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Interfaith | Apr 8 2008

SGI-USA Cohosts Christian-Buddhist Interfaith Dialogue

On April 8, 2008, SGI-USA members in Oxnard, California, USA, along with the Alternatives to Violence Project, a non-profit group, hosted an interfaith dialogue that brought together more than 100 Buddhists and Christians to discuss creating peace in their community. "We share the same sentiment that the greater the sense ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 7 2008

SGI-USA and SGI-Thailand Open New Centers

On April 6, 2008, SGI-USA's Buffalo Community Center opened in Buffalo, New York State. The center will be a focus of activities for members living in the Buffalo-Niagara Area, part of SGI-USA's New York Zone. Buffalo is the principal city of the Buffalo-Niagara Falls metropolitan area located on the eastern ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 6 2008

7,000 Take Study Exam on Nichiren Buddhism in South Korea

SGI-Korea has been conducting ongoing grassroots gatherings to study Nichiren's writings and discuss the basic principles of Buddhism. On April 6, 2008, SGI-Korea held an entrance-level examination on Nichiren Buddhism at 103 venues throughout South Korea. More than 7,000 candidates were tested on five of Nichiren's writings and the basic ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 6 2008

SGI-Chile Holds Leaders Training Course and Prayer Service

On March 30, 2008, some 40 SGI-Chile men gathered for a leaders training course at the SGI-Chile Culture Center in Santiago. Participants discussed the core Buddhist concepts of oneness of mentor and disciple and the unity of "many in body and one in mind." SGI-Chile General Director Fumio Imai reported ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Apr 6 2008

"Children and a Culture of Peace" Exhibition in Tokyo and Hyogo

"Children and a Culture of Peace: For the Sake of Children's Happiness," an exhibition created and sponsored by the Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee, was displayed on April 2-6, 2008, at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space in Toshima Ward, Tokyo, and at the Kansai International Culture Center in Kobe, Hyogo ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 5 2008

SGI-USA Members in New York Celebrate Springtime with General Meeting

On April 5, 2008, some 1,500 SGI-USA New York Zone members gathered for a general meeting at Harlem's historic Apollo Theater in New York City. New York Zone has recently expanded its organization from four to six regions, following growth in its membership. Zone Leader Ethan Gelbaum shared his resolve ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 5 2008

Soka Gakkai Publishes Eighth Part of the Lotus Sutra Manuscript Series

The Soka Gakkai recently published The Sanskrit Lotus Sutra Manuscript from the Société Asiatique (No. 2), Romanized Text, the eighth part in its ongoing Lotus Sutra Manuscript series. The Soka Gakkai originally commissioned the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP), Tokyo, Japan, to coordinate the publication of facsimile and romanized texts ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 4 2008

Taiwan Soka Association Holds Buddhist Memorial Service

On April 4, 2008, Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) members gathered for a prayer service in memory of their deceased ancestors at TSA's Ci-En Memorial Hall in Yunlin County. In the Chinese tradition, the Qing Ming Festival is held every year in early April. The day is one on which families ... read more

Sustainable Development | Apr 4 2008

Paraguayan Universities Host "Seeds of Change" Exhibition

"Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential," an exhibition on sustainable development, the role of education and the Earth Charter Initiative, has recently been displayed at two universities in Paraguay. From March 31 to April 4, 2008, the exhibition was on show at the National University of Pilar ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 2 2008

50th Anniversary of Second Soka Gakkai President's Death Commemorated

On April 2, 2008, Soka Gakkai held memorial services throughout Japan to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda (1900-58). Current Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada and General Director Masaaki Masaki attended a meeting at the Soka Gakkai Headquarters in Shinanomachi, Tokyo. SGI ... read more

Culture | Mar 31 2008

President of Asia Pacific Forum on Families Malaysia Lectures in Osaka, Japan

On March 31, 2008, Datin Paduka Professor Jamilah Ariffin, president of the Malaysia Chapter of Asia Pacific Forum on Families (APFAM) International and adjunct professor of gender studies at the University of Malaya, lectured at the Soka Gakkai Kansai Ikeda Center in Osaka on creating a nurturing family environment that ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 31 2008

SGI-USA Youth Commemorate March 16 Nationwide

Throughout March 2008, more than 37,000 youth and their guests gathered at events around the United States to commemorate the 50th anniversary of March 16, 1958, a significant date in the Soka Gakkai's history when just two weeks prior to his death second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda bequeathed the ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Mar 31 2008

SGI-Venezuela Youth Organize Peace Builder Course

Since 2003, SGI-Venezuela youth have organized and conducted a Peace Builder Course at various schools and universities in Venezuela. In Naguanagua City, Carabobo, the youth taught the course at four junior and senior high schools between January and March, 2008, in conjunction with the city's education curriculum. Classes were also ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 30 2008

SGI-Portugal Members Meet in Trets

On March 27-30, 2008, some 95 SGI-Portugal members met for a training course at the SGI European Center in Trets, southern France. Participants studied "The Heritage of the Ultimate Law of Life," one of Nichiren's letters, based on SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's lecture on the same writing. Representatives related how ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 30 2008

SGI-Ireland Holds Youth Meeting; SGI-Netherlands Women and Young Women Leaders Meet

On March 30, 2008, SGI-Ireland held a youth general meeting in Dublin, the country's capital. With the theme of "Let's Build Peace through Dialogue and Friendship," SGI-Ireland youth and their friends studied the humanism of Nichiren Buddhism. SGI-Ireland youth meet in Dublin On the same day, SGI-Netherlands women and young women ... read more