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Buddhism | Jan 6 2008

SGI Members Around the World Celebrate New Year's Day

In early January, 2008, SGI members in 190 countries and regions gathered in their respective locales to usher in the new year, designated by the SGI as "Year of Capable People and Development," and to celebrate January 2, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's 80th birthday. On January 1, around 7,000 SGI-UK ... read more

Culture | Jan 5 2008

SGI-Nepal Hosts Culture Festival

On January 5, 2008, SGI-Nepal hosted a culture festival at the SGI-Nepal Peace Center in Kathmandu, celebrating January 2, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's 80th birthday. Some 70 performers presented songs and dances for an audience of over 400 SGI members and their families, friends and local residents. SGI-Nepal Arts Division ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 1 2008

SGI-USA Members' New Year's Determinations Attract Media Attention

The New Year's traditions of SGI members were highlighted in several articles in the US media over the holiday period. On December 19, 2007, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram carried an article introducing the approach to New Year's determinations of an SGI-USA member from Grapevine, Texas, as well as comments from ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Dec 31 2007

SGI Youth Support Relief Efforts in Flooded Tabasco State, Mexico

In December 2007, SGI-Mexico youth members organized relief activities in Tabasco State, Mexico. The area was suffering from the worst flooding in 50 years caused by torrential rains that hit southeastern Mexico in October. Even two months after the flooding, many were still affected by the disaster and living at ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 29 2007

First SGI Conference on Central African Countries Held in Cameroon

On December 29, 2007, the first SGI Conference on Central African Countries was held in Edea City, Cameroon. Representatives gathered from Gabon, Cameroon, the Republic of the Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Republic of Zimbabwe, Equatorial Guinea and the Central African Republic. Sharing their grassroots activities for ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 29 2007

SGI-Cameroon Holds General Meeting

On December 29, 2007, some 800 SGI-Cameroon members gathered in Edea for a general meeting to usher in 2008, which the SGI has designated the "Year of Capable People and Development." The SGI-Cameroon membership has increased threefold from some 700 to 2,000 in the past four years. In a message, ... read more

Culture | Dec 16 2007

Min-On Cosponsors Annual Foreign Students Music Festival in Kyoto and Osaka

On November 18, 2007, the 19th Kyoto Foreign Students Music Festival was held at Kyoto Kaikan Hall in Kyoto City. Clad in beautiful national costumes some 133 foreign students from 20 countries studying in Kyoto performed dances and music of their respective cultures. This annual festival for foreign students, cosponsored ... read more

Culture | Dec 16 2007

Soka Renaissance Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps and Soka Gran Esperanza Flag Corps Win National Contest

On December 16, 2007, five Soka Gakkai drum and bugle corps participated in the 35th national All-Japan Marching Band and Baton Twirling Contest, sponsored by Japan Marching Band & Baton Twirling Association (JMBA) at the Saitama Super Arena. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Dec 11 2007

Dr. Jan Øberg Speaks on Conflict Resolution in Nagoya, Japan

On December 11, 2007, Dr. Jan Øberg, cofounder and director of the Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research (TFF), and visiting professor at the Graduate School of International Development at Nagoya University, was invited by the Soka Gakkai Chubu Youth Peace Committee to address a group of 80 local ... read more

Interfaith | Dec 10 2007

Director of Institute of Southeast Asian Studies Speaks on "Buddhism, Singapore and Interfaith Dialogue" at Annual Lecture

On December 10, 2007, the Singapore Soka Association (SSA) sponsored its seventh Daisaku Ikeda Annual Lecture at the SSA Headquarters in Singapore. Guest speaker Dr. K. Kesavapany, director of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) and Singapore's ambassador to Jordan, spoke on "Buddhism, Singapore and Interfaith Dialogue." Some 800 ... read more

Human Rights | Dec 7 2007

Conference of NGOs (CONGO) General Assembly Held in Geneva

December 5-7, 2007, CONGO, the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (UN), held its 23rd General Assembly at the International Conference Center in Geneva, Switzerland. CONGO is a membership association with more than 500 member NGOs from 74 countries, working to ensure that NGOs are present ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 5 2007

SGI-Hong Kong and SGI-Macau Hold General Meetings

On December 5, 2007, SGI-Hong Kong held its 40th general meeting at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium in Hong Kong. Some 3,800 members gathered to kick off 2008, which the SGI has designated the "Year of Capable People and Development." Newly appointed youth division (YD) leaders were announced at the meeting. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Dec 3 2007

New Pugwash President Visits Soka Gakkai

Dr. Jayantha Dhanapala, the newly elected president of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, visited the Soka Gakkai Headquarters on December 3, 2007, and met with Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada. A former Sri Lankan diplomat, Dr. Dhanapala was Director of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 2 2007

Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai Members Gather at Soka Bodhi Tree Garden

On December 2, 2007, Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai (BSG) held its 33rd general meeting at Soka Bodhi Tree Garden in a New Delhi suburb. SGI-Nepal and SGI-Sri Lanka representatives also attended the meeting together with some 1,300 BSG members from throughout India, making a fresh departure toward 2008, which the ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 29 2007

Soka Gakkai Holds Entrance Level Study Examination on Nichiren Buddhism

On November 25, 2007, approximately 135,000 Soka Gakkai members sat for a study department entrance level examination at 1,519 locations throughout Japan. The study material included three of Nichiren's major writings in the original classical Japanese--"Letter from Sado," "Persecution by Sword and Staff" and "Questions and Answers about Embracing the ... read more