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Buddhism | Sep 23 2008

Soka Gakkai Conducts Memorial Prayer Meetings

On September 23, 2008, the autumn equinox, Soka Gakkai centers and memorial parks throughout Japan held memorial services to pray for the repose and happiness of deceased family members and friends. According to Buddhism tradition, the autumn equinox is a time to honor the memory of one's ancestors and the ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 12 2008

Russian Academy of Sciences and IOP Host Joint Symposium in Moscow

On September 11 and 12, 2008, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP), Japan, and the Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), Russia, hosted a symposium in Moscow titled "Buddhist Philosophy in Multicultural Context." Leading Russian researchers and scholars on oriental philosophies and Buddhist philosophy presented their ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 10 2008

Taiwan Soka Association Recognized as Excellent Community Organization for 15th Consecutive Time

The Interior Ministry of Taiwan has chosen Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) as an Excellent Community Organization. TSA was selected from among over 8,000 organizations as having contributed the most to Taiwanese society during the past two years. This was TSA's 15th consecutive recognition since 1991, one year following its ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 7 2008

Study Exams Held in Taiwan and Argentina

On September 7, 2008, Taiwan Soka Association held an examination on Nichiren Buddhism for intermediate-level lecturers at 11 venues throughout Taiwan. Over 600 candidates were tested on their knowledge and understanding of Nichiren Buddhism, including "On Establishing the Correct Teaching for the Peace of the Land," one of Nichiren's ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 6 2008

SGI Members Meet in Fiji and Russia

On August 16, 2008, SGI-Fiji members gathered for a district meeting in Lautoka, the second largest city in Fiji. Two members shared how their Buddhist practice positively impacted their daily lives. SGI-Oceania Chair Richard Sasaki encouraged everyone to challenge to develop into a person who is trusted in society. ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 31 2008

SGI Associations Throughout Latin America Hold Commemorative Meetings

During August 2008, SGI men throughout Latin America met at their respective locales to celebrate August 24, one of the SGI's commemorative days as well as the day SGI President Daisaku Ikeda joined the Soka Gakkai in 1947. On August 23 and 24, 212 SGI-Mexico men and young ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 30 2008

SGI-USA Opens New Community Center in Riverside, California

On August 30, 2008, nearly 600 SGI-USA members and guests came together to celebrate the opening of a new community center in Riverside, California, USA. In a congratulatory message, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda encouraged the gathering of old and young members, who also represented diverse cultural backgrounds, to use ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 27 2008

SGI-Brazil Appoints New General Director

On August 27, 2008, SGI-Brazil (BSGI) national leaders met at the BSGI Ikeda Culture Center in São Paulo, where new BSGI leaders were announced. Julio Kosaka was appointed as general director and Naoto Yoshikawa as senior vice general director. Former BSGI General Director Eduardo Taguchi will serve as the ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 25 2008

SGI Leaders from North, Central and South America Attend Study Conference in Florida, USA

From August 22-25, 2008, more than 200 SGI leaders from nine countries met at the SGI Florida Nature and Culture Center in Weston, Florida, USA, to attend the North, Central and South America SGI Leaders Study Conference led by Soka Gakkai Study Department Leader Masaaki Morinaka. Mr. Morinaka presented ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 24 2008

Third SGI-Oceania Conference Held in Australia

The third SGI-Oceania Peace Conference was held in Gold Coast, Australia, on August 22-24, 2008. Some 370 SGI representatives gathered for the meeting from 14 countries and territories throughout Oceania, including New Zealand, Republic of Palau, Federated States of Micronesia, Tonga, New Caledonia, Fiji Islands, Cook Islands, Solomon Islands, ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 24 2008

SGI-Cambodia Men Meet

On August 24, 2008, SGI-Cambodia men gathered for their fourth men's meeting. Three representatives shared their sense of fulfillment in overcoming difficulties and hardships through applying Nichiren's Buddhist philosophy in their daily lives. SGI-Cambodia Men's Leader Vandeth Pang stated that finding common ground is a key to gaining society's understanding ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 23 2008

Summer Gatherings Held at SGI-Nepal Peace Center

On August 23, 2008, over 75 SGI-Nepal men gathered at the SGI-Nepal Peace Center in Kathmandu. Four men travelled from Pokhara, 200 kilometers west of Kathmandu, to attend. Two members recounted how their practice of Nichiren Buddhism had positively impacted their daily lives. SGI-Nepal Men's Vice Leader Krishna Dawadee spoke ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 15 2008

Soka Gakkai Youth Renew Pledge for World Peace on War Memorial Day

On August 15, 2008, the 63rd anniversary of the end of World War II, Soka Gakkai youth conducted their 36th annual prayer for world peace and memorial for victims of war at the Soka Culture Center in Shinanomachi, Shinjuku, Tokyo. Beginning in 1973, Soka Gakkai youth representatives have regularly ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 9 2008

Soka Gakkai Holds Memorial Services for Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Victims

Yasuko Fujita, who at age of 14 was exposed to the bomb five kilometers from the epicenter while at work as a mobilized student, shared her experience. She recalled a blinding flash, being physically blown away by the force of the explosion, and then losing consciousness. When she came to, ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 3 2008

SGI Youth Celebrate the Month of Youth

From July 6-13, some 2,500 SGI-Thailand young men met at five venues throughout the country. At a meeting in Nonthaburi Province on July 6, one young man joyfully shared how he is now able to appreciate and use his hardships for his personal growth as a result of Nichiren ... read more