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Buddhism | Sep 28 2014 New

Buddhist Study Exams Held in Asia, Latin America and Oceania

Buddhist Study Exams Held in Asia, Latin America and Oceania

During August and September, a total of some 166,000 SGI members in Brazil, India, Japan, New Zealand and Singapore took Buddhist study exams focused on the core principles of Nichiren Buddhism. ... read more

Human Rights | Sep 27 2014 New

Human Dignity Featured at 2014 Ikeda Forum

Human Dignity Featured at 2014 Ikeda Forum

On September 27, the SGI-affiliated Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning and Dialogue in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, held its eleventh annual Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue. ... read more

Culture | Sep 27 2014 New

SGI Youth in Nicaragua Hold Culture Festival

SGI Youth in Nicaragua Hold Culture Festival

On September 27, SGI-Nicaragua held a youth culture festival at the Nicaraguan Academy of Dance in Managua, the capital of Nicaragua. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 26 2014 New

SGI in Canada, Sweden and U.S. Participate in Grassroots Events Toward the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

SGI in Canada, Sweden and U.S. Participate in Grassroots Events Toward the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

On September 26, the first United Nations International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, SGI in Canada, Sweden and the U.S. participated in grassroots events in support of global nuclear disarmament. ... read more

Human Rights | Sep 26 2014

SGI Supports Events Promoting Human Rights Education at UN Human Rights Council

SGI Supports Events Promoting Human Rights Education at UN Human Rights Council

Parallel to the 27th Session of the UN Human Rights Council, which took place from September 8 to 26 at the UN Office at Geneva, SGI's representatives to the UN in Geneva, together with other NGOs, participated in and supported two public side events promoting human rights education: the launch of a new web resource on September 10 and a workshop for media professionals and journalists on September 16. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 20 2014

SGI in UK and Spain Hold Peace Events Marking Toda's Declaration

SGI in UK and Spain Hold Peace Events Marking Toda's Declaration

On September 6 and 20 respectively, SGI-UK and SGI-Spain marked the anniversary of second Soka Gakkai president Josei Toda's September 8, 1957, Declaration Calling for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons. ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 17 2014

Russian Language Edition of "The Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra" Published, SGI Website in Russian Launched

Russian Language Edition of "The Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra" Published, SGI Website in Russian Launched

In September, Moscow State University published a Russian translation of the first volume of The Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra, a six-volume work in which SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and members of the Soka Gakkai study department discuss the various chapters of the Lotus Sutra and their relevance for today's world. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 10 2014

Seminars on Daisaku Ikeda's 2014 Peace Proposal Held in Panama and Brazil

Seminars on Daisaku Ikeda's 2014 Peace Proposal Held in Panama and Brazil

On September 10, SGI-Panama organized a seminar on SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's 2014 peace proposal, "Value Creation for Global Change: Building Resilient and Sustainable Societies," at the University of Panama in Panama City. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 9 2014

Symposiums on Ikeda's 2014 Peace Proposal Held in India

Symposiums on Ikeda's 2014 Peace Proposal Held in India

On September 9, Bharat Soka Gakkai (BSG) organized a symposium on SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's 2014 peace proposal at the Chinmaya Mission auditorium in New Delhi. ... read more

Press Releases | Sep 8 2014

Buddhist Youth Meet in Hiroshima, Call for World Youth Summit for Abolition of Nuclear Weapons

On Sept. 7, Buddhist association Soka Gakkai International (SGI) held a Youth Conference for Peace at the International Conference Center Hiroshima. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 7 2014

SGI Youth Meet in Hiroshima, Issue Peace Declaration

SGI Youth Meet in Hiroshima, Issue Peace Declaration

On September 7, against a backdrop of the current rise of conflict and violence in the international arena, an SGI Youth Conference for Peace was held at the International Conference Center Hiroshima, Japan. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 1 2014

SGI-Italy Representatives Support Interreligious Soccer Match for Peace

SGI-Italy Representatives Support Interreligious Soccer Match for Peace

On September 1, an interreligious match for peace brought together two "dream teams" of former and current soccer stars including Javier Zanetti, Diego Armando Maradona, Ronaldinho and Gianluigi Buffon, with players representing the Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim and Shinto faiths. SGI-Italy member Roberto Baggio was among the players who took part. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Aug 30 2014

Taiwan Soka Association Organizes Lecture on PTSD in City Affected by Gas Explosions

Taiwan Soka Association Organizes Lecture on PTSD in City Affected by Gas Explosions

On August 30, Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) organized a lecture on Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) at its Cianjhen Culture Center in the city of Kaohsiung, where, on July 31, 2014, in the Cianjhen and Lingya districts, there was a series of gas explosions. ... read more

Education | Aug 27 2014

SGI Cosponsors Workshop on Education for Global Citizenship in the Post-2015 Development Agenda at UN

SGI Cosponsors Workshop on Education for Global Citizenship in the Post-2015 Development Agenda at UN

On August 27, as part of the UN's 65th Annual Department of Public Information/Non-Governmental Organization (DPI/NGO) Conference in New York, SGI sponsored a workshop promoting education for global citizenship (EGC) and its role in the post-2015 development agenda. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 26 2014

SGI Representative Shares Insights on Citizen Diplomacy and Sino-Japanese Relations at Seminar in Norway

SGI Representative Shares Insights on Citizen Diplomacy and Sino-Japanese Relations at Seminar in Norway

On August 26, SGI Peace Affairs Program Director Kimiaki Kawai was one of two speakers at an international seminar titled "Sino-Japanese Relations: Paths Towards a De-Escalation of Conflict." ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Aug 24 2014

Soka Gakkai's Relief Efforts in Response to Floods and Landslides in Japan

Soka Gakkai's Relief Efforts in Response to Floods and Landslides in Japan

In mid-August, the prefectures of Hiroshima, Kyoto and Gifu in Japan experienced torrential rain of record proportions which caused disruptions to transportation, floods and landslides. In response to the August 16-17 floods that especially affected Kyoto and Gifu prefectures, Soka Gakkai in Kyoto set up an emergency relief center and dispatched ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 15 2014

Toda Institute Sponsors Music and Peacebuilding Workshop; Participates in International Peace Research Conference

Toda Institute Sponsors Music and Peacebuilding Workshop; Participates in International Peace Research Conference

The SGI-affiliated Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research held a senior research fellows meeting and a workshop on music and peacebuilding in Istanbul prior to the 25th International Peace Research Association (IPRA) General Conference held there in mid-August. ... read more

Culture | Aug 15 2014

SGI Members in Singapore and Paraguay Perform at Anniversary Celebrations

SGI Members in Singapore and Paraguay Perform at Anniversary Celebrations

On August 9, some 640 members of Singapore Soka Association (SSA) performed during Singapore's National Day Parade 2014. ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 11 2014

SGI-Europe Holds Annual Summer Study Sessions in Milan and Trets

SGI-Europe Holds Annual Summer Study Sessions in Milan and Trets

From July 24-27, SGI-Europe's annual summer study sessions were held on the outskirts of Milan, Italy. Some 500 people of all ages from 31 countries including Belgium, Italy, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland and the UK attended. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 9 2014

Soka Gakkai Youth from Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Okinawa and Tokyo Hold Annual Peace Summit

Soka Gakkai Youth from Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Okinawa and Tokyo Hold Annual Peace Summit

On August 2-3, some 50 Soka Gakkai youth representatives from Okinawa, Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Tokyo held their 23rd annual Youth Peace Summit at the Soka Gakkai Nagasaki Peace Center. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Aug 5 2014

SGI-Philippines Joins Workshop on Role of Faith-Based Communities in Crisis Response

SGI-Philippines Joins Workshop on Role of Faith-Based Communities in Crisis Response

From August 4-5, SGI-Philippines participated in a workshop titled "Mobilizing Faith-Based Communities for Crisis Response." The workshop was co-organized by the Office of the United Nations and International Organizations of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) of the Philippines and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) at the DFA auditorium in the City of Pasay, Metro Manila. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Aug 5 2014

SGI Makes Donations in Support of Relief Efforts

SGI Makes Donations in Support of Relief Efforts

On July 27, at its Taoyuan Culture Center, Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) held a prayer service for victims of the July 23 TransAsia Airways plane that crashed in Taiwan's Penghu Islands. ... read more

Press Releases | Aug 4 2014

Buddhist Youth Step Up Momentum toward Nuclear Abolition, Spread Message of Peace

On August 2-3, 2014, youth representatives of the Soka Gakkai Buddhist association from Okinawa, Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Tokyo held their 23rd annual Youth Peace Summit at the Soka Gakkai Nagasaki Peace Center. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jul 31 2014

Ambassador of Marshall Islands Gives Talk, Soka Gakkai Youth Kick Off "Nuclear Zero" Petition Drive

Ambassador of Marshall Islands Gives Talk, Soka Gakkai Youth Kick Off "Nuclear Zero" Petition Drive

On July 31, H.E. Tom D. Kijiner, Ambassador of the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) to Japan, gave a talk at a Soka Gakkai student division symposium held at the Josei Toda International Center in Shinjuku, Tokyo. ... read more

Human Rights | Jul 26 2014

Soka Gakkai Holds Lecture on Minamata Disease and Building a Sustainable Society

Soka Gakkai Holds Lecture on Minamata Disease and Building a Sustainable Society

On July 26, Soka Gakkai members in Minamata City, Kyushu, invited Masazumi Yoshii, a former mayor of the city, to lecture on the impact of Minamata disease, mercury poisoning caused by industrial pollution that first broke out in the 1950s, and his efforts to rebuild and revitalize the city and its residents in the decades that followed. ... read more

Education | Jul 25 2014

TSA Holds Annual Soka Joy Summer Camps in Remote Areas

TSA Holds Annual Soka Joy Summer Camps in Remote Areas

During late June and July, Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) organized Soka Joy Summer Camps at elementary schools in remote rural areas, mountainous regions and isolated islands of Taiwan. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Jul 15 2014

SGI Promotes Role of FBOs in Disaster Risk Reduction and Response

SGI Promotes Role of FBOs in Disaster Risk Reduction and Response

On June 25, SGI and ACT Alliance co-organized a side event titled "The Role of Faith Based Organizations in Disaster Resilience" at the 6th Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) held from June 22-26 in Bangkok, Thailand. ... read more

Culture | Jul 6 2014

China National Peking Opera Company Performs in Japan

China National Peking Opera Company Performs in Japan

From May 9 to July 3, to celebrate the 120th birth anniversary of Peking Opera master Mei Lanfang (1894-1961), first president of the China National Peking Opera Company (CNPOC), the Min-On Concert Association invited the company to perform at some 30 venues throughout Japan. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jul 6 2014

SGI-Sweden Organizes Anti-nuclear Weapons Exhibition

SGI-Sweden Organizes Anti-nuclear Weapons Exhibition

From July 4-6, SGI-Sweden organized the showing of the anti-nuclear weapons exhibition "Everything You Treasure--For a World Free From Nuclear Weapons" (EYT), jointly created by SGI and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), during Almedalen Week 2014. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jun 30 2014

SGI-Korea Students Show Anti-nuclear Weapons Exhibition at 210 Venues

SGI-Korea Students Show Anti-nuclear Weapons Exhibition at 210 Venues

From May 1 to June 30, as part of SGI-Korea (KSGI)'s student group's UNIPEACE initiative, a specially created exhibition "Envisioning a World Free From Nuclear Weapons" was shown at some 210 venues including 150 universities across the country. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jun 29 2014

Friendship Exchanges between Youth from Taiwan Soka Association and Peking University

Friendship Exchanges between Youth from Taiwan Soka Association and Peking University

On May 29, a delegation of 25 students and faculty from China's Peking University (PKU) visited Taiwan Soka Association (TSA)'s Zhi Shan Culture Center in Taipei for a friendship exchange with TSA student group members. ... read more

Culture | Jun 22 2014

SGM Showcases Malaysian Printmaker Loo Foh Sang's Works

SGM Showcases Malaysian Printmaker Loo Foh Sang's Works

From June 7 to 22, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) hosted an exhibition titled "The Untiring Engraver--48 Years of Original Prints by Loo Foh Sang" at its Wisma Kebudayaan SGM center in Kuala Lumpur. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Jun 12 2014

"Seeds of Hope" Shown in India, South Korea and Malaysia

"Seeds of Hope" Shown in India, South Korea and Malaysia

On June 2, in commemoration of World Environment Day (June 5), a 10-day showing of the exhibition "Seeds of Hope: Visions of sustainability, steps toward change," jointly created by SGI and the Earth Charter International, opened at the Regional Labor Court in São Paulo, Brazil. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Jun 11 2014

Seeds of Hope Exhibition Shown in Brazil and other Latin American Countries

Seeds of Hope Exhibition Shown in Brazil and other Latin American Countries

On June 2, in commemoration of World Environment Day (June 5), a 10-day showing of the exhibition "Seeds of Hope: Visions of sustainability, steps toward change," jointly created by SGI and the Earth Charter International, opened at the Regional Labor Court in São Paulo, Brazil. ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 8 2014

SGI-Italy Holds Nationwide Women's General Meetings

SGI-Italy Holds Nationwide Women's General Meetings

On June 8, SGI-Italy held Women's General Meetings at over 950 venues across the country including the cities of Cecina, Turin, Rome, Milan, Florence, Falconara Marittima, Bologna, Cagliari and Catania on the island of Sicily. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jun 2 2014

Nuclear Weapons Abolition Events Held in Japan and South Korea

Nuclear Weapons Abolition Events Held in Japan and South Korea

On May 11, Soka Gakkai youth members in Kansai, Japan, held a peace festival at the Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium themed "Create a World Free From Nuclear Weapons--The Future Is Yours to Change!" ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | May 31 2014

Soka Gakkai Japan Youth Delegation Visits China for Friendship Exchange

Soka Gakkai Japan Youth Delegation Visits China for Friendship Exchange

From May 21-31, a group of 20 Soka Gakkai youth members from Japan visited China for a friendship exchange hosted by the All-China Youth Federation (ACYF), continuing a tradition of exchange that began in 1979. ... read more

Education | May 31 2014

SGI-Spain Organizes Symposium on Education for Sustainable Development

SGI-Spain Organizes Symposium on Education for Sustainable Development

On May 31, SGI-Spain sponsored a symposium themed "Education for Sustainable Development: The Present and the Future" at its culture center in Rivas-Vaciamadrid near Madrid. Some 70 people, mainly educators, attended from across the country. ... read more

Buddhism | May 24 2014

Portuguese Edition of Nichiren's Writings Published in Brazil

Portuguese Edition of Nichiren's Writings Published in Brazil

A Portuguese edition of The Collected Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Volume 1, was recently published by Editora Brasil Seikyo. On May 24, Brazil SGI (BSGI) launched the new book at a commemorative event held at its Dr. Daisaku Ikeda Culture Center in São Paulo. ... read more

Buddhism | May 19 2014

SGI Youth from Across Asia  Deepen Bonds of Friendship in Kyushu

SGI Youth from Across Asia Deepen Bonds of Friendship in Kyushu

From May 17-19, a group of 24 SGI youth leaders from India, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand traveled to Kyushu, southernmost of the four main islands of Japan, for a weekend of exchange with youth members in the region. The trip was part of an SGI training course that began in Tokyo on May 15. ... read more

Buddhism | May 18 2014

Celebrating 30th Anniversary of Opening of SGI-Ghana Center

Celebrating 30th Anniversary of Opening of SGI-Ghana Center

SGI-Ghana celebrated the 30th anniversary of the opening of the first SGI center on the African continent, the SGI-Ghana Center in Accra, at a general meeting with some 700 members on May 18. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | May 18 2014

SGI-Philippines Participates in International AIDS Candlelight Memorial

SGI-Philippines Participates in International AIDS Candlelight Memorial

On May 18, some 30 SGI-Philippines members participated in the 2014 International AIDS Candlelight Memorial organized by the Misamis Oriental and Cagayan de Oro AIDS Network (MOCAN). ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | May 2 2014

SGI Co-organizes Seminar on Nuclear Disarmament Education at UN HQ

SGI Co-organizes Seminar on Nuclear Disarmament Education at UN HQ

On May 2, SGI co-organized a seminar on Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Education at the UN Headquarters in New York. The seminar was held as an official side event of the Third Session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2015 NPT Review Conference held from April 28 to May 9. ... read more

Culture | May 2 2014

Taiwan Soka Association Hosts International Conference on Social Impact of Museums

Taiwan Soka Association Hosts International Conference on Social Impact of Museums

On May 2, Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) hosted one day of a multi-venue conference on "The Social Impact of Museums" at its Zhi Shan Culture Center. An exhibition created by TSA titled "Museums in Action" that explores the mission and role of museums in the service of society and as agents of social change was on display. ... read more

Culture | Apr 30 2014

SGI-UK Organize Second International Jazz Day Concert, "Ode to the Human Spirit"

SGI-UK Organize Second International Jazz Day Concert, "Ode to the Human Spirit"

"Ode to The Human Spirit," a sold-out evening of jazz organized by SGI-UK at London's Kings Place on April 30 to mark UNESCO International Jazz Day 2014, brought together a great array of jazz talent, including U.S. multireedist, composer and SGI-USA member Bennie Maupin, best known for his work on "Bitches Brew" with Miles Davis and "Head Hunters" with Herbie Hancock. ... read more