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Back to listAug 23, 2009

SGI-USA Las Vegas Community Center Opens In Nevada

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From August 21-23, 2009, more than 1,200 people came together to commemorate the opening of the newly built SGI-USA Las Vegas Community Center in Nevada. Four celebrations were held over a period of three days.

Youth members commemorated the opening by creating a time capsule containing personal goals and determinations and important keepsakes of the development of the SGI organization in America. The time capsule has been buried beneath the center's front entrance. The Las Vegas Chorus conveyed the story of the time capsule's contents through songs, prose, poetry, video and photographs.

Pioneer members presented the community center with several albums depicting the history of SGI members in Nevada beginning in October 1960.

On behalf of the state of Las Vegas, U.S. Rep. Shelley Berkley delivered to the local members a U.S. flag that had been flown over the nation's Capitol in honor of the SGI-USA Las Vegas Community Center.

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SGI-USA General Director Danny Nagashima acknowledged the many members who worked behind the scenes and with the community to create the new center. Las Vegas Region Men's Vice Leader Vahan Tafralian commented that the new center was tangible proof of the members' determination to share the life affirming philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism with others and to build community.

In a message, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda commended the local members for their sincere efforts to promote understanding of the SGI and Nichiren Buddhism in Nevada, calling on them to use their new community center as a forum for friendship and dialogue.


[Adapted from an article in the September 4, 2009 issue of the World Tribune, SGI-USA; photos courtesy of Audrey Dempsy]