Monday, December 5, 2011

End of the Year Youth Meeting

If you are reading this and you are 35 years or younger, OR you know someone 35 years or younger, then you should be at our end of the year Rock The Era Youth Meeting! It starts at 10AM and we have plenty to talk about as we prepare to bring a close to the best year yet! We also have a special announcement to make so make sure you are there on time! We'll see you there!!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

End of Year Meetings

Wrapping the end of the year! Have a Happy and Safe Holiday Season and check the calendar frequently as we update the end of year meetings! Thanks!!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Meetings in June

There are so many meetings coming up with in the next few months! Please find time to attend them!

June 5th we will have a World Prayer Peace Meeting (Kosen Rufu Gongyo) at 10AM. Please come early to chant from 9AM to 10AM. That is also the last day of May Contribution. The community center will be opened until 12pm.

June 10th through 12th we will have our Women and Young Women's Division Victory meetings! Please contact a Women or Young Women's division leader on the right for a meeting in your area.

June 19th we will host a lecture based meeting. The lecture will be held at the community center and is open to all ages. It will begin at 11AM, but there will be limited space available in the main room so please arrive early for a great seat! The Center will be open at 9AM.

Friday, April 1, 2011

World Peace Prayer Meeting

Looking for something to do this Sunday? Come join us for our monthly World Peace Prayer Meeting! In the New Orleans Area we will meet at the community center. For those of you in the Baton Rouge/Lafayette areas, there will be a meeting in Lafayette and for those of you in South Mississippi, there will be a meeting there. Please contact the appropriate person on the right of the blog for more information! All meetings will be at 10AM CDT.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Soka Spirit Chanting Session!

Tonight, Thursday March 24th, we will host a Soka Spirit chanting session at the community center from 8:00PM to 7:00PM! We encourage all to join us in to chant for injustices in the community and aroudn the world. [Soka Spirit] is to continue, to the best of our ability with our words, with our hearts, with our actions the struggle for the Law in America. (Originally published, World Tribune, Feb. 18, 2000)

So please join us tonight! We hope to see everyone there!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Zulu update #2

Please enjoy the following pictures from our production committee for the Zulu parade!! We will have more pictures and video coming soon!! Join us on Sunday, March 13th, for experiences from the Youth Division about the parade at our World Prayer Peace Meeting at 10AM at the community center!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Zulu update #1

Our Youth did so well in the Zulu parade today!! So many people were able to see the SGI-USA New Orleans on a national level, effectively spreading Buddhism to countless numbers of people today! We will make sure to update with pictures and video in the coming days so stay tuned! In the mean time enjoy this video from local WWL-TV (@ 2:37).

REMINDER: The community center will reopen on Wednesday, March 9th for normal operations. World Prayer Peace Meeting will be Sunday, March 13th at 10:00AM

Monday, February 28, 2011

Closing for Mardi Gras

Due to Mardi Gras, the New Orleans community center will be closed Wednesday evening through Mardi Gras day. The World Peace Prayer meeting scheduled for the 6th, will be pushed back until Sunday, March 13th. Mississippi and Baton Rouge/Lafayette areas will still hold meetings as scheduled. For questions, please contact the appropriate person on the right of the blog. Happy Mardi Gras!!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Awaken to your personal mission!!

Our youth have been practicing so hard for Zulu! Hard work is paying off and this time next week, they will be wrapping up the last bit of practice! THEN ITS FORWARD MARCH TO ZULU!! Look for us!!

37 years ago, on March 14th, President Ikeda came to New Orleans. It was an impromtu visit because he was supposed to go to Brazil. Today, the Youth of SGI New Orleans met at the University of New Orleans to practice for Zulu. Chanting together not too far where President Ikeda met with the SGI members in 1974, fullfilling his wish for New Orleans.

New Orleans is located at the mouth of the Mississippi River, and once flourished as a port for exporting cotton and other agricultural products. It is also known as the birthplace of jazz. It could be said that the city’s prosperity was built on the suffering of African Americans, who made up the rural labor force of the American South. Wishing to see this place of such sorrowful history transformed into a place brimming with happiness, Shin’ichi poured his heart and soul into speaking with everyone he met. He also named the group of members who attended the meeting that day the Happiness Group. Through this encounter, the members awakened to their personal mission and went on to cultivate luxuriant trees of happiness and trust in their communities and society at large. (Human Revolution Volume 9 Chapter 2 Page 4)

Our Vice-Region YWD Leader, Olivia Saito, shared this chapter with the youth today, saying "In 1974, Sensei's plans to visit Brazil were canceled so he came to New Orleans instead. His deep daimoku to see Bodhisattvas of the earth emerge is the reason why I believe that over 30 youth will be gathering at the almost exact location where Sensei met with members 37 years ago. He arrived in New Orleans on March 14th, only 6 days after we parade in Zulu. In the NHR, Vol 9, Sensei talks about New Orleans and why he visited New Orleans in the first place."

So as we move towards March 8th, we will keep this in mind and at heart! Lets change the karma of New Orleans!!!


Flag Corp Routine

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Soka Gakkai New Orleans in Zulu!

That's right! It's official! Our Youth Division will be performing in the annual parade put on by the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club! We will have a Dance and Flag Corp, and a Taiko and Drumline performing in the parade so please come out and see us! March 8th at 8AM!! In the meantime, please enjoy a sneak preview of our YD performance.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Happy New Year!!

One week ago (today!) we had a wonderful New Year's day meeting with the New Orleans Metro area. We pushed the meeting back to 11AM (from the usual 10AM) so by the time the meeting ended around 12:30PM, everyone was hungry for our potluck lunch! First, however, SGI meetings are never complete without our traditional commemorative photo. So please enjoy the smiling faces of the New Orleans members!!

Click the photo for a larger view :)

Monday, January 3, 2011

Happy Birthday to President Ikeda!

January 2nd was 3rd Founding President, Daisaku Ikeda's, 83rd birthday! Congratulations, Sensei! President Ikeda established the Soka Gakkai International after he went abroad to many different countries 50 years ago! Because of this, we in New Orleans have the opportunity to share this Buddhism within our community!

This week, please join a local meeting in your area! You can contact one of the New Orleans Area leaders for more information (See on right) or call the community center (upper left)

No matter what kind of difficult situation one may find oneself in, some opening, some opportunity to fight one's way out, can always be found. What's most important is to hold fast to hope, to face the future with courage.  - President Ikeda