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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

Culture | Nov 26 2006

Thai-Japan Performing Arts Collaboration in Tokyo Commemorates 60th Anniversary of Thai King's Coronation

On November 25, "A Rainbow of Dance Part 9: A Tale of Two Cities," a blending of traditional Japanese and Thai performing arts, commemorating the 60th anniversary of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej's accession to the throne, was held at the Tokyo International Forum, Chiyoda, Tokyo. The event was sponsored ... read more

Sustainable Development | Nov 23 2006

Oman Hosts "Seeds of Change" Environment Exhibition

"Seeds of Change--the Earth Charter and Human Potential," an exhibition created by Soka Gakkai International (SGI), was held in two cities in the Sultanate of Oman: in Muscat from November 4-12; and in Sur on November 16, 2006. The exhibition highlights the Earth Charter as a "map" pointing toward sustainable ... read more

Education | Nov 23 2006

SGI-Bolivia Hosts Seminar on Nichiren Buddhism

On November 23, 2006, SGI-Bolivia sponsored a seminar on Nichiren Buddhism at the SGI-Bolivia Culture Center in Santa Cruz, in collaboration with Nur University. Since July 2003, SGI Bolivia has hosted lectures and seminars on Buddhism as part of a class curriculum at the university at the request of Professor ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 20 2006

21st "Boys and Girls Art of Hope Exhibit" Opens at Josei Toda International Center in Tokyo

The 21st "Boys and Girls Art of Hope Exhibit" opened November 19 at the Josei Toda International Center in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. Subtitled "With Courage and Hope Let's Launch a Great Voyage of Peace," the exhibit will show through December 3, 2006. Some 80 drawings and paintings ... read more

Culture | Nov 20 2006

21st "Boys and Girls Art of Hope Exhibit" Opens at Josei Toda International Center in Tokyo

The 21st "Boys and Girls Art of Hope Exhibit" opened November 19 at the Josei Toda International Center in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. Subtitled "With Courage and Hope Let's Launch a Great Voyage of Peace," the exhibit will show through December 3, 2006. Some 80 drawings and paintings selected from among ... read more