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Buddhism | Nov 18 2006

SGI-Cameroon Women Hold General Meeting

On November 18, 2006, some 110 SGI-Cameroon women and 20 guests participated in a general meeting in Yaounde City, Cameroon's capital. Another 40 men and youth members provided support behind the scenes. With a theme of "Women and Environmental Protection--Challenges and Hopes for Building the Century of Life," women representatives ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 18 2006

SGI-Macedonia Holds First Study Examination on Nichiren Buddhism

On November 18, 2006, SGI-Macedonia held its first study examination on Nichiren Buddhism for 11 candidates in Skopje, the nation's capital. The candidates studied material translated into Macedonian from Serbian and English by the SGI-Macedonia Study Committee. To prepare for the exam, candidates participated in seminars and study sessions. [Adapted from ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 15 2006

English Edition of The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Volume II to be Released Soon

The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin (WND), Volume II, was recently published in commemoration of November 18, Soka Gakkai Founding Day. Next year also marks the 55th anniversary of Nichiren Daishonin gosho zenshu, a compilation of Nichiren's writings in the original classical Japanese. WND Volume II comprises 234 ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 15 2006

SGI-Taiwan Publishes Contemporary Chinese Language Editions of "Opening of the Eyes" from Nichiren's Writings

SGI-Taiwan recently published contemporary Chinese language translations (in traditional Chinese characters) of "The Opening of the Eyes" parts I and II, as volumes 3 and 4 of the Collection of Nichiren's Writings in Contemporary Chinese. In the books, the contemporary Chinese translation appears alongside the classical Chinese ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 9 2006

SOKANET Japanese Site Relaunched with New URL

Commemorating November 18, Soka Gakkai Founding Day, Soka Gakkai's official Japanese language web site was relaunched on November 9. To respond to the needs and requests of users, the contents have been refreshed. Besides a "Feature" section, major sections with titles such as "I want to know more about Soka ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 24 2006

Italian Buddhist Dictionary Released

Esperia, a Milan-based publisher, recently released Dizionario del Buddismo, an Italian translation of The Soka Gakkai Dictionary of Buddhism, an English dictionary of Buddhist terms, published in 2002. This new publication will serve as a useful guide for the study of the previously published Italian translation of the The Writings ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 20 2006

SGI-Mexico Representatives Speak on Buddhist View of Happiness at Enrique Díaz de León Vocational College, Guadalajara, Mexico

On September 29, SGI-Mexico representatives spoke on "Buddhist View of Happiness" at Enrique Díaz de León Vocational College, a private institute in Guadalajara, Mexico. Rector Hector Robles and Principal Marco Robles of the affiliated high school attended, together with 400 high school students. SGI-Mexico Youth Division Leader Daisuke Inoue and ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 15 2006

SGI Members Hold Friendship Exchanges at 58 Venues in Aichi Prefecture

SGI-Korea members attend exchange meeting at West Nagoya Culture Center On October 14, SGI members from around the world, in Japan for an autumn training session, traveled to Aichi Prefecture for friendship exchange meetings at 58 venues. SGI members from Malaysia, Thailand and India received a warm welcome from local members ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 4 2006

SGI-USA Members in New Orleans Hold "Victory Rally" on Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

SGI-USA New Orleans members celebrate their "victory" over the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, one year later On September 23, SGI-USA members in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, held a "Victory Rally," just over one year after their area was devastated by Hurricane Katrina, one of the most destructive storms in U.S. history. ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 3 2006

SGI-Taiwan Recognized as Excellent Community Organization for 14th Consecutive Year

The Interior Ministry of Taiwan has chosen SGI-Taiwan as an Excellent Community Organization for 2005. SGI-Taiwan was one of 17 chosen from among 6,965 organizations to have contributed the most to Taiwanese society during the year. The organization has been recognized for 14 consecutive years since 1991, one year following ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 3 2006

SGI-Germany's Villa Sachsen Celebrates Heritage Day

On September 9, 2006, SGI-Germany's Villa Sachsen Grand Culture Center (Villa Sachsen) opened its doors to the public in celebration of Heritage Day (Sept. 14). SGI-Germany's Green Hill Orchestra serenaded the 2,000 local residents attending with well-loved classics. The audience was also treated to a guitar solo by a renowned ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 1 2006

Bronze Statues Dedicated to SGI-Korea Women Pioneers

On September 21, two bronze statues titled "Mothers of Kosen-rufu," were unveiled at the Peace Garden in front of the SGI-Korea Headquarters building. SGI Women's Leader Kayoko Asano was among the 130 representatives present. Standing 3 meters tall, the statues are of a woman holding SGI-Korea's organizational newspaper conversing with ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 28 2006

New SGI-Europe District Established in Ísafjördur, Iceland

A new district was established in Ísafjördur, Iceland, making it SGI-Europe's northernmost district. With a latitude of 66 degrees, Ísafjördur is located on Vestfjarda Peninsula, overlooking Ísa Fjord. The town serves as a principal fishing port in northwestern Iceland, as well as a tourist destination with its tall, precipitous mountain ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 23 2006

SGI-Italy Holds Summer Buddhist Study Session in Fiuggi, Italy

From August 31 through September 3, over 2,500 SGI-Italy representatives met in Fiuggi, located some 80 kilometers south of Rome, for a summer study session. The city is long known for its medicinal mineral hot springs, reputed to cure a wide scope of urinary tract and liver diseases. Artist Michelangelo ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 20 2006

SGI-Russia Members Gather for General Meetings

September 8 commemorated the 32nd anniversary of SGI President Ikeda's first visit to Russia (then the USSR) in September 1974. SGI-Russia members gathered in their respective areas for general meetings on or around September 8. At five venues in Moscow, 80 gathered, including members from Krasnodar, 1,200 kilometers from Moscow, ... read more