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Buddhism | Nov 21 2010

Soka Gakkai's Anniversary Celebrated at University of Hamburg

Soka Gakkai's Anniversary Celebrated at University of Hamburg

In celebration of Soka Gakkai's 80th anniversary, 1,500 SGI-Germany members gathered at the University of Hamburg on November 21. Professor Ulrich Dehn, a religious scholar at the university, spoke at the event, as well as Goethe scholar Manfred Osten from the Weimar Goethe Institute, Germany. [Dr. Osten and SGI President ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 21 2010

SGI Members Around the World Celebrate Soka Gakkai's Founding

SGI Members Around the World Celebrate Soka Gakkai's Founding

In commemoration of the 80th anniversary of Soka Gakkai's founding (November 18, 1930), SGI-Kenya held a meeting in the city of Kisumu from November 20-21. Guests included SGI members who had traveled all the way from Uganda. In Sierra Leone, some 150 SGI members commemorated the day by hosting a discussion ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 18 2010

Ikeda Hall Opens in Seoul, Korea

Ikeda Hall Opens in Seoul, Korea

SGI-Korea's new center, named Ikeda Hall, opened on November 18 in Seoul, South Korea. The building's debut coincided with the 80th anniversary of the Soka Gakkai's founding. The new structure's main hall can seat 2,500 and in addition to offices, has rooms suited for exhibitions and conferences. Special multi-purpose rooms ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 14 2010

SGI-Austria Hosts Youth Friendship Meeting in Vienna

SGI-Austria Hosts Youth Friendship Meeting in Vienna

On November 14, SGI-Austria youth members welcomed guests to their youth friendship general meeting held at the SGI-Austria Culture Center in Vienna. Some 150 attended. The gathering included a visual presentation of SGI's history and its various movements to promote peace, culture and education, as well as a choir performance. [Adapted from ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 13 2010

SGI General Meetings Held on Portuguese Islands

SGI General Meetings Held on Portuguese Islands

On November 13, SGI members from the city of Funchal on Madeira Island, Portugal, held their first general meeting, which also commemorated the 80th anniversary of Soka Gakkai's founding. SGI-Portugal Young Women's Leader Joana Craveiro gave a presentation on SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's series of books titled The New Human ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 4 2010

Representative SGI Members from Africa Meet in Tokyo

Representative SGI Members from Africa Meet in Tokyo

On November 4, nineteen SGI-members from 12 African countries, who were visiting Japan for the annual SGI Fall Training Session, held a conference with Soka Gakkai representatives at the Soka Culture Center in Shinanomachi, Tokyo. Representative leaders from Japan included Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada, SGI General Director Yoshitaka Oba ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 2 2010

Founding of Soka Activity Support Groups Commemorated

Founding of Soka Activity Support Groups Commemorated

SGI-Canada members held meetings in their respective areas in commemoration of the November 2, 1976, founding of the SGI's Soka Group--a young men's activity support group. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a heartfelt message asking the youthful Soka Group members in Canada to always maintain a "Never Be Defeated" spirit. Soka ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 24 2010

SGI-Denmark Young Women Hold Training Course

SGI-Denmark Young Women Hold Training Course

Young women of SGI-Denmark held a training session in Asnas, Denmark, from October 22-24, where they were able to further their understanding of Buddhism. In particular, study and discussion focused on the concept of "true benefit" as expounded in Nichiren Buddhism. Participants left the session expressing their determination to live ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 23 2010

SGI Members in Europe Engage in Buddhist Study

SGI Members in Europe Engage in Buddhist Study

SGI-Greece held a general meeting in Eretria, Evia Island, from October 7-10. Along with members of Athens, more than 100 members gathered from throughout the country. ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 13 2010

Soka Gakkai Holds Memorial Services on Anniversary of Nichiren's Passing

Soka Gakkai Holds Memorial Services on Anniversary of Nichiren's Passing

Soka Gakkai held memorial services throughout Japan on October 13 to mark the anniversary of Nichiren's passing (October 13, 1282). ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 10 2010

SGI Members in Hong Kong Take Buddhist Study Exams

SGI Members in Hong Kong Take Buddhist Study Exams

On October 10, more than 1,000 SGI-Hong Kong members participated in the Intermediate Buddhist Study Exam organized by SGI-Hong Kong. The exams were held in four locations throughout Hong Kong, including the SGI-Hong Kong Culture Center and the Tuen Mun Culture Center. Exam questions were based on SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 10 2010

Throughout Europe SGI Members Vow to Work for Peace

Throughout Europe SGI Members Vow to Work for Peace

SGI-Germany young women members attended training sessions at the Villa Sachsen Grand Culture Center in Bingen, Germany, from October 8-10. Participants deepened their understanding of Buddhism through studying Nichiren's writings and also through sharing with one another their experiences of applying Buddhism in their daily lives. At the meeting, women ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 2 2010

SGI World Peace Day Celebrated Around the World

SGI World Peace Day Celebrated Around the World

On October 2, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and Mrs. Kaneko Ikeda attended a ceremony in Tokyo to pay tribute to their mentors Tsunesaburo Makiguchi (first president of Soka Gakkai) and Josei Toda (second president of Soka Gakkai). Mr. and Mrs. Ikeda also offered prayers for the well-being of SGI members ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 19 2010

Local Grassroots Meetings Held in Japan

Local Grassroots Meetings Held in Japan

Soka Gakkai members in Japan held discussion meetings in their local areas from September 13-19, 2010. The small monthly gatherings provide a venue for members and guests to study and discuss the life philosophy of Buddhism, share how their Buddhist practice relates to their personal challenges and goals, and encourage ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 18 2010

SGI Members in Russia Hold General Meetings

SGI Members in Russia Hold General Meetings

SGI members in Russia held general meetings throughout the nation in the third week of September, in the cities of Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Nizhniy Novgorod, Ufa, Perm and Voronezh to commemorate the 36th anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's first visit to Russia (September 8, 1974). Discussions at the meetings were focused on ... read more