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Buddhism | Mar 16 2008

SGI-Hong Kong and SGI-Macau Hold Youth Meetings

On March 16, 2008, SGI youth in Hong Kong and Macau gathered at their respective centers to commemorate the 50th anniversary of March 16, 1958, a significant day in SGI's history. In Hong Kong, some 600 youth leaders met at the SGI-Hong Kong Culture Center. Youth Leader Ngan Sai Fong, ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 16 2008

SGI-Peru Members Meet

On March 16, 2008, SGI-Peru youth gathered at their center in Lima, commemorating the 50th anniversary of March 16, a significant day in SGI's history. Representatives related experiences of gaining friendship and trust through dialogue and shared determinations to become capable persons who can contribute to society. SGI-Peru men and ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 16 2008

SGI Members in Africa Commemorate March 16

On March 16, 2008, SGI members in African countries gathered to celebrate the 50th anniversary of March 16, 1958, which is the day second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda, just weeks prior to his death, met with 6,000 Soka Gakkai youth and bequeathed to them his deeply held purpose of ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 8 2008

SGI 2008 Spring Training Course Held in Japan

From March 4-8, 2008, some 220 representatives from 60 countries and territories around the world participated in SGI's Spring Training Course in Japan. During the opening session on March 4 held at the Soka International Friendship Hall in Sendagaya, Tokyo, representatives from Mauritius and Poland shared activity reports. SGI Women's ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 5 2008

SGI President Shares Inspiration from Global Figures at March 2008 Monthly Soka Gakkai Leaders Meeting

In his address, Mr. Ikeda focused on the important role of youth in all spheres of life, drawing on the examples of eminent scientists Sir Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein who made revolutionary discoveries while in their 20s. He affirmed that it is the passion and energy of youth that ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 1 2008

SGI-Spain Holds Youth Meeting

On March 1, 2008, SGI-Spain youth gathered in Madrid for a youth general meeting with SGI-Spain Youth Leader Juan García Ito. Young Women's District Leader Yasira Ali Gómez recounted how she won in her daily life based on her Buddhist practice. General Director Enrique Caputo encouraged all the young people ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 24 2008

Soka Gakkai Agriculture and Fishery Departments of Hokkaido Hold Annual Gatherings

Wataru Takahashi, head of Japan Agricultural Cooperatives (JA) Taikicho, who attended the rally as a guest, expressed his hope that the participants would continue their efforts in agricultural work for the flourishing of their communities. On February 24, some 600 Soka Gakkai members engaged in fishery in Hokkaido gathered for ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 24 2008

SGI-Poland Members Celebrate 16th Anniversary; SGI-Croatia Members Meet

In January 2008, SGI-Poland members gathered at their respective locales to celebrate the 16th anniversary of the establishment of SGI-Poland Chapter. SGI-Poland Young Women's Leader Tsuruko Haga attended a meeting in Krakow on January 20. On February 16, a prayer service commemorating Nichiren's birth anniversary was held in Warsaw with ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 16 2008

Nichiren's Birth Commemorated

Around February 16, 2008, SGI members in 190 countries worldwide, including Soka Gakkai members in Japan, held services to commemorate the birth anniversary of Nichiren born on February 16, 1222. In Japan, meetings were held at Soka Gakkai centers throughout the country on February 15. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda conducted ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 11 2008

SGI-USA Arts Division Conference at FNCC

From February 8-11, 2008, SGI-USA held an Arts Division Conference at the Florida Nature and Culture Center in a suburb of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. Some 180 members from throughout the country participated in the event, together with Arts Division leaders Kay Yoshikawa and Carmella Menchaka, vice leader Aeyung Park ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 10 2008

SGI-Dominican Republic Members Gather in Santo Domingo

On February 10, 2008, over 1,000 SGI-Dominican Republic members gathered for a general meeting at the main auditorium of the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo (UASD) in Santo Domingo, the country's capital. The event commemorated the 21st anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's first visit to the country. On January ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 7 2008

SGI Study Department Leaders' Conference Held in Tokyo

From February 4-7, 2008, the Second SGI Study Department Leaders' Conference was held at the Josei Toda International Center in Shinjuku, Tokyo. Attendees included SGI Study Department Leader Katsuji Saito, Soka Gakkai Study Department Leader Masaaki Morinaka and representative SGI study department leaders. Participants discussed the development of the study ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 6 2008

SGI President Speaks on Role of Women, Importance of Grassroots Dialogues and Attributes of Exemplary Leadership at Monthly Leaders Meeting

On February 6, 2008, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda attended the Soka Gakkai's monthly leaders meeting in Tokyo, where he addressed Soka Gakkai members and SGI representatives from some 20 countries. In his speech, Mr. Ikeda discussed the qualities of good leadership and talked about the importance of women's contributions in shaping ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 3 2008

Soka Religious Council of Nichiren Buddhism Established in France

Le Consistoire Soka du Bouddhisme de Nichiren (the Soka Religious Council of Nichiren Buddhism) was recently established in France. This was announced at a meeting held in Paris on February 2, 2008. Soka Gakkai Executive Guidance Chief Einosuke Akiya and other representatives from Japan attended. The Religious Council will serve ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 30 2008

US Embassy Minister-Counselor Visits Soka Gakkai

On January 30, 2008, Minister-Counselor for Political Affairs W. Michael Meserve and his deputy Mark Napper of the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo visited the Soka Gakkai headquarters and met with Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada and Vice President Kenji Yoshigo at the Seikyo Press building in Shinanomachi, Tokyo. They discussed ... read more