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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

Peace and Disarmament | Jan 26 2009

SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's 2009 Peace Proposal Highlights Nuclear Disarmament, "Humanitarian Competition"

On January 26, 2009, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda issued his annual peace proposal entitled "Toward Humanitarian Competition: A New Current in History." Analyzing the global economic crisis, Mr. Ikeda questions humanity's abstract love of money, calling for a focus on the real needs of real people and stressing the need to ... read more

Press Releases | Jan 26 2009

Buddhist Leader's 2009 Peace Proposal Highlights Nuclear Disarmament, "Humanitarian Competition"

Tokyo, Japan: On January 26, Daisaku Ikeda, president of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Buddhist association, today issued his annual peace proposal entitled "Toward Humanitarian Competition: A New Current in History." Analyzing the global economic crisis, Ikeda questions humanity's abstract love of money, calling for a focus on the real needs ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 25 2009

SGI-Dominican Republic Women Gather Throughout the Country

SGI-Dominican Republic women have been meeting at various locales around the country. On January 25, 2009, SGI-Dominican Republic Women's Leader Leiko Komatsu attended a meeting at the SGI culture center in Santo Domingo. One woman shared the sense of fulfillment she gained from practicing Nichiren Buddhism as well as the ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 25 2009

SGI-Spain Representatives Meet in Madrid

On January 25, 2009, some 700 SGI-Spain members gathered in Madrid, Spain. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a congratulatory message, expressing his hope that the members would advance in unity, achieve personal triumphs and make concerted efforts to be good citizens, expanding their circle of friendships. In 1991, SGI-Spain was newly ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 24 2009

SGI-Portugal Officially Registered

SGI-Portugal was recently officially registered as a religious organization. Sueji Naohara was appointed SGI-Portugal's general director. When SGI President Daisaku Ikeda first visited Portugal in 1965, there were no members in the country. An SGI chapter was established in Portugal in January 1992. Since then, the Portuguese members have worked ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jan 24 2009

SGI-USA Celebrates Spirit of Martin Luther King Jr.; Relaunches Victory Over Violence Website

On January 15, SGI-USA youth in the Washington, D.C. area joined with other young people in an interfaith initiative to clean the Anacostia River shoreline. Following the activity, the youth met in groups to discuss environmental issues relating to their faith traditions. Participants reported they left more determined to ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Jan 20 2009

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Donates to Fund for Medical Patients in Need

On January 20, 2009, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) made a contribution of RM 18,000 to the SAHABAT-PPUKM (Friends of PPUKM) Fund at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre (PPUKM), which provides financial assistance to patients in need. SGM General Director Choo Kong Fei presented the check to Professor Dato ... read more

Sustainable Development | Jan 19 2009

SGI-USA Washington, D.C. Culture Center Participates in "Ecotour"

On January 19, 2009, the eve of the historic presidential inauguration of Barack Obama, SGI-USA members welcomed more than 75 guests to the SGI-USA Washington, D.C. Culture Center as part of an "Ecotour" sponsored by the Presidential Inaugural Committee 2009. Participants took five-mile bike and bus tours down Northwest Massachusetts ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 18 2009

SGI-Europe Holds Annual Peace Summit at SGI-European Center in France

From January 16-18, 2009, SGI-Europe representatives gathered for their annual Peace Summit at the SGI European Center in Trets, southern France. Some 200 members from 26 European countries attended. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a message applauding SGI-Europe's efforts to foster capable people, based on the study and practice ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 18 2009

Young Women's Meetings Held in Panama and Paraguay

On December 21, 2008, young women in Panama gathered for a leaders' meeting at the SGI-Panama Culture Center. Ashanti De León was appointed SGI-Panama young women's leader. She expressed her determination to foster more capable young women through heartfelt dialogue. Other newly appointed young women's leaders included Janune Chandler, student ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jan 16 2009

SGI Day Celebrated in Guam

To mark the occasion, Guam Governor Felix Camacho named January 9 "World Peace Day" and the island's legislature signed a resolution commending Daisaku and Kaneko Ikeda and the members of the SGI, as well as honoring the SGI's founding on January 26, 1975. Speaker of the 30th Guam Legislature Judith ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 15 2009

Korean Edition of The Lotus Sutra Published

SGI-Korea recently published a Korean edition of The Lotus Sutra and Its Opening and Closing Sutras. The Lotus Sutra is widely considered to be the most important scripture of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition. ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 11 2009

Study Exam on Nichiren Buddhism Held in India

On January 11, 2009, approximately 6,000 Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai (BSG) members sat for an entrance-level study exam at 95 venues throughout the country. Study materials included two of Nichiren's writings, "Winter Always Turns to Spring," a letter to the lay nun Myoichi, and one of his many letters ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 10 2009

IOP Hosts Public Lecture at Villa Sachsen, Germany

On January 10, 2009, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) hosted a lecture at SGI-Germany's Villa Sachsen Grand Culture Center. Dr. Michael von Brück, an eminent professor of religious studies at the Institute of Protestant Theology and Comparative Religions, University of Munich, spoke on the "Mentor and Disciple Relationship ... read more

Sustainable Development | Jan 4 2009

Singapore Soka Association Turns Recyclables into Funds

On January 4, 2009, Singapore Soka Association (SSA) members brought old clothes and newspapers to their Soka Culture Center in support of the South West Community Development Council's "Charitable Recycle@South West." SSA was one of the event's community or corporate partners that included City Harvest Church, the South West Mosque ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 4 2009

SGI Members Around the World Celebrate New Year

In early January, 2009, SGI members in 192 countries and territories gathered in their respective locales to usher in the new year, designated by the SGI as "Year of Youth and Victory." SGI President Daisaku Ikeda led new year prayers service at the Soka Gakkai headquarters in Shinanomachi, Tokyo. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Dec 31 2008

Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai Supports Nutrition and Education Project in Southern India

Following the devastation caused by the tsunami which struck the coast of India on December 26, 2004, Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai (BSG), looked for ways to address the nutrition and education-related needs of children living in Nagapattinam, one of the worst-hit areas in Tamil Nadu, south of Chennai City, ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 28 2008

SGI-Hong Kong Members Meet

On December 28, 2008, some 3,500 SGI-Hong Kong members gathered for an annual meeting at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium in Hong Kong. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a message, in which he praised the members' dedication to building trust and friendship in society, and encouraged them to continue to ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 21 2008

Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai Members Gather for Annual Meeting

On December 21, 2008, some 600 Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai (BSG) members met for their annual meeting at the Soka Bodhi Tree Garden in a New Delhi suburb. In a message, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda first expressed his heartfelt condolences for the victims of the recent terror attack in Mumbai, ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Dec 20 2008

Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee Celebrates the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee (WPC) hosted a peace forum on December 20, 2008, at the Soka Gakkai Josei Toda International Center in Shinjuku, Tokyo. Adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 10, 1948, the ... read more

Culture | Dec 14 2008

Min-On Sponsors Annual International Student Festivals in Kyoto and Osaka

The 20th Kyoto Foreign Students Music Festival was held at Kyoto Kaikan Hall on November 30, 2008. At this year's event, some 102 students from 17 countries and territories studying at universities and colleges in the greater Kyoto area presented traditional dances, songs and music of their respective cultures in ... read more