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Buddhism | Dec 6 2006

SGI-UK Opens New Center in Central London

Local SGI members celebrate opening On November 18, 2006, SGI-UK opened a new center in central London, which will serve as the hub of activities for members living in North, Central and East London. Some 500 representatives gathered to celebrate the opening. SGI-UK Vice General Director Kazuo Fujii congratulated everyone, ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 5 2006

New SGI Center Opens in Bremen, Germany

On November 18, Soka Gakkai's 76th anniversary, SGI-Germany opened a new center in Bremen, Germany. The local members attending the opening prayed for the happiness and prosperity of their families and society and for lasting peace in the world. Bremen, situated in northwestern Germany, has a rich history dating back ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 4 2006

Philosophical Dialogue among Confucian, Buddhist and Daoist Scholars in Hong Kong

In a message, IOP founder and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda stated that ideas such as the "golden mean" and "neutrality" that underlie traditional Chinese thought find common ground in the Buddhist concept of the "Middle Way." These schools of thought are expressions of the virtues of the "Middle Way" that ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 4 2006

Lotus Sutra Exhibition in Hong Kong Displays Rare Artifacts from Early Recorded History

On November 25, 2006, some 300 guests attended the opening of "The Lotus Sutra--A Message of Peace and Harmonious Coexistence" at the SGI-Hong Kong Cultural and Recreational Centre. The exhibition brought together a rare collection of artifacts, calligraphic and pictorial representations of the Lotus Sutra including historic originals and reproductions ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 4 2006

8,000 Sit for Buddhist Study Exams in 25 European Countries

This autumn (2006), some 8,000 SGI members in 25 European countries, such as Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, U.K., Switzerland and Belgium, were tested on their study of Nichiren Buddhism. The exam material included basic Buddhist concepts and "Many in Body, One in Mind" and "Reply to Kyo'o" from Nichiren's writings ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 3 2006

SGI Members in Slovenia Host Seminar

On December 2 and 3, 2006, SGI members in the southern Alpine states and Adriatic nations of Europe hosted an "Alpine and Adriatic Seminar" in Ljubljana, the capital of the Republic of Slovenia. Fifty SGI members and their friends from six countries--Italy, Austria, Croatia, Slovenia, Germany, and Hungary--gathered for a ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 3 2006

SGI-Peru Holds Elementary-Level Buddhist Study Examination in 14 Cities

On December 3, 2006, the SGI-Peru Study Department held an elementary-level examination in 14 cities throughout Peru, including Lima, Peru's capital. Some 780 SGI-Peru members of all ages sat for the examination to test their knowledge on basic Buddhist concepts and Nichiren's writings such as "The True Aspect of All ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 2 2006

SGI-USA Language Groups Help Build Global Network

SGI-USA National Language Bureau representatives discuss their goals for 2007 For those first attending an SGI-USA activity, the wide diversity of its membership, a hallmark of SGI-USA, is immediately apparent. SGI-USA members represent cultures and speak languages from around the globe. Sixty-four representatives representing 13 languages--Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, French, ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 29 2006

SGI-Mexico and Veracruz City Cosponsor Youth Peace Convention

On November 19, SGI-Mexico and Veracruz, a major port city in Mexico, cosponsored the "2nd Youth Peace Convention" at Redondo Campo Hall. Some 600 young people attended from throughout Mexico. Panelists SGI-Mexico Young Men's Leader Roberto Toledo, Jésus Orosco, Veracruz Youth Assembly chair, and Eduardo Muñoz, professor ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 29 2006

SGI Members Gather in Uganda, Cameroon and Ghana

Uganda: On November 11-12, 2006, SGI-Uganda women participated in their first training course in Kampala at a ranch on the shores of Lake Victoria. Among the 16 participants were two women from Kenya and one from Rwanda. The women studied "Happiness in this World" from Nichiren's writings and discussed core ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 20 2006

21st "Boys and Girls Art of Hope Exhibit" Opens at Josei Toda International Center in Tokyo

The 21st "Boys and Girls Art of Hope Exhibit" opened November 19 at the Josei Toda International Center in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. Subtitled "With Courage and Hope Let's Launch a Great Voyage of Peace," the exhibit will show through December 3, 2006. Some 80 drawings and paintings ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 18 2006

SGI-Cameroon Women Hold General Meeting

On November 18, 2006, some 110 SGI-Cameroon women and 20 guests participated in a general meeting in Yaounde City, Cameroon's capital. Another 40 men and youth members provided support behind the scenes. With a theme of "Women and Environmental Protection--Challenges and Hopes for Building the Century of Life," women representatives ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 18 2006

SGI-Macedonia Holds First Study Examination on Nichiren Buddhism

On November 18, 2006, SGI-Macedonia held its first study examination on Nichiren Buddhism for 11 candidates in Skopje, the nation's capital. The candidates studied material translated into Macedonian from Serbian and English by the SGI-Macedonia Study Committee. To prepare for the exam, candidates participated in seminars and study sessions. [Adapted from ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 15 2006

English Edition of The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Volume II to be Released Soon

The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin (WND), Volume II, was recently published in commemoration of November 18, Soka Gakkai Founding Day. Next year also marks the 55th anniversary of Nichiren Daishonin gosho zenshu, a compilation of Nichiren's writings in the original classical Japanese. WND Volume II comprises 234 ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 15 2006

SGI-Taiwan Publishes Contemporary Chinese Language Editions of "Opening of the Eyes" from Nichiren's Writings

SGI-Taiwan recently published contemporary Chinese language translations (in traditional Chinese characters) of "The Opening of the Eyes" parts I and II, as volumes 3 and 4 of the Collection of Nichiren's Writings in Contemporary Chinese. In the books, the contemporary Chinese translation appears alongside the classical Chinese ... read more