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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

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