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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

Buddhism | Dec 16 2006

SGI-Korea Young Men Participate in Training Session on Cheju Island

December 1-3, 2006, 108 SGI-Korea Young Men's Division (YMD) representatives from throughout South Korea attended a training session at the Cheju Korea-Japan Friendship Training Center in Seogwipo City, Cheju Province on Cheju Island. The young men studied Buddhist philosophy based on Nichiren's writings and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's recent speeches ... read more

Education | Dec 14 2006

Government Selects SGI-Taiwan's Monthly Periodical for Young Children as Recommended Reading

The Taiwan Government Information Office (GIO) recently selected Soka Youth, a monthly magazine for young people published by SGI-Taiwan's Cheng Yin Culture Enterprise Co., Ltd., for inclusion in its 27th excellent extracurricular reading list for elementary and junior high school students. Every year, the GIO sponsors a program to ... read more

Sustainable Development | Dec 11 2006

"Seeds of Change" Exhibition at the Indian Museum, Kolkata, India

On December 11, 2006, the "Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential" exhibition was inaugurated at the Indian Museum in Kolkata by Mayor Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya. The exhibition was co-sponsored by Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai (BSG), UNICEF and the West Bengal Federation of United Nations Association (WEBFUNA). Mayor Bhattacharya, ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 10 2006

Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai Holds 32nd General Meeting

On November 26, 2006, 1,200 Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai (BSG) representatives met for their 32nd general meeting at the Soka Bodhi Tree Garden in a New Delhi suburb. In a message, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda congratulated the participants on BSG's development and growth. Encouraging everyone to work in harmony, Mr. ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 10 2006

Youth Support Groups Meet in Italy and Belgium

From December 1 through 3, 2006, a combined training course for SGI-Italy Soka and Byakuren groups was held in Pescia, a small medieval town in the hills northwest of Florence, Italy. The Soka and Byakuren Groups are young men's and young women's support groups, respectively, within the SGI organization that ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 10 2006

SGI-Paraguay Celebrates 45th Anniversary

On December 10, 2006, SGI-Paraguay hosted a general meeting commemorating its 45th anniversary in Pirapo City, Itapúa, Paraguay. Several members recounted how they had applied the philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism in order to surmount hardships and achieve their personal goals, while representatives of each division shared their resolutions for 2007. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Dec 10 2006

"Gandhi, King, Ikeda: A Legacy of Building Peace" Exhibition Shows in Kathmandu and Pokhara, Nepal

Chancellor Satya Mohan Joshi views display Opening ceremony From November 9 through 19, 2006, the exhibition "Gandhi, King, Ikeda: A Legacy of Building Peace" was held at the Nepal Art Council in Kathmandu, Nepal. Some 200 guests attended the official opening on November 9. Chancellor of the Nepal Bhasha Academy Satya Mohan ... read more

Culture | Dec 10 2006

China-Japan Friendship Association Delegates and SGI President Discuss Bilateral Friendship

On December 9, 2006, President Song Jian of the China-Japan Friendship Association (CJFA), China, and his party were warmly received by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada, and Soka Gakkai youth representatives at Soka Gakkai's Tokyo Makiguchi Memorial Hall in Hachioji, Tokyo. In a two-hour discussion, Mr. ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 9 2006

SGI-Nepal Holds 12th General Meeting

On November 25, 2006, SGI-Nepal members held their 12th general meeting at their center in Kathmandu. In a message, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda stated that sharing in friends' sorrows and sufferings and endeavoring to encourage them through dialogue is to live in accord with Nichiren's teachings. He also encouraged the ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 7 2006

SGI-USA Conducts Memorial Service at Site of 9/11 Terrorist Attacks in New York

Plaque bearing Mr. Ikeda's prayer for peace On October 31, together with SGI-USA representatives, SGI General Director Yoshitaka Ohba of Japan visited "Ground Zero," the site of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, where the former World Trade Center once stood. They offered prayers for the victims of 9/11 as ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 7 2006

SGI-Argentina and SGI-Taiwan Hold Entrance-Level Study Exams on Nichiren Buddhism

On October 29, 2006, SGI-Argentina held an entrance-level examination on Nichiren Buddhism. Some 1,800 members participated at 36 venues in Buenos Aires, Cordoba, Tucuman, Bariloche and others. The members were tested on their knowledge of the life of Nichiren as well as the letters of encouragement he sent his followers, ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 7 2006

SGI-Norway Opens First Center; Holds First Study Examination

On the following day, SGI-Norway held its first study exam on Nichiren Buddhism at the new center. The candidates were tested on basic Buddhist concepts and Nichiren's writings, such as "Many in Body, One in Mind" and "Reply to Kyo'o." ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 7 2006

SGI-Argentina Peace Auditorium Recognized for Architectural Excellence

On December 7, 2006, the University of Palermo, Argentina, presented its Outstanding Building Award to the SGI-Argentina Peace Auditorium in Buenos Aires, recognizing the structure as the best constructed in Argentina during the past ten years. A panel of renowned architects were judges in the competition. SGI-Argentina Peace Auditorium Corindo Testa, ... read more