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Buddhism | Oct 22 2011

SGI Europe Anniversary Celebrated in Italy and Denmark

In October 1961, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda made his first visit to Europe for the purpose of encouraging the handful of practitioners of Nichiren Buddhism throughout Europe and sharing the ideals of Buddhism with as many people as possible. ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 22 2011

European Members Celebrate 50th Anniversary

SGI members in Europe have been celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first visit to the continent by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda in 1961, a date taken to commemorate the start of the movement for the propagation of Buddhism in Europe. ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 19 2011

The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin Published in French

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's first visit to Europe in 1961, the first volume of The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin has been translated into French and published by Verlag Herder GmbH in cooperation with Soka Gakkai Japan. ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 17 2011

New Centers Open in Spain, Portugal and the Netherlands

SGI-Spain held the opening ceremony for its first official center on October 15 in the city of Rivas-Vaciamadrid. The opening coincided with celebrations on the 50th anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's first visit to Europe in 1961. ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 16 2011

SGI Youth from West Africa Attend Training Course in Togo

SGI Youth from West Africa Attend Training Course in Togo

SGI's West Africa Youth Training Course was held in Lome, Togo, from October 15-16. Some 400 youth members from Togo, including youth from Ghana, Benin, Nigeria and Burkina Faso attended. ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 9 2011

Fall Seminar Held in the Czech Republic

Fall Seminar Held in the Czech Republic

SGI members in the Czech Republic organized a Fall Seminar in Prague from October 8-9. At the meeting, one SGI member shared her story of practicing Buddhism and another read a poem she wrote about the mentor and disciple relationship. ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 2 2011

Celebrating SGI's World Peace Day

Celebrating SGI's World Peace Day

This year marks the 51st anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's first visit overseas on October 2, 1960, in an effort to help share the teachings of Nichiren Buddhism with people around the world and thereby contribute to building lasting peace. ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 2 2011

Buddhist Study Exams in Japan, Brazil, Taiwan

Buddhist Study Exams in Japan, Brazil, Taiwan

Every year, SGI holds Buddhist study exams for members in various countries. This year, exams were held in Brazil, Japan and Taiwan in the month of October. On October 2, the advanced level youth Buddhist study exam was administered in over 400 venues throughout Japan. ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 17 2011

SGI-Russia Celebrates Anniversary of SGI President Ikeda's First Visit

SGI-Russia Celebrates Anniversary of SGI President Ikeda's First Visit

In celebration of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's first visit to Russia on September 8, 1974, SGI-Russia members from throughout the country, including from the cities of St. Petersburg and Nizhniy Novgorod, gathered in Moscow for a festive meeting on September 17. ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 11 2011

SGI Youth Participate in Exchange Meetings in Japan

SGI Youth Participate in Exchange Meetings in Japan

On September 8, some 250 SGI youth from over 55 countries attended the opening ceremony of the SGI Youth Training Session at the Soka International Friendship Center in Tokyo. ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 4 2011

Bharat Soka Gakkai Members Take Buddhist Study Exam

Bharat Soka Gakkai Members Take Buddhist Study Exam

On September 4, Bharat Soka Gakkai (BSG) held an elementary level Buddhist study exam in 90 cities throughout India, including New Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata. Some 8,000 people took the voluntary exam, which was administered at over 130 venues. ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 1 2011

SGI Ireland Summer Course

SGI Ireland Summer Course

SGI-Ireland's 2011 Summer Course was held for the first time at the SGI European Center in Trets, France, from September 1-4. ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 28 2011

SGI Leaders Attend North America and Oceania Study Conference

SGI Leaders Attend North America and Oceania Study Conference

From August 24-28, the 2011 SGI Leaders North America and Oceania Study Conference was held in Santa Monica, California. Over 250 people attended from across the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Palau and Canada. ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 28 2011

SGI Celebrates Men's Division Day Around the World

SGI Celebrates Men's Division Day Around the World

SGI men around the world celebrated Soka Gakkai Men's Division Day on August 24--the day SGI President Daisaku Ikeda joined the Soka Gakkai at the age of 19. The Men's Division itself was founded on March 5, 1966. ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 27 2011

SGI Men Strengthen Commitment to Promoting Peace

SGI Men Strengthen Commitment to Promoting Peace

On August 12, more than 70 SGI-USA Men's Division members from Atlanta, Georgia, traveled over 600 miles--55 by a specially chartered bus--to attend the SGI-USA Men's Conference at the Florida Nature and Culture Center (FNCC). For the year leading up to the conference, the men focused on the theme of raising ... read more