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Buddhism | Aug 24 2006

SGI-USA Youth in New York, New York, Hold Festival Commemorating 25th Anniversary of SGI President's Poem to America's Youth; New York State Awards Honorary Citizenships to SGI President and Mrs. Ikeda

Young men's gymnastic display Enjoying the performance at New York's Lincoln Center On July 16, the SGI-USA youth of Northeast Zone sponsored a music festival in New York City, New York, USA, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's poem "To My Beloved Young American Friends--Youthful Bodhisattvas of ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 11 2006

SGI-USA Hosts Leadership Study Conference for North America-Oceania

Participants represented the USA, Canada, New Zealand and Australia Mr. Morinaka lectures on "The Opening of the Eyes" In a message, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda quoted from Nichiren's writings: "Exert yourself in the two ways of practice and study. Without practice and study, there can be no Buddhism" ("The True Aspect ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 10 2006

SGI Young Men's Division Members Celebrate 55th Anniversary in Argentina and Thailand

On July 16, commemorating the 55th anniversary of the Young Men's Division (YMD), some 1,000 SGI-Argentina YMD members gathered at 12 venues, including Ushuaia, the world's southernmost city. At the SGI-Argentina Peace Hall in Buenos Aires, Argentina Academy of History President Dr. Juan José Cresto spoke on the relationship of ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 9 2006

SGI-Portugal Youth Hold General Meeting

Some 180 SGI-Portugal youth gathered in Lisbon on July 30. Titled, "The Power of Youth," the meeting commemorated the 55th anniversary of the Young Women's and Young Men's Divisions. Nine representatives shared their experiences of practicing Nichiren Buddhism. Youth Division Leader Etsuko Motoki called on everyone present to spearhead a ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 8 2006

SGI Members in Austria and Eastern Europe Hold Combined Summer Study Session

Youngsters from SGI-Austria and Eastern Europe who shoulder the future take a large leap forward From July 12-16, SGI-Austria and SGI members from Eastern Europe held a combined summer session at the SGI European Center in Trets, southern France. Some 170 members, hailing from Austria, Russia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Serbia, Montenegro ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 1 2006

SGI-Serbia Members Gather for Commemorative Meeting

On July 8 and 9, SGI members in Serbia met at their center in Belgrade to commemorate the seventh anniversary of the establishment of SGI-Serbia Chapter (formerly SGI-Yugoslavia). Then, the former Yugoslavia was mired in ethnic conflict, leading to NATO intervention--the bombing of Belgrade and the stationing of a NATO-led ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 23 2006

SGI Youth from 60 Countries Exchange with Members in Chiba, Ibaraki, Gunma and Tochigi Prefectures

On July 22, SGI youth, in Japan attending summer training sessions, met with Soka Gakkai members in Chiba, Ibaraki, Gunma and Tochigi Prefectures. Members from Côte d'Ivoire and Cameroon attended a meeting in Kashiwa City, Chiba Prefecture. The boys and girls Lion Cubs Sun Chorus, accompanied on the koto, performed. ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 20 2006

SGI Young Women Commemorate 55th Anniversary During Summer Youth Training Session in Japan

On July 19, the 55th anniversary of the Young Women's Division (YWD), worldwide SGI young women representatives attended the first SGI Young Women's Division Leaders' Meeting at the Soka Young Women's Center in Shinanomachi, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. Following words by Soka Gakkai Vice General Director Minoru Harada, SGI-Zambia Young Women's ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 20 2006

Broward County, Florida, USA, Commemorates Tenth Anniversary of the Florida Nature and Culture Center; Honors SGI President and His Wife Kaneko Ikeda

The Board of Commissioners in Broward County, Florida, USA, recently proclaimed June 19 as "Daisaku and Kaneko Ikeda Day" in commemoration of the Florida Nature and Culture Center's (FNCC) tenth anniversary. County Commissioner Diana Wasserman-Rubin entrusted the citation to SGI-USA Young Women's Leader Kimberly Hermann and a delegation of young ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 19 2006

Two Official Websites Related to Daisaku Ikeda Now Available

Soka Gakkai International (SGI) launched two official websites related to President Daisaku Ikeda in July:. Daisaku Ikeda Library - www.ikedabooks.org The first site, "Daisaku Ikeda Library," showcases Mr. Ikeda's published works. Mr. Ikeda is a prolific writer. The scope of his works ranges from novels, discourse on Buddhism and life, poetry, and ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 7 2006

Soka Gakkai Reelects President Einosuke Akiya

Einosuke Akiya (75) has been reelected as Soka Gakkai president for another five-year term, starting July 18, 2006. The Presidential Selection Committee headed by Ryozo Nishiguchi, chairman of the Executive Council, met July 6 at the Soka Gakkai Headquarters in Shinjuku, Tokyo, in accordance with the organization's regulations. The committee ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 30 2006

Singapore Soka Association Youth and Women Sponsor Lectures by Dr. N. Radhakrishnan

On June 10, Singapore Soka Association (SSA) youth sponsored their sixth peace lecture at the SSA headquarters, inviting renowned Gandhian scholar Dr. N. Radhakrishnan as guest lecturer. Dr. Radhakrishnan is chair of the Indian Council of Gandhian Studies, director of the G. Ramachandran Institute of Nonviolence in India and former ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 15 2006

SGI-Philippines Women's Division Holds Friendship Gatherings

In April and May, to commemorate May 10, SGI-Philippines Women's Division (WD) Day, SGI-Philippines WD held friendship meetings by group. Some 17,000, including 12,500 friends, gathered for the meetings held at 808 locations throughout the country. With unique meeting themes, participants shared experiences of practicing Nichiren Buddhism and performed songs ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 14 2006

SGI-Spain Members in Galicia Meet for First Time as a Region; SGI-Norway Women's Division Holds General Meetings

On May 27-28, SGI-Spain members met for their first study session in the suburb of Lugo City in Galicia, located in northwest Spain and known as "the land of one thousand rivers." Some 35 members gathered from throughout the region. During the meeting, the formation of the first district in ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 11 2006

27,000 Gather for Chapter Meetings in India

From May 6 to May 14, Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai (BSG) held chapter general meetings at 200 venues in 150 cities throughout India. Some 27,000 BSG members and their families and friends gathered. The meetings commemorated the 45th anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's first visit to India in 1961. ... read more