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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

Buddhism | May 21 2007

First Sign Language-Interpreted Conference Held at the FNCC

Between sessions, the sign language interpreters, the two deaf participants and several others who have made longstanding efforts to support deaf SGI-USA members in their local areas discussed various ways to express Buddhist terminology in American Sign Language--with many yet to be created. The conference, facilitated by SGI-USA study department members, ... read more

Buddhism | May 20 2007

Community Friendship Festivals Held Throughout Taiwan

On May 20, 2007, Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) concluded a series of community festivals held throughout Taiwan focusing on children's happiness. In recent years, domestic violence, child abuse, and bullying at schools have become increasingly prevalent in Taiwanese society. Furthermore, stories of children suffering from poverty, living as refugees and ... read more

Buddhism | May 13 2007

SGI-Panama Youth Honor Women Members

On May 13, 2007, SGI-Panama youth held a music recital commemorating Soka Gakkai Mothers' Day (May 3). Over 700 SGI-Panama members and their friends enjoyed the musical presentation that paid tribute to the SGI-Panama women. In a message celebrating May 3 Soka Gakkai Day and Soka Gakkai Mothers' Day, SGI ... read more

Buddhism | May 12 2007

Institute of Oriental Philosophy European Center Relaunched

On May 12, 2007, around 200 people attended the relaunch of the Institute of Oriental Philosophy European Center (IOPEC) at Taplow Court, SGI-UK's national center. The relaunch aims to make IOPEC more accessible to scholars, the public and SGI members interested in researching Buddhism from a broad, ecumenical perspective. IOPEC's new ... read more

Buddhism | May 6 2007

SGI-Europe Celebrates Soka Gakkai Day

Along with SGI organizations in countries around the world, SGI-Europe commemorated May 3, Soka Gakkai Day. On May 4, SGI-Lithuania members, some who live and work in other countries, gathered at a home in Vilnius, Lithuania, for a friendship exchange meeting. The group enjoyed listening to each other's experiences of ... read more

Buddhism | May 3 2007

SGI-Philippines Announces New National Leaders

Roger Cabautan On May 3, 2007, SGI-Philippines held a kick-off meeting that also commemorated Soka Gakkai Day at the SGI-Philippines Culture Center in Quezon City. Following a congratulatory message from SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, new national leaders were announced: Roger Cabautan, SGI-Philippines General Director; Yasuaki Niitsu, Chair; and Manuel Urrutia, Men's ... read more

Buddhism | May 3 2007

SGI-Australia Announces New Leaders

At a meeting commemorating May 3, Soka Gakkai Day, SGI-Australia made a fresh start ahead of the SGI-Oceania general meeting scheduled for 2008. New leaders were announced as follows: Men's Leader--Charles Teoh; Youth Leader--Jarrett Yap; Young Men's Leader--Anurag Karol; and Study Department Coordinator--Mark Young. Charles Teoh SGI-Australia MD Leader Jarrett Yap SGI-Australia ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 30 2007

SGI-Korea Opens Two Culture Centers and a New Hwa Kwang Shinmun Building

The three-story Kwangyang Culture Center opened on April 15 in Kwangyang, Chollanam Province, South Korea, with 600 local SGI members attending. On April 21, the Bangeojin Culture Center officially opened in the metropolitan city of Ulsan in Gyeongsangnam Province. Among the 1,000 attendees were Dong-gu Mayor Jeong Cheon-seok, Dong-gu Council ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 28 2007

SGI-Brazil Hosts Latin American Conference

On April 28, 2007, SGI-Brazil hosted an SGI Latin America Conference at the International Conference Hall in the Ikeda Culture Center in São Paulo, Brazil. In a message, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda called on the participants to launch afresh "a great tidal wave of world peace from Central and South ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 28 2007

New SGI-Brazil Culture Center Opens

On April 28, 2007, SGI-Brazil opened a new six-story center in São Paulo. The building, named SGI-Brazil Dr. Daisaku Ikeda Culture Center, includes an auditorium that seats 3,000. SGI Vice President Hiromasa Ikeda read a message from SGI President Daisaku Ikeda at a reception held the same day. One day ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 27 2007

Establishment of Nichiren Buddhism Celebrated Worldwide

April 28, 2007 marks the 754th anniversary of the establishment of Nichiren Buddhism (April 28, 1253). Today, SGI members in 190 countries and territories around the world practice Nichiren Buddhism. On April 27, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda participated in a commemorative service to mark the anniversary at the Tokyo Makiguchi Memorial ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 24 2007

German Edition of Burton Watson's Lotus Sutra to Be Published

In May 2007, Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft (WBG), a German publisher of academic books, will release Das Lotos-Sutra, a German edition of the Lotus Sutra, widely considered to be the most important scripture of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition. This edition is based on Burton Watson's translation published in 1993 by Columbia University ... read more