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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

Buddhism | Jan 30 2008

SGI-Europe Youth Prepare for 50th Anniversary of March 16, 1958

This year marks the 50th anniversary of March 16, 1958, a significant day in SGI's history when second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda met with 6,000 Soka Gakkai youth to bequeath to them his deeply held mission of creating lasting peace and individual happiness based on the humanistic life philosophy ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 26 2008

SGI-Côte d'Ivoire Commemorates SGI Day

On January 26, 2008, some 1,500 SGI-Côte d'Ivoire members gathered for a general meeting in Abidjan to celebrate the 33rd anniversary of the SGI's founding (January 26, 1975) and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's 80th birthday (January 2, 1928). In his message, Mr. Ikeda lauded the SGI-Côte d'Ivoire members for providing ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 26 2008

SGI-Brazil Members Gather Throughout January to Celebrate SGI Day

On January 26, 2008, some 1,500 SGI-Brazil (BSGI) members met at two venues in the São Paulo metropolitan area to celebrate the 33rd anniversary of the SGI's founding (January 26, 1975). BSGI's Ikeda Philharmonic Orchestra of Humanism performed during the meeting at the BSGI Culture Center in São ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 25 2008

SGI Delegation Presents Flowers in Tribute to Thailand's Late Princess Galyani

SGI delegation from Japan offering flowers in remembrance of the late Princess Galyani Vadhana of Thailand On January 25, 2008, an SGI delegation from Japan offered flowers on behalf of the SGI and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda in tribute to the late Princess Galyani Vadhana (84), the sister of His Majesty ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 23 2008

Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai Leaders Meet in New Delhi for Training Course

From the left, Dr. S. L. Gandhi, BSG Vice Chair Akash Ouchi and Dr. Gulab Kothari at the conferral in Jaipur On the occasion, Anuvrat Global Organisation (ANUVIBHA) and Rajasthan Patrika Ltd. of Jaipur, Rajasthan State in northwestern India, presented commendations to SGI President Daisaku Ikeda in celebration of his 80th ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 20 2008

New SGI Culture Center Opens in Davao City, Philippines

On January 20, 2008, the new SGI-Philippines Davao Culture Center opened in Davao City, the largest city on Mindanao Island in the Philippines. The SGI organization in southern Mindanao began with just a few individuals 40 years ago and has now grown into three chapters and one general chapter. Local ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 20 2008

SGI-Taiwan Holds Study Department Exams

On January 20, 2008, SGI-Taiwan held a level three examination for study department lecturers at 28 venues in Taiwan. The candidates were tested on their knowledge and understanding of Nichiren Buddhism. The ongoing development of lecturers is aimed at deepening and enhancing the study of Nichiren Buddhism at local discussion ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 13 2008

Soka Gakkai Women Launch Annual General Meetings Throughout Japan

In January 2008, Soka Gakkai women launched their annual general meetings throughout Japan. Members will meet mostly in small groups, inviting their families and friends. In a message, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda introduced the words of an American religious scholar who said the dialogues Soka Gakkai women engage in are ... read more