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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

Buddhism | Dec 13 2008

Soka Gakkai Holds Final Monthly Leaders Meeting for 2008

SGI-Netherlands Young Women's Leader Eva Gjaltema reported that the young women in her country are endeavoring to study and apply the hope-filled life philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism, each determined to positively transform her life and become a person who can inspire and encourage others. Mr. Harada thanked the many volunteers ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Dec 11 2008

UNHCR Representative in Japan Visits Soka Gakkai Headquarters

On December 11, 2008, Johan Cels, representative of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Japan, visited Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada and Executive Director of the SGI Office of Public Information Hirotsugu Terasaki, at the Soka Gakkai Headquarters in Shinanomachi, Tokyo. Mr. Cels ... read more

Sustainable Development | Dec 7 2008

Netherlands Earth Charter Activities

On display at the venue were panels in Dutch from the "Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and the Human Potential" exhibition created by SGI and the Earth Charter Initiative, which had been adapted for a project of the Netherlands National Committee for International Cooperation and Sustainable Development (NCDO) ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 7 2008

SGI-Paraguay Members Meet

On December 7, 2008, SGI-Paraguay members met at their culture center in Asunción. Some 500 attended. SGI-Paraguay Young Men's Leader Samuel Medina and Young Women's Leader Chieko Nagasawa each expressed their resolve toward 2009, designated by the SGI as "Year of Youth and Victory." SGI-Paraguay's fife-and-drum corps performed and representatives ... read more

Culture | Dec 7 2008

SGI-Brazil Holds Culture Festivals in São Paulo

On November 9, 16, and December 7, 2008, SGI-Brazil (BSGI) members in the metropolitan area of São Paulo held "Soka Humanism Culture Festivals" at three venues. Youth members presented gymnastics, music and dance performances. Some 32,000 BSGI members participated in the festivals as either performers, staff or spectators. SGI President ... read more

Education | Dec 6 2008

Soka Gakkai Education Department Publishes Booklet

Soka Gakkai Education Department has recently published a booklet, Heiwa no seiki e--kodomo no shiawase wo mezashite (Toward a century of peace--aiming for the happiness of children, tentative translation). This follows its first booklet Kagayaku kodomo to ningen kyoiku--kyoiku no tame no shakai e (Children and humanistic education--for building ... read more

Culture | Dec 5 2008

Min-On Sponsors Japan Tour of Jordanian Folklore Group

On November 17, 2008, the National Folklore Group of Jordan began its Japan tour at a culture center in Chiba City, Chiba Prefecture, at the invitation of the Min-On Concert Association. The tour commemorats Min-On's 45th anniversary. The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is the 100th country with which Min-On ... read more

Education | Dec 5 2008

SERTV Channel 11 in Panama Airs Animation Series

Channel 11 General Manager Carlos Aguilar said he and the station managers had been impressed by the quality of the films as well as the positive messages they convey. "The contribution that SGI-Panama has made to our station's children's programming is significant. The fourteen stories provide good entertainment as ... read more

Human Rights | Dec 2 2008

Interfaith Human Rights Celebration in Washington DC, USA

A ceremony that brought together representatives from ten faith traditions celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at the new SGI-USA Washington DC Culture Center on December 2, 2008. The Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington, the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area and ... read more

Education | Nov 30 2008

SSA Promotes Health Awareness and Volunteerism

Over the years, Singapore Soka Association (SSA) has promoted awareness of health issues among its membership, sponsoring lectures by SSA members and outside experts in the medical field. In particular, SSA has collaborated with Silver Ribbon (Singapore) on promoting mental health among the general public. On October 4, 2008, together with ... read more

Sustainable Development | Nov 27 2008

"Seeds of Change" Exhibition Shows in Mexico

SGI-Mexico has been cohosting showings of the SGI's “Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential” exhibition in various locations. From October 6 to November 7, 2008, the exhibition was installed at the School of Architecture of the Autonomous University of Yucatan (Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán) in Merida, with ... read more

Culture | Nov 23 2008

SGI-Philippines Hosts Youth Culture Festival in Mindanao

On November 23, 2008, SGI-Philippines put on the "Mindanao Youth Culture Festival" at the Capitol University on Mindanao Island, the Philippines. Capitol University President Casimiro B. Juarez Jr. and his wife, Dr. Fe Rosales Juarez, attended the festival together with some 3,000 SGI-Philippines members. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Nov 23 2008

Culture of Peace Exhibition Held in South Delhi, India

Kiran Segal, a leading Odissi classical dancer, was the guest of honor and cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony. Ms. Segal remarked that the exhibition offers "Straightforward ways to overcome the animosity that exists amongst us today." She was moved by the messages on the panels such as, ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Nov 23 2008

Nuclear Abolition and Human Security Exhibition Tours Universities in Taiwan

Attendees at the NTU opening on November 15 included: NTU Vice Presidents Bau Tzong-ho and George Chen Tai-Jen, Dean of Student Affairs Joyce Feng Yen, Dean of Social Science College Zhao Yong-mao, President of Legislative Yuan Wang Jin-pyng and Legislator Chang Chia-Chun. Mr. Wang commented that presenting the exhibition ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 22 2008

SGI-USA Opens Centers in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and North Dallas, Texas

On October 26, 2008, more than 250 members gathered to officially open the new SGI-USA activity center in Gaithersburg. In a congratulatory message, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda expressed his hopes that the center would serve as a forum for friendship and dialogue in the community. Miko Stirlen, a pioneer ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 22 2008

SGI-Nigeria Celebrates 25th Anniversary, Members Gather Throughout Africa

On October 25, 2008, SGI-Nigeria members from throughout the country gathered in Abuja, Nigeria's capital, to celebrate the organization's 25th anniversary. SGI-Nigeria now has eighteen local districts with around 500 members. The annual general meeting was titled "Becoming Capable People to Create the Century of Africa." The gathering featured ... read more

Sustainable Development | Nov 19 2008

SGI-Hong Kong Cohosts Exhibition and Lecture on Global Warming

To raise awareness on the seriousness of global warming and climate change, SGI-Hong Kong and China Polar Museum Foundation Limited (CPMF) coorganized a photo exhibition titled “A Call from Global Warming” at SGI-Hong Kong’s East Culture Center from October 17 to November 19, 2008. CPMF Managing Director and Founder Dr. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Nov 18 2008

SGI-USA Culture of Peace Resource Center Opens in USA Capital

On November 18, 2008, an SGI-USA Culture of Peace Resource Center opened in Washington, D.C., USA, which is set to play a role in championing the principles of peace and cooperation that underpin the SGI. The latest peace resource center is located inside the new SGI-USA center located on ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 18 2008

Soka Gakkai Commemorates 78th Anniversary

SGI President Daisaku Ikeda led a service at the Soka Gakkai Headquarters in Shinanomachi, Tokyo, together with representative Soka Gakkai leaders and offered prayers for the happiness, good health and safety of people everywhere as well as for lasting world peace. He presented four poems he had written to ... read more

Culture | Nov 18 2008

Veracruz, Mexico, Holds Arts Festival Celebrating Soka Gakkai Day

Performances at the festival SGI-Mexico members in Veracruz SGI-Mexico’s fife-and-drum corps and dance group as well as eight other local choirs and folk dance ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 18 2008

SGI Members Celebrate Soka Gakkai's Founding Day

On and around November 18, 2008, SGI members throughout the world gathered to celebrate Soka Gakkai's founding day (November 18, 1930) in their respective locales. SGI-Ecuador members SGI-USA members in Santa Monica SGI-Philippines ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Nov 18 2008

Mercy Relief in Singapore Commends Daisaku Ikeda; SSA Presents Goodwill Award

On November 18, 2008, Mercy Relief, a humanitarian organization in Singapore, commended Daisaku Ikeda, SGI president, for his longstanding contributions to the betterment of humanity through activities advancing peace, culture and education. Singapore Soka Association (SSA) General Director Ong Bon Chai received the commendation on Mr. Ikeda's behalf from ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Nov 17 2008

SGI-Denmark and Pugwash Conference Cosponsor Antinuclear Symposium

On November 17, 2008, a symposium titled "Strengthening the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)" was held at Christiansborg Palace, which houses the Danish Parliament, in Copenhagen. SGI-Denmark and the Danish Committee of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs (Pugwash Denmark) cosponsored ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 16 2008

New SGI Center Opens in Wellington, New Zealand

On November 16, 2008, the SGI-New Zealand Wellington Center opened in Wellington, New Zealand's capital. SGI-New Zealand General Director Jimi Wallace, SGI-Oceania Chair Richard Sasaki and some 200 members attended the opening ceremony, which also commemorated November 18, Soka Gakkai Founding Day. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 16 2008

Study Exams on Nichiren Buddhism Held in Canada and 21 Countries in Europe

On October 26, 2008, approximately 300 SGI-Canada youth sat for a study exam at 20 venues across Canada, such as Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and Ottawa. Study materials for the young people included basic concepts of Nichiren Buddhism, the history of the Soka Gakkai and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda’s lecture ... read more

Culture | Nov 7 2008

World Boys and Girls Art Exhibition in Belgium

The World Boys and Girls Art Exhibition was held at the Espace Maurice Carême in Brussels, Belgium, from October 29 to November 7, 2008. Some 120 guests, local residents and SGI-Belgium members attended the opening on October 28. Over 100 paintings by children from around the ... read more

Culture | Nov 4 2008

SGI-Panama Youth Participate in Independence Celebration Parade

On November 3, 2008, SGI-Panama’s musical band and fife-and-drum corps, Banda Musical Gloria, marched in a parade in Panama City, celebrating the 105th anniversary of the Republic of Panama's independence. Panama's Ministry of Education sponsored the annual parade. Some 64 band members performed many songs, including Marcha Panama. This ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 1 2008

SGI President's Interview with Tricycle Magazine Available Online

The winter 2008 edition of Tricycle, a leading U.S.-based magazine on Buddhism in the West, carries an interview with SGI President Daisaku Ikeda. ... read more