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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

Buddhism | Nov 18 2008

SGI Members Celebrate Soka Gakkai's Founding Day

On and around November 18, 2008, SGI members throughout the world gathered to celebrate Soka Gakkai's founding day (November 18, 1930) in their respective locales. SGI-Ecuador members SGI-USA members in Santa Monica SGI-Philippines ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 16 2008

New SGI Center Opens in Wellington, New Zealand

On November 16, 2008, the SGI-New Zealand Wellington Center opened in Wellington, New Zealand's capital. SGI-New Zealand General Director Jimi Wallace, SGI-Oceania Chair Richard Sasaki and some 200 members attended the opening ceremony, which also commemorated November 18, Soka Gakkai Founding Day. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 16 2008

Study Exams on Nichiren Buddhism Held in Canada and 21 Countries in Europe

On October 26, 2008, approximately 300 SGI-Canada youth sat for a study exam at 20 venues across Canada, such as Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and Ottawa. Study materials for the young people included basic concepts of Nichiren Buddhism, the history of the Soka Gakkai and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda’s lecture ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 1 2008

SGI President's Interview with Tricycle Magazine Available Online

The winter 2008 edition of Tricycle, a leading U.S.-based magazine on Buddhism in the West, carries an interview with SGI President Daisaku Ikeda. ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 28 2008

Monthly Leaders Meeting in Japan Commemorates Soka Gakkai Founding Day

Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada, referring to the present worldwide economic turmoil, asked everyone to support society by engaging in genuine dialogue brimming with conviction that inspires people with hope and reassurance. He stated that having a youthful spirit means to uphold justice and speak out against corruption. Young ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 25 2008

3,500 SGI-Germany Members Gather in Berlin

On October 25, 2008, some 3,500 SGI-Germany members gathered from throughout the country at the Tempodrom concert hall in Berlin. Forty-seven pioneer SGI members from 17 European countries also attended the meeting. Dr. Horst-Eberhard Richter, co-founder and honorary board member for the German Chapter of International Physicians for the Prevention ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 24 2008

SGI-Haiti Leader is Guest Speaker on National Radio Program

On September 26, 2008, SGI-Haiti Chapter Leader Niaud Pierre appeared on “Eduquer la Cite,” a radio program run by the National Radio of Haiti (Radio Nationale d’Haiti), at the request of the program's host Aristide Vauban. Mr. Pierre was asked to introduce how the SGI and its members view ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 21 2008

Symposium on Interfaith Dialogue Held at Wellesley College, Massachusetts, USA

The symposium was divided into three sessions and themes: religion and conflict; religion, women and society; and religion and the environment. In session one, Dr. David Bernat, expert on Judaism at Wellesley College, stressed the importance of interpreting sacred scriptures from a humanistic perspective. Dr. Hiroshi Kanno, IOP senior research ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 19 2008

SGI-Greece Members Meet on Aegean Island

From October 16-19, 2008, SGI-Greece hosted an autumn study session at Eretria, Evvoia, Greece. Over 90 members from throughout the country, including those living on small islands, attended the session. Together with SGI-Greece General Director Dimitri Dimopoulos and Women's Leader Monika Vermeulen, attendees studied SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's lecture series ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 19 2008

SGI-Brazil Holds Grassroots Meetings Throughout Brazil

On October 18 and 19, 2008, SGI-Brazil (BSGI) members gathered at some 5,800 locales throughout the country, celebrating the 48th "BSGI Day" (October 19), marking the day SGI President Daisaku Ikeda first visited Brazil. Mr. Ikeda arrived in São Paulo, Brazil, on October 19, 1960. The SGI's first overseas ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 17 2008

SGI Participates in Frankfurt Book Fair 2008

From October 15-17, 2008, the annual Frankfurt Book Fair was held in Frankfurt, Germany. The history of the Frankfurt Book Fair dates back to the 15th century. Today it is considered to be the world's oldest and largest international book fair. ... read more