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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

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