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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

Buddhism | Dec 10 2006

Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai Holds 32nd General Meeting

On November 26, 2006, 1,200 Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai (BSG) representatives met for their 32nd general meeting at the Soka Bodhi Tree Garden in a New Delhi suburb. In a message, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda congratulated the participants on BSG's development and growth. Encouraging everyone to work in harmony, Mr. ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 10 2006

Youth Support Groups Meet in Italy and Belgium

From December 1 through 3, 2006, a combined training course for SGI-Italy Soka and Byakuren groups was held in Pescia, a small medieval town in the hills northwest of Florence, Italy. The Soka and Byakuren Groups are young men's and young women's support groups, respectively, within the SGI organization that ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 10 2006

SGI-Paraguay Celebrates 45th Anniversary

On December 10, 2006, SGI-Paraguay hosted a general meeting commemorating its 45th anniversary in Pirapo City, Itapúa, Paraguay. Several members recounted how they had applied the philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism in order to surmount hardships and achieve their personal goals, while representatives of each division shared their resolutions for 2007. ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 9 2006

SGI-Nepal Holds 12th General Meeting

On November 25, 2006, SGI-Nepal members held their 12th general meeting at their center in Kathmandu. In a message, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda stated that sharing in friends' sorrows and sufferings and endeavoring to encourage them through dialogue is to live in accord with Nichiren's teachings. He also encouraged the ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 7 2006

SGI-USA Conducts Memorial Service at Site of 9/11 Terrorist Attacks in New York

Plaque bearing Mr. Ikeda's prayer for peace On October 31, together with SGI-USA representatives, SGI General Director Yoshitaka Ohba of Japan visited "Ground Zero," the site of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, where the former World Trade Center once stood. They offered prayers for the victims of 9/11 as ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 7 2006

SGI-Argentina and SGI-Taiwan Hold Entrance-Level Study Exams on Nichiren Buddhism

On October 29, 2006, SGI-Argentina held an entrance-level examination on Nichiren Buddhism. Some 1,800 members participated at 36 venues in Buenos Aires, Cordoba, Tucuman, Bariloche and others. The members were tested on their knowledge of the life of Nichiren as well as the letters of encouragement he sent his followers, ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 7 2006

SGI-Norway Opens First Center; Holds First Study Examination

On the following day, SGI-Norway held its first study exam on Nichiren Buddhism at the new center. The candidates were tested on basic Buddhist concepts and Nichiren's writings, such as "Many in Body, One in Mind" and "Reply to Kyo'o." ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 7 2006

SGI-Argentina Peace Auditorium Recognized for Architectural Excellence

On December 7, 2006, the University of Palermo, Argentina, presented its Outstanding Building Award to the SGI-Argentina Peace Auditorium in Buenos Aires, recognizing the structure as the best constructed in Argentina during the past ten years. A panel of renowned architects were judges in the competition. SGI-Argentina Peace Auditorium Corindo Testa, ... read more

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