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Buddhism | Jan 14 2007

SGI-Europe Holds Peace Summit at Trets

From January 11 through 14, 2007, some 180 SGI representatives from 28 European countries attended an SGI-Europe Peace Summit at the SGI-European Center in Trets, southern France. Activities for 2007, including a study program on Nichiren Buddhism and summer sessions at Trets were announced. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 14 2007

SGI-USA Opens New Center in Guam

On January 14, 2007, SGI-USA opened a new center on Guam in response to the recent increase in membership. The new center has a prayer hall on the first floor, and several multi-purpose halls on the second floor. A chorus san a song about world peace for the opening. SGI-USA ... read more

Culture | Jan 14 2007

Soka Gran Esperanza Color Guard and Soka Kagoshima Southern Blaze Win Top Honors in National Competition

Soka Gakkai bands and groups competed in the 34th All-Japan Marching Band and Baton Twirling Competition, held at the Nihon Budokan Hall in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo, on January 13 and 14, 2007. Gran Esperanza flag corps Soka Kagoshima Southern Blaze Competing on January 13, the Fuji Fife-and-Drum Corps' Soka Gran Esperanza flag ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 7 2007

SGI-Taiwan and SGI-South Korea Hold Buddhist Study Examinations

On January 7, 2007, SGI-Taiwan held a promotional exam on Nichiren Buddhism for those who previously passed the entrance-level study examination. Some 5,000 candidates sat for the exam at 31 venues, including one on Penghu Island. On December 3, 2006, SGI-Korea conducted an intermediate-level study examination at 92 centers throughout ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 6 2007

SGI-Cuba First Buddhist Association Officially Registered with Cuban Government

SGI-Cuba recently became the first Buddhist association to be officially recognized as a religious corporation by the Cuban government. On January 6, 2007, a ceremony celebrating the official registration was held in Havana, Cuba's capital. Some 200 attended, including: Caridad Diego Bello, head, Office of Religious Affairs (ORA), Central Committee ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 6 2007

Volume II of De Geschriften van Nichiren Daishonin (Dutch Translations of Nichiren's Writings) Published

SGI-Netherlands recently published a second volume of De Geschriften van Nichiren Daishonin, a Dutch translation of The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, comprising 17 letters and treatises. Included are three of Nichiren's five major writings--"On Establishing the Correct Teaching for the Peace of the Land," "The Opening of the Eyes" ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 2 2007

SGI Associations in Oceania Celebrate the New Year

On January 1 and 2, 2007, SGI associations in seven countries and territories of Oceania held New Year's meetings at 16 venues with a total participation of 2,500. In Australia, 1,500 SGI members celebrated the new year at five venues throughout the country on January 1. At the meeting in ... read more

Interfaith | Jan 2 2007

Singapore Soka Association Participates in Interfaith Event

On January 2, 2007 some 2,000 delegates from almost all religious organizations in Singapore gathered for a dinner reception at Singapore Expo Hall. Among those attending were some 60 representatives from the Singapore Soka Association (SSA) led by SSA Chairman Ong Bon Chai. Participants were encouraged to sit with those ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 1 2007

SGI-Canada Opens New Center in Québec, Canada

On November 4, 2006, SGI-Canada opened an SGI center in Québec City, Québec Province, the only official French-speaking area in North America. The city, with a portion still surrounded by an old castle wall, prospered as a castle town in the early 17th century. Old Québec has been designated as ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 1 2007

SGI-Europe Associations Greet the New Year

SGI-Spain members at the Madrid Center SGI-Belgium members In Spain, some 800 members gathered at 20 venues including Gran Canaria, the Canary Islands, and at the SGI-Spain Culture Center in Madrid. In Italy, some 15,000 members attended meetings at SGI-Italy's ten community centers across the country including the SGI-Italy Culture Center in ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 1 2007

SGI Associations in Asian Countries Ring in the New Year

SGI-Thailand members SGI-Nepal members In SGI-Thailand, some 10,000 members gathered for New Year's meetings at 90 venues around the country. In SGI-Malaysia, as well, over 10,000 members celebrated the new year at 53 venues in 13 states. SGI-Indonesia held meetings at 18 venues including its headquarters building which opened last year, with a ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 1 2007

SGI Associations in Latin America Celebrate the New Year

SGI associations across Latin America held meetings to celebrate the start of the year. On New Year's Day, 1,000 SGI-Brazil (BSGI) representatives living in and around São Paulo, Brazil, gathered at the BSGI Culture Center in São Paulo. In Mexico, SGI members kicked off the New Year at 15 venues; ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 1 2007

SGI New Year's Prayer Meetings Held Across the African Continent

On January 1, 2007, SGI members of the Central African Republic, located in the heart of the continent, met for a New Year's prayer meeting. Since returning from an SGI training session in Japan in October 2006, Jean Chrysostome Gody, SGI-Central African Republic coordinator, has been sharing reports from his ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 1 2007

SGI-Canada Greets the New Year

On January 1, 2007, SGI-Canada held New Year's meetings at locations across the country including the cities of Toronto, Vancouver, Halifax and Saskatoon as well as on Prince Edward Island. At the SGI-Canada Culture Center in Toronto, SGI-Canada General Director Tony Meers emphasized that each individual's personal growth and happiness ... read more

Sustainable Development | Dec 31 2006

Singapore Soka Association Adopts Park

SSA General Director Ong planting a Duranta variegated dwarf shrub SSA volunteers warm up with exercises Under the auspices of Singapore National Park Board's "Adopt a Park" program, women and young women of Singapore Soka Association (SSA) have taken responsibility for beautifying Telok Kurau Park. At the "adoption" ceremony held on December ... read more