Back to listMar 1, 2005

SGI-Germany Grows from Six to 14 Headquarters in Ten Years

On February 26 and 27, SGI-Germany chapter level leaders and up met at the Frankfurt SGI-Germany Culture Center to launch a fresh beginning. Representatives shared their experiences of practicing Nichiren Buddhism. SGI-Germany Chief Hideaki Takahashi announced that their organization has grown to 14 headquarters from the six established ten years ago. In January, two new headquarters were created in Berlin: Havelland Headquarters and Brandenburg Headquarters. Leonardo Dorich was recently appointed SGI-Germany Men's Division Leader, while Siegel Ito was appointed Men's Division Secretariat. SGI-Germany Vice Jt. Headquarters Leader Matthias Grõninger called on the participants to engage in dialogues infused with conviction and sincerity. Mr. Takahashi encouraged everyone to cherish each member, taking time to visit them at their homes and getting to know them.

On January 28 and 29, some 100 representatives gathered at the Villa Sachsen Grand Culture Center in Bingen to study segments of "The World of Nichiren Daishonin's Writings," a dialogue on Nichiren Buddhism among SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and Soka Gakkai Study Department leaders originally published in the Daibyaku-renge, a monthly study magazine on Nichiren Buddhism.