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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

Education | Dec 29 2006

Over 8,000 Utilize Soka Gakkai Educational Counseling Centers in Japan during 2006

As part of their educational reform efforts, since 1968, Soka Gakkai members working in education have voluntarily provided free counseling to preschool through high school students and their parents on a variety of problems including bullying, truancy, violence, social withdrawal, problems with interpersonal relationships and learning difficulties. In 2006, 8,598 ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 21 2006

Greek Edition of Burton Watson's The Lotus Sutra Published

Kedros Publishers, Athens, Greece, recently released a Greek edition of The Lotus Sutra, widely considered to be the most important scripture of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition. This edition is translated from Burton Watson's translation published in 1993 by Columbia University Press, New York. The 500-page Greek version includes an introduction, ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 19 2006

SGI-Macau and SGI-Hong Kong Celebrate 40th and 45th Anniversaries

Macau: On November 26, 2006, SGI-Macau held its 23rd general meeting at the SGI-Macau Culture Centre. The meeting commemorated SGI-Macau's 40th anniversary and served as a kick-off toward its 50th. Performances by various dance and chorus groups, including the girls' Daybreak Dancers, celebrated the event. A couple shared their experience ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Dec 19 2006

World Federation of the United Nations Associations (WFUNA) Secretary General Visits Soka Gakkai Headquarters, Tokyo

On December 19, 2006, Pera Wells, secretary-general of the World Federation of the United Nations Associations (WFUNA) met with Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada at the Soka Gakkai headquarters in Shinanomachi, Tokyo. She was accompanied by Park Soo Gil, honorary chair of the United Nations Association (UNA) of the Republic ... read more

Education | Dec 19 2006

Chief Editor of Ming Pao Lectures on Responsible Journalism at SGI-Hong Kong Center

On December 1, 2006, SGI-Hong Kong sponsored a lecture by Paul K. B. Cheung, chief editor of Ming Pao, one of Hong Kong's leading newspapers, at the SGI-Hong Kong Culture Centre. Speaking to an audience of 550 on the media's responsibility to society and its influence, Mr. Cheung remarked that ... read more

Culture | Dec 19 2006

Indonesian National Youth Council Visits Soka Gakkai Headquarters

On December 19, 2006, Hasanuddin Yusuf, president of the Indonesian National Youth Council (KNPI), the Republic of Indonesia's largest youth organization, and other KNPI officials visited the Seikyo Shimbun Press offices in Shinanomachi, Tokyo to meet with Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada, General Director Masaaki Masaki, Soka Gakkai International (SGI) ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 17 2006

SGI-Hong Kong, SGI-Macau and SGI-Malaysia Hold Buddhist Study Examinations

On December 17, 2006, SGI-Hong Kong and SGI-Macau held an intermediate-level study examination on Nichiren Buddhism. The candidates were tested on Nichiren's writings. The study material included SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's "Lectures on 'The Opening of the Eyes'" and The World of Nichiren Daishonin's Writings, a dialogue between Mr. Ikeda ... read more