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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

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

Peace and Disarmament | Mar 10 2015

SGI-Italy's Anti-nuclear Weapons Campaign Senzatomica Comes to Rome

SGI-Italy's Anti-nuclear Weapons Campaign Senzatomica Comes to Rome

On March 10, as part of the SGI-Italy anti-nuclear weapons campaign Senzatomica, the multimedia exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Toward a World Free From Nuclear Weapons" opened at La Pelanda in central Rome, where it will be shown until April 26. This is the 50th exhibition showing--including smaller displays--to be held as part of the Senzatomica campaign. ... read more

Education | Mar 5 2015

Knowledge of Buddhism Lecture Series Begins in France

Knowledge of Buddhism Lecture Series Begins in France

On March 5, the Soka Cultural Association in France (ACSF) held the first lecture in a three-year series titled "Knowledge of Buddhism." The lecture was held at the Soka center in Paris and attended by some 140 people. Guest speaker Dominique Trotignon, director of the Institute of Buddhist Studies in Paris and president of the Theravada Buddhist Association Vivekārāma, focused on Buddhism in its Indian context. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Feb 27 2015

"Everything You Treasure" Anti-nuclear Weapons Exhibition Held at Mexican Senate

"Everything You Treasure" Anti-nuclear Weapons Exhibition Held at Mexican Senate

On February 24-27, the Spanish version of the exhibition "Everything You Treasure--For a World Free From Nuclear Weapons," (EYT) created by SGI and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), was shown at the Mexican Senate building in Mexico City. The exhibition marked the 48th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Tlatelolco on February 14, 1967, which created a Latin America and Caribbean Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone. ... read more

Culture | Feb 26 2015

Min-On Music Research Institute Launched in Tokyo

Min-On Music Research Institute Launched in Tokyo

On February 26, some 100 people attended the official launch of the Min-On Music Research Institute (MOI) held at the NS Building in Shinjuku, Tokyo. ... read more

Education | Feb 19 2015

SGI-Iceland Joins Symposium on Science and Religion

SGI-Iceland Joins Symposium on Science and Religion

On February 19, SGI-Iceland participated in a symposium titled "Science and Religion--Hand in hand" held at Neskirkja Church in Reykjavík . Some 100 people attended the symposium including many University of Iceland students and people from various faith traditions. ... read more

Interfaith | Feb 15 2015

Interfaith Forum in Sydney: Standing Together, United for Peace

Interfaith Forum in Sydney: Standing Together, United for Peace

On February 15, an interfaith forum titled "Advancing Australia Fair: Standing Together, United for Peace" was held at the SGI-Australia (SGIA) Culture Centre in Sydney. The forum was organized by the Sydney branch of SeekersHub Global, a non-profit Islamic educational organization, and attended by over 50 people. ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 13 2015

Bringing Buddhist Concepts to Life in Mexico and Panama

Bringing Buddhist Concepts to Life in Mexico and Panama

On February 13, SGI-Mexico youth members in Mexico City organized a seminar on the theme of “Love and Friendship” at the SGI-Mexico culture center. A panel of four youth members presented Buddhist perspectives on this theme, stressing that both love and friendship are based on profound connections between people. In their presentation, the youth drew on the book Way of Youth by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda. The book has chapters devoted to both topics and covers true love, handling heartbreak, good friends versus bad and peer pressure. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Feb 13 2015

"Seeds of Hope" Exhibition Message Hits Home in Kashmir

"Seeds of Hope" Exhibition Message Hits Home in Kashmir

From February 8-13, Bharat Soka Gakkai (BSG) organized a showing of the exhibition "Seeds of Hope: Visions of sustainability, steps towards change" at Kala Kendra in Jammu City in the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir. ... read more

Education | Feb 7 2015

SSA Student Peace Lecture: Poverty is for Me to Change

SSA Student Peace Lecture: Poverty is for Me to Change

On February 7, at Singapore Soka Association (SSA) Headquarters, the 10th annual SSA Student Peace Lecture titled "Poverty is for Me to Change" was held with some 600 people in attendance. ... read more

Press Releases | Jan 26 2015

Buddhist Leader Calls for Increased Efforts to Rid World of Poverty and Ban Nuclear Weapons in 70th Year since WWII

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

Buddhism | Jan 25 2015

SGI Members Around the World Celebrate 40 Years of SGI

SGI Members Around the World Celebrate 40 Years of SGI

On January 26, 1975, SGI was founded on the island of Guam at a gathering of people from 51 countries practicing Nichiren Buddhism. This year marks the 40th anniversary of this landmark event, referred to as SGI Day, and it was celebrated by members from Paraguay to Canada and Taiwan to the U.S. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jan 24 2015

Friendship Campaign Celebrated at SGI-Europe Summit

Friendship Campaign Celebrated at SGI-Europe Summit

From January 16-18, an SGI-Europe Kosen-rufu Summit brought together more than 250 SGI leaders from 31 countries across Europe. The summit was held at SGI-UK's Taplow Court Grand Culture Centre near London. ... read more

Interfaith | Jan 19 2015

SGI-USA Joins Other Faiths for MLK Day Celebrations

SGI-USA Joins Other Faiths for MLK Day Celebrations

Celebrating the legacy of courage of Martin Luther King Jr., and his message of reconciliation, unity and equality, SGI-USA members in Washington DC came together with other faith communities to mark January 19, Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Day. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Jan 14 2015

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Takes Flood Relief Action; Holds Prayer Meetings for Victims

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Takes Flood Relief Action; Holds Prayer Meetings for Victims

On January 1, in response to the major floods that hit the East coast of Malaysia from mid-December 2014, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) held special prayer meetings at 25 venues across the country. The floods, described as the worst the area has seen in 30 years, rendered more than 100,000 people homeless, as well as causing power outages and shortages of food and water. ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 2 2015

SGI Members Around the World Hold New Year Meetings

SGI Members Around the World Hold New Year Meetings

On January 1 and 2, SGI members around the world celebrated the New Year with prayer meetings in their local areas. Meetings were held in members' homes and culture centers from Ghana to Brazil, the UK, the Philippines and New Zealand, with the common theme of renewing personal determinations and making a fresh start. ... read more

Culture | Dec 13 2014

SGI-Brazil Brass Band Wins National Competition

SGI-Brazil Brass Band Wins National Competition

On December 13, the SGI-Brazil (BSGI) young men's Taiyo (Sun) Brass Band won the Concert Band category of the 22nd All-Brazil Brass Band Contest. The two-day competition took place in Barra Mansa city in Rio de Janeiro State. ... read more

Interfaith | Dec 9 2014

Club of Rome and SGI-Spain Sponsor Interfaith Symposium on Sustainability

Club of Rome and SGI-Spain Sponsor Interfaith Symposium on Sustainability

On December 9, the Spanish Chapter of the Club of Rome (CECoR) and SGI-Spain sponsored an interfaith symposium titled "Beliefs, Sustainability and Human Development" at the CaixaForum Madrid in Spain. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Dec 9 2014

Faith Communities Unite Against Nuclear Weapons at ICAN Civil Society Forum; Issue Joint Statement

Faith Communities Unite Against Nuclear Weapons at ICAN Civil Society Forum; Issue Joint Statement

Prior to the holding of the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons from December 8-9 at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna, Austria, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) held a Civil Society Forum (CSF) from December 6-7 at the Aula der Wissenchaften. The CSF was attended by more than 600 people from 70 countries representing 100 organizations. ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 30 2014

Bharat Soka Gakkai Kicks Off Toward 2015

Bharat Soka Gakkai Kicks Off Toward 2015

On November 30, Bharat Soka Gakkai (BSG) held its second general meeting of the year at the Soka Bodhi Tree Garden in Haryana, near New Delhi. The meeting, which was held to celebrate the growth of BSG in 2014 and kick off towards the coming year, brought together nearly 2,600 representatives of all ages, including some 400 leaders from cities and states across the country. ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 23 2014

SGI-Germany Explores the Buddhist View of Life and Death

SGI-Germany Explores the Buddhist View of Life and Death

On November 23, 2014, the annual day for commemoration of the dead in the Protestant tradition in Germany, a special memorial ceremony for the deceased was hosted by SGI-Germany (SGI-D) members in Berlin. ... read more

Education | Nov 18 2014

SGI Contributes to Forum on Global Citizenship

SGI Contributes to Forum on Global Citizenship

On November 18, in co-operation with the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the UN and SGI, Inter Press Service (IPS) organized a Forum on Global Citizenship at the Sri Lankan Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York. ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 15 2014

Diversity Celebrated at SGI-New Zealand's 50th Anniversary

Diversity Celebrated at SGI-New Zealand's 50th Anniversary

On November 15, some 1,000 members from across New Zealand as well as members from Tahiti gathered at the AMI Auckland Netball Centre for an SGI-New Zealand (SGINZ) New Era Celebration meeting titled "Celebrating a Life of Infinite Possibilities." ... read more

Human Rights | Nov 14 2014

SGI-Spain Holds Lecture on Elimination of Violence against Women

SGI-Spain Holds Lecture on Elimination of Violence against Women

On November 14, SGI-Spain held a lecture titled "Theory and Practice: The daily struggle against gender-based violence." The lecture, which commemorated the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (November 25), was held at the SGI-Spain Culture Center in Rivas-Vaciamadrid. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Nov 13 2014

Peace Scholar Kevin Clements Gives Lecture on Nonviolence in Tokyo

Peace Scholar Kevin Clements Gives Lecture on Nonviolence in Tokyo

On November 13, a lecture addressing Japan's need to choose peace was given at Shinjuku Meiji-Yasuda Life Hall in Tokyo by Professor Kevin Clements, renowned peace scholar, director of the New Zealand National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Otago, New Zealand and secretary general of the Soka Gakkai-affiliated Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Nov 12 2014

SGI Promotes Education for Sustainable Development at UNESCO World Conference

SGI Promotes Education for Sustainable Development at UNESCO World Conference

From November 10-12, the UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) was convened in Nagoya, Japan. ... read more

Human Rights | Nov 5 2014

SGI Promotes Education and Youth Leadership at Geneva NGO Forum on Women's Rights

SGI Promotes Education and Youth Leadership at Geneva NGO Forum on Women's Rights

From November 3-5, the Geneva NGO Forum--Beijing+20 ECE Regional Review was held at the UN Office at Geneva on the theme "Act, Advance, Achieve, Women's Rights." ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 2 2014

SGI-South Africa Holds National Meeting

SGI-South Africa Holds National Meeting

From October 31 to November 2, SGI-South Africa (SGI-SA) held a national course in the town of Paarl in the province of Western Cape. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Nov 1 2014

SGI-Korea Joins Walk Against Bullying in Schools

SGI-Korea Joins Walk Against Bullying in Schools

On November 1, members of SGI-Korea (KSGI) were part of a group of parents, teenagers and young people who participated in an annual walk in Seoul to raise awareness of bullying and violence in schools. ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 26 2014

"Let Us Illuminate Society!"--SGI-Chile Women Hold General Meeting

"Let Us Illuminate Society!"--SGI-Chile Women Hold General Meeting

On October 25, an SGI-Chile Women's General Meeting was held in Santiago, Chile. The meeting brought together some 1,000 women of all ages from throughout the nation. Guests included Marion Kappeyne van de Coppello, the Ambassador of the Netherlands to Chile. ... read more

Human Rights | Oct 22 2014

SGI-Bolivia Gives Seminar on Buddhist View of Human Rights

SGI-Bolivia Gives Seminar on Buddhist View of Human Rights

On October 22, SGI-Bolivia representatives were invited to give a seminar on Buddhist principles and how they inform the idea of human rights at a Professional Ethics course at Domingo Savio Private University in La Paz. ... read more

Interfaith | Oct 19 2014

Sources of Enrichment: Interfaith Conference on The Economics of Happiness Held in France

Sources of Enrichment: Interfaith Conference on The Economics of Happiness Held in France

On October 19, the Soka movement in France held an interfaith conference titled "The Economics of Happiness" at the Soka Atlantic Buddhist Center in Nantes. ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 19 2014

Students of Hong Kong SGI Hold Annual Meeting; Resolve to Realize Peace

Students of Hong Kong SGI Hold Annual Meeting; Resolve to Realize Peace

On October 19, the Hong Kong SGI (HKSGI) Student Division held their Annual General Meeting at the HKSGI Culture Center in Kowloon. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 18 2014

SGI-Nepal Holds Annual Meeting; Sponsors Symposiums on Environment and Peace

SGI-Nepal Holds Annual Meeting; Sponsors Symposiums on Environment and Peace

On October 17, SGI-Nepal held its 20th Annual Meeting in Kathmandu. The meeting was attended by some 1,000 members as well as their friends and family members. ... read more