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Buddhism | Jan 14 2007

SGI-USA Opens New Center in Guam

On January 14, 2007, SGI-USA opened a new center on Guam in response to the recent increase in membership. The new center has a prayer hall on the first floor, and several multi-purpose halls on the second floor. A chorus san a song about world peace for the opening. SGI-USA ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 7 2007

SGI-Taiwan and SGI-South Korea Hold Buddhist Study Examinations

On January 7, 2007, SGI-Taiwan held a promotional exam on Nichiren Buddhism for those who previously passed the entrance-level study examination. Some 5,000 candidates sat for the exam at 31 venues, including one on Penghu Island. On December 3, 2006, SGI-Korea conducted an intermediate-level study examination at 92 centers throughout ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 6 2007

SGI-Cuba First Buddhist Association Officially Registered with Cuban Government

SGI-Cuba recently became the first Buddhist association to be officially recognized as a religious corporation by the Cuban government. On January 6, 2007, a ceremony celebrating the official registration was held in Havana, Cuba's capital. Some 200 attended, including: Caridad Diego Bello, head, Office of Religious Affairs (ORA), Central Committee ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 6 2007

Volume II of De Geschriften van Nichiren Daishonin (Dutch Translations of Nichiren's Writings) Published

SGI-Netherlands recently published a second volume of De Geschriften van Nichiren Daishonin, a Dutch translation of The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, comprising 17 letters and treatises. Included are three of Nichiren's five major writings--"On Establishing the Correct Teaching for the Peace of the Land," "The Opening of the Eyes" ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 2 2007

SGI Associations in Oceania Celebrate the New Year

On January 1 and 2, 2007, SGI associations in seven countries and territories of Oceania held New Year's meetings at 16 venues with a total participation of 2,500. In Australia, 1,500 SGI members celebrated the new year at five venues throughout the country on January 1. At the meeting in ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 1 2007

SGI-Canada Opens New Center in Québec, Canada

On November 4, 2006, SGI-Canada opened an SGI center in Québec City, Québec Province, the only official French-speaking area in North America. The city, with a portion still surrounded by an old castle wall, prospered as a castle town in the early 17th century. Old Québec has been designated as ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 1 2007

SGI-Europe Associations Greet the New Year

SGI-Spain members at the Madrid Center SGI-Belgium members In Spain, some 800 members gathered at 20 venues including Gran Canaria, the Canary Islands, and at the SGI-Spain Culture Center in Madrid. In Italy, some 15,000 members attended meetings at SGI-Italy's ten community centers across the country including the SGI-Italy Culture Center in ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 1 2007

SGI Associations in Asian Countries Ring in the New Year

SGI-Thailand members SGI-Nepal members In SGI-Thailand, some 10,000 members gathered for New Year's meetings at 90 venues around the country. In SGI-Malaysia, as well, over 10,000 members celebrated the new year at 53 venues in 13 states. SGI-Indonesia held meetings at 18 venues including its headquarters building which opened last year, with a ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 1 2007

SGI Associations in Latin America Celebrate the New Year

SGI associations across Latin America held meetings to celebrate the start of the year. On New Year's Day, 1,000 SGI-Brazil (BSGI) representatives living in and around São Paulo, Brazil, gathered at the BSGI Culture Center in São Paulo. In Mexico, SGI members kicked off the New Year at 15 venues; ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 1 2007

SGI New Year's Prayer Meetings Held Across the African Continent

On January 1, 2007, SGI members of the Central African Republic, located in the heart of the continent, met for a New Year's prayer meeting. Since returning from an SGI training session in Japan in October 2006, Jean Chrysostome Gody, SGI-Central African Republic coordinator, has been sharing reports from his ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 1 2007

SGI-Canada Greets the New Year

On January 1, 2007, SGI-Canada held New Year's meetings at locations across the country including the cities of Toronto, Vancouver, Halifax and Saskatoon as well as on Prince Edward Island. At the SGI-Canada Culture Center in Toronto, SGI-Canada General Director Tony Meers emphasized that each individual's personal growth and happiness ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 21 2006

Greek Edition of Burton Watson's The Lotus Sutra Published

Kedros Publishers, Athens, Greece, recently released a Greek edition of The Lotus Sutra, widely considered to be the most important scripture of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition. This edition is translated from Burton Watson's translation published in 1993 by Columbia University Press, New York. The 500-page Greek version includes an introduction, ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 19 2006

SGI-Macau and SGI-Hong Kong Celebrate 40th and 45th Anniversaries

Macau: On November 26, 2006, SGI-Macau held its 23rd general meeting at the SGI-Macau Culture Centre. The meeting commemorated SGI-Macau's 40th anniversary and served as a kick-off toward its 50th. Performances by various dance and chorus groups, including the girls' Daybreak Dancers, celebrated the event. A couple shared their experience ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 17 2006

SGI-Hong Kong, SGI-Macau and SGI-Malaysia Hold Buddhist Study Examinations

On December 17, 2006, SGI-Hong Kong and SGI-Macau held an intermediate-level study examination on Nichiren Buddhism. The candidates were tested on Nichiren's writings. The study material included SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's "Lectures on 'The Opening of the Eyes'" and The World of Nichiren Daishonin's Writings, a dialogue between Mr. Ikeda ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 16 2006

SGI-Korea Young Men Participate in Training Session on Cheju Island

December 1-3, 2006, 108 SGI-Korea Young Men's Division (YMD) representatives from throughout South Korea attended a training session at the Cheju Korea-Japan Friendship Training Center in Seogwipo City, Cheju Province on Cheju Island. The young men studied Buddhist philosophy based on Nichiren's writings and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's recent speeches ... read more