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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

Buddhism | Aug 9 2006

SGI-Portugal Youth Hold General Meeting

Some 180 SGI-Portugal youth gathered in Lisbon on July 30. Titled, "The Power of Youth," the meeting commemorated the 55th anniversary of the Young Women's and Young Men's Divisions. Nine representatives shared their experiences of practicing Nichiren Buddhism. Youth Division Leader Etsuko Motoki called on everyone present to spearhead a ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 8 2006

SGI Members in Austria and Eastern Europe Hold Combined Summer Study Session

Youngsters from SGI-Austria and Eastern Europe who shoulder the future take a large leap forward From July 12-16, SGI-Austria and SGI members from Eastern Europe held a combined summer session at the SGI European Center in Trets, southern France. Some 170 members, hailing from Austria, Russia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Serbia, Montenegro ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 1 2006

SGI-Serbia Members Gather for Commemorative Meeting

On July 8 and 9, SGI members in Serbia met at their center in Belgrade to commemorate the seventh anniversary of the establishment of SGI-Serbia Chapter (formerly SGI-Yugoslavia). Then, the former Yugoslavia was mired in ethnic conflict, leading to NATO intervention--the bombing of Belgrade and the stationing of a NATO-led ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 23 2006

SGI Youth from 60 Countries Exchange with Members in Chiba, Ibaraki, Gunma and Tochigi Prefectures

On July 22, SGI youth, in Japan attending summer training sessions, met with Soka Gakkai members in Chiba, Ibaraki, Gunma and Tochigi Prefectures. Members from Côte d'Ivoire and Cameroon attended a meeting in Kashiwa City, Chiba Prefecture. The boys and girls Lion Cubs Sun Chorus, accompanied on the koto, performed. ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 20 2006

SGI Young Women Commemorate 55th Anniversary During Summer Youth Training Session in Japan

On July 19, the 55th anniversary of the Young Women's Division (YWD), worldwide SGI young women representatives attended the first SGI Young Women's Division Leaders' Meeting at the Soka Young Women's Center in Shinanomachi, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. Following words by Soka Gakkai Vice General Director Minoru Harada, SGI-Zambia Young Women's ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 20 2006

Broward County, Florida, USA, Commemorates Tenth Anniversary of the Florida Nature and Culture Center; Honors SGI President and His Wife Kaneko Ikeda

The Board of Commissioners in Broward County, Florida, USA, recently proclaimed June 19 as "Daisaku and Kaneko Ikeda Day" in commemoration of the Florida Nature and Culture Center's (FNCC) tenth anniversary. County Commissioner Diana Wasserman-Rubin entrusted the citation to SGI-USA Young Women's Leader Kimberly Hermann and a delegation of young ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 19 2006

Two Official Websites Related to Daisaku Ikeda Now Available

Soka Gakkai International (SGI) launched two official websites related to President Daisaku Ikeda in July:. Daisaku Ikeda Library - www.ikedabooks.org The first site, "Daisaku Ikeda Library," showcases Mr. Ikeda's published works. Mr. Ikeda is a prolific writer. The scope of his works ranges from novels, discourse on Buddhism and life, poetry, and ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 7 2006

Soka Gakkai Reelects President Einosuke Akiya

Einosuke Akiya (75) has been reelected as Soka Gakkai president for another five-year term, starting July 18, 2006. The Presidential Selection Committee headed by Ryozo Nishiguchi, chairman of the Executive Council, met July 6 at the Soka Gakkai Headquarters in Shinjuku, Tokyo, in accordance with the organization's regulations. The committee ... read more