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Culture | Sep 30 2006

China's Ambassador to Japan and SGI President Discuss Sino-Japanese Friendship

On September 29, Chinese Ambassador to Japan Wang Yi, accompanied by Councilor Xiong Bo and First Secretary Yang Yu, received a warm welcome from SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and Soka Gakkai representatives at the Soka International Friendship Center in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo. The day happened to be the 34th anniversary ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 28 2006

New SGI-Europe District Established in Ísafjördur, Iceland

A new district was established in Ísafjördur, Iceland, making it SGI-Europe's northernmost district. With a latitude of 66 degrees, Ísafjördur is located on Vestfjarda Peninsula, overlooking Ísa Fjord. The town serves as a principal fishing port in northwestern Iceland, as well as a tourist destination with its tall, precipitous mountain ... read more

Education | Sep 25 2006

Soka Gakkai Educators Report on Applying Humanistic Education in the Classroom

The Soka Gakkai Education Department sponsored its 29th "All Japan Rally on Practical Application of Humanistic Education" in Morioka City, Iwate Prefecture, on September 24. Some 1,300 educators and guests attended the rally, titled "With Education from the Heart, Let's Ensure a Future Where Children Can Shine--Aiming for a Society ... read more

Culture | Sep 24 2006

SGI-Brazil Fife-and-Drum Corps and Brass Bands Participate in Independence Day Parades

SGI-Brazil's young men's Taiyo (Sun) Brass Bands and young women's Nova Era (New Era) Fife-and-Drum Corps participated in 20 Independence Day events throughout the country on September 7 in the cities of Riberão Preto, Belem, Manaus, Salvador and Belo Horizonte, among others. At the attraction held at the Samba Stadium ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 23 2006

SGI-Italy Holds Summer Buddhist Study Session in Fiuggi, Italy

From August 31 through September 3, over 2,500 SGI-Italy representatives met in Fiuggi, located some 80 kilometers south of Rome, for a summer study session. The city is long known for its medicinal mineral hot springs, reputed to cure a wide scope of urinary tract and liver diseases. Artist Michelangelo ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 20 2006

SGI-Russia Members Gather for General Meetings

September 8 commemorated the 32nd anniversary of SGI President Ikeda's first visit to Russia (then the USSR) in September 1974. SGI-Russia members gathered in their respective areas for general meetings on or around September 8. At five venues in Moscow, 80 gathered, including members from Krasnodar, 1,200 kilometers from Moscow, ... read more

Culture | Sep 17 2006

Chinese Literary Association Honors SGI President

The Chaozhou Federation of Literary and Art Circles of Chaozhou City, China, presented SGI President Daisaku Ikeda with its Literature and Arts Contribution Award for his efforts to strengthen world peace and Sino-Japanese friendship and his contributions to the advancement of culture and education in Chaozhou. On September 16, Chaozhou ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 16 2006

SGI Fiji Island Members Gather Family-style

On August 19, SGI members of the Republic of the Fiji Islands met in Lautoka, the second largest city, for a family-style district general meeting of 80 members and guests. This was the group's second general meeting following their first last year. New men's division member Nirmao Singh and women's ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 15 2006

SGI Youth in Ghana and Nigeria Hold Training Sessions

From August 25 to 27, SGI-Ghana youth held a training session at Bunso Cocoa College in Bunso, a suburb of Accra. Some 150 youth leaders gathered to strengthen their bonds of friendship as well as the spirit of mentor and disciple. The group studied SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's lecture on ... read more

Sustainable Development | Sep 15 2006

Exhibition Supporting the UN's Decade of Education for Sustainable Development Opens in Ibaraki

The "21st Century Environment Exhibition," which supports the UN's "Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014)," opened September 14 at the Tsukubamirai City General Athletic Park in Ibaraki Prefecture. The Ibaraki Newspaper Company and the Ibaraki Broadcasting Company are supporting the exhibition, created and organized by Soka Gakkai. The SGI ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 14 2006

SGI-UK Young Men Participate in Summer Course

From September 1 to 3, SGI-UK young men's division (YMD) members who have shown unprecedented growth and development, met in Slough for a summer study session. Members from Scotland and Northern Ireland joined the session, which included experiences of challenging difficulties with the practice of Nichiren Buddhism, sports events and ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 12 2006

7,000 SGI-Thailand Candidates Nationwide Sit for Beginning-Level Study Examination

7,000 SGI-Thailand members sit for beginning-level study exam on Nichiren Buddhism On August 13, SGI-Thailand held a beginning-level study examination for 7,000 members at 50 venues across the country. The study material included basic Buddhist principles; portions of "On Persecutions Befalling the Sage" and "On Attaining Buddhahood in this Lifetime," two ... read more

Culture | Sep 12 2006

SGI-USA Members in New Orleans, Louisiana, "Come Together" for Music Festival One Year After Hurricane Katrina

One year has passed since Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in southern United States and destroyed huge areas of Mississippi, Louisiana, and parts of Alabama. Amidst the arduous road to revitalization and restoration that still continues today, SGI-USA members in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, held a music festival titled ... read more

Education | Sep 10 2006

DVD of Tagalog Version of "Happy Tales," Collection of SGI President Ikeda's Children's Stories, Released in the Philippines

A poster announcing the TV program schedule for airing of "Happy Tales" in July 2004 A DVD of 12 animated adaptations of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's children's books, translated into Tagalog, was recently completed in the Philippines. A series of 11 of the stories, titled "Happy Tales," aired on GMA TV ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 8 2006

SGI-Europe Holds Summer Study Session in Trets

SGI-Europe held a summer study session August 19-24 at the European Center in Trets, southern France. Together with SGI Study Department Chief Katsuji Saito, 172 members from 27 countries studied "The Opening of the Eyes" from Nichiren's writings, based on SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's lecture. Nichiren's treatise brings to light ... read more