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Buddhism | Mar 4 2007

New SGI Community Center Opens in Tampa, Florida, USA

On March 4, 2007, some 400 SGI-USA members from northern Florida gathered to celebrate the opening of their new Tampa Community Center in Clearwater, Florida. With the growth in the area's SGI membership, the former community center had become too small to accommodate meetings. Richard Yoshimachi, men's region leader, encouraged ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 4 2007

SGI-Chile Holds Commemorative Meeting

On March 4, 2007, some 300 SGI-Chile members gathered at the SGI-Chile Culture Center in Santiago for a commemorative meeting celebrating the 14th anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's first visit to Chile. Following a video presentation, national young men's leader Omar Castillo and young women's leader Sonnia Esparza discussed ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 25 2007

25,000 Gather in India for General Meetings and Cultural Festivals

From January 26 through February 25, 2007, Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai (BSG) held combined general meetings and cultural festivals at 29 venues throughout India, beginning with the Bodhi Tree Garden located in a New Delhi suburb. "Dawn of India--In Praise of the Bodhisattvas of the Earth," a poem by SGI ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 25 2007

SGI-Kenya Holds Buddhist Seminar and SGI-Cameroon Youth Learn about Sustainability

On February 25, 2007, SGI-Kenya sponsored a seminar on Buddhism in Nairobi with some 40 members and guests in attendance. Since launching their organizational newspaper Hekima ya Maisha (Swahili for "Wisdom for Life") in 2006, SGI-Kenya members have been sharing it with their friends and interest in the SGI has ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 25 2007

SGI-Guatemala Commemorates 15th Anniversary

SGI-Guatemala members recently celebrated the 15th anniversary of the establishment of SGI-Guatemala chapter. Under the leadership of Chapter Leader Giovanna Porras, the Guatemalan members are actively contributing to their local communities as they challenge their own personal development. New chapter-level leaders recently appointed include: José Cifuentes--Men's Division Leader; Gonzalo del ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 20 2007

Seminar on "Relevance of Buddhism in Today's World" Held at Mukherji College, New Delhi, India

Dr. Lokesh Chandra In his keynote address, the distinguished Buddhist scholar Dr. Lokesh Chandra stated, "Buddhism teaches us to appreciate life." He underscored the urgent need to study and imbibe spiritual values "in today's consumer-driven world where one witnesses the dwarfing of the human consciousness." While the world has largely focused ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 18 2007

SGI-Ireland Holds Commemorative Meeting

On February 18, 2007, 180 SGI-Ireland members, including some SGI members from Northern Ireland, met in Dublin for a commemorative meeting. Many of SGI-Ireland's current members initially started their Buddhist practice in the USA or the UK and have returned to work for the peace and prosperity of Ireland. At ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 18 2007

SGI-Romania Becomes a District

On February 18, 2007, SGI-Romania members celebrated the establishment of their first district at a home in Bucharest. Located in Southeastern Europe, Romania borders Hungary and Serbia to the west, Ukraine and Moldova to the northeast, and Bulgaria to the south. Around 30 members gathered from around the country to ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 18 2007

Chinese Lunar New Year Celebrated in New Zealand and Hong Kong

On February 18, 2007, SGI-New Zealand members celebrated the Chinese Lunar New Year at their culture center in Auckland with the participation of some 500 members and friends. In his greetings, SGI-New Zealand General Director Jimi Wallace called on the participants to take the initative toward creating a society that ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 16 2007

Nichiren's Birth Anniversary Celebrated

February 16 is the birthday of Nichiren (1222-1282), the founder of the school of Buddhism on which the SGI bases its activities. Commemorative prayer services celebrating Nichiren's birth together with renewed pledges to work for humanity's happiness and lasting peace were held on this day at Soka Gakkai community centers ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 11 2007

SGI-Thailand Promotes Study of Nichiren Buddhism

On February 11, 2007, 300 SGI-Thailand representatives gathered at their center near Bangkok to study the writings of Nichiren. SGI-Thailand Study Department Leader Navarat Chinomi lectured on "Hell Is the Land of Tranquil Light," Nichiren's letter of encouragement to a widow in which he elucidates that both heaven and hell ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 11 2007

SGI-Dominican Republic Holds General Meeting

Some 1,400 SGI members in the Dominican Republic gathered in Santo Domingo on February 11, 2007 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's first visit to the country. Following words by SGI-Dominican Republic General Director Takashi Nishio, the youth presented "The Dawn of a New Era," a ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 9 2007

SGI-Mexico Youth Give a Talk on Nichiren Buddhism and SGI President's Activities

On February 9, 2007, at the request of the Citizens Movement for Education, SGI-Mexico Youth Leader Daisuke Inoue and public relations representative César Loeza spoke on "Dr. Daisaku Ikeda's Ideals and Actions--Greater Self and Human Revolution" at the Manuel Felguerez Museum of Abstract Art in Zacatecas State, Mexico. Their talk ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 4 2007

SGI Associations in Poland, Costa Rica and Colombia Celebrate Anniversaries

During January 2007, SGI-Poland celebrated the 15th anniversary of the formation of its first chapter in January 1992 with meetings in various cities. SGI members living in or around Warsaw met on January 16; Krakow, on January 20, and Poznan, on January 25. Many young people attended the commemorative events, ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 4 2007

SGI-Sweden Members Meet in Stockholm, Malmö and Götenborg

SGI-Sweden members met at three venues for general meetings from the end of January to the beginning of February 2007. Over 100 people from North, Central and South Stockholm Chapters gathered at the SGI-Sweden Culture Center in Stockholm on February 4, focusing on the mentor-disciple relationship and the importance of ... read more