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Buddhism | Aug 25 2007

SGI Members in Fiji Gather

On August 25, 2007, SGI members in Fiji gathered for their third district general meeting. The district has grown steadily since it was established in July 2005. SGI-Oceania Chair Richard Sasaki and SGI members from the USA and Japan also participated in the gathering. Ajan and Rita Kumar were appointed ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 5 2007

SGI Youth in Hong Kong and Macau Participate in Summer Activities

On August 4 and 5, 2007, SGI-Hong Kong student division members attended a summer training course at the SGI-Hong Kong Grand Culture Center. Participants studied Buddhist concepts of "good and evil" and the life condition of Asura, or "anger," as well as the role of the United Nations in contemporary ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 31 2007

SGI-USA's New Territories Hold Kickoff Meetings

Following SGI-USA's implementation in June 2007 of a new organizational structure consisting of three large geographical territories that will provide more direct support for its many volunteer leaders, SGI-USA members have been convening to celebrate the new start in their respective territories--East, Central and West. On July 1, 2007, the East ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 31 2007

SGI-Philippines Celebrates Young Men's Division Day

During July, the SGI-Philippines Young Men's Division (YMD) held meetings throughout the country to commemorate the YMD's establishment on July 11, 1952. In a congratulatory message sent for the occasion, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda stressed how important it was to be courageous to lead a victorious life and contribute to ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 29 2007

SGI Latin American Youth Commemorate Anniversaries

In the Dominican Republic, 500 young women, half of whom were guests, commemorated the YWD anniversary at the SGI-Dominican Republic Culture Center on July 22. Following a skit and a fife-and-drum corps performance, YWD Leader Noriko Tamate encouraged everyone to support one another and strive based on the humanistic ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 15 2007

SGI Youth in Peru and Ecuador Hold Commemorative Meetings

On July 15, 2007, SGI-Peru young women's division (YWD) members celebrated July 19, YWD Day, at the SGI-Peru Culture Center in Lima. Following a speech by Youth Division Leader Juan Fuentes and members' experiences of practicing Nichiren Buddhism, the young women's fife-and-drum corps performed SGI songs. Vice YWD Leader Nancy ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 15 2007

SGI-Brazil Youth Expand Friendship through Dialogue

In 2005, BSGI youth launched their "One Million Amigos-Amigas Campaign," an effort to spread understanding of Nichiren Buddhism and the BSGI in their local communities through dialogue and friendship. By the following year, they had met and conversed with 1.5 million people, surpassing their original goal by 50%. Then from ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 15 2007

SGI-New Zealand Women Learn About Tapping "Boundless Life" from Within

On July 14, the participants studied the tenets of Nichiren Buddhism that focus on inner transformation and the unity of "many in body and one in mind" -- keys to tapping the innate, boundless life force within each person. They learned that the Chinese characters for "many in body and ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 11 2007

SGI-Europe Summer Courses Begin in Trets, France

The annual SGI-Europe summer courses kicked off this year with 160 men's and women's division representatives from 21 European countries gathering at the SGI-Europe Training Center in Trets, France, from July 7-11, 2007. On July 7, SGI representatives from Germany, UK and Italy shared experiences of practicing and applying the ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 7 2007

Singapore Soka Association Celebrates 40th Anniversary

On July 7, 2007, Singapore Soka Association (SSA) celebrated its 40th anniversary with a Youth Festival at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Various SSA cultural groups and volunteer staff numbering 2,500 drew on their unique talents to put on a spectacular show for an audience of 10,500. The festival began with ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 1 2007

SGI-Cambodia Youth Pledge to Advance Peace

On July 1, 2007, SGI-Cambodia held its first national youth division leaders' meeting at the SGI-Cambodia Culture Center in Phnom Penh. Some 200 representatives gathered from around the country to commemorate the second anniversary of the formation of the SGI-Cambodia young men's division (YMD) and young women's division (YWD). Following ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 1 2007

SGI-Paraguay Women Hold General Meetings

During June 2007, approximately 700 SGI-Paraguay women met for general meetings with the theme, "Protagonists of Happiness," at 37 venues throughout the country. Many guests and friends attended the meetings, which brimmed with spontaneity and warmth. The gatherings included musical performances and inspiring episodes of how the SGI-Paraguay women "protagonists" ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 30 2007

SGI-Nepal Conducts Buddhist Seminar; SGI-Sri Lanka Holds Study Exams

On June 30, 2007, SGI-Nepal members gathered for a seminar on Buddhism in Pokhara, located around 200 kilometers west of Kathmandu. Participants studied the Buddhist concepts of "repaying one's debt of gratitude" and "earthly desires are enlightenment." The program also included a study of the core Buddhist principle of the ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 29 2007

Lotus Sutra Exhibition in Macau Conveys Timeless Spiritual Message

From June 22-29, 2007, "The Flowering of the Lotus Along the Silk Road" exhibition was held at the Lou Lim Ieoc Garden in Macau. Previously held in Hong Kong as "The Lotus Sutra--A Message of Peace and Harmonious Coexistence," the exhibition displays a rare collection of artifacts and calligraphic and ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 28 2007

SGI Women Around the World Celebrate Women's Division Day

Members of the SGI women's division around the world commemorated June 10, Women's Division Day, during May and June 2007. A meeting on one of the Philippine islands In the Philippines, 21,000 women, of whom 16,000 were guests, assembled at 1,081 venues throughout the country to commemorate May 10, SGI-Philippines Women's ... read more