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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

Culture | Sep 26 2008

SGI-Canada Caledon Centre Hosts Headwaters Arts Festival

Located in a wooded area northwest of Toronto in Ontario, Canada, SGI-Canada's Caledon Centre for Culture and Education was the venue for the Headwaters Arts Festival celebrating local creative talent, for the sixth consecutive year. This year's show featured 40 local artists working in a variety of media. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 25 2008

SGI-Canada Participates in Ottawa Peace Festival

For the second consecutive year, SGI-Canada (SGIC) participated in the Ottawa Peace Festival, a two-week event promoting peaceful coexistence, featuring talks, films, art, music and prayer involving many community groups and government agencies. On September 25, 2008, at its Ottawa community center, SGIC hosted an event titled, "Afghanistan: A People-centered ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 23 2008

Soka Gakkai Conducts Memorial Prayer Meetings

On September 23, 2008, the autumn equinox, Soka Gakkai centers and memorial parks throughout Japan held memorial services to pray for the repose and happiness of deceased family members and friends. According to Buddhism tradition, the autumn equinox is a time to honor the memory of one's ancestors and the ... read more

Sustainable Development | Sep 22 2008

SGI Members in California, USA, and Taiwan Participate in Clean-up Campaigns

Local SGI-USA members volunteer for clean-up of a wetlands preserve in Gardena, Southern California TSA members in Kaohsiung clean around the culture center and its neighborhood In Taiwan, Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) members in Chunghua and Kaohsiung ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Sep 21 2008

Taiwan Soka Association Fife-and-Drum Corps and Children's Choir Perform at Children's Home

On September 21, 2008, some 90 members of the Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) young women's Angel Fife-and-Drum Corps and some 60 boys and girls of TSA Young Phoenix Choir visited the Southern Region Children's Home of the Minister of Interior in Kaohsiung. This was the third year in a ... read more

Education | Sep 21 2008

Soka Gakkai Educators Gather for Annual Forum on Humanistic Education

On September 21, 2008, Soka Gakkai educators gathered for their 31st "National Forum on Practical Applications of Humanistic Education" at the Kudan Kaikan in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. Some 1,100 educators and guests from various fields of society throughout Japan attended the forum. The educators reported on their challenges and initiatives ... read more

Culture | Sep 21 2008

SGI-Sri Lanka Holds Youth Culture Festival

On September 21, 2008, Soka Gakkai Lanka Buddhist Association (SGI-Sri Lanka) held a youth culture festival in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Some 150 young people performed in the show titled "Making the Impossible Possible--Storming the Passion of Youth Across the Nation." The festival began with words of welcome from SGI-Sri ... read more

Education | Sep 20 2008

Boston Research Center's Fifth Ikeda Forum Explores Life and Death

This year's forum was part of the BRC's year-long exploration of the "deeper continuity of life and death that we experience as individuals and express as culture," a concept put forward by BRC founder Daisaku Ikeda in his 1993 Harvard University lecture, "Mahayana Buddhism and Twenty-first Century Civilization." A ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 20 2008

"Children and a Culture of Peace" Exhibition in Sapporo, Japan

On September 20, 2008, "Children and a Culture of Peace Exhibition: For the Sake of Children's Happiness," an exhibition created and sponsored by the Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee, opened at a hall in Sapporo ESTA, a commercial complex in Sapporo, Hokkaido. The exhibition which aims to raise awareness ... read more

Culture | Sep 20 2008

SGI-Canada Members Participate in Local Charity Event

On September 20, 2008, members of SGI-Canada's Majestic Cedar District and Scarborough Chapter in Toronto, Canada, participated in a charity event in support of a local hospital. Invited to participate, SGI-Canada's contribution to the fundraiser included poetry reading and songs by members of the Majestic Cedar Singers. In addition ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 20 2008

SGI-USA Members in Texas Run for Peace

On September 20, 2008, SGI-USA members from the Dallas-Fort Worth West Area participated in the first annual Peace Race, which celebrated the United Nations' International Day of Peace. About a dozen SGI-USA members participated in the run, and SGI-USA young men's member Brendan McKeever came in first for his age ... read more

Culture | Sep 19 2008

Taiwan Soka Association Cohosts Poetry Seminar in Taipei

On September 18, 2008, the “China-Taiwan Poetry Study Seminar 2008” took place at the Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) Jin-Zhou Culture Center in Taipei. Chinese Academy's Institute of Poetry Studies, Chinese Poets Society, Soochow University’s Chinese Literature Department and TSA cohosted the event, which aimed to encourage the study, promotion ... read more

Education | Sep 18 2008

SGI-Bolivia and Nur University Cohost a Class on Buddhism

On September 18, 2008, SGI-Bolivia collaborated with Nur University, Santa Cruz, to host a class on development of civilizations at the SGI-Bolivia Culture Center. Some 30 students attended the session titled "Contribution of Buddhism to Modern Civilization and World Peace." An SGI-Bolivia youth representative spoke about Buddhist humanism, referencing SGI ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 13 2008

SGI-USA Chicago Culture Center Hosts Peace Event

On September 13, 2008, the SGI-USA Chicago Culture Center in Chicago, Illinois, USA, hosted a "Building a Culture of Peace" symposium, attended by over 200 people. Hiro Sakurai, SGI representative to the United Nations in New York, spoke during the event about how his work at the United Nations relates ... read more

Interfaith | Sep 12 2008

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Participates in Interfaith Prayer for Peace

On September 12, 2008, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) was one of various religious groups invited by the Catholic Church of St. Francis of Assisi (SFA), Cheras, Malaysia, to participate in the interfaith event "Understanding World Religions." SFA organized the event to promote greater understanding of the various faith traditions ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 12 2008

Russian Academy of Sciences and IOP Host Joint Symposium in Moscow

On September 11 and 12, 2008, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP), Japan, and the Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), Russia, hosted a symposium in Moscow titled "Buddhist Philosophy in Multicultural Context." Leading Russian researchers and scholars on oriental philosophies and Buddhist philosophy presented their ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 10 2008

Taiwan Soka Association Recognized as Excellent Community Organization for 15th Consecutive Time

The Interior Ministry of Taiwan has chosen Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) as an Excellent Community Organization. TSA was selected from among over 8,000 organizations as having contributed the most to Taiwanese society during the past two years. This was TSA's 15th consecutive recognition since 1991, one year following its ... read more

Culture | Sep 8 2008

Student Forum Commemorates 40th Anniversary of SGI President’s Proposal for Normalizing Sino-Japanese Relations

September 8, 2008, marked the 40th anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda’s proposal for normalizing Sino-Japanese relations. To commemorate the occasion, Soka Gakkai students held a peace forum at the Tokyo Toda Memorial Auditorium in Sugamo, Tokyo, inviting renowned journalist Kazuteru Saionji to lecture. An advisor to the national ... read more

Culture | Sep 7 2008

SGI-Brazil Members Participate in Independence Day Festivals

SGI-Brazil (BSGI) young men's Taiyo (Sun) Brass Band and young women's Nova Era (New Age) Fife-and-Drum Corps participated in festivals celebrating September 7, Brazil Independence Day, in 18 cities throughout the country. On September 5, 2008, at the invitation of the state of Amazonas, local BSGI members in Manaus participated ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 7 2008

Study Exams Held in Taiwan and Argentina

On September 7, 2008, Taiwan Soka Association held an examination on Nichiren Buddhism for intermediate-level lecturers at 11 venues throughout Taiwan. Over 600 candidates were tested on their knowledge and understanding of Nichiren Buddhism, including "On Establishing the Correct Teaching for the Peace of the Land," one of Nichiren's ... read more

Culture | Sep 7 2008

Soka Renaissance Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps Wins at National Competition

On September 7, 2008, the Soka Renaissance Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps won top honors for the fifth time in the Japan Cup Marching Band and Baton Twirling National Competition held at the Sendagaya Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium in Tokyo. The band, with a performance titled "Tribal Conquest," also received the ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 7 2008

SGI-USA Holds Block Party in New York City

On September 7, 2008, SGI-USA New York Zone closed off the street facing the New York Culture Center in New York City, New York, USA, for a day-long event titled "Creating a New Peace." More than 2,000 attended the open house and block party that featured tours of the ... read more

Human Rights | Sep 6 2008

UNICEF Representative to Malaysia Lectures at Soka Gakkai Malaysia Headquarters

On September 6, 2008, Youssouf Oomar, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) representative to Malaysia lectured at the Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) Grand Culture Center in Kuala Lumpur. Titled "Quality Education for All," Mr. Oomar's talk focused on the importance of treating each child as a human being in totality, ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 6 2008

SGI Members Meet in Fiji and Russia

On August 16, 2008, SGI-Fiji members gathered for a district meeting in Lautoka, the second largest city in Fiji. Two members shared how their Buddhist practice positively impacted their daily lives. SGI-Oceania Chair Richard Sasaki encouraged everyone to challenge to develop into a person who is trusted in society. ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 31 2008

SGI Associations Throughout Latin America Hold Commemorative Meetings

During August 2008, SGI men throughout Latin America met at their respective locales to celebrate August 24, one of the SGI's commemorative days as well as the day SGI President Daisaku Ikeda joined the Soka Gakkai in 1947. On August 23 and 24, 212 SGI-Mexico men and young ... read more

Interfaith | Aug 30 2008

Singapore Soka Association Participates in "From Tolerance to Acceptance" Interfaith Forum

"Tolerance is more than being fair, it is about appreciation, respect and understanding," said Associate Professor Syed Farid Alatas from the Department of Malay Studies at the National University of Singapore, one of the speakers at an interfaith forum titled "From Tolerance to Acceptance," held on August 30, 2008, ... read more