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Buddhism | Jan 6 2008

SGI Members Around the World Celebrate New Year's Day

In early January, 2008, SGI members in 190 countries and regions gathered in their respective locales to usher in the new year, designated by the SGI as "Year of Capable People and Development," and to celebrate January 2, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's 80th birthday. On January 1, around 7,000 SGI-UK ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 1 2008

SGI-USA Members' New Year's Determinations Attract Media Attention

The New Year's traditions of SGI members were highlighted in several articles in the US media over the holiday period. On December 19, 2007, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram carried an article introducing the approach to New Year's determinations of an SGI-USA member from Grapevine, Texas, as well as comments from ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 29 2007

First SGI Conference on Central African Countries Held in Cameroon

On December 29, 2007, the first SGI Conference on Central African Countries was held in Edea City, Cameroon. Representatives gathered from Gabon, Cameroon, the Republic of the Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Republic of Zimbabwe, Equatorial Guinea and the Central African Republic. Sharing their grassroots activities for ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 29 2007

SGI-Cameroon Holds General Meeting

On December 29, 2007, some 800 SGI-Cameroon members gathered in Edea for a general meeting to usher in 2008, which the SGI has designated the "Year of Capable People and Development." The SGI-Cameroon membership has increased threefold from some 700 to 2,000 in the past four years. In a message, ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 5 2007

SGI-Hong Kong and SGI-Macau Hold General Meetings

On December 5, 2007, SGI-Hong Kong held its 40th general meeting at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium in Hong Kong. Some 3,800 members gathered to kick off 2008, which the SGI has designated the "Year of Capable People and Development." Newly appointed youth division (YD) leaders were announced at the meeting. ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 2 2007

Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai Members Gather at Soka Bodhi Tree Garden

On December 2, 2007, Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai (BSG) held its 33rd general meeting at Soka Bodhi Tree Garden in a New Delhi suburb. SGI-Nepal and SGI-Sri Lanka representatives also attended the meeting together with some 1,300 BSG members from throughout India, making a fresh departure toward 2008, which the ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 29 2007

Soka Gakkai Holds Entrance Level Study Examination on Nichiren Buddhism

On November 25, 2007, approximately 135,000 Soka Gakkai members sat for a study department entrance level examination at 1,519 locations throughout Japan. The study material included three of Nichiren's major writings in the original classical Japanese--"Letter from Sado," "Persecution by Sword and Staff" and "Questions and Answers about Embracing the ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 22 2007

Soka Gakkai Members in Remote Japanese Villages Foster Friendships in the Community

Soka Gakkai members in remote villages are engaging in dialogue and fostering friendships in their communities in rural areas across mainland Japan. In Yasuoka Village, Nagano Prefecture, which has a spectacular view overlooking the Tenryu River, members have engaged in dialogue to increase understanding of the Soka Gakkai's activities and ... read more

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