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Buddhism | Jun 4 2006

SGI-Switzerland Representatives Participate in Training Session in Trets, France

From May 4-7, 150 SGI-Switzerland members participated in a training session at the SGI-European Center in Trets, southern France, together with SGI-Switzerland General Director Massimo Marazzi. SGI-Switzerland Chair Tadayasu Kanzaki lectured on "On Attaining Buddhahood in This Lifetime" from Nichiren's writings. Representatives shared experiences of applying Nichiren Buddhism to overcome ... read more

Buddhism | May 28 2006

25,000 Study Nichiren's Writings in Soka Gakkai Malaysia

During May, some 25,000 Soka Gakkai Malaysia members participated in lectures on Nichiren's writings in their locales. On May 15 and 16, members in Kuala Lumpur and Maraca State studied "Winter Always Turns to Spring," Nichiren's letter of encouragement and comfort sent to Myoichi Ama, a woman believer, who had ... read more

Buddhism | May 25 2006

SGI Members in Africa and Romania Celebrate Soka Gakkai's Anniversary

SGI-Romania members met in Bucharest, Romania's capital, on May 6, together with SGI-Europe Vice Chair Peter Kuehn. In June 1983, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda visited Romania and lectured at the University of Bucharest. Following the 1989 revolutions that marked the fall of Communism in Europe, Romania suffered from unending political, ... read more

Buddhism | May 20 2006

Soka Gakkai Indonesia Opens New Headquarters Building; SGI President Commended by Indonesia University of Education and Indonesian Photographers' Association

On May 14, Soka Gakkai Indonesia (SGI-Indonesia) members gathered for the long-awaited opening of their new headquarters building in Jakarta, Indonesia, attended by guests from various sectors of Indonesian society, including Mrs. Mufidah Jusuf Kalla, wife of Indonesian Vice President Muhammad Jusuf Kalla, and President Hasanuddin Yusuf of the Indonesia ... read more

Buddhism | May 12 2006

Soka Gakkai Women Launch 55th Anniversary Meetings

Soka Gakkai women have launched meetings celebrating the 55th anniversary of the Women's Division (WD) on June 10. This year, members will meet mostly in small groups. In a message, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and Mrs. Kaneko Ikeda thanked the women for their dedicated efforts and encouraged them to spend ... read more

Buddhism | May 11 2006

SGI Members Around the World Celebrate May 3 Soka Gakkai Day

SGI members throughout the world celebrated May 3, Soka Gakkai Day, in their respective locales. On May 3, "Gandhi, King, Ikeda: A Legacy of Building Peace," an exhibition introducing the human rights and peace activism of three 20th century leaders, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. and Daisaku Ikeda, opened ... read more

Buddhism | May 10 2006

Soka Gakkai Music Groups Participate in Local Parades Nationwide During Golden Week

Okayama Rainbow Sounds marches in Kurashiki City (May 3, 2006) Combined Hiroshima band parades in Hiroshima City (May 3, 2006) Throughout the "Golden Week" holidays, Soka Gakkai marching bands and fife-and-drum corps participated in various local events and parades. Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Music Band, the Soka Okayama Rainbow Sounds and the ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 30 2006

5,000 Soka Gakkai Youth Rally in Tokyo

On April 29, some 5,000 Soka Gakkai youth representatives gathered from throughout Tokyo, Tokaido and Kanto regions for a rally at Soka University's main auditorium in Hachioji Tokyo. The event commemorated the 55th anniversary of the founding of the Soka Gakkai young men's division (YMD) and young women's division (YWD). ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 24 2006

SGI-Brazil's Future Division Celebrates 15 Years

Joyous laughter fills the auditorium as high school students celebrate their springtime of youth Junior high school musicians join SGI-Brazil's Ikeda Philharmonic Orchestra of Humanism for a combined performance The SGI-Brazil (BSGI) Future Division, comprising young people from elementary school through high school, celebrated its 15th anniversary on April 8 at ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 23 2006

Soka Gakkai Fuji Fife-and-Drum Corps Marches in Shinjuku City Parade

Fuji Fife-and-Drum Corps members march pass the Josei Toda International Center (in background) during a local Shinjuku parade On April 22, the Soka Gakkai Fuji Fife-and-Drum Corps marched along Gaien-nishi Avenue, passing in front of the Josei Toda International Center, home of the SGI headquarters. The parade celebrated completion of new ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 15 2006

SGI-Iceland Becomes a Headquarters

SGI-Iceland recently formed a headquarters with two chapters. The organization held a kick off on April 2 in Reykjavik, the nation's capital. Newly appointed leaders, including Headquarters Chief Eyglo Jonsdottir, gave resolutions. SGI-Europe Chair Hideaki Takahashi and Executive Advisor Shoichi Hasegawa spoke. [Situated next to the North Pole, Iceland is ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 12 2006

SGI-Cameroon Youth Start Afresh

On April 4, SGI-Cameroon members hosted a youth division general meeting in Kribi, a port city lying on the Gulf of Guinea coast, southern Cameroon. Some 800 members gathered from Yaounde, Cameroon's capital, Douala, Edea and Maroua. Since SGI-Cameroon was officially registered as a non-profit organization advancing culture and education ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 11 2006

SGI Women Around the World Gather--USA, Peru and Italy

During February and March SGI-USA women held their annual women's general meetings with a theme of "Myoho Sisterhood--Continuing to Transform the Impossible into the Possible" at 4,200 venues throughout the United States. Some 50,000 women, including guests and young women's division members, held gatherings infused with cheerful discussions. Crystal Springs District, ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 7 2006

SGI Youth in French Guiana Hold Cultural Event

On March 18, some 120 SGI youth and their friends in French Guiana, South America, commemorated March 16 in a suburb of Cayenne. Bordering the North Atlantic Ocean and situated between Brazil and Suriname, French Guiana, of which 90% is a tropical forest, lies in a tropical belt just north ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 5 2006

SGI Members in Africa Celebrate March 16

SGI youth in Africa joined other young people around the world to commemorate March 16, 1958, a day epitomizing youth awakening to their profound individual mission for creating lasting peace. In Kenya, located in eastern Africa, some 30 young people, including six guests, attended a commemorative event on March 12 in ... read more