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Buddhism | May 25 2015

Lotus Sutra Exhibition Held in Hong Kong and Taiwan

Lotus Sutra Exhibition Held in Hong Kong and Taiwan

On May 3, "The Lotus Sutra--A Message of Peace and Harmonious Coexistence" exhibition opened at HKSGI Culture Center in Kowloon, organized by Soka Gakkai International of Hong Kong (HKSGI) and the SGI-affiliated Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP). ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | May 1 2015

SGI Joins Faith Groups in Launching Statement Condemning Nuclear Weapons

SGI Joins Faith Groups in Launching Statement Condemning Nuclear Weapons

"Nuclear weapons are incompatible with the values upheld by our respective faith traditions—the right of people to live in security and dignity; the commands of conscience and justice; the duty to protect the vulnerable and to exercise the stewardship that will safeguard the planet for future generations . . ." ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | May 1 2015

SGI Makes Donations in Support of Nepal Earthquake Relief Efforts

SGI Makes Donations in Support of Nepal Earthquake Relief Efforts

In response to the devastation caused by the magnitude 7.9 earthquake that hit Nepal on April 25 and ensuing aftershocks, Soka Gakkai Thailand (SGT), Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) and Soka Gakkai in Japan made donations to various relief funds in the days following the disaster. ... read more

Press Releases | May 1 2015

Joint Statement of Faith Groups Calling for Nuclear Abolition Shared at UN during NPT Review Conference

NEW YORK: "Nuclear weapons are incompatible with the values upheld by our respective faith tradition—the right of people to live in security and dignity; the commands of conscience and justice; the duty to protect the vulnerable and to exercise the stewardship that will safeguard the planet for future generations. . ." ... read more

Interfaith | Apr 16 2015

SGI-Germany Participates in Interreligious Panel on Euthanasia

SGI-Germany Participates in Interreligious Panel on Euthanasia

On April 16, representatives of different religious traditions and civil society came together at the Stefan-George House in Bingen to present perspectives on euthanasia. Pastor Olliver Zobel of the Evangelical Church of St. John, gave an opening speech in which he welcomed the 90 participants and noted that out of the 10 interreligious dialogues his church had organized with the Bingen adult education center this discussion on euthanasia had attracted the most people. ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 29 2015

SGI-Russia Youth Training Course Held

SGI-Russia Youth Training Course Held

From March 27-29, some 80 SGI-Russia youth members attended a training course held in Istra near Moscow.The theme of the course was "Be the light of hope in society!" ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 29 2015

SGI Cambodia-Laos-Thailand Youth Training Course Held

SGI Cambodia-Laos-Thailand Youth Training Course Held

From March 28-29, some 55 SGI youth from Cambodia, Laos and Thailand gathered in Bangkok for a training course. ... read more

Interfaith | Mar 22 2015

SGI-Luxembourg Participates in Interfaith Concert

SGI-Luxembourg Participates in Interfaith Concert

On March 22, SGI-Luxembourg joined representatives of the various religious communities in the City of Luxembourg for the 6th Interfaith Concert. The concert was held at Luxembourg City Synagogue and organized by Action Groupe Inter-Religions (AGIR) of which SGI-Luxembourg is a member. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Mar 21 2015

SGI Attends Earth Charter 15th Anniversary Forum in Costa Rica

SGI Attends Earth Charter 15th Anniversary Forum in Costa Rica

On March 21, an international forum was held at the United Nations-mandated University for Peace (UPEACE) in San José, Costa Rica, to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the launch of the Earth Charter. The Earth Charter is an ethical framework for building a just, sustainable and peaceful global society in the twenty-first century. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Mar 18 2015

SGI Joins FBOs in Events on Disaster Risk Reduction at WCDRR

SGI Joins FBOs in Events on Disaster Risk Reduction at WCDRR

From March 14-18, the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) was held in Sendai city in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. As a side event, on March 15, a symposium titled “Community based DRR from a faith-based perspective – sharing best practices” was organized by ACT Alliance and co-organized by SGI and the Japan Religion Coordinating Project for Disaster Relief (JRPD). The symposium was held at Sendai Civic Auditorium. ... read more

Education | Mar 17 2015

SGI Organizes Event on Women's Leadership at CSW59

SGI Organizes Event on Women's Leadership at CSW59

On March 17, SGI organized a parallel event on women’s leadership during the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59) held at the UN Headquarters in New York from March 9-20. CSW59 marked the 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing in 1995 where the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPfA) was adopted. ... read more

Press Releases | Mar 17 2015

Panel at Sendai UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction Highlights Opportunities for Cooperation between China, South Korea and Japan

Sendai, Japan: In support of the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) being held in Sendai from March 14-18, Soka Gakkai International (SGI) co-organized a side event on March 16 highlighting the potential for increased collaboration in disaster management in Northeast Asia despite political tensions. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Mar 16 2015

SGI Cohosts Panel on Opportunities for Civil Society Cooperation between China, South Korea and Japan

SGI Cohosts Panel on Opportunities for Civil Society Cooperation between China, South Korea and Japan

From March 14-18, the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) was held in Sendai city in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. On March 16, SGI co-organized a side event highlighting the possibilities for increased collaboration in disaster management in Northeast Asia. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Mar 16 2015

Peace Emanates from SGI Youth Events Across the US and Argentina

Peace Emanates from SGI Youth Events Across the US and Argentina

During March, in 25 locations throughout the country, a total of some 12,000 SGI-USA youth members gathered to hold Youth Peace Expos marking March 16, SGI Kosen-rufu Day, and express in various ways their commitment to the dignity of life. ... read more

Culture | Mar 14 2015

SGI-Panama Holds Peace Festival

SGI-Panama Holds Peace Festival

On March 14, SGI-Panama members from across the country gathered for a peace festival at the SGI-Panama culture center in Panama City. The theme of the festival was "Youth United for Peace," and it consisted of musical, theatrical and dance performances by SGI-Panama youth. Guest performers included Victor Jaramillo accompanied by the "Sociedad Anónima" orchestra, rock group La Tribu,singer Priscilla Moreno and violinist Graciela Núñez. There was also a display of information on nuclear abolition, sustainability and peace. The display emphasized that peace is something close at hand that is created by cultivating bonds of friendship and the inner transformation of each individual. ... read more