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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

Buddhism | Jun 6 2010

SGI-Norway Holds Commemorative Women's General Meetings

SGI-Norway Holds Commemorative Women's General Meetings

SGI-Norway women met for a commemorative women's general meeting celebrating SGI Women's Day (June 10) at the SGI-Norway Center in Oslo on June 6, 2010. At the meeting, representatives shared how their practice of Nichiren Buddhism has positively changed their lives. SGI-Norway General Director Aud Digernes encouraged the attendees to ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 5 2010

SGI-UK Volunteer Groups Celebrate Entrance and Graduation Ceremonies

On June 5, 2010, at SGI-UK's Taplow Court Grand Culture Center, SGI-UK honored volunteers who have worked behind-the-scenes to ensure the safe operation of SGI centers during meetings and events. For some people, this marked the end of their time with the volunteers groups, while other people were joining the ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 3 2010

SGI-Germany Holds Headquarters Leaders Meeting and Buddhist Seminar

SGI-Germany Holds Headquarters Leaders Meeting and Buddhist Seminar

On June 3, 2010, SGI-Germany held a headquarters leaders meeting at the SGI-Germany Düsseldorf center. At the meeting, participants studied SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's guidance and had opportunities to share and discuss their thoughts in small group discussions. An SGI-Germany Men's Leader, Kazuyoshi Oishi, shared his experience of using his Buddhist ... read more

Buddhism | May 18 2010

SGI-Korea Members Study Nichiren's Writings

SGI-Korea Members Study Nichiren's Writings

From May 17-18, 2010, representative SGI-Korea members participated in a study session at the SGI-Korea headquarters building in Seoul, South Korea. SGI Study Department Leader Katsuji Saito lectured on two of Nichiren's most important writings, "The Opening of the Eyes" and "The Heritage of the Ultimate Law of Life," and ... read more

Buddhism | May 16 2010

SGI-Hungary Holds Training Session

SGI-Hungary Holds Training Session

From May 15-16, 2010, SGI-Hungary held a training session in Budapest that some 50 members attended. During the two day event, representatives from the young women and young men's groups shared how their Buddhist practice had resulted in advancements in their daily lives. The meeting also included a performance of ... read more

Buddhism | May 2 2010

SGI-Dominican Republic Appoints New General Director

SGI-Dominican Republic Appoints New General Director

On May 2, 2010, SGI Dominican Republic held a leaders' meeting at its culture center in Santo Domingo. At the meeting, Pedro Familia was appointed the new general director of SGI-Dominican Republic and former General Director Takashi Nishio became director of the SGI-Dominican Republic's Executive Guidance Council. Mr. Familia began ... read more

Buddhism | May 2 2010

SGI Commemorates May 3

SGI Commemorates May 3

On May 2, 2010, commemorative general meetings were held at various locations throughout the world to celebrate the 50th anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's inauguration as the third Soka Gakkai president on May 3, 1960. A meeting held at the Panama Culture Center in Panama City included festive ... read more