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Buddhism | May 3 2009

SGI Members in Africa Meet to Celebrate Soka Gakkai Day

On and around May 3, 2009, SGI members in Africa gathered in their respective countries to celebrate Soka Gakkai Day. SGI-Togo General Director Ida Gbodossou-Adjevi attended a meeting held in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. In Freetown, Sierra Leone, SGI members and their friends attended a seminar on ... read more

Buddhism | May 3 2009

SGI Members Celebrate May 3, Soka Gakkai Day

On May 3, 2009, SGI-Brazil (BSGI) held a youth culture festival at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in São Paulo. Some 20,000 BSGI youth gathered from throughout the country. BSGI's young women's Nova Era (New Age) Fife-and-Drum Corps, young men's Taiyo (Sun) Brass Band, young women's Taiga (Big River) dance group and ... read more

Buddhism | May 3 2009

Taiwan Soka Association Opens Newly Constructed Zhi Shan Culture Center

On May 3, 2009, Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) officially opened its recently completed headquarters building, Zhi Shan Culture Center, in Taipei. An SGI delegation from Japan led by SGI Vice President Hiromasa Ikeda attended the opening ceremony. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a congratulatory message. The center is located directly ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 30 2009

"Dialogue between East and West" Symposium Held in Spain

In his remarks, UNESCO Association of Lleida President Jesús Sans referred to the importance of dialogue in order to identify and gain greater understanding of humankind's spiritual values and to form bonds with each other. Francesc Torradeflot, executive secretary of UNESCO Centre of Catalonia and head of the Department of ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 28 2009

Soka Gakkai Publishes Lotus Sutra Manuscript Series 9

The Soka Gakkai recently published the Sanskrit Lotus Sutra Manuscript from the British Library (Or. 2204), Facsimile Edition, the ninth part in its ongoing Lotus Sutra Manuscript Series. The Soka Gakkai originally commissioned the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP), Tokyo, Japan, to coordinate the publication of facsimiles and romanized ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 26 2009

SGI-Argentina Leaders Meet for Training

From April 25-26, 2009, 237 SGI-Argentina leaders from around the country gathered for training sessions in a suburb near Buenos Aires. During the sessions, participants studied about the stand-alone spirit based on SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's own efforts from youth onward to protect his mentor, Josei Toda, second Soka ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 26 2009

Marronnier University Group Holds 34th General Meeting

On April 25-26, 2009, Marronnier University Group members gathered for their 34th general meeting at SGI-Germany's Villa Sachsen Grand Culture Center in Bingen, Germany. The group consists of SGI-Europe members working in the culinary field. More than 100 members from Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 25 2009

SGI-USA Virginia Region Men Hold Leadership Conference

On April 25, 2009, the Virginia Region of SGI-USA's Mid-Atlantic Zone held a men's leadership conference at the Northern Virginia Community Center in Springfield, Virginia, USA. Twenty-one men attended, including a number of recently appointed leaders. Volunteer leadership positions within the SGI emphasize personal responsibility and self-development, coupled with ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 18 2009

SGI-Czech Chapter Celebrates 17th Anniversary

On April 18, 2009, SGI-Czech Chapter celebrated its 17th anniversary in Prague, Czech Republic. During the commemorative meeting, members shared their experiences of applying Buddhist humanism in their daily lives. These were followed by a men's group musical performance and a study presentation by women. Using images and music, ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 14 2009

Taiwan Soka Association Holds Memorial Services

During March and April 2009, some 8,000 Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) members gathered for Buddhist memorial services to offer prayers for their deceased relatives and ancestors at TSA's Ci-En Memorial Hall in Yunlin County. In the Chinese tradition, the Qing Ming Festival is held every year in spring, during ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 12 2009

Fourth Latin America Study Session on Nichiren Buddhism Held in Brazil

From April 10-12, 2009, the fourth Latin America Study Session on Nichiren Buddhism was held at the SGI-Brazil (BSGI) Dr. Daisaku Ikeda Culture Center and the BSGI Culture Center in São Paulo, Brazil. Some 2,100 gathered from 12 countries throughout Central and South America--Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Dominican ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 30 2009

Study Sessions on Nichiren Buddhism Held in India, Indonesia and Singapore

On March 21-22, 2009, Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai (BSG) held study sessions on Nichiren Buddhism with SGI Study Department Chief Katsuji Saito at Siri Fort Auditorium and the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) auditorium in New Delhi. Some 3,000 members from across the country participated in the sessions which centered ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 29 2009

SGI-Paraguay Holds Women's Meeting

On March 29, 2009, SGI-Paraguay held a combined meeting for women's and young women's divisions at the SGI-Paraguay Culture Center in Asunción. SGI-Paraguay Women's Leader Yuko Kurita and Young Women's Leader Chieko Nagasawa attended together with some 220 members. Participants discussed how to live a victorious life, based on SGI ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 29 2009

SGI-Panama Holds Commemorative Meeting

On March 29, 2009, some 900 SGI-Panama members and their friends gathered at SGI-Panama Culture Center to celebrate the 35th anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's first visit to the Republic of Panama. During the commemorative meeting, SGI-Panama's musical band and fife-and-drum corps, Banda Musical Gloria, performed. SGI-Panama youth representatives ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 22 2009

SGI-Zambia Members Meet in Lusaka

On March 22, 2009, some 100 SGI-Zambia members gathered at the SGI-Zambia Grand Culture Center in Lusaka to celebrate SGI-Zambia's 22nd anniversary. Young Men's Leader Patrick Changwe and Young Women's Leader Towani Clarke were appointed at the meeting. SGI-Zambia Women's Advisor Hatsuko Kalabula encouraged everyone to advance with unity for ... read more