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Buddhism | Apr 23 2008

Soka Gakkai Holds Monthly Leaders Meeting for April 2008

On April 23, 2008, the Soka Gakkai held its monthly leaders meeting, which commemorated May 3rd, Soka Gakkai Day and Soka Gakkai Mothers' Day, at the Tokyo Makiguchi Memorial Hall in Hachioji, Tokyo. SGI members from 17 countries and territories joined Japanese representatives at the gathering, along with SGI President ... read more

Education | Apr 20 2008

Soka Gakkai Sponsors Public Awareness Lectures in Japan

On April 19, 2008, Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee in Osaka sponsored a Culture of Peace Forum at the Soka Gakkai Keihan Culture Center in Osaka. Four representatives spoke at the event, which was open to the public. Ruriko Iwade spoke about how her profession as a visiting nurse relates ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 13 2008

SGI-UK Holds Leaders Meeting and Women's Training Course

On April 5, 2008, some 500 SGI-UK representatives from throughout the country attended a leaders meeting at Taplow Court Grand Culture Centre in Berkshire. Participants discussed SGI-UK's efforts to promote the study of Nichiren Buddhism. Youth members reported on the recent SGI-Europe Youth General Meeting that they attended in Italy ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 13 2008

SGI Women from Belgium and Luxembourg Meet in Brussels

On April 13, 2008, some 170 SGI women representatives from Belgium and Luxembourg gathered for a meeting at the SGI-Belgium Culture Center in Brussels, Belgium. The meeting was simultaneously translated into three languages--Dutch, French and English. SGI-Luxembourg Women's Leader Claudine Ries reported her victories at her workplace while another member ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Apr 10 2008

Soka Gakkai Youth in Hiroshima Sponsor Lecture by Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation Chair

On April 10, 2008, Soka Gakkai youth in Hiroshima sponsored the 124th in a series of lectures titled Lectures on Hiroshima at the Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Ikeda Peace Hall in Hiroshima City. Steven L. Leeper, chairperson of the board of directors of the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation, spoke about Japan's ... read more

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