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Buddhism | May 9 2009

SGI-Hong Kong Announces New Leaders

On May 9, 2009, SGI-Hong Kong held a leaders meeting at the SGI-Hong Kong Culture Center. Some 1,500 participated in the event which was also a kick-off for SGI-Hong Kong's 50th anniversary in 2011. General Director John Ng Chor Yuk and Women's Leader Wo Wai Kuen were announced as ... read more

Culture | May 8 2009

"Dialogue with Nature" Photography Exhibition Held in Daegu, South Korea

From April 29 to May 8, 2009, SGI-Korea and Yonhap News Agency cohosted the exhibition "Dialogue with Nature: Photographs by Daisaku Ikeda" at Daegu Exhibition and Convention Center in Daegu Metropolitan City, South Korea. The Korean Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Ministry of Environment, Daegu Metropolitan City, Federation of Artistic ... read more

Sustainable Development | May 8 2009

SGI Hosts Discussion on Climate Change

From May 4-8, 2009, SGI representatives took part in the 17th UN Commission for Sustainable Development (CSD) session held at the UN headquarters in New York, USA. On May 6, SGI and the CSD Education Caucus co-organized a related panel discussion on adapting to climate change entitled "Voices from ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | May 7 2009

Atomic Bombing Survivors Visit SGI-USA's New York Culture Center

On May 7, 2009, SGI-USA's New York Culture Center hosted a visit by five hibakusha (survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki) who had traveled to present their testimonies and speak out against nuclear weapons during the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) PrepCom being held at the United Nations. ... read more

Press Releases | May 5 2009

A Nuclear Weapons-Free World for Children

Soka Gakkai International (SGI) and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) jointly called on government delegations, meeting at the United Nations this week, to turn the growing international momentum to abolish nuclear weapons into reality. SGI Vice President Hiromasa Ikeda said, "When we make a nuclear weapons-free world ... read more

Culture | May 3 2009

"From One Earth II" Art Exhibition Shown in Malaysia

From April 18 to May 3, 2009, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) organized an exhibition entitled "From One Earth II" at the SGM Grand Culture Center in Kuala Lumpur, following the success of the first "From One Earth" showing in conjunction with Earth Day in 2006. Thirteen artists participated in the ... read more

Buddhism | May 3 2009

SGI Members in Africa Meet to Celebrate Soka Gakkai Day

On and around May 3, 2009, SGI members in Africa gathered in their respective countries to celebrate Soka Gakkai Day. SGI-Togo General Director Ida Gbodossou-Adjevi attended a meeting held in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. In Freetown, Sierra Leone, SGI members and their friends attended a seminar on ... read more

Buddhism | May 3 2009

SGI Members Celebrate May 3, Soka Gakkai Day

On May 3, 2009, SGI-Brazil (BSGI) held a youth culture festival at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in São Paulo. Some 20,000 BSGI youth gathered from throughout the country. BSGI's young women's Nova Era (New Age) Fife-and-Drum Corps, young men's Taiyo (Sun) Brass Band, young women's Taiga (Big River) dance group and ... read more

Buddhism | May 3 2009

Taiwan Soka Association Opens Newly Constructed Zhi Shan Culture Center

On May 3, 2009, Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) officially opened its recently completed headquarters building, Zhi Shan Culture Center, in Taipei. An SGI delegation from Japan led by SGI Vice President Hiromasa Ikeda attended the opening ceremony. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a congratulatory message. The center is located directly ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | May 1 2009

SGI-USA Youth in Hawaii Sponsor Victory Over Violence Exhibition on Oahu, Hawaii

On May 1, 2009, in Waianae on the Island of Oahu, Hawaii, USA, youth members of SGI-USA's Westside Area hosted SGI-USA's Victory Over Violence (VOV) exhibition at Nanakuli High and Intermediate School's Lei Day Festival. Along with explaining exhibit panels, the young people engaged festival goers in small group discussions ... read more

Interfaith | Apr 30 2009

"Dialogue between East and West" Symposium Held in Spain

In his remarks, UNESCO Association of Lleida President Jesús Sans referred to the importance of dialogue as a means to identify and gain greater understanding of humankind's diverse spiritual values and to strengthen bonds with one another. Francesc Torradeflot, executive secretary of UNESCO Centre of Catalonia and head of the Department ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 30 2009

"Dialogue between East and West" Symposium Held in Spain

In his remarks, UNESCO Association of Lleida President Jesús Sans referred to the importance of dialogue in order to identify and gain greater understanding of humankind's spiritual values and to form bonds with each other. Francesc Torradeflot, executive secretary of UNESCO Centre of Catalonia and head of the Department of ... read more

Interfaith | Apr 29 2009

Interfaith Dialogue Held at Legislative Palace of Montevideo, Uruguay

From April 28-29, 2009, a roundtable entitled "Interfaith Dialogue in Uruguay: A Plural and Civic Proposal" was held in the annex building of the Legislative Palace of Montevideo, Uruguay. SGI-Uruguay representatives were among some 120 participants representing various Uruguayan religious traditions. The event was planned as part of the build-up to ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 28 2009

Soka Gakkai Publishes Lotus Sutra Manuscript Series 9

The Soka Gakkai recently published the Sanskrit Lotus Sutra Manuscript from the British Library (Or. 2204), Facsimile Edition, the ninth part in its ongoing Lotus Sutra Manuscript Series. The Soka Gakkai originally commissioned the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP), Tokyo, Japan, to coordinate the publication of facsimiles and romanized ... read more

Sustainable Development | Apr 26 2009

Young Women Participate in Philippines Earth Day Forum

On April 26, 2009, SGI-Philippines young women held their first Earth Day Forum titled "Epekto ng Global Warming" at the SGI Philippines Culture Center in Manila. The event served to heighten awareness of current environmental challenges. The opening remarks included a brief history of Earth Day and described ways ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 26 2009

SGI-Argentina Leaders Meet for Training

From April 25-26, 2009, 237 SGI-Argentina leaders from around the country gathered for training sessions in a suburb near Buenos Aires. During the sessions, participants studied about the stand-alone spirit based on SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's own efforts from youth onward to protect his mentor, Josei Toda, second Soka ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 26 2009

Marronnier University Group Holds 34th General Meeting

On April 25-26, 2009, Marronnier University Group members gathered for their 34th general meeting at SGI-Germany's Villa Sachsen Grand Culture Center in Bingen, Germany. The group consists of SGI-Europe members working in the culinary field. More than 100 members from Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 25 2009

SGI-USA Virginia Region Men Hold Leadership Conference

On April 25, 2009, the Virginia Region of SGI-USA's Mid-Atlantic Zone held a men's leadership conference at the Northern Virginia Community Center in Springfield, Virginia, USA. Twenty-one men attended, including a number of recently appointed leaders. Volunteer leadership positions within the SGI emphasize personal responsibility and self-development, coupled with ... read more

Sustainable Development | Apr 23 2009

Local SGI-USA Members Donate Peace Garden in Southern California, USA

On April 23, 2009, some 60 SGI-USA Riverside Region members, city officials and citizens planted ten cherry trees in the newly established Daisaku and Kaneko Ikeda Peace Garden, located on the grounds of the Moreno Valley Conference and Recreation Center in southern California, USA. The garden, which will eventually ... read more

Sustainable Development | Apr 22 2009

"Seeds of Change" Exhibition Held at Florida Capitol

On April 22, 2009, SGI-USA Florida members showcased the "Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential" exhibition at the Earth Day at the Capitol event in Waller Park, Tallahassee. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection hosted the event, which was designed to educate teachers and students on ... read more

Interfaith | Apr 22 2009

Toda Institute Representatives Attend Interfaith Conference in Tunisia

From April 20-22, 2009, the Ben Ali Chair for the Dialogue of Civilizations and Religions organized a conference on "Justice and Peace in the Holy Scriptures and in Philosophical Thinking" in Nabeul, the Republic of Tunisia. Established in 2001 at the initiative of Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Apr 22 2009

SGI Exhibit on Human Security and Nuclear Abolition Shown in Oslo, Norway

Mr. Bondevik stressed the timeliness of the showing and the moral authority of an exhibition originating from Japan, the only country to have experienced nuclear weapons. "Non-proliferation and disarmament must only be steps towards the only meaningful goal: A world free of nuclear weapons--an ambition I fully support. Visitors to ... read more

Interfaith | Apr 19 2009

Parliament of the World's Religions Event Held at World Peace Ikeda Auditorium, Santa Monica, USA

On April 19, 2009, SGI-USA's World Peace Ikeda Auditorium in Santa Monica, California, hosted the Los Angeles Pre-Parliament Event of the Southern California Committee for a Parliament of the World's Religions (SCCPWR). The event, attended by some 300 people representing 20 religious groups, was part of the preparations for ... read more

Sustainable Development | Apr 19 2009

Cherry Trees Grace Parks in Denver, Colorado, USA

Since the yearly tradition began in 1989 to commemorate the opening of the SGI-USA Denver Culture Center, local members have donated and planted more than 1,600 cherry trees. The cherry tree symbolizes strength and hope, enduring the hardships of winter to burst forth in renewed splendor each spring. Defying ... read more

Culture | Apr 19 2009

Taiwan Soka Association Holds Numerous Community Cultural Festivals

Local high school students' dragon dance (left) and TSA members' lion dance ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 18 2009

SGI-Czech Chapter Celebrates 17th Anniversary

On April 18, 2009, SGI-Czech Chapter celebrated its 17th anniversary in Prague, Czech Republic. During the commemorative meeting, members shared their experiences of applying Buddhist humanism in their daily lives. These were followed by a men's group musical performance and a study presentation by women. Using images and music, ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Apr 17 2009

SGI Representatives Attend "Overcoming Nuclear Dangers" Conference in Rome, Italy

On April 16-17, 2009, a two-day conference on nuclear disarmament, "Overcoming Nuclear Dangers," was held at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome, Italy, bringing together about 80 former and current international leaders from some 20 countries. The conference was sponsored by the Italian Foreign Ministry, the Nuclear ... read more

Press Releases | Apr 16 2009

Call for End to Nuclear Weapons at Oslo Launch of Exhibit on Human Security and Nuclear Abolition

Tokyo, Japan: Senior Norwegian politicians issued a strong call for the abolition of nuclear weapons at the opening of an exhibition linking nuclear abolition and human security attended by around 120 diplomats, scholars and activists at the Oslo City Hall Gallery on April 15. Former Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik and ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 14 2009

Taiwan Soka Association Holds Memorial Services

During March and April 2009, some 8,000 Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) members gathered for Buddhist memorial services to offer prayers for their deceased relatives and ancestors at TSA's Ci-En Memorial Hall in Yunlin County. In the Chinese tradition, the Qing Ming Festival is held every year in spring, during ... read more

Culture | Apr 12 2009

"Great Romance of the Three Kingdoms" Exhibition Opens in Shanghai, China

On April 12, 2009, the "Great Romance of the Three Kingdoms" exhibition opened at the Shanghai Library in Shanghai, China. The exhibition, organized by the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum, has been a great success during its tour of Japan, where it was seen by more than one million visitors ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 12 2009

Fourth Latin America Study Session on Nichiren Buddhism Held in Brazil

From April 10-12, 2009, the fourth Latin America Study Session on Nichiren Buddhism was held at the SGI-Brazil (BSGI) Dr. Daisaku Ikeda Culture Center and the BSGI Culture Center in São Paulo, Brazil. Some 2,100 gathered from 12 countries throughout Central and South America--Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Dominican ... read more

Sustainable Development | Apr 6 2009

Japan-China Youth Environmental Forum Held in Hokkaido, Japan

On April 5, 2009, a Chinese youth delegation visited Hokkaido and attended a Japan-China Youth Environmental Forum on April 6 at Soka Gakkai Hokkaido Culture Center in Sapporo. Following remarks from Hokkaido Soka Gakkai Youth Leader Akira Nishihara, Hokkaido Soka Gakkai Youth Peace and Culture Conference members presented a ... read more

Culture | Apr 6 2009

Yemeni Musician Performs at Min-On Culture Center

On April 6, 2009, Ahmad Fathi, renowned singer and oud player from the Republic of Yemen, gave a recital at the Min-On Culture Center in Shinanomachi, Tokyo. The oud is a pear-shaped, stringed instrument, commonly played in the Middle East and North Africa. Min-On Concert Association and the Embassy ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Apr 5 2009

Singapore Soka Association Participates in "Bag of Hope 2009"

Singapore Soka Association (SSA) partnered with North East Community Development Council (CDC) in "Bag of Hope 2009," a community outreach effort targeting families in need. The project aims to collect and distribute food staples to families who are on the CDC's public assistance rosters. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Apr 4 2009

"Victory Over Violence" Exhibition Held at University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA

From April 3-4, 2009, the "Victory Over Violence" (VOV) exhibition was showcased at the annual University of Notre Dame Student Peace Conference, South Bend, Indiana, USA. More than 100 students from 20 universities, as well as 25 SGI-USA members and friends from southwestern Michigan and northern Indiana, participated in ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Apr 4 2009

SGI-USA Student Club Hosts Symposium on Humanitarian Competition at University of Pennsylvania, USA

University of Pennsylvania students Nobu Hiroi, Amy Vittor and Anthony Leem, Temple University undergraduate Lisa Howe and Jefferson Medical College student Isamu Yoshioka presented an overview of the proposal, which questions humanity's abstract love of money, calls for a focus on the real needs of real people and emphasizes ... read more

Education | Apr 4 2009

Santa Cruz State Board of Education, Bolivia, Confers Education Contribution Award

Over the years, SGI-Bolivia has conducted youth education seminars at local high schools and other venues at the request of the Santa Cruz State Board of Education. The seminars have been highly appreciated by those involved in education. Students of many schools also visited the "Nuclear Arms: Threat to ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Apr 2 2009

SGI Launches Resources in Support of the People's Decade for Nuclear Abolition

SGI has created two new resources to support the People's Decade for Nuclear Abolition. The first, a website, www.peoplesdecade.org, launched on April 2, 2009. The site features key facts and news related to nuclear abolition, as well as sections titled "Get Involved" and "Experts Say." Visitors to the site are invited ... read more

Culture | Apr 2 2009

China Youth, Friendship Delegations Visit Soka Gakkai

On March 31, 2009, a Chinese youth delegation, led by All-China Youth Federation (ACYF) Deputy Secretary-General Ni Jian, received a warm welcome by Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada and Soka Gakkai youth representatives at the Seikyo Press building in Shinanomachi, Tokyo. ACYF is the largest youth organization in China, ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Apr 2 2009

Douglas Roche Speaks at Toronto Culture Centre

The first of SGI-Canada's Distinguished Speakers Series" was held on April 2, 2009, at the SGI-Canada Toronto Culture Centre with over 100 attending. Guest speaker, Hon. Douglas Roche, O.C., is a Canadian parliamentarian and diplomat, whose 35-year public career has focused on peace and human security issues. In his ... read more

Interfaith | Mar 31 2009

Institute of Oriental Philosophy Sponsors Academic Symposium and Public Lecture

On March 17, 2009, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) held its 25th Academic Symposium in Hachioji, Tokyo. Dr. Jim Garrison, president of the John Dewey Society and professor of philosophy of education at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, U.S.A., gave a keynote speech on "Daisaku Ikeda and John ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 30 2009

Study Sessions on Nichiren Buddhism Held in India, Indonesia and Singapore

On March 21-22, 2009, Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai (BSG) held study sessions on Nichiren Buddhism with SGI Study Department Chief Katsuji Saito at Siri Fort Auditorium and the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) auditorium in New Delhi. Some 3,000 members from across the country participated in the sessions which centered ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Mar 30 2009

SGI-USA Student Club Brings "Victory Over Violence" Exhibition to Merced College, California, USA

From April 28-30, 2009, hundreds of students, instructors and community residents viewed the SGI-USA-sponsored "Victory Over Violence" exhibition at Merced College in the central valley of California, USA. The newly formed SGI-USA Buddhism Campus Club brought the exhibition to the school with an aim to promote the philosophy of nonviolence ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 29 2009

SGI-Paraguay Holds Women's Meeting

On March 29, 2009, SGI-Paraguay held a combined meeting for women's and young women's divisions at the SGI-Paraguay Culture Center in Asunción. SGI-Paraguay Women's Leader Yuko Kurita and Young Women's Leader Chieko Nagasawa attended together with some 220 members. Participants discussed how to live a victorious life, based on SGI ... read more

Education | Mar 29 2009

Singapore Soka Association Supports Parent Education Program

On March 8, 2009, some 70 members and friends of Singapore Soka Association (SSA) benefited from a parent education program on sexuality organized by the Health Promotion Board (HPB) and supported by SSA. The session was repeated on March 29, attended by some 120 members of the public. Held ... read more