Buddhism | Dec 26 2009

SGI-Gabon Establishes New District

On December 26, 2009, SGI members in Gabon established a new district and held a commemorative meeting in the city of Libreville. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a message for the meeting, calling on the members to advance world peace with unity based on a spirit of “many in ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 20 2009

SGI-Côte d'Ivoire Holds Commemorative Meetings

From December 19-20, 2009, SGI-Côte d'Ivoire members held meetings commemorating the start of the 80th year since the establishment of the Soka Gakkai on November 18, 1930. On December 20, a gathering took place in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, where approximately 1,700 representatives from throughout the country gathered. SGI-Côte d'Ivoire General Director ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 20 2009

SGI-Philippines Holds Nationwide Meeting

On December 20, 2009, approximately 700 leaders from SGI-Philippines attended a nationwide meeting at the SGI Philippines Culture Center in Manila. SGI-Philippines National Secretary Ronald Hernandez, Youth Leader Jeremias Zhel Cruz and Young Men's Leader Rodel Paul Sauza were newly appointed at the event. Representatives reported on activities in their ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 5 2009

SGI-UK Holds Volunteer Group Training Sessions at Taplow Court

On November 28, 2009, ninety-three SGI-UK young women from throughout the county and also members of the Lilac Group who provide support for local activities gathered at SGI-UK's Taplow Court Grand Culture Center. The meeting centered on the Buddhist concept of selfless dedication. SGI-UK National Lilac Group leaders Sonia ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 29 2009

Soka Gakkai Members Throughout Japan Take Elementary Level and Youth Study Exams

On November 29, 2009, 180,000 candidates at 1,669 venues throughout Japan took either the Elementary-Level Study Exam or the Level 3 Youth Study Exam. The exams aim to encourage members to broaden their understanding of Buddhism. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a message to all examinees and staff members ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 29 2009

SGI-Norway Appoints New Leaders

On November 29, 2009, SGI-Norway held a general meeting in Oslo, at which SGI-Norway General Director Aud Digernes, Women's Leader Trine Furu Berg and Women's Secretary-General Katarina Wilmot were newly appointed. Ms. Digernes shared her strong determination to devote herself to encouraging members and to work wholeheartedly towards creating ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 29 2009

Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai Members Hold General Meeting

On November 29, 2009, approximately 600 gathered for the 35th Bharat Soka Gakkai (BSG) General Meeting at the Soka Bodhi Tree Garden in New Delhi, India. East India General Area 1 chief Mr. Dipak Das spoke about the importance of building solidarity among friends and his own personal efforts to ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 22 2009

Brazil, Mexico and the Netherlands Celebrate Soka Gakkai Day

On November 15, 2009, SGI-Netherlands held a leaders meeting in Zeist, commemorating the anniversary of the establishment of the Soka Gakkai (November 18, 1930). A youth training session was attended by members from throughout the country, focusing on the themes of leadership, how to raise capable successors and the ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 15 2009

SGI Autumn Training Session Held in Tokyo, Japan

On November 12, 2009, 250 leaders from 60 countries and territories participated in the opening meeting of the 2009 SGI Autumn Training Session at the Soka International Friendship Hall in Sendagaya, Tokyo. In his message to the SGI members attending the training course, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda expressed his appreciation ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 15 2009

SGI-Korea Youth and Men Gather Throughout the Country

On November 15, 2009, SGI-Korea youth members attended general meetings based on a theme of realizing true victory in one's life through a lifelong spirit to learn from one's mentor. Meetings were held at 124 venues throughout South Korea. Over 10,000 young men and women participated, including many college students. ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 15 2009

SGI-UK Members Challenge Study Exam on Key Concepts of Nichiren Buddhism

On November 15, 2009, hundreds of SGI-UK members demonstrated their understanding of Nichiren Buddhism by taking the Level 1 study exam, held at 60 venues around the country. Examinees spent the last several months preparing by attending study sessions to supplement their own individual efforts. Over 3,000 members have ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 14 2009

Leaders from 60 Countries and Territories Gather in Japan for SGI General Meeting

On November 14, 2009, Soka Gakkai's monthly leaders meeting coincided with the SGI general meeting held at the Tokyo Makiguchi Memorial Hall in Hachioji, Japan, commemorating the Soka Gakkai's 79th anniversary (November 18, 1930). SGI President Daisaku Ikeda attended along with Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada, SGI General Director ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 26 2009

2009 SGI Youth Autumn Training Session in Tokyo

From October 22-26, 2009, 200 SGI youth members from 50 countries participated in an autumn leadership training course in Tokyo, Japan. The opening ceremony and welcome took place at the Soka International Friendship Hall in Sendagaya, on October 22. At the initial meeting, several appointments were made. Naoki Nishi was ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 24 2009

Soka Gakkai Holds Monthly Leaders Meeting in Tokyo

On October 24, 2009, Soka Gakkai held its monthly leaders meeting at the Soka Gakkai International Friendship Hall in Sendagaya, Tokyo. In the spirit of youth united in a shared commitment with their mentor, the meeting was held in conjunction with the 1st Nationwide Youth Division Leaders Meeting. SGI President ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 22 2009

Lotus Sutra Exhibition Held in Bangalore, India

The exhibition was co-organized by the Institute of Oriental Philosophy and Bharat Soka Gakkai (BSG), supported by the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the International Academy of Indian Culture. The show displays rare manuscripts, microfilms, facsimile editions, romanized texts and panels depicting parables from ... read more