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Buddhism | Sep 16 2007

SGI-USA Youth Celebrate New Phase of SGI's Worldwide Growth

SGI-USA members and friends participate in "Be Bold! Choose Peace!" in Brooklyn, N.Y. (September 16, 2007) On September 16, 2007, SGI-USA youth of New York and its environs met to commemorate the 50th anniversary of second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda's declaration for the abolition of nuclear weapons with a festival, ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 9 2007

2007 SGI Youth Autumn Training Session in Tokyo

From September 5-9, 2007, 240 SGI youth leaders from 55 countries converged in Tokyo for the 20th annual leadership training course. The SGI youth participated in various sessions, including the monthly leaders' meeting for September at the Tokyo Makiguchi Memorial Hall in Hachioji, Tokyo, on September 6. In a message for ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 8 2007

SGI-Europe Youth Engage in Dialogue to Promote Nuclear Disarmament and a Culture of Peace

Ahead of the 50th anniversary of Mr. Toda's antinuclear declaration in September 2007, the SGI-Europe youth launched in January 2006 a 100,000 dialogue campaign to convey Mr. Toda's ideals throughout Europe and create a current for peace. With the UK, France and Russia among the five nuclear weapons states recognized ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 8 2007

SGI-Russia Commemorates Anniversary of SGI President's Visit

On September 8, 2007, SGI-Russia held a general meeting in Moscow to celebrate the 33rd anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's first visit to the former Soviet Union in 1974. Over 80 SGI-Russia members attended, including those who had traveled long distances from St. Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod and Voronezh. Representatives ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 3 2007

SGI-Nepal Makes Fresh Start with New Youth Leaders

New SGI youth leaders were recently appointed In Nepal, the birthplace of Shakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism. Navin Manandhar, Urika Shakya and Laxman Dangol have been appointed SGI-Nepal youth division (YD) leader, young women's division (YWD) Leader and young men's division (YMD) leader, respectively. Navin Manandhar SGI-Nepal YD leader Urika Shakya ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 28 2007

5,000 Gather for SGI-Italy General Meeting in Florence, Italy

On August 28, 2007, over 5.000 SGI-Italy members gathered from throughout the nation for a general meeting at the Nelson Mandela Forum, an indoor sports arena in Florence, Tuscany Province. Florence Mayor Leonardo Domenici sent a congratulatory message in which he referred to the conferral of the Florentine Republic Seal of ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 26 2007

SGI-Spain and SGI-Portugal Attend Summer Study Session

On August 26, 2007, some 700 SGI members from the Iberian Peninsula attended a combined SGI-Spain and SGI-Portugal summer study session in Madrid, Spain. SGI Study Department Chief Katsuji Saito lectured on one of Nichiren's letters of encouragement to Shijo Kingo, a samurai retainer versed in medicine and a devout ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 26 2007

SGI Men and Young Men in Latin America Strengthen Friendships

In Ecuador, MD members gathered in their local districts. The participants strengthened their shared commitment to work for humanity's happiness in the spirit of mentor and disciple, manifest their inherent potential and stand up with courage to prevail against all adversity. Javier Silva, leader of Sin Fronteras District, joyfully reported ... read more

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