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Buddhism | Oct 19 2008

SGI-Greece Members Meet on Aegean Island

From October 16-19, 2008, SGI-Greece hosted an autumn study session at Eretria, Evvoia, Greece. Over 90 members from throughout the country, including those living on small islands, attended the session. Together with SGI-Greece General Director Dimitri Dimopoulos and Women's Leader Monika Vermeulen, attendees studied SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's lecture series ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 19 2008

SGI-Brazil Holds Grassroots Meetings Throughout Brazil

On October 18 and 19, 2008, SGI-Brazil (BSGI) members gathered at some 5,800 locales throughout the country, celebrating the 48th "BSGI Day" (October 19), marking the day SGI President Daisaku Ikeda first visited Brazil. Mr. Ikeda arrived in São Paulo, Brazil, on October 19, 1960. The SGI's first overseas ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 17 2008

SGI Participates in Frankfurt Book Fair 2008

From October 15-17, 2008, the annual Frankfurt Book Fair was held in Frankfurt, Germany. The history of the Frankfurt Book Fair dates back to the 15th century. Today it is considered to be the world's oldest and largest international book fair. ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 13 2008

SGI-Iceland Initiates "Encouragement Campaign"

SGI-Iceland Young Women's Leader Eyrún Ósk Jónsdóttir commented, "We are sensing a lot of desperation among the general public here in Iceland. Now people are looking for something more secure to put their hearts into." TV1, one of the three TV channels in Iceland, contacted SGI-Iceland General Director Eygló Jónsdóttir ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 13 2008

Soka Gakkai Holds Memorial Services on the Anniversary of Nichiren's Passing

Memorial services commemorating Nichiren's passing (October 13, 1282) have taken place throughout Japan. The services also commemorated October 12, 1279, the day Nichiren inscribed the Dai-Gohonzon, the object of devotion in Nichiren Buddhism, for all humanity. [Dai means great. Go is an honorific prefix, and honzon means object of fundamental ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 12 2008

SGI-New Zealand Holds Study Examination on Nichiren Buddhism

On October 12, 2008, SGI-New Zealand held an elementary-level study examination at 10 venues throughout the country. The candidates were tested in the language of their choice, either English, Japanese or Chinese. Study materials included "Reply to Sairen-bo" and "The Dragon Gate" from Nichiren's writings; basic concepts of Nichiren ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 11 2008

SGI-Peru Leaders and Youth Look to the Future

On September 24, 2008, some 650 SGI-Peru leaders gathered at the SGI-Peru Culture Center in Lima, Peru. SGI-Peru Women's Leader María Eugenia Fernádes Loayza announced activities for the remainder of the year and asked everyone to make the most of their November discussion meetings. Participants studied "On Attaining Buddhahood ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 11 2008

SGI-Slovenia Members Meet

On October 11, 2008, SGI-Slovenia members gathered together in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia in the Balkans. In 1991, the Republic of Slovenia became independent from the former Yugoslavia. SGI-Slovenia Chapter was established in 2001. Since then, its members have shared and highlighted the humanistic philosophy of Buddhism through grassroots ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 5 2008

SGI Student Groups in India and Hong Kong Meet

On October 4-5, 2008, some 350 Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai (BSG) student group members from throughout India gathered at both the International Peace Center in New Delhi and at the Soka Bodhi Tree Garden on the outskirts of New Delhi. To prepare for their meeting, the students studied and ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 2 2008

SGI-Argentina Forms Men's "Waterfall Group" and "Young Mrs." Group Meets

At a commemorative meeting on October 2, 2008, at the SGI-Argentina Culture Center in Buenos Aires, Waterfall Group Leader Miguel Angel Delli Gatti shared his personal resolve as well the group's guidelines: 1) to create and spread harmony in the community; 2) to ensure that the youth members are ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 28 2008

SGI Associations in Hong Kong, Macao, Philippines, Bolivia and Brazil Promote Study of Nichiren Buddhism

On September 21, SGI-Macau held a leaders training session at its culture center. Participants studied "On Attaining Buddhahood in This Lifetime," together with SGI-Hong Kong Study Department Chief Terrio Sun Po Loi. Mr. Sun stressed that everyone inherently possesses great potential for positive transformation that in turn enables each ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 23 2008

Soka Gakkai Conducts Memorial Prayer Meetings

On September 23, 2008, the autumn equinox, Soka Gakkai centers and memorial parks throughout Japan held memorial services to pray for the repose and happiness of deceased family members and friends. According to Buddhism tradition, the autumn equinox is a time to honor the memory of one's ancestors and the ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 12 2008

Russian Academy of Sciences and IOP Host Joint Symposium in Moscow

On September 11 and 12, 2008, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP), Japan, and the Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), Russia, hosted a symposium in Moscow titled "Buddhist Philosophy in Multicultural Context." Leading Russian researchers and scholars on oriental philosophies and Buddhist philosophy presented their ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 10 2008

Taiwan Soka Association Recognized as Excellent Community Organization for 15th Consecutive Time

The Interior Ministry of Taiwan has chosen Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) as an Excellent Community Organization. TSA was selected from among over 8,000 organizations as having contributed the most to Taiwanese society during the past two years. This was TSA's 15th consecutive recognition since 1991, one year following its ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 7 2008

Study Exams Held in Taiwan and Argentina

On September 7, 2008, Taiwan Soka Association held an examination on Nichiren Buddhism for intermediate-level lecturers at 11 venues throughout Taiwan. Over 600 candidates were tested on their knowledge and understanding of Nichiren Buddhism, including "On Establishing the Correct Teaching for the Peace of the Land," one of Nichiren's ... read more