Buddhism | Nov 3 2005

Soka Gakkai Holds Monthly Leaders' Meeting

On November 2, Soka Gakkai held its monthly leaders' meeting, which commemorated November 18, Soka Gakkai's 75th anniversary. The meeting, coinciding with the 30th SGI General Meeting, took place at the Tokyo Makiguchi Memorial Hall in Hachioji, Tokyo. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, Soka Gakkai President Einosuke Akiya, other executive leaders ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 28 2005

SGI-Portugal Grows to Four Chapters

SGI-Portugal members at recent general meeting On October 23, SGI-Portugal held a general meeting in Lisbon to commemorate its 40th anniversary. Since SGI President Daisaku Ikeda first visited Portugal on October 27, 1965, the organization has developed, based on his encouragement to engage in activities and exchanges infused with the spirit ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 21 2005

SGI-Australia Has New Leadership Line-up

General Director Greg Johns Women's Leader Elizabeth Bowen Youth Leader David Tan Young Men's Leader Gerard Yap Young Women's Leader Rachel Khoo(incumbent) SGI-Australia held a national representatives meeting on October 15-16 at its Sydney center to kick off the next 50 years of the organization's development. New national leaders were announced, as follows: General Director ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 14 2005

SGI-Bolivia Hosts Entrance Level Study Examination

On September 18, some 250 SGI-Bolivia members sat for an entrance level study examination at 21 venues throughout Bolivia. The study material included "The Strategy of the Lotus Sutra" from Nichiren's writings; the life of Nichiren Daishonin; Soka Gakkai's history; and basic Buddhist concepts, including the "ten worlds." ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 5 2005

SGI-Thailand Youth Hold Southeast Asia Exchange; SGI-USA Youth Hold General Meeting in Los Angeles, California

SGI Southeast Asia youth held a friendship exchange session in Bangkok, Thailand, from September 23-25, 2005. The event followed exchanges between Singapore Soka Association (SSA) and SGI-Thailand in November 2004 and May 2005, and aimed to unite the SGI youth of the Southeast Asian countries. At the recent event, youth ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 4 2005

Second SGI-Oceania Conference Held in New Zealand

On September 25, some 800 SGI members from 17 countries and regions in Oceania gathered for the Second SGI-Oceania Conference at the SGI-New Zealand Culture Center in Auckland, New Zealand, commemorating the SGI's 30th anniversary. SGI-Oceania's membership has grown twofold in the past five years. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 2 2005

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Opens New Center in Kuantan, Pahang

Local SGM members celebrate the opening of their new Pahang Center in Kuantan, Pahang State Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) opened a new center in Kuantan, state capital of Pahang, Malaysia's largest state, located in the eastern coastal region. Some 500 attended the opening of the Pahang Center on August 21, including ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 2 2005

SGI-Europe Members Meet for Summer Study in Trets, France

During July and August, SGI members in Europe met for their annual summer course at the SGI European Center in Trets, southern France. On August 18-23, some 150 members from 27 European countries gathered for a summer study session. SGI Study Department Chief Katsuji Saito, visiting from Japan, lectured on ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 28 2005

Soka Gakkai Music Bands Participate in Local Parades

On August 27, the Soka Gakkai Nagano Fife-and-Drum Corps marched in the "Saito Kinen Festival Matsumoto 2005," annual music festival in Nagano Prefecture. On the same day, Soka Renaissance Vanguard Junior participated in a local summer festival in Tachikawa City, Tokyo. ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 5 2005

SGI-Cambodia Establishes Young Men's and Young Women's Divisions

In July, SGI-Cambodia established young men's division (YMD) and young women's division (YWD). Since SGI-Cambodia was officially recognized as a religious corporation in June 2000, SGI-Cambodia members have developed friendship in their communities based on the humanistic philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism. On July 17 and 24, some 80 young men ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 5 2005

Soka Gakkai Representatives Visit Former Mongolian President

On August 3, an Soka Gakkai delegation, led by Soka Gakkai International Affairs Director Kenji Yoshigo, visited former Mongolian President Natsagiin Bagabandi at the government office in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Mr. Yoshigo conveyed a message from SGI President Daisaku Ikeda to Mr. Bagabandi. Mr. Bagabandi congratulated Mr. Ikeda for receiving the ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 10 2005

SGI-Europe Youth Representatives Gather for General Meeting in France; UNHCR Commends SGI President

Some 1,000 SGI youth from 29 European countries gathered for a general meeting on July 6, at the SGI European Center in Trets, southern France. The gathering commemorated the SGI's 30th anniversary as well as the 30th anniversary of the SGI European Center. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a congratulatory ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 8 2005

Soka Gakkai Holds Monthly Leaders' Meeting for July 2005

On July 7, Soka Gakkai held its monthly leaders' meeting, in conjunction with the fifth Kansai General Meeting and the third Kansai Youth Division General Meeting, at the Tokyo Makiguchi Memorial Hall in Hachioji City, Tokyo. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, Soka Gakkai President Akiya, other executive leaders, youth leaders, and ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 7 2005

SGI Members in Mauritius Start Afresh

On June 28, in the island country of Mauritius located east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean, SGI-Mauritius members gathered for their chapter meeting in a suburb of Port Louis, the country's capital. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a congratulatory message and SGI-Africa Chief Tadashi Minai and SGI-Africa Advisor Takemi ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 4 2005

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Youth Participate in National Event

On July 2, at the invitation of the Ministry of Tourism, some 1,000 Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) youth participated in the official launch of Citrawarna Malaysia (Colors of Malaysia) 2005 at Stadium Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur. The SGM youth, dressed in colorful native costumes, performed in the opening number titled ... read more