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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

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 30 2008

Bharat Soka Gakkai and IFUNA Observe UN Day in New Delhi, India

On October 30, 2008, the Indian Federation of United Nations Associations (IFUNA) and Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai (BSG) organized a seminar on "Environmental Sustainability: An Essential Tool for Poverty Alleviation" at the VK Krishna Menon Bhawan in New Delhi, India. Some 200 attended the event, which celebrated the 63rd anniversary ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 30 2008

SGI President's 2008 Peace Proposal Discussed at Round Table on Peace in Los Angeles, USA

The gathering featured a panel of experts, including Douglas Becker, acting director of the USC Peace and Conflict Studies program, and Lawrence E. Carter Sr., dean of the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College in Atlanta. Christopher Queen, lecturer on the Study of Religion at Harvard ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 28 2008

Monthly Leaders Meeting in Japan Commemorates Soka Gakkai Founding Day

Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada, referring to the present worldwide economic turmoil, asked everyone to support society by engaging in genuine dialogue brimming with conviction that inspires people with hope and reassurance. He stated that having a youthful spirit means to uphold justice and speak out against corruption. Young ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 26 2008

SGI-USA Hosts "Daniel Pearl World Music Days" Concert

The concerts, which take place each October, honor the life of Mr. Pearl, an American journalist who was kidnapped and murdered in Pakistan by terrorists in February 2002. According to the Daniel Pearl World Music Days website, after Danny's funeral in August 2002, in the spirit of his love ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 25 2008

"Victory Over Violence" Exhibition Held at Mississauga Youth Festival, Canada

On October 25, SGI-USA's "Victory Over Violence" exhibition was displayed at the Youth Arts Against Violence (YAAV) Festival in Mississauga near Toronto, Canada. The local community event featured youth speaking out against violence through various art mediums. Rapport Youth & Family Services, a non-profit charitable agency run by SGI-Canada ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 25 2008

3,500 SGI-Germany Members Gather in Berlin

On October 25, 2008, some 3,500 SGI-Germany members gathered from throughout the country at the Tempodrom concert hall in Berlin. Forty-seven pioneer SGI members from 17 European countries also attended the meeting. Dr. Horst-Eberhard Richter, co-founder and honorary board member for the German Chapter of International Physicians for the Prevention ... read more

Culture | Oct 24 2008

SGI-Hong Kong Hosts Lecture on Art and the Museum

Prof. Tang focused on the significance of Hong Kong Museum of Art, referring to Hong Kong's geographical and historical background that has generated a blend of Chinese and Western cultures. He stressed that promoting art among the general public is the museum's primary objective and introduced a memorable exhibition ... read more

Sustainable Development | Oct 24 2008

SGI-Paraguay Hosts “Seeds of Change” Environment Exhibition

From October 20-24, 2008, “Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential,” an exhibit highlighting the Earth Charter as a guideline for sustainable living and environmental preservation, was shown at the Amambay Department Office in Pedro Juan Caballero City, Paraguay. Some 200 attended the opening, including many local ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 24 2008

SGI-Haiti Leader is Guest Speaker on National Radio Program

On September 26, 2008, SGI-Haiti Chapter Leader Niaud Pierre appeared on “Eduquer la Cite,” a radio program run by the National Radio of Haiti (Radio Nationale d’Haiti), at the request of the program's host Aristide Vauban. Mr. Pierre was asked to introduce how the SGI and its members view ... read more

Human Rights | Oct 24 2008

SGI-USA Hosts Human Rights Film Festival in Santa Monica, California

On October 24, 2008, the SGI-USA Santa Monica Culture of Peace Resource Center hosted the opening of the Eighth Annual Human Rights Film Festival in Santa Monica, California. The goal of the festival, curated by the Echo Park Film Center, was to highlight social justice issues too often ignored by ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 22 2008

SGI-USA Exhibition Supports "Alternatives to Violence" Project

On October 22, 2008, SGI-USA representatives participated in the Alternatives to Violence Project that introduces experiential workshops to empower people to lead more peaceful lives. The Ventura County Interfaith Community hosted the event in Westlake Village, California, USA. The organization promotes open dialogue and understanding among various religious traditions ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 21 2008

Symposium on Interfaith Dialogue Held at Wellesley College, Massachusetts, USA

The symposium was divided into three sessions and themes: religion and conflict; religion, women and society; and religion and the environment. In session one, Dr. David Bernat, expert on Judaism at Wellesley College, stressed the importance of interpreting sacred scriptures from a humanistic perspective. Dr. Hiroshi Kanno, IOP senior research ... read more

Culture | Oct 21 2008

Soka Gakkai Thailand Participates in Birth Anniversary Celebration for Princess Mother of Thailand

On October 21, 2008, a national event to commemorate the 108th anniversary of the birth of the Princess Mother of Thailand Srinagarindra, the mother of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, took place in Bangkok, Thailand. The Princess Mother Memorial Park hosted the event with support from the Thai Ministry of Culture ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Oct 20 2008

SSA Supports Activities of Humanitarian Aid Partner Mercy Relief

On October 20, 2008, Singapore Soka Association (SSA) hosted the fifth stockholders' meeting of Mercy Relief (MR), a non-governmental humanitarian organization and SSA's humanitarian aid partner. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who launched the organization in September 2003, participated in the event that commemorated MR's five years of regional humanitarian ... read more

Culture | Oct 19 2008

Taiwan's Chin-Shuan Cultural and Educational Foundation Sponsors “Viva Centro America!” Concert

From October 5-19, 2008, “World Music Selection: Viva Centro America!” concerts, featuring the world renowned bands “San Blas” from Panama and “Editus” from Costa Rica, were held throughout Taiwan. Chin-Shuan Cultural and Educational Foundation, established by Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) in 1988 to promote international cultural exchanges in Taiwan, ... read more

Education | Oct 19 2008

SGI-Italy Donates Play Equipment for Public Park in Corsico, Italy

SGI-Italy recently donated outdoor play equipment for a new park in Corsico, Lombardy, Italy. A presentation ceremony took place on October 19, 2008. Corsico Mayor Sergio Graffeo, Deputy Mayor Francesco Magisano and some 150 local residents attended. Mr. Graffeo thanked SGI-Italy and expressed his hope that the park will ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 19 2008

SGI-Greece Members Meet on Aegean Island

From October 16-19, 2008, SGI-Greece hosted an autumn study session at Eretria, Evvoia, Greece. Over 90 members from throughout the country, including those living on small islands, attended the session. Together with SGI-Greece General Director Dimitri Dimopoulos and Women's Leader Monika Vermeulen, attendees studied SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's lecture series ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 19 2008

SGI-Brazil Holds Grassroots Meetings Throughout Brazil

On October 18 and 19, 2008, SGI-Brazil (BSGI) members gathered at some 5,800 locales throughout the country, celebrating the 48th "BSGI Day" (October 19), marking the day SGI President Daisaku Ikeda first visited Brazil. Mr. Ikeda arrived in São Paulo, Brazil, on October 19, 1960. The SGI's first overseas ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 18 2008

"Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World" Exhibition Held in La Paz, Bolivia

From October 4-18, 2008, SGI's exhibition "Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World" was shown at the Franz Tamayo University in La Paz, Bolivia. La Paz City Youth Protection Department Director Antonio Gira, Franz Tamayo University Board Member Celsa Nogales and Vice Chancellor Saúl Canelas attended ... read more

Interfaith | Oct 18 2008

SGI Represents Buddhism at Interfaith Symposium at Nur University, Bolivia

On October 18, 2008, Nur University hosted a symposium on interfaith dialogue at the university’s auditorium in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Representatives of Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Baha’i exchanged opinions on organized religions' contributions to peace. Some 120 university professors and students attended. Speaking for Buddhist organizations, an SGI-Bolivia young ... read more

Education | Oct 18 2008

Boston Research Center Hosts Lecture and Response on "Enjoying the Rhythm of Birth and Death"

On the afternoon of October 18, 2008, an overflow crowd gathered at the Boston Research Center (BRC) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, to hear Dr. Yoichi Kawada and Dr. Mary Catherine Bateson share insights on the topic "Enjoying the Rhythm of Birth and Death: A Buddhist Perspective." The event was the ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 17 2008

SGI Participates in Frankfurt Book Fair 2008

From October 15-17, 2008, the annual Frankfurt Book Fair was held in Frankfurt, Germany. The history of the Frankfurt Book Fair dates back to the 15th century. Today it is considered to be the world's oldest and largest international book fair. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 16 2008

SGI Representative to the UN is Keynote Speaker at UN Event in Orlando, Florida, USA

On October 16, 2008, the Greater Orlando Chapter of the United Nations Association-USA (UNA-USA) sponsored the third annual "Nurture the Nations" to commemorate UN Day on October 24. Titled "The Millennium Development Goals: Halfway to the Promise," the event featured exhibitions by 18 partner organizations including Habitat for Humanity ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 14 2008

180,000 View SGI Antinuclear Exhibition in Malaysia Since July 2007

On October 10, 2008, the SGI exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit" opened at the Spring Shopping Mall in Kuching, Malaysia. Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) and Physicians for Peace and Social Responsibility (PPSR), an NGO affiliated with the International Physicians ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Oct 14 2008

Book Donation to Yamakoshi Village School

On October 14, 2008, the Soka Gakkai donated books to Yamakoshi Elementary and Junior High Schools during an assembly with students from both schools. Ranko Kondo and Toshio Ohira, principals of the respective schools, thanked Soka Gakkai Vice President Shigeo Kaneko for the gift--a total of 528 books and three ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 13 2008

SGI-Iceland Initiates "Encouragement Campaign"

SGI-Iceland Young Women's Leader Eyrún Ósk Jónsdóttir commented, "We are sensing a lot of desperation among the general public here in Iceland. Now people are looking for something more secure to put their hearts into." TV1, one of the three TV channels in Iceland, contacted SGI-Iceland General Director Eygló Jónsdóttir ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 13 2008

Soka Gakkai Holds Memorial Services on the Anniversary of Nichiren's Passing

Memorial services commemorating Nichiren's passing (October 13, 1282) have taken place throughout Japan. The services also commemorated October 12, 1279, the day Nichiren inscribed the Dai-Gohonzon, the object of devotion in Nichiren Buddhism, for all humanity. [Dai means great. Go is an honorific prefix, and honzon means object of fundamental ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 12 2008

SGI-New Zealand Holds Study Examination on Nichiren Buddhism

On October 12, 2008, SGI-New Zealand held an elementary-level study examination at 10 venues throughout the country. The candidates were tested in the language of their choice, either English, Japanese or Chinese. Study materials included "Reply to Sairen-bo" and "The Dragon Gate" from Nichiren's writings; basic concepts of Nichiren ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 11 2008

SGI-Peru Leaders and Youth Look to the Future

On September 24, 2008, some 650 SGI-Peru leaders gathered at the SGI-Peru Culture Center in Lima, Peru. SGI-Peru Women's Leader María Eugenia Fernádes Loayza announced activities for the remainder of the year and asked everyone to make the most of their November discussion meetings. Participants studied "On Attaining Buddhahood ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 11 2008

SGI-Slovenia Members Meet

On October 11, 2008, SGI-Slovenia members gathered together in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia in the Balkans. In 1991, the Republic of Slovenia became independent from the former Yugoslavia. SGI-Slovenia Chapter was established in 2001. Since then, its members have shared and highlighted the humanistic philosophy of Buddhism through grassroots ... read more

Culture | Oct 11 2008

SSA Supports Southeast Asian Youth Exchange and International Day of Peace Visual Arts

SSEAYP is an annual Japanese government-sponsored program that brings together about 300 youth from Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries and Japan, providing them with opportunities to interact onboard the ship Nippon Maru and at different ports-of-call for 52 days. Some 25 Singapore youth leaders, aged 30 and ... read more

Culture | Oct 5 2008

SGI-Uruguay Celebrates Cultural Heritage Day

On October 4 and 5, 2008, Cultural Heritage Day was commemorated at the SGI-Uruguay Culture Center in Montevideo. The Uruguay Ministry of Education and Culture's Commission of National Cultural Heritage hosted the annual occasion during which historic and cultural facilities are free and open to the public throughout Uruguay. ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 5 2008

SGI Student Groups in India and Hong Kong Meet

On October 4-5, 2008, some 350 Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai (BSG) student group members from throughout India gathered at both the International Peace Center in New Delhi and at the Soka Bodhi Tree Garden on the outskirts of New Delhi. To prepare for their meeting, the students studied and ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 4 2008

"Victory Over Violence" Exhibition Travels to Schools in Oakland, California, USA

Mayor Ron Dellums of Oakland, California, USA, officially declared September 28 through October 4, 2008, "Victory Over Violence Week" in the city. The week began with the opening of the Victory Over Violence (VOV) exhibition at Laney College and a noontime event that included drumming and music in the ... read more

Interfaith | Oct 4 2008

SGI-USA Participates in Global Village Festival in Southern California, USA

On October 4, 2008, local SGI-USA members joined more than 10,000 people for the City of Irvine's annual Global Village Festival. The community event promotes cultural awareness, understanding and harmony through artistic and cultural performances representing some 50 cultures. The event also features introductions to world religions. The SGI members ... read more

Education | Oct 4 2008

Youth Mentor Summit 2008 in Singapore

On October 4, 2008, some 40 Singapore Soka Association youth were among 500 young people who attended the Youth Mentor Summit 2008 at the NTUC Conference Auditorium, organized by the National Youth Council and the Halogen Foundation Singapore. The guest of honor for the event was Dr. Vivian ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 2 2008

SGI-Canada Supports Gandhi Foundation Anniversary

On October 2, 2008, Dr. Ved P. Nanda, director of the International Legal Studies Program at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, was the keynote speaker at the 20th anniversary celebration of the Mahatma Gandhi Canadian Foundation for World Peace in Edmonton, Canada. For a number of ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 2 2008

SGI-Argentina Forms Men's "Waterfall Group" and "Young Mrs." Group Meets

At a commemorative meeting on October 2, 2008, at the SGI-Argentina Culture Center in Buenos Aires, Waterfall Group Leader Miguel Angel Delli Gatti shared his personal resolve as well the group's guidelines: 1) to create and spread harmony in the community; 2) to ensure that the youth members are ... read more

Sustainable Development | Sep 30 2008

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Sponsors Lecture on Sustainable Uses for Raw Garbage

On September 30, 2008, a lecture titled "Saving Earth Through the Garbage Enzyme" by Lee Wei Meng of the Naturopathic Family Care Centre drew 100 people to the Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) Penang Culture Center. Mr. Lee spoke about the possibilities of converting raw garbage into a "garbage enzyme" ... read more

Interfaith | Sep 30 2008

SGI-Panama Participates in Religious Scriptures Exhibition

On September 30, 2008, in commemoration of Holy Bible Day in Panama, the National Assembly’s Chamber of Representatives' Social Affairs Technical Department organized an exhibition on religious scriptures that displayed sacred writings from the world's major religious traditions. The exhibition officially opened with a speech by Prof. Dídimo Escobar, deputy ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 28 2008

SGI Associations in Hong Kong, Macao, Philippines, Bolivia and Brazil Promote Study of Nichiren Buddhism

On September 21, SGI-Macau held a leaders training session at its culture center. Participants studied "On Attaining Buddhahood in This Lifetime," together with SGI-Hong Kong Study Department Chief Terrio Sun Po Loi. Mr. Sun stressed that everyone inherently possesses great potential for positive transformation that in turn enables each ... read more

Culture | Sep 27 2008

SGI-USA Hosts World Festival of Sacred Music in Santa Monica

"Who knew peace had a house?" With these words, poet and writer Elmaz Abinader greeted the audience at the World Festival of Sacred Music concert "The Way to Peace: Peace Is the Way" held at the SGI-USA World Peace Ikeda Auditorium in Santa Monica, California, USA, on September 27, ... read more

Sustainable Development | Sep 27 2008

"Seeds of Change" Exhibition and Environment Lectures Held in Panama

“Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and the Human Potential” exhibition opened on September 4, 2008, at the SGI-Panama Culture Center, with support from the Panama Education Ministry and various academic institutes and environmental organizations, including University of Panama, National Association for Nature Conservation (ANCON) and Nature Foundation. Some 130 ... read more