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Buddhism | Jun 15 2008

New Community Center Opens in Berlin, Germany

On June 15, 2008, SGI-Germany members gathered to celebrate the opening of their new Berlin Center. Located in the heart of Berlin, the new center, which has a large prayer hall and conference rooms, will serve as a focal point for activities in SGI-Germany's East Region. At the opening, SGI-Germany ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 15 2008

SGI-Australia Women Meet in Sydney

On June 15, 2008, some 500 SGI-Australia women gathered at their culture center in Sydney. Mayor Le Lam of Auburn City, New South Wales, attending the event as a guest, shared her impression of her recent visit to Soka Women's College in Japan, where she was able to meet with ... read more

Human Rights | Jun 15 2008

SGI Supports and Attends Humphrey's Memorial Dedication

The interactive memorial, situated close to Dr. Humphrey's childhood home and his gravesite, consists of pieces created in stone with running water cascading down their sides, two mahogany wood figures of Humphrey as an adult and as a boy, and bronze birds situated on a bench open to view. A ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 14 2008

SGI-Nepal Holds First Youth Leaders' Meeting

On June 16, 2008, SGI-Nepal's First Youth Leaders' Meeting took place at the SGI-Nepal Peace Center in Kathmandu. Speaking to the participants, SGI-Nepal Youth Leader Navin Manandhar stated that youth should assume responsibility for building peace and encouraged everyone to develop into capable people who can give hope and courage ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 12 2008

SGI-Korea Students Sponsor Culture and Peace Activities on Campuses Nationwide; Decade of Growth Commemorated

May 18, 2008, marks the tenth anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's visit to South Korea. SGI-Korea commemorated the milestone with various activities and events in May and June. During June, SGI-Korea students are sponsoring culture and peace activities at 155 colleges and universities nationwide. By June 12, some 44,000 students, ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Jun 12 2008

SGI-Hong Kong Participates in Memorial Service and Charity Performance for China's Earthquake Victims

On May 21, 2008, SGI-Hong Kong joined other Buddhist groups at a joint memorial service conducted by the Hong Kong Buddhist Association in Hong Kong to pray for the peace and security of areas affected by natural disasters and the repose of victims who have passed away due to natural ... read more

Interfaith | Jun 11 2008

Expert on Confucian Studies Lectures at Taiwan Soka Association's Center

On June 11, 2008, Professor Tu Weiming, a leading authority on Confucian studies and professor of Chinese history and philosophy at Harvard University, delivered a lecture entitled "A Dialogical Civilization and a New Humanism" at Taiwan Soka Association's Jin-Zhou Culture Center in Taipei. Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) General Director Lin ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Jun 9 2008

SGI-USA Members Deliver Emergency Relief to Flood Victims in Iowa State, USA

For around three weeks from June 8, 2008, Iowa, USA, experienced continuous flooding throughout the state. Cedar Rapids, one of the cities hardest hit by flooding, reported 438 downtown city blocks underwater, including the city government building and the main public library. A relief team, led by SGI-USA Senior Vice General ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 8 2008

SGI-Russia Members Meet in Moscow and St. Petersburg

On June 6, 2008, SGI-Russia members in St. Petersburg gathered for their monthly discussion meeting, sharing how they have challenged to overcome their daily hardships based on their Buddhist practice. Together they deepened their understanding of Nichiren Buddhism through discussing the Buddhist view on life and death. Participants also celebrated ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 8 2008

SGI-Colombia Women Meet for District General Meetings

SGI-Colombia women recently held district general meetings throughout the country to commemorate June 10, Soka Gakkai Women's Division Day. On June 7, 2008, 42 women including 14 guests attended a meeting of El Dorado District. A representative shared how she overcame family discord and created a harmonious home environment through ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 8 2008

SGI-Finland Holds Study Session

On June 7 and 8, 2008, SGI-Finland members met to study Nichiren Buddhism in Helsinki. Led by SGI-Finland Chapter Leader Marjatta Valkama and Men's Leader Kari Kilpeläinen, participants reviewed SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's lecture on "The Drum at the Gate of Thunder," one of Nichiren's writings. In addition, Youth Leader ... read more

Education | Jun 7 2008

Soka Gakkai Opens Educational Counseling Center in Fukushima Prefecture

This year commemorates the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the first Soka Gakkai Educational Counseling Center (SGECC) in 1968. On June 7, 2008, the Soka Gakkai Education Department opened its 34th SGECC at the Soka Gakkai Koriyama Chuo Culture Center in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture. Soka Gakkai educators in Fukushima ... read more

Culture | Jun 7 2008

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Organizes Charity Cultural Festival in Sabah State

On June 6 and 7, 2008, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) held a charity cultural festival at Chancellor Hall on the Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) campus in Kota Kinabalu, capital of Sabah State, east Malaysia. Some 800 SGM youth performed for an audience of about 8,000, who gathered from throughout Malaysia ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 7 2008

Soka Gakkai Youth Hold National Leaders Meeting

On June 7, 2008, Soka Gakkai youth held a national leaders meeting concurrently with a national student division meeting at the Tokyo Makiguchi Memorial Hall in Hachioji, Tokyo. Youth representatives from 18 remote outer islands of the Japanese archipelago also participated. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and Soka Gakkai President Minoru ... read more

Sustainable Development | Jun 7 2008

SGI-Canada Youth Participate in Annual Tree Planting

On June 7, 2008, SGI-Canada youth members from the Toronto area, together with the Credit Valley Conservation Authority (CVC), participated in an annual tree planting in the town of Alton in Ontario, Canada. The 85 trees that were planted around a river bank will eventually grow to provide shade and ... read more