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Education | Jul 8 2007

Taiwan Soka Association Students Hold Summer Camps for Elementary Students in Remote Areas

"Soka Joy Summer Camps," educational support programs initiated by the Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) student division, were held again this year in three municipalities located in remote mountainous areas and islands off Taiwan where children are not able to receive a thorough elementary education. Basing their activities on SGI President ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 7 2007

Singapore Soka Association Celebrates 40th Anniversary

On July 7, 2007, Singapore Soka Association (SSA) celebrated its 40th anniversary with a Youth Festival at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Various SSA cultural groups and volunteer staff numbering 2,500 drew on their unique talents to put on a spectacular show for an audience of 10,500. The festival began with ... read more

Interfaith | Jul 7 2007

Second Interfaith Discourse Between Islam and Buddhism Held in Malaysia

On July 7, 2007, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) and the Malaysian Chinese Muslim Association cosponsored a second Islam and Buddhism interfaith exchange, entitled "A Discourse on Islam and Buddhism," at the Wisma Kebudayaan SGM Center in Kuala Lumpur. The first exchange was held on August 5, 2006. Dr. Wang Yong ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 1 2007

SGI-Cambodia Youth Pledge to Advance Peace

On July 1, 2007, SGI-Cambodia held its first national youth division leaders' meeting at the SGI-Cambodia Culture Center in Phnom Penh. Some 200 representatives gathered from around the country to commemorate the second anniversary of the formation of the SGI-Cambodia young men's division (YMD) and young women's division (YWD). Following ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 1 2007

SGI-Paraguay Women Hold General Meetings

During June 2007, approximately 700 SGI-Paraguay women met for general meetings with the theme, "Protagonists of Happiness," at 37 venues throughout the country. Many guests and friends attended the meetings, which brimmed with spontaneity and warmth. The gatherings included musical performances and inspiring episodes of how the SGI-Paraguay women "protagonists" ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 30 2007

SGI-Nepal Conducts Buddhist Seminar; SGI-Sri Lanka Holds Study Exams

On June 30, 2007, SGI-Nepal members gathered for a seminar on Buddhism in Pokhara, located around 200 kilometers west of Kathmandu. Participants studied the Buddhist concepts of "repaying one's debt of gratitude" and "earthly desires are enlightenment." The program also included a study of the core Buddhist principle of the ... read more

Culture | Jun 30 2007

SGI-Germany Sponsors International Children's Art Exhibition

From June 1-30, 2007, SGI-Germany sponsored the SGI's "World Boys and Girls Art Exhibition" at Mörfelden-Walldorf City Hall in western Germany. The first floor displayed 89 drawings and paintings by schoolchildren from nearby kindergartens and schools, while the second floor displayed 60 works by children from around the world. Related ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 29 2007

Lotus Sutra Exhibition in Macau Conveys Timeless Spiritual Message

From June 22-29, 2007, "The Flowering of the Lotus Along the Silk Road" exhibition was held at the Lou Lim Ieoc Garden in Macau. Previously held in Hong Kong as "The Lotus Sutra--A Message of Peace and Harmonious Coexistence," the exhibition displays a rare collection of artifacts and calligraphic and ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 28 2007

SGI Women Around the World Celebrate Women's Division Day

Members of the SGI women's division around the world commemorated June 10, Women's Division Day, during May and June 2007. A meeting on one of the Philippine islands In the Philippines, 21,000 women, of whom 16,000 were guests, assembled at 1,081 venues throughout the country to commemorate May 10, SGI-Philippines Women's ... read more

Interfaith | Jun 25 2007

Youth Religious Consultative Group Created by Italian Government Ministries Meets with SGI Italy Youth

The Italian Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Youth Affairs have created a youth religious consultative group to cooperate with and advise the two ministries on religious, multicultural and multiethnic affairs. The consultative group has been meeting with its various component religious groups. On June 25, 2007, the ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 24 2007

SGI-USA Advances with New Leadership and Nationwide Organization

At nationwide leaders' teleconferences on June 14 and 24, 2007, SGI-USA announced the implementation of a new organizational structure that consists of three large territories--East, Central and West. In a country as vast as the United States, it is extremely difficult to coordinate activities from one location. For SGI-USA to ... read more

Sustainable Development | Jun 24 2007

SGI-Philippines Young Men Plant 3,000 Seedlings to Preserve the Environment

Descending the mountain after accomplishing their task In 1999, SGI-Philippines young men began planting trees as part of a government-sponsored "Environment Month." Since then they have continued to plant trees in Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental and the Milasag Hills. On June 24, 2007, young men's division (YMD) volunteers set ... read more

Education | Jun 24 2007

SGI-Australia Celebrates Women's Division Day; Women in Sydney Sponsor Seminars on Winning Over Depression

On June 23-24, SGI-Australia women in Sydney, New South Wales, sponsored two seminars offering expert advice on overcoming depression, titled "The Darker the Night, the Nearer the Dawn," which included an introduction to the practice and philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism that offers hope for the depression, isolation and spiritual poverty ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 23 2007

SGI Cameroon Holds Leaders' Study Sessions

On June 23, Victory Headquarters district leaders met to study the Buddhist principle of "many in body, one in mind," in which the diverse and unique qualities of each individual are respected, and a spontaneous collaboration of individuals toward a common ideal creates an environment in which each individual's qualities ... read more

Culture | Jun 23 2007

SGI-Hong Kong Women's Chorus Performs at Tenth Anniversary Celebration

On June 23, 2007, the SGI-Hong Kong women's Bai Lan (white orchid) Chorus performed during a tenth anniversary celebration of Hong Kong's reversion to China (July 1, 1997). Donald Tsang, chief executive of Hong Kong, was one of the official guests at the event held at the Hong Kong Coliseum. ... read more