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Buddhism | Oct 3 2006

SGI-Germany's Villa Sachsen Celebrates Heritage Day

On September 9, 2006, SGI-Germany's Villa Sachsen Grand Culture Center (Villa Sachsen) opened its doors to the public in celebration of Heritage Day (Sept. 14). SGI-Germany's Green Hill Orchestra serenaded the 2,000 local residents attending with well-loved classics. The audience was also treated to a guitar solo by a renowned ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 1 2006

Bronze Statues Dedicated to SGI-Korea Women Pioneers

On September 21, two bronze statues titled "Mothers of Kosen-rufu," were unveiled at the Peace Garden in front of the SGI-Korea Headquarters building. SGI Women's Leader Kayoko Asano was among the 130 representatives present. Standing 3 meters tall, the statues are of a woman holding SGI-Korea's organizational newspaper conversing with ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 28 2006

New SGI-Europe District Established in Ísafjördur, Iceland

A new district was established in Ísafjördur, Iceland, making it SGI-Europe's northernmost district. With a latitude of 66 degrees, Ísafjördur is located on Vestfjarda Peninsula, overlooking Ísa Fjord. The town serves as a principal fishing port in northwestern Iceland, as well as a tourist destination with its tall, precipitous mountain ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 23 2006

SGI-Italy Holds Summer Buddhist Study Session in Fiuggi, Italy

From August 31 through September 3, over 2,500 SGI-Italy representatives met in Fiuggi, located some 80 kilometers south of Rome, for a summer study session. The city is long known for its medicinal mineral hot springs, reputed to cure a wide scope of urinary tract and liver diseases. Artist Michelangelo ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 20 2006

SGI-Russia Members Gather for General Meetings

September 8 commemorated the 32nd anniversary of SGI President Ikeda's first visit to Russia (then the USSR) in September 1974. SGI-Russia members gathered in their respective areas for general meetings on or around September 8. At five venues in Moscow, 80 gathered, including members from Krasnodar, 1,200 kilometers from Moscow, ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 16 2006

SGI Fiji Island Members Gather Family-style

On August 19, SGI members of the Republic of the Fiji Islands met in Lautoka, the second largest city, for a family-style district general meeting of 80 members and guests. This was the group's second general meeting following their first last year. New men's division member Nirmao Singh and women's ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 15 2006

SGI Youth in Ghana and Nigeria Hold Training Sessions

From August 25 to 27, SGI-Ghana youth held a training session at Bunso Cocoa College in Bunso, a suburb of Accra. Some 150 youth leaders gathered to strengthen their bonds of friendship as well as the spirit of mentor and disciple. The group studied SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's lecture on ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 14 2006

SGI-UK Young Men Participate in Summer Course

From September 1 to 3, SGI-UK young men's division (YMD) members who have shown unprecedented growth and development, met in Slough for a summer study session. Members from Scotland and Northern Ireland joined the session, which included experiences of challenging difficulties with the practice of Nichiren Buddhism, sports events and ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 12 2006

7,000 SGI-Thailand Candidates Nationwide Sit for Beginning-Level Study Examination

7,000 SGI-Thailand members sit for beginning-level study exam on Nichiren Buddhism On August 13, SGI-Thailand held a beginning-level study examination for 7,000 members at 50 venues across the country. The study material included basic Buddhist principles; portions of "On Persecutions Befalling the Sage" and "On Attaining Buddhahood in this Lifetime," two ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 8 2006

SGI-Europe Holds Summer Study Session in Trets

SGI-Europe held a summer study session August 19-24 at the European Center in Trets, southern France. Together with SGI Study Department Chief Katsuji Saito, 172 members from 27 countries studied "The Opening of the Eyes" from Nichiren's writings, based on SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's lecture. Nichiren's treatise brings to light ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 29 2006

SGI-Macau Youth and SGI-Hong Kong Boys and Girls Meet, Respectively

On August 19, SGI-Macau youth met at the Macau Culture Center for a youth division general meeting titled, "Challenging Ourselves to Make the Impossible Possible, Let's Create the Era of Macau Peace with Our Hands." The participants enjoyed a small culture show comprising choruses, instrumentals and drama. Youth leaders called ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 28 2006

SGI-UK Young Women Meet for Summer Course

On August 12-13, SGI-UK young women gathered for their second SGI-UK Young Women's Division Summer Course at University of Warwick, located in England's mid-section. Members from Scotland and Ireland also participated. On the 12th, the group discussed fostering young women in primary grades through young teens, conducting successful local-level activities ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 24 2006

SGI-USA Youth in New York, New York, Hold Festival Commemorating 25th Anniversary of SGI President's Poem to America's Youth; New York State Awards Honorary Citizenships to SGI President and Mrs. Ikeda

Young men's gymnastic display Enjoying the performance at New York's Lincoln Center On July 16, the SGI-USA youth of Northeast Zone sponsored a music festival in New York City, New York, USA, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's poem "To My Beloved Young American Friends--Youthful Bodhisattvas of ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 11 2006

SGI-USA Hosts Leadership Study Conference for North America-Oceania

Participants represented the USA, Canada, New Zealand and Australia Mr. Morinaka lectures on "The Opening of the Eyes" In a message, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda quoted from Nichiren's writings: "Exert yourself in the two ways of practice and study. Without practice and study, there can be no Buddhism" ("The True Aspect ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 10 2006

SGI Young Men's Division Members Celebrate 55th Anniversary in Argentina and Thailand

On July 16, commemorating the 55th anniversary of the Young Men's Division (YMD), some 1,000 SGI-Argentina YMD members gathered at 12 venues, including Ushuaia, the world's southernmost city. At the SGI-Argentina Peace Hall in Buenos Aires, Argentina Academy of History President Dr. Juan José Cresto spoke on the relationship of ... read more