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Buddhism | Apr 6 2005

Soka Gakkai Collaborates with Russian Institute on Publication of Xixia Version of the Lotus Sutra

Soka Gakkai, in collaboration with the St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences (IOS-RAS), recently published the eighth work of the Lotus Sutra Manuscript Series (No. 6), Xixia Version of the Lotus Sutra from the Collection of the IOS-RAS St. Petersburg Branch. Dr. Tatsuo ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 3 2005

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Holds Study Examination; SGI-Philippines Studies Nichiren's "Orally Transmitted Teachings"

On March 27, Soka Gakkai Malaysia held a study examination at centers throughout the country. Every year, the number of examinees has increased steadily. This year, some 1,300 members challenged the exam, which covered the following of Nichiren's writings studied during the past year: "On Establishing the Correct Teaching for ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 31 2005

SGI-Thailand Commemorates SGI's 30th Anniversary with Youth Music Festival

On March 26 and 27, SGI-Thailand celebrated the SGI's 30th anniversary with a Youth Peace and Culture Festival at a stadium on the Thammasat University campus in a Bangkok suburb. Permanent Secretary of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administrative Office Ms. Ying Nathanon Thavisin and other guests from various sectors of Thai ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 30 2005

Dr. Karel Dobbelaere, Former International Society for the Sociology of Religions President, Speaks on "Soka Gakkai in a Globalized World"

On March 29, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) hosted a special lecture by Dr. Karel Dobbelaere, former president of the International Society for the Sociology of Religions, at the Nihon Seine Kaikan in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. In a lecture titled "Soka Gakkai in a Globalized World," Dr. Dobbelaere spoke ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 28 2005

SGI-Taiwan to Commence Construction of New Headquarters Building in Summer 2005

SGI-Taiwan recently announced plans for a new headquarters building, to be built behind the current Taiwan Soka Association building on Zhi Shan Rd. in Shihlin District, Taipei, targeted for completion in 2007. Construction will commence in July 2005. The new center will have six stories above ground and three basement ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 28 2005

SGI-Europe Youth in Spain, France, Hungary, Slovenia and Russia Reaffirm Commitment to Peace

SGI members, developing their lives and with the life philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism, are advancing in harmonious solidarity in the Russian Federation and the former East European countries. Hungary: SGI-Hungary members met on March 5 and 6 in Budapest for a chapter meeting. Under a theme of "When I Change, the ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 25 2005

SGI Members Celebrate Lunar (Chinese) New Year in Northern California, USA and Singapore

Commemorative photo with Chinese Opera artists San Francisco (SF) Supervisor Fiona Ma (left) presents award to SGI-USA Vice General Director George Odano (center), while SF Police Department Chief Heather Fong (right) looks on California Assemblyman Yee (right) presents award to SGI-USA Vice General Director Richard Yoshimachi (left) California State Assembly Speaker pro Tempore ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 21 2005

Agriculture and Fishery Departments of Hokkaido, Aomori and Hiroshima Hold Renaissance Rallies

Soka Gakkai Agriculture and Fishery Departments of Hokkaido, Aomori and Hiroshima recently held "Renaissance Experience Rallies" in their respective areas. On March 19, Soka Gakkai farmers of Aomori met in Ajikasawa Town. Yoshimitsu Kimura shared his passion and dedication to cultivating the "ultimate" apple. Fishermen in Hokkaido held their rally ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 19 2005

"March 16" Celebrated in Brazil, USA and Japan

Brazil: Some 1,500 SGI-Brazil representatives attended a "victory rally" on March 13 at the SGI-Brazil Nature and Culture Center in a São Paulo suburb. In a message, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda praised the SGI-Brazil members for their daily efforts "to create a great history of ordinary people" and asked them ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 10 2005

IOP Hosts Public Lecture by Professor Emeritus Tatsuo Morimoto of Meijo University

On January 14, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) hosted the third lecture in a series titled, "Indian Spiritualism and Today's World (tentative translation)," at the Kyoto International Community House, Kyoto City. Professor emeritus Tatsuo Morimoto of Meijo University in Aichi Prefecture, spoke on "Gandhi's Message to an Age of ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 9 2005

Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai Hosts Family Festivals at Soka Bodhi Tree Garden

On February 6, 20 and 27, Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai (BSG) held family festivals at the Soka Bodhi Tree Garden located in a suburb of New Delhi. Some 6,000 members of BSG New Delhi and their families gathered at the garden to enjoy an outdoor scenic picnic, and to strengthen ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 8 2005

SGI-Slovenia Officially Registered

Jasmina Una Tumpej SGI-Slovenia General Director Miha Cebulj SGI-Slovenia Vice General Director SGI-Slovenia, of the former Yugoslavia, was recently officially registered as a cultural organization in Slovenia. Chapter Chief Jasmina Una Tumpej was appointed SGI-Slovenia's first general director, and Miha Cebulj was appointed vice general director. Since the establishment of SGI-Slovenia Chapter ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 7 2005

SGI-Peru Publishes Spanish Edition of The New Human Revolution, Volume 10 and 11, and The World of Nichiren Daishonin's Writings, Volume 1

SGI-Peru recently published La Nueva Revolucion Humana, Vols. 10 and 11, a Spanish translation of The New Human Revolution, Vols. 10 and 11, Daisaku Ikeda's novelized account of Soka Gakkai's history, and El Mundo de los Escritos de Nichiren Daishonin, 1 (The World of Nichiren Daishonin's Writings--A Discussion on Humanistic ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 6 2005

Soka Gakkai Farmers in Fukushima Hold Experience Rally

On March 5, members of the Soka Gakkai Agriculture Division in Fukushima Prefecture held an "Agricultural Renaissance Rally" at the Agriculture and Environment Improvement Center in Otama Village, Fukushima Prefecture. Local farmer Masahiro Takeda told how he contributed to agriculture in his local community with an awareness that losing sight ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 6 2005

250 SGI Members from 160 Countries Exchange with Japanese Members in Tokyo

On the evening of March 5, 250 SGI members from 160 countries and regions visited 12 centers in west Tokyo and met with local Japanese members. Representatives of France, Belgium, Switzerland, Côte d'Ivoire, Cameroon, Madagascar, Benin and the Republic of Congo received a warm welcome from local members at the ... read more