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Buddhism | Jun 19 2005

SGI-Sri Lanka Women Hold Second General Meeting

On June 12, SGI-Sri Lanka women held their second general meeting at their center in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Six months ago a devastating tsunami struck 250 kilometers southeast of Sumatra Island, Indonesia and left tens of thousands dead in Sri Lanka. Since then, the SGI-Sri Lanka women have worked hard ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 19 2005

Soka Gakkai Indonesia Members Sit for Study Exams

On May 29, approximately 520 Soka Gakkai Indonesia members, in their teens through seventies, sat for a study department entrance examination at 18 venues throughout the country. The examinees spent two months studying and preparing for the exam, that included questions about Soka Gakkai's history and three of Nichiren's letters ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 16 2005

SGI Women in Nepal, Paraguay and the Philippines Commemorate Women's Division Day

SGI-Nepal women celebrate Women's Division day SGI women throughout the world are celebrating June 10, Women's Division (WD) Day, in their respective countries and locales. In Nepal, SGI members gathered on June 11 at the SGI-Nepal Peace Center in Kathmandu for their ninth commemorative meeting. Some 200, including 70 WD members, ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 12 2005

SGI-USA Queens Center Opens in New York City, USA

SGI-USA recently opened a new center in Queens, New York City, USA. Local SGI-USA members gathered for the opening on May 14 and 15. Commemorating the center's opening, New York State representatives, New York City council members and the Queens County District Attorney proclaimed May 14 "SGI Day," respectively. The ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 10 2005

West Chester Township, Ohio, USA, Dedicates Toda Friendship Circle in Voice of America Park

West Chester Township, Ohio, USA, dedicated Toda Friendship Circle, in honor of second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda, around the Daisaku Ikeda Tree Grove in the Voice of America Park, West Chester. The dedication ceremony took place on May 21. Some 100 attended, including Township Mayor José Alvarez, SGI-USA representatives ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 7 2005

Mineral Area College, USA, Awards Mrs. Kaneko Ikeda an Honorary Professorship

Mineral Area College (MAC), Missouri, USA, appointed Mrs. Kaneko Ikeda an honorary professor in humanities, in recognition of her contributions to people's happiness through her unparalleled support of her husband, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda. Founded in 1922, MAC is the fourth oldest community college in Missouri. In February 2004, MAC ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 4 2005

Kinokuniya Publishes Video and DVD on Educator and First Soka Gakkai President Tsunesaburo Makiguchi

Kinokuniya Co., Ltd. recently released Makiguchi Tsunesaburo--kodomotachi no shiawase no tameni (Tsunesaburo Makiguchi--For the Happiness of Children), a 43-minute video and DVD introducing the philosophy of educator and first Soka Gakkai President Tsunesaburo Makiguchi. This is the 33rd volume of Kinokuniya's visual critical biography series, titled "Gakumon to jonetsu (Erudition ... read more

Buddhism | May 30 2005

SGI-USA Youth Center Opens; Los Angeles County Supervisor Commends SGI President and Mrs. Ikeda

On May 23, a new SGI-USA Youth Center opened in the SGI-USA headquarters building in Santa Monica, California. SGI Vice President Hiromasa Ikeda, who is currently visiting the U.S., attended the opening. The center will serve as a hub for SGI-USA youth activities, seats some 200 and has exhibition and ... read more

Buddhism | May 24 2005

SGI-Luxembourg Members Meet; Soka Gakkai Malaysia Youth Engage in Social Activities

SGI-Luxembourg "family" gathering in Junglinster On May 1, SGI-Luxembourg members and their family gathered for a "family" meeting in Junglinster, Luxembourg. Representatives shared their experiences of practicing Nichiren Buddhism and SGI-Luxembourg Women's Division Chief Claudine Ries and Headquarters Chief Chizuko Asanuma Breden encouraged everyone. SGI-Malaysia youth In Malaysia, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) youth ... read more

Buddhism | May 22 2005

SGI-Africa Celebrates May 3

SGI-Africa members, determined to contribute to their respective societies and make the 21st century "Century of Africa," celebrated May 3, Soka Gakkai Day throughout the African continent. SGI-Côte d'Ivoire members meet at Cultural Palace in Abidjan, May 8 SGI members in Uganda meet at a home in Kampala In Côte d'Ivoire, 4,000 gathered ... read more

Buddhism | May 21 2005

100,000 Youth Participate in SGI-Korea's Youth Festival

A parade of flags of countries worldwide On May 15, SGI-Korea (KSGI) youth hosted a festival expressing pride in their home country, at the Olympic Stadium in Seoul, South Korea. Some 100,000 KSGI youth division members and their friends gathered from throughout the country. Approximately 1,000 guests attended. Yonhap News Agency's ... read more

Buddhism | May 21 2005

SGI Members in Martinique, Guadeloupe and French Guiana Hold Spring Training Courses; SGI-France Members in Corsica Meet

SGI members in Guadeloupe SGI-France supports overseas departments in Martinique, Guadeloupe, French Guiana, where SGI members are contributing to peace and happiness of their respective societies, based on the humanistic philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism. In March, SGI members in these regions gathered for a spring training course, respectively. In French Guiana, ... read more

Buddhism | May 19 2005

SGI-Poland Holds Study Session

On May 13-15, SGI-Poland held a study session in Poznan, a suburb of west Poland. Some 110 SGI-Poland members gathered from seven major cities in Poland, such as Poland's capital Warsaw and the ancient city of Krakow. SGI-Poland was officially registered in October 2004, as a social and cultural organization ... read more

Buddhism | May 16 2005

SGI-Uruguay Appoints New National Leaders

SGI-Uruguay introduced new national leaders at a leaders' meeting at their culture center in Montevideo on April 17. Newly appointed are: SGI-Uruguay General Director Hiroyuki Kaetsu; Women's Division Chief Pilar Ortíz; Young Men's Division Chief Ubaldo Rodríguez; and Young Women's Chief Silvia Gómez. Former General Director Tadashi Tanaka was appointed ... read more

Buddhism | May 14 2005

SGI-Greece Holds Commemorative Meeting

SGI-Greece recently held a general meeting commemorating May 3, Soka Gakkai Day, on May 7 at its Athens center. Members from 11 islands, including Crete, Paros, Tinos and Rhodes, as well as representatives from neighboring Cyprus, attended. SGI-Greece General Director Dimitri Dimopoulos introduced SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's message and reported ... read more