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Buddhism | Jan 25 2009

SGI-Spain Representatives Meet in Madrid

On January 25, 2009, some 700 SGI-Spain members gathered in Madrid, Spain. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a congratulatory message, expressing his hope that the members would advance in unity, achieve personal triumphs and make concerted efforts to be good citizens, expanding their circle of friendships. In 1991, SGI-Spain was newly ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 24 2009

SGI-Portugal Officially Registered

SGI-Portugal was recently officially registered as a religious organization. Sueji Naohara was appointed SGI-Portugal's general director. When SGI President Daisaku Ikeda first visited Portugal in 1965, there were no members in the country. An SGI chapter was established in Portugal in January 1992. Since then, the Portuguese members have worked ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 18 2009

SGI-Europe Holds Annual Peace Summit at SGI-European Center in France

From January 16-18, 2009, SGI-Europe representatives gathered for their annual Peace Summit at the SGI European Center in Trets, southern France. Some 200 members from 26 European countries attended. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a message applauding SGI-Europe's efforts to foster capable people, based on the study and practice ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 18 2009

Young Women's Meetings Held in Panama and Paraguay

On December 21, 2008, young women in Panama gathered for a leaders' meeting at the SGI-Panama Culture Center. Ashanti De León was appointed SGI-Panama young women's leader. She expressed her determination to foster more capable young women through heartfelt dialogue. Other newly appointed young women's leaders included Janune Chandler, student ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 15 2009

Korean Edition of The Lotus Sutra Published

SGI-Korea recently published a Korean edition of The Lotus Sutra and Its Opening and Closing Sutras. The Lotus Sutra is widely considered to be the most important scripture of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition. ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 11 2009

Study Exam on Nichiren Buddhism Held in India

On January 11, 2009, approximately 6,000 Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai (BSG) members sat for an entrance-level study exam at 95 venues throughout the country. Study materials included two of Nichiren's writings, "Winter Always Turns to Spring," a letter to the lay nun Myoichi, and one of his many letters ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 10 2009

IOP Hosts Public Lecture at Villa Sachsen, Germany

On January 10, 2009, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) hosted a lecture at SGI-Germany's Villa Sachsen Grand Culture Center. Dr. Michael von Brück, an eminent professor of religious studies at the Institute of Protestant Theology and Comparative Religions, University of Munich, spoke on the "Mentor and Disciple Relationship ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 4 2009

SGI Members Around the World Celebrate New Year

In early January, 2009, SGI members in 192 countries and territories gathered in their respective locales to usher in the new year, designated by the SGI as "Year of Youth and Victory." SGI President Daisaku Ikeda led new year prayers service at the Soka Gakkai headquarters in Shinanomachi, Tokyo. ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 28 2008

SGI-Hong Kong Members Meet

On December 28, 2008, some 3,500 SGI-Hong Kong members gathered for an annual meeting at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium in Hong Kong. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a message, in which he praised the members' dedication to building trust and friendship in society, and encouraged them to continue to ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 21 2008

Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai Members Gather for Annual Meeting

On December 21, 2008, some 600 Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai (BSG) members met for their annual meeting at the Soka Bodhi Tree Garden in a New Delhi suburb. In a message, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda first expressed his heartfelt condolences for the victims of the recent terror attack in Mumbai, ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 13 2008

Soka Gakkai Holds Final Monthly Leaders Meeting for 2008

SGI-Netherlands Young Women's Leader Eva Gjaltema reported that the young women in her country are endeavoring to study and apply the hope-filled life philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism, each determined to positively transform her life and become a person who can inspire and encourage others. Mr. Harada thanked the many volunteers ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 7 2008

SGI-Paraguay Members Meet

On December 7, 2008, SGI-Paraguay members met at their culture center in Asunción. Some 500 attended. SGI-Paraguay Young Men's Leader Samuel Medina and Young Women's Leader Chieko Nagasawa each expressed their resolve toward 2009, designated by the SGI as "Year of Youth and Victory." SGI-Paraguay's fife-and-drum corps performed and representatives ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 22 2008

SGI-USA Opens Centers in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and North Dallas, Texas

On October 26, 2008, more than 250 members gathered to officially open the new SGI-USA activity center in Gaithersburg. In a congratulatory message, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda expressed his hopes that the center would serve as a forum for friendship and dialogue in the community. Miko Stirlen, a pioneer ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 22 2008

SGI-Nigeria Celebrates 25th Anniversary, Members Gather Throughout Africa

On October 25, 2008, SGI-Nigeria members from throughout the country gathered in Abuja, Nigeria's capital, to celebrate the organization's 25th anniversary. SGI-Nigeria now has eighteen local districts with around 500 members. The annual general meeting was titled "Becoming Capable People to Create the Century of Africa." The gathering featured ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 18 2008

Soka Gakkai Commemorates 78th Anniversary

SGI President Daisaku Ikeda led a service at the Soka Gakkai Headquarters in Shinanomachi, Tokyo, together with representative Soka Gakkai leaders and offered prayers for the happiness, good health and safety of people everywhere as well as for lasting world peace. He presented four poems he had written to ... read more