfaith | Oct 18 2008

SGI Represents Buddhism at Interfaith Symposium at Nur University, Bolivia

On October 18, 2008, Nur University hosted a symposium on interfaith dialogue at the university’s auditorium in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Representatives of Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Baha’i exchanged opinions on organized religions' contributions to peace. Some 120 university professors and students attended. Speaking for Buddhist organizations, an SGI-Bolivia young ... read more

Education | Oct 18 2008

Boston Research Center Hosts Lecture and Response on "Enjoying the Rhythm of Birth and Death"

On the afternoon of October 18, 2008, an overflow crowd gathered at the Boston Research Center (BRC) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, to hear Dr. Yoichi Kawada and Dr. Mary Catherine Bateson share insights on the topic "Enjoying the Rhythm of Birth and Death: A Buddhist Perspective." The event was the ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 17 2008

SGI Participates in Frankfurt Book Fair 2008

From October 15-17, 2008, the annual Frankfurt Book Fair was held in Frankfurt, Germany. The history of the Frankfurt Book Fair dates back to the 15th century. Today it is considered to be the world's oldest and largest international book fair. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 16 2008

SGI Representative to the UN is Keynote Speaker at UN Event in Orlando, Florida, USA

On October 16, 2008, the Greater Orlando Chapter of the United Nations Association-USA (UNA-USA) sponsored the third annual "Nurture the Nations" to commemorate UN Day on October 24. Titled "The Millennium Development Goals: Halfway to the Promise," the event featured exhibitions by 18 partner organizations including Habitat for Humanity ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 14 2008

180,000 View SGI Antinuclear Exhibition in Malaysia Since July 2007

On October 10, 2008, the SGI exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit" opened at the Spring Shopping Mall in Kuching, Malaysia. Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) and Physicians for Peace and Social Responsibility (PPSR), an NGO affiliated with the International Physicians ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Oct 14 2008

Book Donation to Yamakoshi Village School

On October 14, 2008, the Soka Gakkai donated books to Yamakoshi Elementary and Junior High Schools during an assembly with students from both schools. Ranko Kondo and Toshio Ohira, principals of the respective schools, thanked Soka Gakkai Vice President Shigeo Kaneko for the gift--a total of 528 books and three ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 13 2008

SGI-Iceland Initiates "Encouragement Campaign"

SGI-Iceland Young Women's Leader Eyrún Ósk Jónsdóttir commented, "We are sensing a lot of desperation among the general public here in Iceland. Now people are looking for something more secure to put their hearts into." TV1, one of the three TV channels in Iceland, contacted SGI-Iceland General Director Eygló Jónsdóttir ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 13 2008

Soka Gakkai Holds Memorial Services on the Anniversary of Nichiren's Passing

Memorial services commemorating Nichiren's passing (October 13, 1282) have taken place throughout Japan. The services also commemorated October 12, 1279, the day Nichiren inscribed the Dai-Gohonzon, the object of devotion in Nichiren Buddhism, for all humanity. [Dai means great. Go is an honorific prefix, and honzon means object of fundamental ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 12 2008

SGI-New Zealand Holds Study Examination on Nichiren Buddhism

On October 12, 2008, SGI-New Zealand held an elementary-level study examination at 10 venues throughout the country. The candidates were tested in the language of their choice, either English, Japanese or Chinese. Study materials included "Reply to Sairen-bo" and "The Dragon Gate" from Nichiren's writings; basic concepts of Nichiren ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 11 2008

SGI-Peru Leaders and Youth Look to the Future

On September 24, 2008, some 650 SGI-Peru leaders gathered at the SGI-Peru Culture Center in Lima, Peru. SGI-Peru Women's Leader María Eugenia Fernádes Loayza announced activities for the remainder of the year and asked everyone to make the most of their November discussion meetings. Participants studied "On Attaining Buddhahood ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 11 2008

SGI-Slovenia Members Meet

On October 11, 2008, SGI-Slovenia members gathered together in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia in the Balkans. In 1991, the Republic of Slovenia became independent from the former Yugoslavia. SGI-Slovenia Chapter was established in 2001. Since then, its members have shared and highlighted the humanistic philosophy of Buddhism through grassroots ... read more

Culture | Oct 11 2008

SSA Supports Southeast Asian Youth Exchange and International Day of Peace Visual Arts

SSEAYP is an annual Japanese government-sponsored program that brings together about 300 youth from Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries and Japan, providing them with opportunities to interact onboard the ship Nippon Maru and at different ports-of-call for 52 days. Some 25 Singapore youth leaders, aged 30 and ... read more