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Buddhism | May 6 2007

SGI-Europe Celebrates Soka Gakkai Day

Along with SGI organizations in countries around the world, SGI-Europe commemorated May 3, Soka Gakkai Day. On May 4, SGI-Lithuania members, some who live and work in other countries, gathered at a home in Vilnius, Lithuania, for a friendship exchange meeting. The group enjoyed listening to each other's experiences of ... read more

Buddhism | May 3 2007

SGI-Philippines Announces New National Leaders

Roger Cabautan On May 3, 2007, SGI-Philippines held a kick-off meeting that also commemorated Soka Gakkai Day at the SGI-Philippines Culture Center in Quezon City. Following a congratulatory message from SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, new national leaders were announced: Roger Cabautan, SGI-Philippines General Director; Yasuaki Niitsu, Chair; and Manuel Urrutia, Men's ... read more

Buddhism | May 3 2007

SGI-Australia Announces New Leaders

At a meeting commemorating May 3, Soka Gakkai Day, SGI-Australia made a fresh start ahead of the SGI-Oceania general meeting scheduled for 2008. New leaders were announced as follows: Men's Leader--Charles Teoh; Youth Leader--Jarrett Yap; Young Men's Leader--Anurag Karol; and Study Department Coordinator--Mark Young. Charles Teoh SGI-Australia MD Leader Jarrett Yap SGI-Australia ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 30 2007

SGI-Korea Opens Two Culture Centers and a New Hwa Kwang Shinmun Building

The three-story Kwangyang Culture Center opened on April 15 in Kwangyang, Chollanam Province, South Korea, with 600 local SGI members attending. On April 21, the Bangeojin Culture Center officially opened in the metropolitan city of Ulsan in Gyeongsangnam Province. Among the 1,000 attendees were Dong-gu Mayor Jeong Cheon-seok, Dong-gu Council ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 28 2007

SGI-Brazil Hosts Latin American Conference

On April 28, 2007, SGI-Brazil hosted an SGI Latin America Conference at the International Conference Hall in the Ikeda Culture Center in São Paulo, Brazil. In a message, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda called on the participants to launch afresh "a great tidal wave of world peace from Central and South ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 28 2007

New SGI-Brazil Culture Center Opens

On April 28, 2007, SGI-Brazil opened a new six-story center in São Paulo. The building, named SGI-Brazil Dr. Daisaku Ikeda Culture Center, includes an auditorium that seats 3,000. SGI Vice President Hiromasa Ikeda read a message from SGI President Daisaku Ikeda at a reception held the same day. One day ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 27 2007

Establishment of Nichiren Buddhism Celebrated Worldwide

April 28, 2007 marks the 754th anniversary of the establishment of Nichiren Buddhism (April 28, 1253). Today, SGI members in 190 countries and territories around the world practice Nichiren Buddhism. On April 27, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda participated in a commemorative service to mark the anniversary at the Tokyo Makiguchi Memorial ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 24 2007

German Edition of Burton Watson's Lotus Sutra to Be Published

In May 2007, Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft (WBG), a German publisher of academic books, will release Das Lotos-Sutra, a German edition of the Lotus Sutra, widely considered to be the most important scripture of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition. This edition is based on Burton Watson's translation published in 1993 by Columbia University ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 17 2007

Soka Gakkai Publishes 7th Book in the Lotus Sutra Manuscript Series

The Soka Gakkai recently published Sanskrit Lotus Sutra Manuscript from the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland (No. 6), Romanized Text, the seventh of the "Lotus Sutra Manuscript Series," edited by Haruaki Kotsuki, researcher in charge of manuscript studies at the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP). Beginning in ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 15 2007

SGI-Hong Kong's Senior Citizens Meet

On April 15, 2007, some 1,500 members of SGI-Hong Kong's Many Treasures Group--made up of senior citizens--gathered for a general meeting at the Hong Kong Culture Center. In a message, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda paid tribute to their pioneer efforts that have led to the development of the SGI-Hong Kong ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 15 2007

SGI-Czech Members Celebrate 15th Anniversary

On April 14-15, 2007, SGI-Czech Chapter celebrated the 15th anniversary of its establishment in January 1992 with a mere six members. This followed the 1989 "Velvet Revolution" that led to democratization of the former Czechoslovakia. In a message, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda hailed the members who had gathered in Prague ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 14 2007

Bharat Soka Gakkai Men and Women Study at Soka Bodhi Tree Garden

On April 14, 2007, some 300 Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai (BSG) men's and women's division members met at the Soka Bodhi Tree Garden in the outskirts of New Delhi, India, for a study session on Nichiren Buddhism and the history of the SGI. Following lectures on Nichiren's writings and ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 6 2007

SGI-UK Representatives Attend Training Sessions at SGI European Center in Southern France

From April 1-6, 2007, SGI-UK held training sessions for various groups at the SGI European Center in Trets, southern France. Each session focused on the study of Buddhism. Participants had prepared beforehand by studying selected writings of Nichiren and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda. The men's group studied Nichiren's well-known letter ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 2 2007

Anniversary of Second Soka Gakkai President's Death Commemorated

On and around April 2, 2007, Soka Gakkai commemorated the 49th anniversary of the death of second Soka Gakkai president Josei Toda (1900-58) with memorial services at major culture and community centers throughout Japan. On April 2, at Tokyo Makiguchi Memorial Hall, Hachioji, Tokyo, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda led a prayer ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 1 2007

University of Nairobi Professor Speaks at SGI-Kenya General Meeting

Professor Henry Indangasi began by congratulating the participants on SGI-Kenya's anniversary. He recalled his first encounter with the SGI in 1986 when SGI President Daisaku Ikeda received the Kenya Oral Literature Association Award in proxy at the University of Nairobi. Thereafter, when the University of Nairobi undertook the Swahili translation ... read more