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Buddhism | Jan 18 2005

Soka Gakkai Holds Memorial Services for Victims of the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake

On January 17, the 10th anniversary of the Great Hanshin Earthquake, Soka Gakkai held memorial services at the Kansai Culture Center in Osaka City and nine other centers throughout Hyogo Prefecture. In a solemn ceremony, friends and relatives prayed for the repose of those who died in the quake. SGI ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 17 2005

Soka Gakkai Holds Memorial Concerts in Osaka and Hyogo in Remembrance of 1995 Earthquake

On January 16, the Soka Gakkai Kansai 21st Century Symphony Orchestra held a memorial concert at Symphony Hall in Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture. The concert commemorates the 10th anniversary of the Hanshin Earthquake that hit the Osaka and Hyogo areas on January 17, 1995. The original orchestra coincidentally debuted on ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 17 2005

Soka Renaissance Vanguard Wins Prime Minister's Cup for Eighth Time

Soka Renaissance Vanguard wins Prime Minister's Cup On January 16, the Soka Renaissance Vanguard drum-and-bugle corps won the Prime Minister's Cup (top honors) for the second consecutive year and for the eighth time, at the 32nd national All-Japan Marching Band and Baton Twirling Contest at the Nippon Budokan in Chiyoda Ward, ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 16 2005

Soka Gakkai Fife-and-Drum Corps Wins Gold

On January 15, the Soka Gakkai Fife-and-Drum Corps' Color Guard Team won the gold award in the 32nd All-Japan Marching Band and Baton Twirling Contest, held in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo. The Color Guard Team participated in the contest for the first time. ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 14 2005

Soka Gakkai Women Hold Grassroots Meetings Nationwide

Soka Gakkai women are meeting in small groups throughout Japan during January for their annual general meetings. Commemorating Soka Gakkai's 75th anniversary, the meetings will stress nurturing friendships in the community, social activism, and raising awareness of women's roles in creating a society that empowers individuals, enabling people to lead ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 14 2005

SGI-Bolivia Holds General Meeting

Some 1,700 SGI-Bolivia members gathered on December 12 in Santa Cruz, for a general meeting. Starting from two districts in 1962, SGI-Bolivia has grown into an organization of four headquarters, 14 chapters and 44 districts, based on developing trust and friendship through dialogue in the local communities. SGI-Bolivia General Director ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 14 2005

SGI-Argentina Women's Division's "Young Mrs." Group Members Meet

On December 19, 2004, the SGI-Argentina "Young Mrs." group members met at the SGI-Argentina Peace Auditorium in Buenos Aires. SGI-Argentina Women's Division Chief Matilde Garrido encouraged women to lead value-filled, happy lives based on the life-affirming philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism. Participants resolved to dedicate themselves to the happiness of their ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 13 2005

SGI-Europe Holds Third SGI-European Summit in Trets, France

SGI representatives from 27 European countries attended the third SGI-European Summit from January 6 through 9, at the SGI European Center in Trets, southern France. The gathering commemorated the SGI's 30th anniversary as well as the 30th anniversary of the SGI European Center. In a message he sent for the ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 10 2005

17th Anniversary of the SGI-Chile Culture Center Commemorated

On December 5, some 250 SGI-Chile members commemorated the 17th anniversary of the SGI-Chile Culture Center in Santiago, the nation's capital. The center has served as a hub for SGI-Chile's activities since it opened in 1978. In 1993, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda visited Chile and the center. At the time, ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 9 2005

SGI-USA Women to Hold Grassroots Meetings During February 2005

Commemorating SGI-USA Women's Day, February 27, SGI-USA women will hold grassroots discussion meetings during February 2005 with a theme of "The Myoho Sisterhood: Making the Impossible Possible." The women will study Nichiren Buddhism through "The World of Nichiren Daishonin's Writings--A Discussion on Humanistic Religion" and Nichiren's letter of encouragement to ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 7 2005

Soka Gakkai Publishes English Translation of Ongi kuden (The Record of the Orally Transmitted Teachings)

Soka Gakkai recently released The Record of the Orally Transmitted Teachings, an English translation by Dr. Burton Watson of the Ongi kuden. The Record of the Orally Transmitted Teachings, represents the notes on Nichiren's lectures on the Lotus Sutra that were recorded and put into order by Nichiren's close disciple ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 7 2005

Yongsan District, Seoul, South Korea, Designates SGI-Korea Yongsan Culture Center as Model Facility

SGI-Korea Yongsan Culture Center in Yongsan District, Seoul, South Korea, was designated as a model facility for 2004 by the Yongsan District. The center's facilities are recognized as friendly and convenient for users, and adhere to South Korean building codes that ensure the ease of use of the building by ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 7 2005

SGI-Spain Starts Afresh with New Leaders

SGI-Spain members greet the New Year on January 1 at their Barcelona center SGI-Spain recently appointed new leaders. They are: Luisa Gonzalez, women's division (WD) chief; Masako Koshiishi and Rosa Maria Alvarez, vice WD chiefs; Catherine Rocher, WD secretariat; Juan Garcia Ito, youth division (YD) chief; Pablo Juares, young men's division ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 6 2005

SGI Members Around the World Celebrate New Year's Day and SGI's 30th Anniversary

SGI-New Zealand members gathered at the SGI-New Zealand Culture Center in Auckland as well at the Dunedin Activity Center on South Island, located in the southernmost part of the hemisphere. SGI members in Madagascar meet in Antananarivo SGI members in the Democratic Republic of Madagascar, located 250 miles off the southeast coast ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 6 2005

SGI-Brazil Education Department Holds Commencement Ceremony for Literacy Program Graduates

Since 1987, SGI-Brazil (BSGI) Education Department has promoted a literacy program for adults. The original objective was to help illiterate BSGI members learn to read and write, but other people in the local communities are also welcome to attend the classes. Each course is 40 hours long. The work is ... read more