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Back to listJan 20, 2007

Newly-Renovated SGI-Brazil Women's Center Opens

Following renovations, the SGI-Brazil Women's Center reopened on January 20, 2007. The center, located in São Paulo, Brazil, has witnessed the growth of SGI-Brazil from 2,500 members in 1965 to 130,000 today.

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When SGI President Daisaku Ikeda visited the center in 1969, he proposed that it be established as a headquarters for the whole of South America and that the SGI chapter in Brazil be divided into three new chapters. The building served as the center for the expansion of the SGI in Latin America. Renamed the SGI-Brazil Culture Center in 1977, the facility continued to serve as a focal point for SGI-Brazil members' activities. In March 1993, the building was re-launched as the SGI-Brazil Women's Center. The women members of Brazil have as their slogan, "Muito mais Daimoku," which means "Lots More Chanting." (The chanting of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo is the core practice of Nichiren Buddhism.)

[Adapted from an article in the February 17, 2007 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]