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Buddhism | Nov 28 2010

Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai Holds General Meeting

Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai Holds General Meeting

On November 28, Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai (BSG) members held a general meeting at the Soka Bodhi Tree Garden outside New Delhi, India. In all, 1,300 gathered, including SGI members from Nepal and Sri Lanka. Representing all the youth, BSG youth leaders shared their determination to deepen their understanding of Nichiren's ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 28 2010

SGI-Russia Young Women Commemorate the Founding of Soka Gakkai

SGI-Russia Young Women Commemorate the Founding of Soka Gakkai

In commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the Soka Gakkai's founding, young women from SGI-Russia held a commemorative meeting in Moscow on November 28. At the meeting the women refreshed their determinations to work for the peace and happiness of humanity. [Adapted from an article in the December 26, 2010, issue ... read more

Culture | Nov 28 2010

Culture Festivals Held in Panama and Chile

Culture Festivals Held in Panama and Chile

Over two days on November 20 and 21, SGI-Panama members put on a culture festival celebrating the 80th anniversary of Soka Gakkai's founding, at the SGI-Panama Culture Center in Panama City. Some 2,400 gathered from surrounding provinces such as Chiriquí and Veragaus and from the city of Colón. The festival ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 28 2010

SGI Members in the UK and Japan Take Buddhist Study Exams

SGI Members in the UK and Japan Take Buddhist Study Exams

On November 14, hundreds of SGI-UK members participated in Buddhist study exams at SGI-UK centers and local venues throughout the country. Every year, the SGI-UK Buddhist Study Exam offers participants opportunities to study Nichiren's writings in depth and deepen their understanding of Buddhism. This year marked the seventh year of such ... read more

Sustainable Development | Nov 27 2010

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Joins "Green Consumers" Campaign

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Joins "Green Consumers" Campaign

Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) Johor, in collaboration with the Johor state Economic Planning Unit and the Ministry of Tourism in Malaysia, organized a "Green Consumers" campaign on November 27 at the SGM Johor Culture Center. The event was created to raise awareness on the issue of environmental protection in the community. ... read more

Education | Nov 23 2010

SGI Takes Part in Frankfurt Book Fair and Organizes Book Exhibition in Japan

SGI Takes Part in Frankfurt Book Fair and Organizes Book Exhibition in Japan

SGI took part in the world's oldest and largest book fair in Frankfurt, Germany, from October 6-10. This year marks SGI's eighth year of participation in the event. Over 7,500 publishing companies from 111 countries set up stands, and visitors totaled approximately 280,000. The book fair features a "guest of honor" ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 23 2010

Institute of Oriental Philosophy UK Hosts Lotus Sutra Event at the British Library

Institute of Oriental Philosophy UK Hosts Lotus Sutra Event at the British Library

On November 23, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy, UK, hosted a special event at the British Library to mark the publication of a facsimile edition of a Sanskrit Lotus Sutra Manuscript, which is held in the library's archives. Originating from Nepal, this document was used for collating the first critical ... read more

Press Releases | Nov 22 2010

SGI President Awarded 300th Academic Honor from University of Massachusetts Boston

TOKYO, Nov 22: Daisaku Ikeda, president of the Soka Gakkai International Buddhist association and founder of Soka University, was awarded the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, from the University of Massachusetts Boston at a ceremony held in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward on November 21. This brings to 300 the total ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 21 2010

Soka Gakkai's Anniversary Celebrated at University of Hamburg

Soka Gakkai's Anniversary Celebrated at University of Hamburg

In celebration of Soka Gakkai's 80th anniversary, 1,500 SGI-Germany members gathered at the University of Hamburg on November 21. Professor Ulrich Dehn, a religious scholar at the university, spoke at the event, as well as Goethe scholar Manfred Osten from the Weimar Goethe Institute, Germany. [Dr. Osten and SGI President ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 21 2010

SGI Members Around the World Celebrate Soka Gakkai's Founding

SGI Members Around the World Celebrate Soka Gakkai's Founding

In commemoration of the 80th anniversary of Soka Gakkai's founding (November 18, 1930), SGI-Kenya held a meeting in the city of Kisumu from November 20-21. Guests included SGI members who had traveled all the way from Uganda. In Sierra Leone, some 150 SGI members commemorated the day by hosting a discussion ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Nov 19 2010

SGI-USA Cosponsors Lecture by Former UN Under-Secretary-General Chowdhury at Lehigh University

SGI-USA Cosponsors Lecture by Former UN Under-Secretary-General Chowdhury at Lehigh University

On November 16, former United Nations Under-Secretary-General Anwarul K. Chowdhury spoke as part of Lehigh University's Distinguished Lecture Series in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The event was cosponsored by SGI-USA along with several other peace organizations. In conjunction with the lecture, the SGI antinuclear exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 18 2010

Ikeda Hall Opens in Seoul, Korea

Ikeda Hall Opens in Seoul, Korea

SGI-Korea's new center, named Ikeda Hall, opened on November 18 in Seoul, South Korea. The building's debut coincided with the 80th anniversary of the Soka Gakkai's founding. The new structure's main hall can seat 2,500 and in addition to offices, has rooms suited for exhibitions and conferences. Special multi-purpose rooms ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 14 2010

SGI-Austria Hosts Youth Friendship Meeting in Vienna

SGI-Austria Hosts Youth Friendship Meeting in Vienna

On November 14, SGI-Austria youth members welcomed guests to their youth friendship general meeting held at the SGI-Austria Culture Center in Vienna. Some 150 attended. The gathering included a visual presentation of SGI's history and its various movements to promote peace, culture and education, as well as a choir performance. [Adapted from ... read more

Culture | Nov 14 2010

Culture Festivals Held in Luxembourg and Belgium

Culture Festivals Held in Luxembourg and Belgium

In commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the Soka Gakkai, SGI-Luxembourg and Belgium held culture festivals in November. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Nov 14 2010

Nobel Peace Laureates Speak at Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Lecture Series

Nobel Peace Laureates Speak at Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Lecture Series

Soka Gakkai Hiroshima youth members sponsored a Hiroshima Study Lecture Series on November 13 and 14 at the Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Ikeda Peace Memorial Hall. Three lectures were held in conjunction with the 11th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates which took place at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park from ... read more