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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

Buddhism | Aug 13 2010

Lotus Sutra Exhibition Shown in Nepal and India

Lotus Sutra Exhibition Shown in Nepal and India

The Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP), together with SGI-Nepal, cosponsored the exhibition "Lotus Sutra, A Message of Peace and Harmonious Coexistence" at three venues in Kathmandu, Nepal, from July 31 to August 4, 2010. This was the exhibition's first showing in Nepal, the birthplace of Shakyamuni, the historical Buddha. The official ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 8 2010

Pugwash Chairman Speaks at SGI-Denmark's Summer Training Session

Pugwash Chairman Speaks at SGI-Denmark's Summer Training Session

From August 6-8, 2010, over 300 SGI-Denmark members attended a training session in Helsingør, Denmark. The course, focused on the Buddhist term "Boddhisattvas of the Earth," offered participants an opportunity to deepen their understanding of Buddhism through the study of Nichiren's writings. A series of study lectures were given by SGI-Denmark ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 25 2010

SGI Members in Africa Hold Training Sessions

SGI Members in Africa Hold Training Sessions

SGI members in Mozambique gathered for the first training session held in their country in the city of Namaacha, from July 3-4. SGI-South Africa General Director Loren Braithwaite attended to support this historic meeting, in which participants deepened their understanding of the Buddhist perspective on the mentor disciple relationship and ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 25 2010

SGI Young Women's Day Celebrated in Uruguay and Canada

SGI Young Women's Day Celebrated in Uruguay and Canada

During the month of July, young women throughout Canada also celebrated the founding of the SGI Young Women's Group. Meetings were held in several cities, including Ontario, Toronto and Vancouver. Approximately 300 participated. On July 11 and 24, young women held meetings in Quebec City and Montreal. Both meetings focused on ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 19 2010

South America Celebrates Founding of Youth Groups

South America Celebrates Founding of Youth Groups

The month of July marks the anniversaries of the founding of the Young Men's Group (July 11, 1952) and Young Women's Group (July 19, 1951), and youth throughout the world held commemorative meetings to celebrate the dates. Josei Toda, second president of the Soka Gakkai, who created the youth groups, ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 18 2010

SGI-Sierra Leone Members Vow to Create Peace

SGI-Sierra Leone Members Vow to Create Peace

On July 18, 2010, a commemorative district meeting was held in Freetown, Sierra Leone. The event included a presentation on the life of Nichiren and one of his closest disciples, Nikko, as well as on second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda and his disciple Daisaku Ikeda. Members also shared their own ... read more