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Interfaith | Jan 27 2007

Singapore Soka Association Youth Join Interfaith Youth Forum

Over a period of three months beginning November 2006, 26 young people from various religious faiths paid courtesy calls on different religious organizations, held workshops and engaged in frank discussions on interfaith matters as part of Singapore Interfaith Youth Forum (SIFY) 2007. The project was initiated by the National Youth ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 26 2007

SGI-Brazil Youth Engage in Dialogues with "One Million Amigos-Amigas"; Youth Groups Meet

During January 2007, SGI-Brazil (BSGI) youth groups held rallies in several locations to celebrate anniversaries and kick off the new year. Two years before in 2005, the youth had launched their "One Million Amigos-Amigas Campaign," an effort to spread understanding of Nichiren Buddhism and the BSGI in their local communities ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 26 2007

SGI Korea Commemorates SGI Day; Children's Choir Welcomes New Members

On January 26, 2007, 1,400 SGI-Korea members of the Seoul metropolitan area met to commemorate the SGI's 32nd anniversary. With the January 1, 2007 appointment of South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki Moon as the new Secretary-General of the United Nations, the SGI-Korea members reaffirmed their commitment to creating lasting ... read more

Interfaith | Jan 25 2007

Singapore Interfaith Lecture at Islamic Center

On January 25, 2007, two Singapore Soka Association (SSA) representatives, Vice General Director Chan Heng Yuen and Peace Study Committee member Lim Jih Yang, were invited to attend a lecture organized by the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS). Held at the MUIS Harmony Centre, the event was attended by ... read more

Sustainable Development | Jan 24 2007

Formia, Italy, Hosts "Seeds of Change--the Earth Charter and Human Potential" Exhibition

From January 18-24, 2007, the "Seeds of Change--the Earth Charter and Human Potential," an exhibition created by the SGI and the Earth Charter Initiative, was held in Formia, an Italian city in Latina Province, located halfway between Rome and Naples along the Mediterranean coast. A noted seaside resort for the ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 21 2007

Women of SGI-Portugal Hold 4th General Meeting

On January 21, 2007, some 100 women from throughout the country gathered in Lisbon, the capital, for SGI-Portugal's 4th women's general meeting. The event featured eight women who gave personal accounts of surmounting problems and challenging their goals through the practical application of Nichiren Buddhism. Mayumi Yamaki shared her joy ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 21 2007

Buddhist Learning Courses Held in Frankfurt and Bingen, Germany

On January 20 and 21, 2007 SGI-Germany held concurrent Buddhist study courses, in German and in Japanese, for a total of 300 participants at its Frankfurt Culture Center and at the Villa Sachsen Culture Center in Bingen. Sakae Takahashi, SGI-Europe Study Department head, Yoshiharu Matsuno, an SGI-Germany leader, and others ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 21 2007

SGI-Germany Hosts Open House at Its New Hamburg Center

On January 21, 2007, SGI-Germany hosted an open house for local residents and invited guests at its new Hamburg center. Speaking on behalf of the guests, Irmgard von Lehsten, member of the German Committee for UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund), expressed her hope that the SGI will serve as a ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 20 2007

Newly-Renovated SGI-Brazil Women's Center Opens

Following renovations, the SGI-Brazil Women's Center reopened on January 20, 2007. The center, located in São Paulo, Brazil, has witnessed the growth of SGI-Brazil from 2,500 members in 1965 to 130,000 today. When SGI President Daisaku Ikeda visited the center in 1969, he proposed that it be established as a ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jan 15 2007

SGI-USA Members Participate in Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebrations

Dean Carter (3rd from right) with University of Michigan students and others involved in the GKI exhibition In January 2007, along with many U.S. citizens, SGI-USA members around the country celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day (MLK Day), honoring the memory of Dr. King (1929-68), one of the U.S.'s most influential ... read more

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