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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

Buddhism | Jul 4 2010

SGI-Dominican Republic and Argentina Hold Leaders Meetings

SGI-Dominican Republic and Argentina Hold Leaders Meetings

On July 4, 2010, some 285 participated in a leaders meeting held at the SGI-Dominican Republic Culture Center in Santo Domingo. SGI-Dominican Republic General Director Pedro Familia attended and encouraged members to deepen their understanding of the shared commitment of mentor and disciple and to continue striving to achieve great personal ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 27 2010

SGI-Ecuador Holds Women's General Meetings

SGI-Ecuador Holds Women's General Meetings

On June 19 and 27, SGI-Ecuador held women's meetings in the cities of Quito and Guayaquil. At the meetings, women engaged in group discussions about how to live cheerfully and with vitality and watched a DVD celebrating women and mothers. SGI-Ecuador women's leader Chiemi Hanzawa encouraged participants to engage in heartfelt ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 27 2010

SGI-Argentina and Bolivia Hold Leaders Training Courses

SGI-Argentina and Bolivia Hold Leaders Training Courses

On June 26 and 27, 2010, some 360 gathered for an SGI-Argentina leaders training course held in Buenos Aires. During the meetings, SGI-Argentina General Director Yo Minagawa spoke about SGI-Argentina's development over the years and how participation at discussion meetings increased dramatically between 2007 and 2010. He attributed this growth to SGI-Argentina members' ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 26 2010

SGI-Czech Republic Women's General Meeting held in Prague

SGI-Czech Republic Women's General Meeting held in Prague

On June 26, 2010, SGI-Czech Republic women and young women gathered for a women's general meeting in Prague, Czech Republic. Included in the meeting was a presentation from a young woman who shared how she used her Buddhist practice to overcome her weak-heartedness and build a more solid foundation for her ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 17 2010

SGI-Thailand Publishes Thai Language Version of <em>The Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra,</em> vol.3

SGI-Thailand Publishes Thai Language Version of The Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra, vol.3

Recently, SGI-Thailand published the Thai language version of The Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra--A Discussion on Religion in the Twenty-first Century, vol. 3, written by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda. Current translations of this book include, Chinese, Danish, English, French, German, Italian, Korean, Portuguese and Spanish. Volume 3 examines chapters 11 through ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 13 2010

SGI-Switzerland Hosts Summer Training Course in France

SGI-Switzerland Hosts Summer Training Course in France

From June 10-13, 2010, some 150 participated in SGI-Switzerland's Summer Training Course held at the SGI-European Center in Trets, located in the south of France. The training course focused on the value of raising and encouraging capable leaders for the future, incorporating the concept of a shared spirit of mentor and ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 13 2010

SGI-Finland Holds Summer Training Course

SGI-Finland Holds Summer Training Course

On June 12 and 13, 2010, SGI-Finland held a Summer Training Course in the city of Espoo. A total of 87 attended. The training course consisted of a study session on "Lessening One's Karmic Retribution" from SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's study lecture series "Learning from the Gosho: The Hope-Filled Writings of ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 6 2010

SGI-Venezuela Celebrates SGI Women's Day

SGI-Venezuela Celebrates SGI Women's Day

On June 6, 2010, SGI-Venezuela held a commemorative SGI Women's Day meeting in Caracas, Venezuela. SGI-Venezuela General Director Lydia Salas attended, offering words of encouragement to the women. Meetings based on a theme of "Women Who Create Hope" were held concurrently throughout the country at 69 venues. Some 3,000 women participated. At ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 6 2010

SGI-Greece Holds General Meetings

SGI-Greece Holds General Meetings

On June 5, 2010, SGI-Greece young women held a general meeting in Athens, Greece. Within the context of Greece's recent economic crisis, which has affected all of Europe, the young women were encouraged to become beacons of hope in the face of indifference and resignation within society. Participants studied and discussed ... read more