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Buddhism | Nov 17 2007

SGI Members Celebrate Soka Gakkai's Founding Day

On and around November 18, 2007, SGI members throughout the world gathered to celebrate Soka Gakkai's founding day (November 18, 1930) in their respective locales. On November 17, SGI-Nepal held its 13th general meeting at the SGI-Nepal Peace Center in Kathmandu. Three new districts were announced and members made a fresh ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 15 2007

SGI Representatives Make Courtesy Call on Micronesian President

On November 15, 2007, SGI representatives led by SGI-Oceania Chair Richard Sasaki and SGI-Micronesia Chapter Leader Ioanis Primo paid a courtesy call on President Emanuel Manny Mori of the Federated States of Micronesia at the president's office in the capital city of Palikir. President Mori expressed his respect for SGI ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 11 2007

SGI 2007 Autumn Training Course Held in Japan

On November 8, Soka Gakkai's monthly leaders' meeting, which commemorated November 18, Soka Gakkai's 77th anniversary, took place at Kansai Ikeda Auditorium in Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture. The meeting coincided with the 32nd SGI General Meeting and a Kansai general meeting. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, who was visiting Osaka for ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 31 2007

SGI-USA Conducts Study Review Sessions; SGI-Canada Youth Hold First Study Exam

In October 2007, SGI-USA conducted its third annual "Buddhist Learning Review" throughout the nation with some 30,000 members participating. The review was available in eight languages: English, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, Korean, Portuguese, Thai and Cambodian, reflecting SGI-USA's ethnic diversity. Rather than a more formal exam, the unique style of the SGI-USA ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 23 2007

The Lotus Sutra Published in Laotian

A Laotian edition of Burton Watson's translation of The Lotus Sutra (Columbia University Press, New York, 1993) was recently published by the Phalikhan Co. of the Lao People's Democratic Republic. The Lotus Sutra is widely considered to be the most important scripture of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition. The Soka Gakkai ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 21 2007

SGI Men from Benelux Meet at Villa Sachsen, Germany

On October 21, 2007, 120 SGI men of Benelux (Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg) met for their first men's division general meeting at the Villa Sachsen Culture Center in Bingen, Germany. Titled "Pillar of Society and the SGI," the meeting was a venue for the participants to discuss cultivating their ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 14 2007

SGI Members Challenge Study Department Exams in Brazil, Venezuela, Thailand and Nepal

SGI members throughout the world have been deepening their study and understanding of Nichiren Buddhism's humanistic philosophy, which is the foundation of faith and the key to accomplishing our human revolution and creating positive value for oneself and others. On September 30, 2007, 15,000 SGI-Brazil members took an intermediate-level exam ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 14 2007

Latin American Youth Gather for Peace Conference in Brazil

On October 12-14, 2007, 150 SGI youth representatives of six Latin American countries--Brazil, Peru, Paraguay, Argentina, Venezuela and Ecuador--attended a leadership training course in Brazil. On October 12, the group held a Latin America Youth Peace Conference at the SGI-Brazil Culture Center in São Paulo, where participants renewed their pledge ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 14 2007

SGI-Norway Holds Study Session

SGI-Norway held a youth study course titled, "The Oneness of Mentor and Disciple," for some 40 representatives on October 13-14, 2007 in Ål, a village of around 4,700 inhabitants on the Hardanger mountain plateau in central Norway. The participants studied the writings of Nichiren and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's speeches. ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 8 2007

SGI Members in Greece and the Czech Republic Attend Leadership Training Courses

On October 8, 2007, SGI-Greece held a training course on the Island of Evia facing the Aegean Sea. Some 100 members from major Greek cities including Athens and islands such as Tinos, Crete and Chios, as well as SGI members from the UK and neighboring Cyprus attended. SGI-Greece General Director ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 7 2007

SGI-Portugal Holds Leadership Training Course

On October 7, 2007, SGI-Portugal held a leaders' training session at Independence Palace in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal. Joana Craveiro was announced as the new national young women's leader. Ms. Craveiro gave a presentation on SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's lectures on "On Attaining Enlightenment in This Lifetime." This was ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 7 2007

University of Madras, India, Hosts Exhibition on the Lotus Sutra

On October 4-7, 2007, "The Lotus Sutra--A Message of Peace and Coexistence" exhibition showed at the University of Madras, Chennai, India. The exhibition, which was cohosted by the University of Madras, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP), St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 7 2007

SGI-Finland Kicks Off with New Leadership

On October 7, 2007, SGI-Finland, made up of three districts in one chapter, held a kick off meeting in Helsinki. Newly appointed leaders announced at the meeting include: Marjatta Valkama, chapter leader and women's division leader; Tatu Kuivalahti, secretary general; Kari Kilpeläinen, men's division leader; Johanna Holopainen, youth division leader; ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 30 2007

SGI Members of Benelux Nations Gather

On September 8, 2007, SGI youth members from Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg (Benelux) gathered at the SGI-Belgium Culture Center in Brussels for their second youth division general meeting. SGI-Belgium Youth Leader Denis LeBlond spoke about the significance of second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda's declaration calling for the abolition of ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 24 2007

Dr. Margarita Vorobyova-Desyatovskaya Lectures in Tokyo on the Lotus Sutra

On September 24, 2007, Dr. Margarita Vorobyova-Desyatovskaya of St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences lectured on "Daisaku Ikeda and the Lotus Sutra" at the Nihon Seinenkan Hall, Tokyo. The Institute of Oriental Philosophy hosted the event. Dr. Vorobyova-Desyatovskaya, a world renowned ... read more