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Buddhism | May 31 2009

SGI Young Women Inaugurate Leadership Training Groups

On April 25, SGI-Denmark also launched a young women's leadership training group, while SGI-Poland inaugurated a similar group on May 31. The SGI-Poland young women leaders held one-on-one dialogues with members and engaged in Buddhist study, deepening their sense of mission toward creating lasting world peace. SGI-Brazil's young women also ... read more

Buddhism | May 30 2009

SGI-Russia Establishes New Districts

SGI-Russia members in Vladivostok SGI-Russia members in St. Petersburg Adding to its four districts in the capital city Moscow, SGI-Russia recently established new districts in St. Petersburg, Vladivostok ... read more

Buddhism | May 24 2009

Korean Festival Held in Iowa, USA

On May 24, 2009, more than 200 SGI-USA members and guests attended the first SGI-USA Midwest Zone Korean Festival, held at the Iowa City Public Library, Iowa, USA. Some participants drove from Michigan--three states away--while several young men and women traveled from the neighboring states of Illinois, Nebraska and ... read more

Buddhism | May 24 2009

SGI-Argentina Holds Study Exam; Leaders Meet in Buenos Aires

On May 3, 2009, SGI-Argentina held an elementary-level study examination on Nichiren Buddhism at 31 venues throughout the country. The study material included two of Nichiren's letters to his followers--"Reply to Sairen-bo" and "Reply to Ueno." After the exam, a participant who recently began practicing Nichiren Buddhism commented, "I ... read more

Buddhism | May 19 2009

SGI-Korea Holds Study Sessions on Nichiren Buddhism

From May 18-19, 2009, SGI-Korea held study sessions on Nichiren Buddhism at the SGI-Korea headquarters building in Seoul. Some 1,200 SGI-Korea representatives attended the conference. SGI Study Department Chief Katsuji Saito traveled from Japan and lectured on several of Nichiren's writings. On May 18, representative leaders from the Seoul metropolitan ... read more

Buddhism | May 17 2009

SGI-Paraguay Men Hold Training Session

On May 17, 2009, SGI-Paraguay men gathered for a training session at the SGI-Paraguay Culture Center in Asunción, Paraguay. SGI-Paraguay General Director Kaoru Kurita attended together with 64 representatives. Two participants shared how they have improved their circumstances based on their practice of Nichiren Buddhism. This was followed with study ... read more

Buddhism | May 17 2009

SGI-Belgium Appoints New Youth Leaders

On May 17, 2009, SGI-Belgium members gathered to make a fresh start with new national leaders at the SGI-Belgium Culture Center in Brussels, Belgium. The organization has recently developed into a general headquarters. SGI-Belgium consists of some 50 different ethnicities and nationalities, and one third of the membership is young ... read more

Buddhism | May 16 2009

Lotus Sutra Exhibition Held in Catalonia, Spain

The exhibition, held for the first time in Spain, was the opening event for the fourth Catalan Parliament of Religions scheduled for June 2009, a preparatory gathering ahead of the Parliament of the World's Religions to be held in Melbourne, Australia, in December 2009. The exhibition displayed facsimiles and romanized texts ... read more

Buddhism | May 16 2009

SGI-UK and SGI-Portugal Hold Leaders Training Sessions

From April 17-19, 2009, SGI-UK women gathered for leaders training sessions in Coventry, UK. Studying some of Nichiren's writings and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda’s recent speeches, participants deepened their understanding of the greatness of living a life based on the shared commitment and struggles of mentor and disciple. ... read more

Buddhism | May 9 2009

SGI-Hong Kong Announces New Leaders

On May 9, 2009, SGI-Hong Kong held a leaders meeting at the SGI-Hong Kong Culture Center. Some 1,500 participated in the event which was also a kick-off for SGI-Hong Kong's 50th anniversary in 2011. General Director John Ng Chor Yuk and Women's Leader Wo Wai Kuen were announced as ... read more

Buddhism | May 3 2009

SGI Members in Africa Meet to Celebrate Soka Gakkai Day

On and around May 3, 2009, SGI members in Africa gathered in their respective countries to celebrate Soka Gakkai Day. SGI-Togo General Director Ida Gbodossou-Adjevi attended a meeting held in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. In Freetown, Sierra Leone, SGI members and their friends attended a seminar on ... read more

Buddhism | May 3 2009

SGI Members Celebrate May 3, Soka Gakkai Day

On May 3, 2009, SGI-Brazil (BSGI) held a youth culture festival at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in São Paulo. Some 20,000 BSGI youth gathered from throughout the country. BSGI's young women's Nova Era (New Age) Fife-and-Drum Corps, young men's Taiyo (Sun) Brass Band, young women's Taiga (Big River) dance group and ... read more

Buddhism | May 3 2009

Taiwan Soka Association Opens Newly Constructed Zhi Shan Culture Center

On May 3, 2009, Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) officially opened its recently completed headquarters building, Zhi Shan Culture Center, in Taipei. An SGI delegation from Japan led by SGI Vice President Hiromasa Ikeda attended the opening ceremony. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a congratulatory message. The center is located directly ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 30 2009

"Dialogue between East and West" Symposium Held in Spain

In his remarks, UNESCO Association of Lleida President Jesús Sans referred to the importance of dialogue in order to identify and gain greater understanding of humankind's spiritual values and to form bonds with each other. Francesc Torradeflot, executive secretary of UNESCO Centre of Catalonia and head of the Department of ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 28 2009

Soka Gakkai Publishes Lotus Sutra Manuscript Series 9

The Soka Gakkai recently published the Sanskrit Lotus Sutra Manuscript from the British Library (Or. 2204), Facsimile Edition, the ninth part in its ongoing Lotus Sutra Manuscript Series. The Soka Gakkai originally commissioned the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP), Tokyo, Japan, to coordinate the publication of facsimiles and romanized ... read more