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Buddhism | Jan 2 2011

SGI Members Around the World Celebrate the New Year

SGI Members Around the World Celebrate the New Year

SGI members around the world celebrated the New Year by holding commemorative meetings in their local areas. ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 2 2011

Members in Japan Celebrate Start of 2011

Members in Japan Celebrate Start of 2011

New Year's meetings to celebrate the start of 2011 were held in Soka Gakkai centers throughout Japan on January 1 and 2. On January 1, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and Soka Gakkai representative leaders performed gongyo at the Soka Gakkai Headquarters in Shinanomachi, Shinjuku, Tokyo, to pray for the good health, ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 12 2010

SGI-Peru Holds Fifth National Leaders Meeting

SGI-Peru Holds Fifth National Leaders Meeting

SGI-Peru held its fifth national leaders meeting at the Peru Culture Center in Lima on December 12. Some 800 attended the gathering, at which SGI-Peru's young men's brass band and young women's fife-and-drum corps performed. An SGI-Peru youth shared his resolution to support his peers in developing their capability. Several SGI-Peru ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 5 2010

New Commemorative Hall Opens at Soka Gakkai Malaysia's Grand Culture Centre

New Commemorative Hall Opens at Soka Gakkai Malaysia's Grand Culture Centre

Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) held a festival commemorating the 80th anniversary of Soka Gakkai's founding on December 5, at the SGM Headquarters in Cheras, Selangor. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a message congratulating members on their meeting and shared his hope that SGM members always value a spirit of creating harmony. SGI ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 4 2010

Soka Gakkai Academic Department Hosts Symposium on History of SGI

Soka Gakkai Academic Department Hosts Symposium on History of SGI

The Soka Gakkai Academic Department hosted a symposium at the Japan Youth Hall on December 4, in Tokyo, Japan. Presentations at the event focused on how SGI's various activities are perceived around the world. Among the scholars who spoke were Dr. Daisuke Inoue from Soka University of Japan, Professor Akira Kawabata ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 3 2010

Symposium on "Modern Civilization and Philosophy" and Lotus Sutra Exhibition Held in Brazil

Symposium on "Modern Civilization and Philosophy" and Lotus Sutra Exhibition Held in Brazil

The Brazilian Academy of Philosophy and the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) held a joint symposium on "Modern Civilization and Philosophy" at the Brazilian Academy of Philosophy of Rio de Janeiro on December 1-2, 2010. Guests at the opening ceremony included Academy President João Ricardo Moderno and former Minister of Culture ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 30 2010

Buddhist Meetings Held in Africa

Buddhist Meetings Held in Africa

On September 25, SGI-Cambodia held its 10th General Meeting at the National Institute of Education in Phnom Penh. ... read more

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

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

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

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

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