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Dr Anne Mette Fisker-Nielsen, of London University's School of Oriental and African Studies, talks about how youth members of the Soka Gakkai engage in a non-sectarian way with Japanese politics.

 

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It is often said that Nichiren’s Buddhism begins and ends with his great treatise 'On Establishing The Correct Teaching For The Peace Of The Land'. Eddy Canfor-Dumas offers some thoughts on its relevance today, especially to those practising Buddhism within the SGI.

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In this year's Peace Proposal, SGI President Ikeda emphasises that 2015 could be a decisive moment in ridding the world of nuclear weapons. He proposes holding a conference for a nuclear weapon free world at the G8 Summit in 2015, which is also the seventieth anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

 

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Thirty years ago SGI President Daisaku Ikeda predicted that Africa would be the continent of the 21st Century. In a recent  interview with This Way Up, the inspirational leader of SGI Buddhists in Nigeria, Dr Bamgboye Afolabi, claims that the happiness-making machine is roaring into life across Africa

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At the age of nine Larry Loyie was forced to leave his home in Alberta, Canada, and the traditional Cree way of life, to attend a boarding school where the goal of teaching was to wipe out his native language and traditions.

In his 50s he started to practise Nichiren Buddhism, and this became a turning point in fulfilling his dream of becoming a writer.

 

 

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Aided by her Buddhist practice, Akiko Matsumura struggled to overcome the suicide of her adult son.

 

 

I was born as the second daughter in a well-off family and lived my life without ever having to struggle much with anything. I was bright and happy, with a tenacious, never-give-up attitude. I loved literature, and when I was in high school, I had an essay published in a local newspaper. 

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When her partner’s work was relocated to Greater Manchester Diane Southam, a confirmed Southerner, was faced with a tough choice: Singledom or Salford?

 

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