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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

Buddhism | Dec 6 2006

SGI-UK Opens New Center in Central London

Local SGI members celebrate opening On November 18, 2006, SGI-UK opened a new center in central London, which will serve as the hub of activities for members living in North, Central and East London. Some 500 representatives gathered to celebrate the opening. SGI-UK Vice General Director Kazuo Fujii congratulated everyone, ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 5 2006

New SGI Center Opens in Bremen, Germany

On November 18, Soka Gakkai's 76th anniversary, SGI-Germany opened a new center in Bremen, Germany. The local members attending the opening prayed for the happiness and prosperity of their families and society and for lasting peace in the world. Bremen, situated in northwestern Germany, has a rich history dating back ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 4 2006

Philosophical Dialogue among Confucian, Buddhist and Daoist Scholars in Hong Kong

In a message, IOP founder and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda stated that ideas such as the "golden mean" and "neutrality" that underlie traditional Chinese thought find common ground in the Buddhist concept of the "Middle Way." These schools of thought are expressions of the virtues of the "Middle Way" that ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 4 2006

Lotus Sutra Exhibition in Hong Kong Displays Rare Artifacts from Early Recorded History

On November 25, 2006, some 300 guests attended the opening of "The Lotus Sutra--A Message of Peace and Harmonious Coexistence" at the SGI-Hong Kong Cultural and Recreational Centre. The exhibition brought together a rare collection of artifacts, calligraphic and pictorial representations of the Lotus Sutra including historic originals and reproductions ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 4 2006

8,000 Sit for Buddhist Study Exams in 25 European Countries

This autumn (2006), some 8,000 SGI members in 25 European countries, such as Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, U.K., Switzerland and Belgium, were tested on their study of Nichiren Buddhism. The exam material included basic Buddhist concepts and "Many in Body, One in Mind" and "Reply to Kyo'o" from Nichiren's writings ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 3 2006

SGI Members in Slovenia Host Seminar

On December 2 and 3, 2006, SGI members in the southern Alpine states and Adriatic nations of Europe hosted an "Alpine and Adriatic Seminar" in Ljubljana, the capital of the Republic of Slovenia. Fifty SGI members and their friends from six countries--Italy, Austria, Croatia, Slovenia, Germany, and Hungary--gathered for a ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 3 2006

SGI-Peru Holds Elementary-Level Buddhist Study Examination in 14 Cities

On December 3, 2006, the SGI-Peru Study Department held an elementary-level examination in 14 cities throughout Peru, including Lima, Peru's capital. Some 780 SGI-Peru members of all ages sat for the examination to test their knowledge on basic Buddhist concepts and Nichiren's writings such as "The True Aspect of All ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 2 2006

SGI-USA Language Groups Help Build Global Network

SGI-USA National Language Bureau representatives discuss their goals for 2007 For those first attending an SGI-USA activity, the wide diversity of its membership, a hallmark of SGI-USA, is immediately apparent. SGI-USA members represent cultures and speak languages from around the globe. Sixty-four representatives representing 13 languages--Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, French, ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Dec 2 2006

"Children and a Culture of Peace" Exhibition Opens in Ishikawa, Tochigi and Yamagata Prefectures

On December 2, 2006, "Children and a Culture of Peace Exhibition: For the Sake of Children's Happiness," created and sponsored by the Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee (WPC), opened simultaneously at the Hakusan City Citizen's Exchange Center in Ishikawa Prefecture; the Ohtawara Community Vocational Training Center in Tochigo Prefecture; and ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Dec 1 2006

IAEA Director General Meets with SGI President

On November 30, Nobel Peace Laureate Mohamed ElBaradei, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), an inter-governmental organization under the auspices of the United Nations, met with SGI President Daisaku Ikeda in Tokyo. Dr. ElBaradei and his wife, Aida Elkachef, received a warm welcome from SGI President Daisaku ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 29 2006

SGI-Mexico and Veracruz City Cosponsor Youth Peace Convention

On November 19, SGI-Mexico and Veracruz, a major port city in Mexico, cosponsored the "2nd Youth Peace Convention" at Redondo Campo Hall. Some 600 young people attended from throughout Mexico. Panelists SGI-Mexico Young Men's Leader Roberto Toledo, Jésus Orosco, Veracruz Youth Assembly chair, and Eduardo Muñoz, professor ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 29 2006

SGI Members Gather in Uganda, Cameroon and Ghana

Uganda: On November 11-12, 2006, SGI-Uganda women participated in their first training course in Kampala at a ranch on the shores of Lake Victoria. Among the 16 participants were two women from Kenya and one from Rwanda. The women studied "Happiness in this World" from Nichiren's writings and discussed core ... read more

Culture | Nov 28 2006

Min-On Cosponsors 18th Kyoto Foreign Students Music Festival

140 international students studying in Kyoto and vicinity participated in the annual festival On November 26, some 140 international students from 23 countries and regions studying at universities and colleges in Kyoto and vicinity participated in the 18th Kyoto Foreign Students Music Festival at Kyoto Kaikan Hall, Kyoto City. Adorned in ... read more