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Buddhism | Jun 5 2010

SGI-UK Volunteer Groups Celebrate Entrance and Graduation Ceremonies

On June 5, 2010, at SGI-UK's Taplow Court Grand Culture Center, SGI-UK honored volunteers who have worked behind-the-scenes to ensure the safe operation of SGI centers during meetings and events. For some people, this marked the end of their time with the volunteers groups, while other people were joining the ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 3 2010

SGI-Germany Holds Headquarters Leaders Meeting and Buddhist Seminar

SGI-Germany Holds Headquarters Leaders Meeting and Buddhist Seminar

On June 3, 2010, SGI-Germany held a headquarters leaders meeting at the SGI-Germany Düsseldorf center. At the meeting, participants studied SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's guidance and had opportunities to share and discuss their thoughts in small group discussions. An SGI-Germany Men's Leader, Kazuyoshi Oishi, shared his experience of using his Buddhist ... read more

Buddhism | May 18 2010

SGI-Korea Members Study Nichiren's Writings

SGI-Korea Members Study Nichiren's Writings

From May 17-18, 2010, representative SGI-Korea members participated in a study session at the SGI-Korea headquarters building in Seoul, South Korea. SGI Study Department Leader Katsuji Saito lectured on two of Nichiren's most important writings, "The Opening of the Eyes" and "The Heritage of the Ultimate Law of Life," and ... read more

Buddhism | May 16 2010

SGI-Hungary Holds Training Session

SGI-Hungary Holds Training Session

From May 15-16, 2010, SGI-Hungary held a training session in Budapest that some 50 members attended. During the two day event, representatives from the young women and young men's groups shared how their Buddhist practice had resulted in advancements in their daily lives. The meeting also included a performance of ... read more

Buddhism | May 2 2010

SGI-Dominican Republic Appoints New General Director

SGI-Dominican Republic Appoints New General Director

On May 2, 2010, SGI Dominican Republic held a leaders' meeting at its culture center in Santo Domingo. At the meeting, Pedro Familia was appointed the new general director of SGI-Dominican Republic and former General Director Takashi Nishio became director of the SGI-Dominican Republic's Executive Guidance Council. Mr. Familia began ... read more

Buddhism | May 2 2010

SGI Commemorates May 3

SGI Commemorates May 3

On May 2, 2010, commemorative general meetings were held at various locations throughout the world to celebrate the 50th anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's inauguration as the third Soka Gakkai president on May 3, 1960. A meeting held at the Panama Culture Center in Panama City included festive ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 28 2010

Establishment of Nichiren Buddhism Celebrated

Establishment of Nichiren Buddhism Celebrated

On April 28, 2010, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda attended a commemorative service to mark the 757th anniversary (April 28, 1253) of the establishment of Nichiren Buddhism, at the Soka Gakkai Headquarters Annex 2 in Shinanomachi, Tokyo. Together with Soka Gakkai representative leaders, he paid deep tribute to Nichiren's lifetime ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 17 2010

Soka Gakkai Day Commemorated at Soka Gakkai Monthly Leaders' Meeting

Soka Gakkai Day Commemorated at Soka Gakkai Monthly Leaders' Meeting

On April 17, 2010, a total of 152 SGI members from 24 countries and territories attended the monthly leaders' meeting in Japan held at the Tokyo Makiguchi Memorial Hall in Hachioji. The event commemorated May 3, Soka Gakkai Day, and also celebrated the 50th anniversary of SGI President Daisaku ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 7 2010

Soka Gakkai Publishes the Tenth in its Series of Sanskrit Lotus Sutra Manuscripts

Soka Gakkai Publishes the Tenth in its Series of Sanskrit Lotus Sutra Manuscripts

Recently, the Soka Gakkai published Sanskrit Lotus Sutra Manuscript from Cambridge University Library (Add. 1684), Romanized Text. This constitutes the tenth in a series of facsimiles and romanized texts of Lotus Sutra (Skt Saddharma-pundarika-sutra) manuscripts published by the Soka Gakkai. The project is supervised by the Institute of Oriental ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 4 2010

SGI-Cambodia Appoints New General Director

SGI-Cambodia Appoints New General Director

On April 4, 2010, SGI-Cambodia held its 36th Headquarters Leaders Meeting at the SGI-Cambodia Culture Center in Phnom Penh. The meeting included the appointment of Pang Vandeth as the new SGI-Cambodia General Director as well as a Q&A session with SGI-Thailand Executive Chair Somsak Likitjariyanon and Kazuhiko Banno, advisors to ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 4 2010

SGI-Chile Holds Prayer Service for Earthquake Victims

SGI-Chile Holds Prayer Service for Earthquake Victims

On April 4, 2010, SGI-Chile held a prayer service at the SGI-Chile Culture Center in Santiago for the victims of the massive earthquake that occurred on February 27. Participants offered prayers for the quick recovery of those affected by the quake and for the peace and security of the ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 4 2010

Latin America Study Session Held in Brazil

Latin America Study Session Held in Brazil

From April 2-4, 2010, the fifth Latin America Study Session on Nichiren Buddhism was held at the SGI-Brazil (BSGI) Dr. Daisaku Ikeda Culture Center and BSGI Peace Auditorium in São Paulo, Brazil. Some 2,000 gathered from 12 countries throughout Central and South America, including, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 21 2010

Memorial Equinox Services Held at Soka Gakkai Centers and Memorial Parks

Memorial Equinox Services Held at Soka Gakkai Centers and Memorial Parks

On March 21, 2010, the day of the spring equinox, Soka Gakkai centers and memorial parks throughout Japan held prayer services for the repose of deceased family members and friends. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda led a solemn service at the Tokyo Makiguchi Memorial Hall in Hachioji. On the same day, ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 21 2010

SGI members in Sierra Leone Organize Buddhist Seminars

SGI members in Sierra Leone Organize Buddhist Seminars

From March 20-21, 2010, SGI members in Kenema, Sierra Leone, held a seminar on Nichiren Buddhism, with some participants traveling by bus for six hours from as far away as the capital, Freetown. The meeting included a question and answer session that provided participants with opportunities to ask about ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 20 2010

SGI-Poland Holds General Meeting

On March 20, 2010, over 100 SGI-Poland members gathered for a general meeting in Warsaw. SGI-Europe Chair Hideaki Takahashi attended and congratulated SGI-Poland on its growth. New leadership appointments announced included: SGI-Poland Area Men's Leader Antonio Angotti; Area Women's Leader Maria Markiewicz; Secretary General Tsuruko Haga Sajecka; Youth Leader Cristiano ... read more