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Buddhism | Mar 29 2009

SGI-Panama Holds Commemorative Meeting

On March 29, 2009, some 900 SGI-Panama members and their friends gathered at SGI-Panama Culture Center to celebrate the 35th anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's first visit to the Republic of Panama. During the commemorative meeting, SGI-Panama's musical band and fife-and-drum corps, Banda Musical Gloria, performed. SGI-Panama youth representatives ... read more

Human Rights | Mar 28 2009

SGI-Canada Participates in International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Since 1966, the United Nations has designated March 21 as International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. This year, on March 28, 2009, SGI-Canada joined numerous cultural, religious and ethnic groups to commemorate the day, in an event entitled "Racism. Stop It!" and organized by the York Regional ... read more

Sustainable Development | Mar 28 2009

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Supports Earth Hour 2009

At 8.30 p.m. on March 28, 2009, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) members joined millions in over 2,000 cities around the world in turning out their lights for one hour in support of Earth Hour, a global campaign to increase awareness of how our collective behavior has affected the environment. The ... read more

Sustainable Development | Mar 28 2009

Exhibition on Global Warming Held in Hong Kong

From March 6-28, 2009, an exhibition entitled "A Call from Global Warming: A Photo Exhibition of the Three Extremes" showed at SGI-Hong Kong's Tuen Mun Culture Center. SGI-Hong Kong and China Polar Museum Foundation Limited (CPMF) coorganized the exhibition which aims to raise awareness on the seriousness of global ... read more

Human Rights | Mar 27 2009

Taiwan Soka Association Representatives Attend Women's Rights Conference

MOI invited Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) to the conference, in recognition of TSA's longtime efforts promoting women's rights in Taiwanese society. TSA Vice Women's Leader Tu Chi-chen and some 20 women members attended. MOI Minister Liao emphasized the importance of women's power in building a better society, saying that ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Mar 27 2009

"Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World" Exhibition Held in Davao, Philippines

From March 25-27, 2009, SGI-Philippines' Southern Mindanao General Chapter (SMGC) youth members organized the "Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World" exhibition at the Sangguniang Panlungsod Building in Davao on Mindanao Island. The exhibition supported the 72nd annual celebration of the Araw ng Dabaw (Davao ... read more

Sustainable Development | Mar 26 2009

"Seeds of Change" Exhibition Held in Iceland

From March 8-26, 2009, the SGI's exhibition "Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential" showed at Reykjavík City Hall in Iceland. Iceland President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson spoke at the official opening on March 8. In his remarks, President Grímsson thanked the SGI members for organizing the exhibition ... read more

Sustainable Development | Mar 26 2009

"Seeds of Change" Exhibition Shown in Italy

From March 3-14, 2009, the "Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential" exhibition was shown in the municipality of San Lazzaro di Savena, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. The exhibition was also on show at the historic palace Bottini dell'Olio in Livorno, Tuscany, from March 17-26. Many local citizens attended ... read more

Interfaith | Mar 26 2009

Event Celebrating Women's History Month in Miami, Florida, USA, Includes Interfaith Workshop

Women from various sectors of society gathered to discuss women's roles and their influence on society and local communities in areas such as public safety, health and wellness, the arts, spirituality, parenting, youth, the modern family, leadership, politics, finance and business. The day-long event included an interfaith session on spirituality ... read more

Press Releases | Mar 23 2009

Buddhist Leader Receives 250th Academic Honor For Contributions to Education, Peace

Tokyo, Japan: On March 21, 2009, at a graduation ceremony at Soka University in Hachioji, Tokyo, University College South of Denmark conferred an honorary doctorate upon Daisaku Ikeda, founder of Soka University and president of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI), bringing to 250 the number of academic honors he has ... read more

Culture | Mar 22 2009

SGI-Brazil Fife-and-Drum Corps Commended

SGI-Brazil (BSGI) young women's Nova Era (New Age) Fife-and-Drum Corps received certificates of commendation from the legislative assembly of the State of Mato Grosso do Sul, and city assembly of Campo Grande, State of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil, respectively. In celebration of the Nova Era Fife-and-Drum Corps' 20th anniversary ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 22 2009

SGI-Zambia Members Meet in Lusaka

On March 22, 2009, some 100 SGI-Zambia members gathered at the SGI-Zambia Grand Culture Center in Lusaka to celebrate SGI-Zambia's 22nd anniversary. Young Men's Leader Patrick Changwe and Young Women's Leader Towani Clarke were appointed at the meeting. SGI-Zambia Women's Advisor Hatsuko Kalabula encouraged everyone to advance with unity for ... read more

Sustainable Development | Mar 21 2009

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Participates in Tree Planting at Raja Musa Forest Reserve

On March 21, 2009, about 50 Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) Kuala Lumpur members participated in a community tree planting activity at the Raja Musa Forest Reserve, near Batang Berjuntai, Selangor. The event was jointly organized by Malaysia's Global Environment Centre, Selangor State Forestry Department and CIMB Islamic Bank's EcoSave ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 20 2009

Soka Gakkai Conducts Memorial Prayer Services Throughout Japan

On and around March 20, 2009, day of the spring equinox, Soka Gakkai held memorial services to pray for the repose and happiness of deceased family members and friends at major Soka Gakkai centers and memorial parks throughout Japan, including Kansai Ikeda Memorial Park in Hyogo Prefecture and Hitachi ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 16 2009

SGI Members Commemorate March 16 Throughout the World

On March 15, 2009, SGI-Netherlands youth held a commemorative meeting at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague (Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag). Among the guests were former Dutch Prime Minister Ruud Lubbers, Mrs. Ria Lubbers and renowned religious leader Rabbi Avraham Soetendorp. Mr. Lubbers reminisced about his first meeting with ... read more

Culture | Mar 15 2009

"Great Romance of the Three Kingdoms" Exhibition Closes

The "Great Romance of the Three Kingdoms" exhibition, organized by the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum (TFAM), closed on March 15, 2009, at Green Dome Maebashi in Gunma Prefecture, Japan. Since the exhibition opened on May 2, 2008, at TFAM in Hachioji, Tokyo, over one million visited the show at seven ... read more

Interfaith | Mar 15 2009

Interfaith Activity Held in Montreal, Canada

On March 15, 2009, SGI-Canada Quebec Region Coordinator Jeff Deeprose and Montreal Area Leader Randy Lake were invited to speak about the practice of Nichiren Buddhism to 30 parishioners at Montreal's Mountainside United Church in Westmount. The event began with a review of the history of chanting in Christianity, ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 14 2009

Buddhist Seminar on Canada's Prince Edward Island

On March 14, 2009, SGI-Canada's Prince Edward Island District held a public seminar on Buddhism at Confederation Centre Public Library in Charlottetown. SGI-Canada representative Hirokazu Mitsumura presented an overview of Buddhist philosophy, covering life and death, the nine levels of consciousness and how to transform one's destiny. This was ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 10 2009

SGI-Hungary Officially Registered as Cultural and Educational Organization

SGI-Hungary was recently registered as an official nonprofit organization for culture and education. SGI-Hungary Chapter Leader Toshikazu Nakagawa and Women's Leader Eniko Vecsey continue to serve as the organization's leaders. The Republic of Hungary, an East European nation, has produced many artists, such as famous composers Franz Liszt and ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 8 2009

SGI 2009 Spring Training Course Held in Japan

From March 3 to 7, 2009, SGI's 2009 Spring Training Course was held in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan, with 250 participants from 60 countries and territories. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a welcome message, in which he expressed his deep appreciation for the members' efforts to develop themselves as ... read more

Education | Mar 8 2009

SGI-Brazil Holds Health Seminar and Art Festival for Peace in São Paulo

On March 8, 2009, SGI-Brazil (BSGI) Doctors Division hosted its fifth health seminar at the BSGI Ikeda Culture Center in São Paulo, Brazil. Forty-five BSGI healthcare providers, including medical doctors, nurses, dentists and nutritionists, served as facilitators for group discussions on various health-related topics such as diet and nutrition, women ... read more

Interfaith | Mar 7 2009

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Hosts Lecture on Multiculturalism

On March 7, 2009, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) organized a public lecture on multiculturalism at SGM Grand Culture Center in Kuala Lumpur. Dr. Syed Farid Alatas, associate professor and head of the Malay Studies Department at the National University of Singapore spoke on "Inter-Ethnic Relations and the Need for ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 4 2009

SGI General Meeting Held in Japan

On March 4, 2009, Soka Gakkai's monthly leaders meeting took place at Tokyo Makiguchi Memorial Hall in Hachioji, Tokyo, in conjunction with the 33rd SGI General Meeting as well as national youth and men's leaders meetings. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda attended together with Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada, other ... read more

Interfaith | Mar 2 2009

SGI-Italy Participates in Interfaith Activity in Perugia

On March 2, 2009, representatives from SGI-Italy and the Catholic Ecumenical Center met for an interfaith activity in Perugia, located in Italy's Umbria region. Coordinator Monsignor Elio Brumiri of the Catholic center and SGI member Marco Calcagni both spoke at the event. Mr. Calcagni talked about the underlying principles ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Mar 1 2009

"From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit" Exhibition Held at the University of Hong Kong

From February 22 to March 1, 2009, SGI's exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit," which examines the threat of nuclear weapons from the perspective of human security, was shown at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). SGI-Hong Kong and HKU Centre ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Feb 28 2009

"Building A Culture of Peace for the Children of the World" Exhibition Held in Winnipeg, Canada

On February 3, 2009, the SGI's exhibition "Building A Culture of Peace for the Children of the World" opened in the Forks Market in Winnipeg, Canada. A central theme of the exhibit is that children are the future. The local media widely covered the opening. Sylvia Kuzyk, Winnipeg's best ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Feb 26 2009

SGI-Canada Presents Workshop on "Victory Over Violence" at ASPnet Teacher's Conference

On February 26, 2009, SGI-Canada representatives Maureen and Glen Brouwer led a "Victory Over Violence" (VOV) workshop at a teachers' conference held in Winnipeg, Canada. They also brought the VOV exhibition to the event. The Associated Schools Project Network (ASPnet), linked to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Feb 24 2009

Veteran Peace Educator and Journalist Colman McCarthy Speaks at SGI-USA's Culture of Peace Distinguished Speakers Series

For more than 40 years, Mr. McCarthy has written for influential publications, including The Washington Post, The New Yorker and The Atlantic, covering topics ranging from poverty and religion to politics and peace. He is known for using humor and hard facts to challenge long-held assumptions, particularly the conventional ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 22 2009

SGI-Russia Holds Training Course in Austria

On February 21 and 22, 2009, SGI-Russia held a training course at the SGI-Austria Culture Center in Vienna, Austria, in preparation for September 8, 2009, the 35th anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's first visit to Russia (then USSR) in 1974. Together with SGI representatives from East European countries, some ... read more

Sustainable Development | Feb 21 2009

"Youth Can Move the World" Symposium in Canada

On February 21, 2009, SGI-Canada's Halton-Peel Area youth members linked up with other social and volunteer organizations for a "Youth Can Move the World" Symposium at Mississauga Secondary School in Mississauga, Ontario. The symposium, geared toward Ontario's youth, promotes social responsibility and the benefits of volunteering. This is the ... read more

Culture | Feb 18 2009

Hamburg Ballet Commemorates Sixth Japan Tour at Min-On's Invitation

The tour is featuring "The Lady of the Camellias" and the acclaimed "The Little Mermaid." At the opening, ambassadors to Japan and diplomats from 55 countries and territories were able to watch principal dancer Silvia Azzoni performing "The Little Mermaid," which was presented in Japan for the first time. ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 16 2009

Nichiren's Birth Anniversary Celebrated Worldwide

On February 16, 2009, commemorative prayer meetings in honor of Nichiren's birth (February 16, 1222) were held at Soka Gakkai centers in Japan and other venues around the world. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda led prayers at the Soka Gakkai Headquarters in Shinanomachi, Tokyo, in celebration of the day and ... read more

Culture | Feb 15 2009

SGI-USA Celebrates Chinese Lunar New Year

On February 15, 2009, SGI-USA members in Northern California, their families and friends rang in the Chinese Lunar New Year and spring at the SGI-USA San Francisco Culture Center, California. Over 200 attended the annual meeting. With the beating of a Chinese drum, the Northern California Dragon/Lion Group performed several ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 14 2009

Soka Gakkai Thailand Publishes The Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra Vol.2

Soka Gakkai Thailand (SGT) recently published a Thai translation of the second volume of The Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's dialogue with Soka Gakkai study leaders on the Lotus Sutra. ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 11 2009

Soka Gakkai Holds Monthly Leaders Meeting in Tokyo

On February 11, 2008, Soka Gakkai held its monthly leaders meeting at the Soka International Friendship Hall in Sendagaya, Tokyo, commemorating the 109th anniversary of the birth of second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda attended, together with Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada, Women's Division Leader ... read more

Education | Feb 8 2009

SGI-Brazil Education and Culture Departments Meet Hold Meetings

On February 7, 2009, SGI-Brazil (BSGI) Education Department members met at BSGI Peace Auditorium in São Paulo. Representatives reported on literacy education activities and the Makiguchi Education Project. Since 1987, the BSGI Education Department has promoted literacy through its Adult Literacy Education Program that teaches reading and writing to ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 7 2009

Lotus Sutra Exhibition Shows at Delhi University, India

On February 6-7, 2009, "The Lotus Sutra--A Message of Peace and Harmonious Coexistence" exhibition, organized by the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP), showed at the University of Delhi, India. To date, the exhibition has toured Austria, Germany, Thailand, and Hong Kong. In India, it has shown previously at the ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Feb 6 2009

SGI-Spain Youth Hold Exhibition on Nuclear Abolition in Seville

From January 27 to February 6, 2009, an antinuclear exhibition "From Armament to Nuclear Disarmament" ("Del armamento al desarme nuclear: Nada menos que ser humano"), created by SGI-Spain youth, showed in Seville, Andalucía, southern Spain. The exhibition, which highlights the atomic-bombed cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the current proliferation ... read more

Culture | Feb 3 2009

Ghana's Ambassador to Japan Meets with Soka Gakkai President Harada

On February 3, 2009, Dr. Charles Brempong-Yeboah, ambassador of the Republic of Ghana to Japan, visited Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada at the Seikyo Press building in Shinanomachi, Tokyo. Ambassador Brempong-Yeboah reminisced about his days as a student in Japan and expressed his hope to continue to cooperate with ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 3 2009

Italian Translation of The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin Published

SGI-Italy recently published an Italian translation of The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Volume I. The book is a translation of the English edition of Nichiren's writings and contains 172 works. ... read more

Culture | Feb 1 2009

Poetry, Music and Painting at SGI-Canada Montreal Culture Center

On February 1, 2009, SGI-Canada Sud-Ouest Chapter organized a poetry, music and painting event during their monthly world peace prayer meeting at the SGI-Canada Montreal Culture Center. Following the sutra recitation and prayers for peace, two members shared how their daily practice of Nichiren Buddhism had positively impacted their lives. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Feb 1 2009

"Seeds of Change" Shown in Delhi, India

The SGI's "Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential" exhibition was held from January 30 to February 1, 2009, at the ASN Senior Secondary School in East Delhi, India. As well as displaying the exhibition's Hindi and English versions, the school opened its auditorium for back-to-back screenings ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 1 2009

SGI-Sweden Members Meet in Stockholm

On February 1, 2009, SGI-Sweden members from throughout Stockholm gathered at the SGI-Sweden Culture Center. Participants resolved to further develop friendship and trust in society, in the build-up to SGI-Sweden Day (June 3), which marks the 20th anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's first visit to the country in ... read more

Education | Jan 31 2009

Peace Workshops Held at Schools in Delhi, India

In 2008, Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai (BSG) Education Division launched a "Peace In Action" program in St. Columba's School in New Delhi, with an aim of sensitizing students to violence, including passive violence, and equipping them with skills to deal with the violence. Between August 2008 and January 2009, ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 26 2009

Soka Gakkai Publishes The Lotus Sutra and Its Opening and Closing Sutras

Soka Gakkai recently released The Lotus Sutra and Its Opening and Closing Sutras, commemorating January 26, 2009, the 34th anniversary of the founding of the SGI. The book offers an English translation of the Lotus Sutra and two short sutras, the Immeasurable Meanings Sutra and the Sutra on How ... read more