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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

Buddhism | Jun 24 2007

SGI-USA Advances with New Leadership and Nationwide Organization

At nationwide leaders' teleconferences on June 14 and 24, 2007, SGI-USA announced the implementation of a new organizational structure that consists of three large territories--East, Central and West. In a country as vast as the United States, it is extremely difficult to coordinate activities from one location. For SGI-USA to ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 23 2007

SGI Cameroon Holds Leaders' Study Sessions

On June 23, Victory Headquarters district leaders met to study the Buddhist principle of "many in body, one in mind," in which the diverse and unique qualities of each individual are respected, and a spontaneous collaboration of individuals toward a common ideal creates an environment in which each individual's qualities ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 17 2007

SGI-Finland Holds Summer Course in Paimio, Finland

From June 16-17, 2007, SGI-Finland held a summer study course in Paimio, Finland. Forty-eight SGI members from throughout the country gathered for the event with the theme, "We are Lions, We are Victors." SGI-Europe Chair Hideaki Takahashi led a study of "The Opening of the Eyes," one of Nichiren's major ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 17 2007

SGI-Germany Holds Training Course in Trets

From June 13-17, 2007, around 100 SGI-Germany men's division members attended a training course at the SGI-Europe Training Center in Trets, France. During the five-day course, the men had many opportunities to deepen friendships and share experiences of how they have applied the philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism to overcome challenges ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 12 2007

Greek Edition of The Lotus Sutra Commemorated

On June 12, 2007, a forum marking last year's publication of the Greek edition of The Lotus Sutra was held in Athens. The Lotus Sutra is widely considered the most important scripture of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition. The Greek translation by Panos Bolanakis is based on Burton Watson's English translation ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 9 2007

SGI-Sweden Celebrates SGI-Sweden Day; SGI-Switzerland Youth Leaders Meet

On June 3, 2007, SGI-Sweden members celebrated SGI-Sweden Day, which commemorates SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's first visit to their country in 1989. At the gathering at the SGI-Sweden Culture Center in Saltsjöbaden, southeast of Stockholm, film footages of the visit were shown, followed by members' personal accounts of their Buddhist ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 7 2007

SGI-Portugal "Young Mothers" Group Debuts

On June 7, 2007, the SGI-Portugal "Young Mothers" group made its debut at a venue in Lisbon. The women shared experiences of practicing and applying the philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism in their daily lives as mothers and partners, as well as read SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's poem dedicated to young ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 3 2007

SGI-Cambodia Holds First National Meeting

On June 3, 2007, SGI-Cambodia members gathered for their first general meeting at the SGI-Cambodia Culture Center in Phnom Penh. At the meeting, held in conjunction with a national women's gathering, members shared how they have triumphed over obstacles and difficulties through their practice of Nichiren Buddhism. Women's division member ... read more