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Buddhism | Nov 4 2010

Representative SGI Members from Africa Meet in Tokyo

Representative SGI Members from Africa Meet in Tokyo

On November 4, nineteen SGI-members from 12 African countries, who were visiting Japan for the annual SGI Fall Training Session, held a conference with Soka Gakkai representatives at the Soka Culture Center in Shinanomachi, Tokyo. Representative leaders from Japan included Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada, SGI General Director Yoshitaka Oba ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 2 2010

Founding of Soka Activity Support Groups Commemorated

Founding of Soka Activity Support Groups Commemorated

SGI-Canada members held meetings in their respective areas in commemoration of the November 2, 1976, founding of the SGI's Soka Group--a young men's activity support group. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a heartfelt message asking the youthful Soka Group members in Canada to always maintain a "Never Be Defeated" spirit. Soka ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 24 2010

SGI-Denmark Young Women Hold Training Course

SGI-Denmark Young Women Hold Training Course

Young women of SGI-Denmark held a training session in Asnas, Denmark, from October 22-24, where they were able to further their understanding of Buddhism. In particular, study and discussion focused on the concept of "true benefit" as expounded in Nichiren Buddhism. Participants left the session expressing their determination to live ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 23 2010

SGI Members in Europe Engage in Buddhist Study

SGI Members in Europe Engage in Buddhist Study

SGI-Greece held a general meeting in Eretria, Evia Island, from October 7-10. Along with members of Athens, more than 100 members gathered from throughout the country. ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 13 2010

Soka Gakkai Holds Memorial Services on Anniversary of Nichiren's Passing

Soka Gakkai Holds Memorial Services on Anniversary of Nichiren's Passing

Soka Gakkai held memorial services throughout Japan on October 13 to mark the anniversary of Nichiren's passing (October 13, 1282). ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 10 2010

SGI Members in Hong Kong Take Buddhist Study Exams

SGI Members in Hong Kong Take Buddhist Study Exams

On October 10, more than 1,000 SGI-Hong Kong members participated in the Intermediate Buddhist Study Exam organized by SGI-Hong Kong. The exams were held in four locations throughout Hong Kong, including the SGI-Hong Kong Culture Center and the Tuen Mun Culture Center. Exam questions were based on SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 10 2010

Throughout Europe SGI Members Vow to Work for Peace

Throughout Europe SGI Members Vow to Work for Peace

SGI-Germany young women members attended training sessions at the Villa Sachsen Grand Culture Center in Bingen, Germany, from October 8-10. Participants deepened their understanding of Buddhism through studying Nichiren's writings and also through sharing with one another their experiences of applying Buddhism in their daily lives. At the meeting, women ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 2 2010

SGI World Peace Day Celebrated Around the World

SGI World Peace Day Celebrated Around the World

On October 2, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and Mrs. Kaneko Ikeda attended a ceremony in Tokyo to pay tribute to their mentors Tsunesaburo Makiguchi (first president of Soka Gakkai) and Josei Toda (second president of Soka Gakkai). Mr. and Mrs. Ikeda also offered prayers for the well-being of SGI members ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 19 2010

Local Grassroots Meetings Held in Japan

Local Grassroots Meetings Held in Japan

Soka Gakkai members in Japan held discussion meetings in their local areas from September 13-19, 2010. The small monthly gatherings provide a venue for members and guests to study and discuss the life philosophy of Buddhism, share how their Buddhist practice relates to their personal challenges and goals, and encourage ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 18 2010

SGI Members in Russia Hold General Meetings

SGI Members in Russia Hold General Meetings

SGI members in Russia held general meetings throughout the nation in the third week of September, in the cities of Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Nizhniy Novgorod, Ufa, Perm and Voronezh to commemorate the 36th anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's first visit to Russia (September 8, 1974). Discussions at the meetings were focused on ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 12 2010

SGI-Dominican Republic Holds Leaders Meeting

SGI-Dominican Republic Holds Leaders Meeting

On September 12, SGI-Dominican Republic held a leaders meeting at the SGI-Dominican Republic Culture Center in Santo Domingo. About 380 attended the meeting which included events such as a dance performance and the sharing of a faith-based experience by one member. At the meeting SGI-Dominican Republic General Director Pedro Familia ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 6 2010

SGI Youth Leaders Participate in Training Course and Cultural Exchanges in Japan

SGI Youth Leaders Participate in Training Course and Cultural Exchanges in Japan

To commemorate the Soka Gakkai's 80th anniversary, 250 youth representatives from 60 countries and territories gathered for an SGI Youth Training Course in Japan, from September 2-6, 2010. Yumiko Kumazawa was appointed SGI Young Women's Leader at the opening session held on September 2 at the Soka International Friendship Hall in ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 22 2010

Photo Story: SGI-Bolivia

Photo Story: SGI-Bolivia

SGI-Bolivia Men's Group members gathered in La Paz for a general meeting on August 22. ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 22 2010

35th SGI-Europe Summer Sessions Held at Trets, France

35th SGI-Europe Summer Sessions Held at Trets, France

In the months of July and August 2010, SGI-Europe held summer training sessions at the SGI European Center in Trets, southern France. Courses were held for Men's and Women's Group members from July 29 to August 2, followed by the Student Group from August 7-10. Youth Group members gathered from ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 15 2010

Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Victims Remembered

Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Victims Remembered

On August 6, 2010, a service in solemn tribute to war victims was conducted at the Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Peace Memorial Hall, Japan. The event commemorated the 65th anniversary of the dropping of the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima City. Soka Gakkai representatives attended together with atomic bomb survivors (hibakusha), ... read more