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Sustainable Development | Mar 29 2014 New

SGI-Nepal Joins Bagmati River Cleaning Program and Opens "Lotusbari" Garden

SGI-Nepal Joins Bagmati River Cleaning Program and Opens "Lotusbari" Garden

As part of the Bagmati Cleaning Program to improve the environment of the Bagmati River that runs through the city of Kathmandu, SGI-Nepal members have initiated the "Lotusbari" project to create a small garden on the banks of the river. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Mar 29 2014

Soka Gakkai Japan Releases Survey on March 11 Disaster

Soka Gakkai Japan Releases Survey on March 11 Disaster

On March 29, the student division of Soka Gakkai Japan hosted a reconstruction symposium at the Hitachi Systems Hall Sendai in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture, as part of their nationwide SOKA Global Action initiative. ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 25 2014

SOKA Global Action Youth Delegates From Japan Visit U.S.

SOKA Global Action Youth Delegates From Japan Visit U.S.

From March 18-25, as part of the Soka Gakkai youth-led peace campaign "SOKA Global Action" launched in January, a delegation of eight Soka Gakkai youth leaders from Japan visited the U.S. ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 23 2014

New SGI Center Opens in Singapore

New SGI Center Opens in Singapore

On March 23, Singapore Soka Association (SSA) opened its new Singapore Soka Peace Center which includes a permanent display on the history of the SGI. The opening ceremony was attended by SGI General Director Yoshitaka Oba, SGI Asia Women's Leader Yumiko Kasanuki and SGI representatives from countries including India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Mar 23 2014

SGI's Anti-nuclear Weapons Exhibition "Everything You Treasure" Shown in New Zealand and Okinawa

SGI's Anti-nuclear Weapons Exhibition "Everything You Treasure" Shown in New Zealand and Okinawa

The exhibition "Everything You Treasure--A World Free From Nuclear Weapons," jointly created by SGI and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN),was shown in Hastings, New Zealand, from February 18 to March 11 and in Okinawa, Japan, from March 13-23. ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 17 2014

New SGI Center Opens in Mumbai, India

New SGI Center Opens in Mumbai, India

The opening ceremony of Bharat Soka Gakkai (BSG)'s Mumbai Culture Centre was held on March 17, amidst national celebrations of Holi, India's spring festival of colors. The new center has three floors including a main prayer room and library and will serve as the main meeting place for SGI members in Mumbai. ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 11 2014

Soka Gakkai Holds March 11 Memorial Services

Soka Gakkai Holds March 11 Memorial Services

Marking the third anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake that struck the Tohoku region of northeastern Japan on March 11, 2011, Soka Gakkai members held memorial services in 40 culture centers encompassing the Tohoku region, including Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima Prefectures. ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 22 2014

SGI in Uruguay and Argentina Hold Commemorative Meetings

SGI in Uruguay and Argentina Hold Commemorative Meetings

On February 18, commemorating the 30th anniversary of the formation of its first chapter in 1984, SGI-Uruguay held an annual general meeting at its Montevideo culture center. Former First Lady of Uruguay Maria de las Mercedes Menafra Rodríguez and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent congratulatory messages. ... read more

Press Releases | Feb 21 2014

Compilation of 30 Years of Buddhist Leader’s Proposals for Peace Launched at UN Headquarters: Daisaku Ikeda's Key Ideas on Peace Now in One Volume

NEW YORK: On February 20, 2014, A Forum for Peace: Daisaku Ikeda's Proposals to the UN, a unique collection of 30 years of peace proposals by the president of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Buddhist association, was launched in a high profile event held at the UN Headquarters. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Feb 20 2014

A Forum for Peace: Compilation of 30 years of SGI President Ikeda's Peace Proposals Launched at UN HQ

A Forum for Peace: Compilation of 30 years of SGI President Ikeda's Peace Proposals Launched at UN HQ

On February 20, A Forum for Peace: Daisaku Ikeda's Proposals to the UN, a collection of key excerpts from 30 years of peace proposals by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, was launched in a high profile event held at the UN Headquarters. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Feb 16 2014

30th Anniversary of SGI President's Visit Marked, Brazil SGI Students Hold Human Security Conference

30th Anniversary of SGI President's Visit Marked, Brazil SGI Students Hold Human Security Conference

On February 15, some 3,200 Brazil SGI (BSGI) members gathered to celebrate the anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's historic third visit to Brazil in 1984 by holding a Culture Festival and General Meeting at Brasilia Théatre Pedro Calmon and, on February 16, a commemorative gongyo meeting attended by over 3,000 people was held at the BSGI Peace Auditorium in São Paulo. ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 16 2014

Lotus Sutra Exhibition Debuts in Malaysia

Lotus Sutra Exhibition Debuts in Malaysia

On February 16, "The Lotus Sutra–A Message of Peace and Harmonious Coexistence" exhibition created by the SGI-affiliated Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) opened for the first time in Malaysia at Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM)'s Wisma Kebudayaan culture center in Kuala Lumpur. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Feb 15 2014

SGI Joins Second Conference on Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons

SGI Joins Second Conference on Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons

From February 13-14, SGI delegates participated in the Second Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons, hosted by the Mexican Government and held in Nuevo Vallarta in the state of Nayarit. ... read more

Education | Feb 5 2014

Forty Years of Soka Gakkai Book Donations Celebrated

Forty Years of Soka Gakkai Book Donations Celebrated

In commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the start of the Soka Gakkai's elementary and junior high school book donation initiative, Soka Gakkai donated 300 books each to 3 schools in Okinawa Prefecture. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Feb 4 2014

SGI Participates in Earth Charter International Conference on Education for Sustainable Development

SGI Participates in Earth Charter International Conference on Education for Sustainable Development

On January 31, SGI representatives joined the inauguration of the new Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development on the University for Peace (UPEACE) campus in San José, Costa Rica. ... read more

Interfaith | Feb 1 2014

SGI-Canada Joins World Interfaith Harmony Week Events

SGI-Canada Joins World Interfaith Harmony Week Events

SGI-Canada members in British Columbia took part in two events funded by the provincial government in support of the UN's World Interfaith Harmony Week marked during the first week of February. ... read more

Press Releases | Jan 27 2014

SGI President Calls for Regional Cooperation in Response to Natural Disasters, Youth Summit on Nuclear Weapons Abolition

TOKYO: In his annual peace proposal, "Value Creation for Global Change: Building Resilient and Sustainable Societies," released on January 26, Daisaku Ikeda, president of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Buddhist association, calls for increased regional cooperation in response to extreme weather events and natural disasters. ... read more

Human Rights | Jan 26 2014

Child Rights Campaign Launched by Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee

Child Rights Campaign Launched by Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee

In January, the Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee launched a campaign titled "Building a Culture of Peace Together With Children," to raise awareness of children’s rights and to commemorate the upcoming 25th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) by the UN General Assembly on November 20, 1989. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jan 26 2014

Soka Gakkai Youth Launch "SOKA Global Action" Peace Campaign

Soka Gakkai Youth Launch "SOKA Global Action" Peace Campaign

At the start of January, Soka Gakkai youth in Japan launched a new peace campaign titled "SOKA Global Action." The campaign has three key aims: (1) to contribute to building a culture of peace and work together with SGI youth around the world toward the abolition of nuclear weapons, (2) to promote goodwill and build ties of friendship through cultural exchanges within Asia, and (3) to assist and support reconstruction efforts following the March 11, 2011, Great East Japan Earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster which devastated parts of the Tohoku region. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jan 20 2014

SGI-USA Cohosts Martin Luther King Jr. Day Events in Santa Monica

SGI-USA Cohosts Martin Luther King Jr. Day Events in Santa Monica

SGI-USA celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 20 with a festival themed "Unity in Community." SGI-USA cohosted the festival, held at its World Peace Ikeda Auditorium in Santa Monica, California, together with The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Westside Coalition and others including the City of Santa Monica and Santa Monica College Associates. ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 19 2014

SGI European Summit Held at New Center in Milan, Italy

SGI European Summit Held at New Center in Milan, Italy

From January 17-19, SGI-Europe held a leaders' summit at the newly opened Milan Ikeda Peace Culture Center, located in Corsico, on the outskirts of Milan. Some 200 leaders from 31 countries across Europe attended. ... read more

Human Rights | Jan 11 2014

SGI-USA Cosponsors UN Women Assembly on Making LA a Safer City

SGI-USA Cosponsors UN Women Assembly on Making LA a Safer City

On January 11, SGI-USA cosponsored the Second Annual Special Assembly of the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the US National Committee for UN Women at its Culture of Peace Resource Center in Santa Monica, California. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Jan 5 2014

SGI-Hong Kong Members Take Part in Fund-raising Walk

SGI-Hong Kong Members Take Part in Fund-raising Walk

On January 5, some 200 SGI-Hong Kong (SGI-HK) members participated in the "Hong Kong and Kowloon Walk for Millions." The walk is an annual fund-raising event organized by The Community Chest of Hong Kong, an NGO that provides financial support to a wide range of welfare services and initiatives working with vulnerable groups in Hong Kong. ... read more

Culture | Dec 27 2013

Impressionism Exhibition Shown at Tokyo Fuji Art Museum

Impressionism Exhibition Shown at Tokyo Fuji Art Museum

On October 22, the exhibition "Impressionists at the Waterside--Depicting Urban Resorts: Paris, the Seine, and Normandy" opened at the SGI-affiliated Tokyo Fuji Art Museum (TFAM) in Hachioji, Japan, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the museum's founding in 1983. ... read more

Interfaith | Dec 22 2013

SGI-Italy Hosts Interfaith Discussion on Religion's Role in Peacebuilding

SGI-Italy Hosts Interfaith Discussion on Religion's Role in Peacebuilding

On December 15, as part of its Senzatomica nuclear disarmament campaign, SGI-Italy sponsored an interfaith roundtable discussion titled "The Power of the Human Spirit is Stronger Than the Atomic Bomb." ... read more

Education | Dec 21 2013

"Has Schooling Interfered with My Education?" Lecture Held in Singapore

"Has Schooling Interfered with My Education?" Lecture Held in Singapore

On December 21, as part of their annual Student Peace Lecture series, Singapore Soka Association (SSA)'s student members invited Betsy Lim, a senior lecturer at the National Institute of Education, to speak on the topic "Has schooling interfered with my education?" ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 16 2013

SGI-South Africa Holds Memorial Prayer Meetings for Mandela and Participates in Day of Reconciliation

SGI-South Africa Holds Memorial Prayer Meetings for Mandela and Participates in Day of Reconciliation

On the evening of December 6, following news of the passing of former South African President Nelson Mandela the previous day, SGI-South Africa (SGI-SA) held a prayer meeting at its national center in Johannesburg. ... read more

Education | Dec 12 2013

New Website Features Animated Children's Stories by SGI President

New Website Features Animated Children's Stories by SGI President

On December 12, a new website titled "Treasures of the Heart" featuring animated adaptions of children's stories by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda was launched. ... read more

Culture | Dec 8 2013

Min-On Commemorates 50th Anniversary with Power of Music Symposium Series

Min-On Commemorates 50th Anniversary with Power of Music Symposium Series

On October 22, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of its founding by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda on October 18, 1963, the Min-On Concert Association launched "The Power of Music" symposium series with a special lecture held at Tsuda Hall in Tokyo. ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 8 2013

Soka Gakkai Headquarters Leaders Meeting Held in Okinawa

Soka Gakkai Headquarters Leaders Meeting Held in Okinawa

On December 8, in conjunction with the Soka Gakkai Okinawa General Meeting, the second Soka Gakkai Headquarters Leaders Meeting of the New Era of Worldwide Kosen-rufu was held in the grounds of the Soka Gakkai Okinawa Training Center, a former missile launch site. ... read more

Press Releases | Dec 6 2013

SGI President's Comment on Passing of Former South African President Nelson Mandela

In response to a request from the Japanese media, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda made the following comment today in tribute to former South African President Nelson Mandela: ... read more

Interfaith | Dec 1 2013

Interfaith Conferences Held in France on Values Needed to Reform Economy

Interfaith Conferences Held in France on Values Needed to Reform Economy

Between September and December, the Soka movement in France held a series of interfaith conferences titled "The Economy in Question: The contributions of spiritual and religious perspectives," focusing on generating the kinds of human values needed to rebuild the economy, at a time when liberal economics is being widely criticized for its excesses. ... read more

Human Rights | Nov 29 2013

SGI Participates in Events in Japan and Italy Calling for Abolition of the Death Penalty

SGI Participates in Events in Japan and Italy Calling for Abolition of the Death Penalty

On October 29, an event calling for the abolition of the death penalty in Japan was held at the Italian Institute of Culture in Tokyo. Sponsored by the Community of Sant'Egidio, a Christian lay movement based in Italy, and the European Commission, the event was organized as part of the Community of Sant'Egidio's "No Justice Without Life" campaign to raise public awareness against the death penalty around the world. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Nov 26 2013

SGI-Philippines' Relief Efforts for Typhoon Victims in the Philippines

SGI-Philippines' Relief Efforts for Typhoon Victims in the Philippines

On November 8, Super Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda), the most powerful typhoon to ever hit land, wreaked havoc across central Philippines, killing more than 5,000 people and leaving nearly one million people displaced. ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 18 2013

Opening of Soka Gakkai Headquarters Building Symbolizes Renewed Dedication to Peace

Opening of Soka Gakkai Headquarters Building Symbolizes Renewed Dedication to Peace

The Hall of the Great Vow for Kosen-rufu located in Shinanomachi, Tokyo, officially opened on November 18 to commemorate the founding of the Soka Gakkai in 1930 and the 69th anniversary of the passing of first Soka Gakkai President Tsunesaburo Makiguchi. This new building will serve as a focal point of SGI's global movement for kosen-rufu, or world peace. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Nov 17 2013

First Tohoku Restoration Youth Speech Conference Held

First Tohoku Restoration Youth Speech Conference Held

On November 17, Soka Gakkai youth in Tohoku organized the first Tohoku Restoration Youth Speech Conference in Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture, an area devastated by the March 11, 2011, Great East Japan Earthquake. Speakers included Kunio Sunou, president of the Ishinomaki Fish Market and three Soka Gakkai youth members. All shared their experiences of overcoming difficulties in the aftermath of the earthquake with hope and courage. ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 17 2013

Lecture on Religious Leadership at SGI-New Zealand Commemorative Event

Lecture on Religious Leadership at SGI-New Zealand Commemorative Event

To commemorate the anniversary of the founding of the Soka Gakkai in Japan on November 18, 1930, Soka Gakkai International New Zealand (SGINZ) hosted a special lecture by Peter J. Lineham, professor of history at Massey University, at its Auckland culture center on November 17. ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 17 2013

SGI-Netherlands Holds Soka Peace Festival

SGI-Netherlands Holds Soka Peace Festival

On November 17, 2013, in commemoration of the founding of the Soka Gakkai (on November 18, 1930), SGI-Netherlands held a peace festival at the World Forum International conference center in The Hague. Some 1,600 people participated. ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 27 2013

SGI-Canada Celebrates 20th Anniversary of SGI President's Visit

SGI-Canada Celebrates 20th Anniversary of SGI President's Visit

Between October 5 and 27, marking the 20th anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's visit to Canada in October 1993, SGI-Canada held celebratory meetings in 17 cities including Vancouver, Quebec, Ottawa and Calgary. ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 27 2013

Buddhist Study Exams Held in Japan, Hong Kong, Macau and Thailand

Buddhist Study Exams Held in Japan, Hong Kong, Macau and Thailand

During September and October, study exams centering on the core principles of Nichiren Buddhism were held in Japan, Hong Kong, Macau and Thailand. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Oct 17 2013

First Showing of Seeds of Hope in Argentina

First Showing of Seeds of Hope in Argentina

From September 30 to October 17, the exhibition "Seeds of Hope: Visions of sustainability, steps toward change" was shown at the Instituto de Formación Docente Continua de El Bolsón (IFDC) in El Bolsón, Río Negro Province. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Oct 16 2013

SGI-Korea Develops Friendship in Community Through Environment Protection Activities

SGI-Korea Develops Friendship in Community Through Environment Protection Activities

This autumn, SGI-Korea members participated in various cleanup activities and created a unique environmental exhibition. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 13 2013

Brazil SGI Sponsors Seminar on Communication for Peace

Brazil SGI Sponsors Seminar on Communication for Peace

On October 13, the Department of Communication of Brazil SGI (BSGI) held its first Seminar on Communication for Peace, examining the role and use of nonviolent communication in building a more humane world. The seminar was held at the BSGI Ikeda Culture Center in São Paulo and attended by some 450 people including journalists and students. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 11 2013

Seminars on Ikeda's 2013 Peace Proposal held in India, Panama and Guatemala

Seminars on Ikeda's 2013 Peace Proposal held in India, Panama and Guatemala

From August to October, seminars and workshops on SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's 2013 peace proposal, "Compassion, Wisdom and Courage: Building a Global Society of Peace and Creative Coexistence," were held in India, Panama and Guatemala, in collaboration with local partners. ... read more

Culture | Oct 11 2013

Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra Performs at SGI-Venezuela Celebration

Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra Performs at SGI-Venezuela Celebration

On October 11, the world renowned Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra was invited to perform at a concert celebrating the 40th anniversary of SGI-Venezuela (SGIV)'s founding at the Center for Social Action Through Music in Caracas. The concert was open to the public. ... read more