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Buddhism | Oct 13 2009

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

Memorial services took place throughout Japan on the anniversary of Nichiren's passing (October 13, 1282). The services also commemorated October 12, 1279, the day Nichiren inscribed the Dai-Gohonzon, the object of devotion in Nichiren Buddhism, for all humanity. [Dai means great. Go is an honorific prefix, and honzon means ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 11 2009

SGI-Panama Senior Citizens Group Hold General Meeting

On October 11, 2009, SGI-Panama senior citizen group members met for a general meeting at the SGI-Panama Culture Center in Panama City. About 400 members participated in the meeting which focused on how to maintain a youthful spirit even as one ages. The ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 11 2009

SGI Portugal Creates New Chapters and Young Men's Support Group

On October 10, 2009, SGI-Portugal held a national training session for leaders in Lisbon, Portugal. Some 130 participated, including members who traveled from the Portuguese archipelago of Azores. The formation of Lisbon and Vale do Tejo Norte Chapters was announced at the meeting as well as new appointments of area ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 11 2009

SGI-UK Youth Leaders Meet at Taplow Court

On October 11, 2009, SGI-UK held its 3rd National Youth Leaders' Training Session at SGI-UK's Taplow Court Grand Culture Centre. The event included discussion of youth activities for 2010. Youth Leader Moni Shrestha shared a passage from Nichiren's writing "The Three Obstacles and Four Devils" which states, "the wise will ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 6 2009

SGI-Argentina Opens New Center in Buenos Aires

On October 6, 2009, SGI-Argentina's South Community Center opened in Temperley, Buenos Aires, Argentina. SGI-Argentina members celebrated the opening of the center which is anticipated to become a center of activities for members living in Southern Argentina. Many distinguished guests participated in the opening ceremony, including former Vice Rector of ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 30 2009

SGI-Peru Appoints New General Director, Creates Executive Guidance Committee

On September 30, 2009, SGI-Peru held a leaders meeting at the SGI-Peru Culture Center in Lima, Peru. SGI General Director Yoshitaka Oba and SGI Women's Chief Kayoko Asano, both visiting from Japan, participated together with some 500 members. During the gathering, José Juárez Salazar was newly appointed as SGI-Peru ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 27 2009

SGI-Sri Lanka Women Hold General Meeting

On September 27, 2009, SGI-Sri Lanka women met at the SGI-Sri Lanka Culture Center in Colombo. The general meeting centered around the theme of building a foundation for happiness within the family. Ms. Mendis, wife of former governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, attended the gathering. One woman ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 27 2009

SGI Meetings Held in Southern Africa

The three-day event included sharing of experiences, study and dialogue sessions. Participants were encouraged to strengthen their resolve to realize their own personal victories and share the humanistic ideals of Nichiren Buddhism with others. On August 30, SGI-Zambia held a general meeting at the SGI-Zambia Grand Culture Center located in ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 20 2009

SGI-Russia Commemorates 35th Anniversary of SGI President's Visit

During September 2009, SGI-Russia held general meetings in Moscow and other places throughout Russia to commemorate the 35th anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's first visit to the Soviet Union on September 8, 1974. On September 20, 108 SGI-Russia members including representatives from far-flung regions such as Voronezh, Perm and Ufa, ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 13 2009

SGI-Italy Marche Community Center Opens in Falconara Marittima

From September 12-13, 2009, opening ceremonies for the SGI-Italy Marche Community Center were held in the municipality of Falconara Marittima in the Marche region of Italy. On September 12, Falconara Marittima Mayor Goffredo Brandoni attended the official opening and expressed his hope that the new center would become a place ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 13 2009

SGI-Germany's Villa Sachsen Celebrates Heritage Day

On September 13, 2009, SGI-Germany's Villa Sachsen Grand Culture Center, located in Bingen, Germany, held its annual open house in celebration of Heritage Day (September 14). More than 1,700 people took part in the festivities, whose highlights included performances from SGI-Germany's Green Hill Orchestra and a jazz band, as well as ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 10 2009

Importance of Courageous Action Emphasized at Soka Gakkai Headquarters Leaders Meeting Held in Tokyo

On September 10, 2009, the monthly Soka Gakkai Headquarters Leaders Meeting was held at the Makiguchi Memorial Hall in Hachioji, Tokyo. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada attended the meeting together with representative members including 74 SGI members from 12 countries and territories. In his ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 6 2009

Taiwan Soka Association Holds Study Examination

On September 6, 2009, Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) held study examinations at 31 venues throughout Taiwan for those who had previously passed entrance-level examinations. Some 4,000 candidates were tested on their knowledge and understanding of Buddhist history, the Lotus Sutra, concepts and core beliefs relating to Nichiren Buddhism and ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 5 2009

SGI-Fiji Holds District General Meeting

On September 5, 2009, SGI-Fiji members gathered for their fourth district general meeting in Lautoka City, Fiji. The district was first established in 2005. During the annual gathering, members shared experiences, including one woman who talked about using her Buddhist practice to overcome difficulties at work and transform her workplace ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 23 2009

SGI-Sierra Leone Hosts Buddhist Seminar

On August 23, 2009, SGI members in Freetown, the Republic of Sierra Leone, hosted a seminar on Nichiren Buddhism. This was the second seminar conducted this year. Local members invited their friends, enabling them to gain a deeper understanding of the SGI and Nichiren Buddhism. A question and answer session was ... read more