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Culture | Aug 9 2008

SSA Members Perform at Singapore National Day Parade 2008

On August 9, 2008, Singapore Soka Association (SSA) youth performed at Singapore's 43rd National Day Parade at the Marina Bay Floating Stadium. SSA has participated in the annual event at the invitation of the Singaporean government for the past 23 years. Singapore President S.R. Nathan, Prime Minister Lee Hsien ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 9 2008

Soka Gakkai Holds Memorial Services for Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Victims

Yasuko Fujita, who at age of 14 was exposed to the bomb five kilometers from the epicenter while at work as a mobilized student, shared her experience. She recalled a blinding flash, being physically blown away by the force of the explosion, and then losing consciousness. When she came to, ... read more

Human Rights | Aug 9 2008

Celebrating Diversity in Iceland

On August 9, 2008, SGI-Iceland participated in Reykjavík's annual gay pride parade, the main event held during Iceland's nationwide week of celebrating diversity. Some 40 SGI-Iceland members marched in the parade, together with six members from SGI-Europe's Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Group, representing various European countries. The marchers ... read more

Culture | Aug 5 2008

SGI-Korea and SGI-Taiwan Fife-and-Drum Corps Participate in International Festivals

The Arirang Fife-and-Drum Corps, SGI-Korea's young women's band, was one of 13 groups from ten countries invited to perform at the 7th annual Gangneung International Junior Art Festival in Gangneung City, Gangwon Province, South Korea. The festival, held this year from August 2-5, 2008, was initiated seven years ago and ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 5 2008

Costa Rican Ambassador to Japan Lectures on Peace in Hiroshima

On August 5, 2008, Soka Gakkai youth in Hiroshima, Japan, sponsored the 128th in a series of "Lectures on Hiroshima" at the Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Ikeda Peace Hall in Hiroshima City, commemorating the 63rd anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. With a speech titled "Costa Rica--Country of Peace," ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 3 2008

SGI Youth Celebrate the Month of Youth

From July 6-13, some 2,500 SGI-Thailand young men met at five venues throughout the country. At a meeting in Nonthaburi Province on July 6, one young man joyfully shared how he is now able to appreciate and use his hardships for his personal growth as a result of Nichiren ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 3 2008

SGI-Panama Women and Young Women Meet

On August 2 and 3, 2008, SGI-Panama women and young women gathered for their first combined meeting in Chitré. Some 40 members from Panama City, Colón, Herrera, Chiriquí and Bocas del Toro attended. Referencing the example of Kaneko Ikeda, wife of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, participants discussed the importance of each ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 1 2008

Inter Press Service Interviews SGI President on Nuclear Disarmament

Inter Press Service (IPS), a news agency that specializes in development and human rights issues, recently interviewed SGI President Daisaku Ikeda on nuclear disarmament and the need to revive and re-energize efforts to achieve this goal. In the interview, he calls for a return to the original spirit of the ... read more

Education | Jul 29 2008

Indian Council of Gandhian Studies Chairman Speaks at Fourth SSA Student Peace Lecture

On July 29, 2008, Dr. N. Radhakrishnan, chair of the Indian Council of Gandhian Studies in New Delhi, India, spoke on "The Dynamics of Orienting Today's Education for the Sake of Peace" at the Fourth Singapore Soka Association (SSA) Student Division Peace Lecture. The event, held at the Singapore Management ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jul 26 2008

Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Okinawa Youth Hold Peace Summit

On July 26, 2008, Soka Gakkai youth representatives from Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Okinawa gathered for a youth peace summit at the Soka Gakkai Okinawa International Peace Center in Naha, Okinawa. Soka Gakkai's respective Youth Peace Conferences (YPC) and Young Women's Peace and Culture Conferences (YWPCC) from the three prefectures have ... read more

Culture | Jul 26 2008

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Hosts Culture Show in Kuala Lumpur

On July 26, 2008, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) Kuala Lumpur sponsored a culture show at SJK Batang Kali multipurpose hall in Ulu, Selangor, attended by around 1,800 residents. Titled "Melam Mesra Muhibah (An Evening of Harmony) 2008," the show served to promote goodwill and cooperation in the community. Guest of ... read more

Culture | Jul 25 2008

Iranian and Egyptian Ambassadors to Japan Meet with Soka Gakkai President Harada, Respectively

On July 24, 2008, Dr. Seyed Abbas Araghchi, ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Japan, met with Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada at the Seikyo Press Building in Shinanomachi, Tokyo. Ambassador Araghchi expressed his hopes that the Soka Gakkai would continue in its efforts of promoting mutual understanding ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 20 2008

SGI-Europe Summer Study Session Held in Milan, Italy

July 17-20, 2008, some 450 SGI members from 30 countries in Europe gathered for the SGI-Europe summer study session in a suburb of Milan, Italy. Together with SGI Study Department Chief Katsuji Saito, participants studied "On the Buddha's Prophecy" and "Letter to the Brothers" from Nichiren's writings. Mr. Saito also ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Jul 20 2008

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Johor in Batu Pahat Conducts Blood Donation Drive

On July 20, 2008, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) Johor held a one-day blood donation drive at the SGM Johor Culture Centre in Batu Pahat. A total of 134 packs of blood were donated to a local blood bank. This was the sixth blood donation drive SGM Johor had organized ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jul 19 2008

Toda Institute Holds International Advisory Council Meeting in Belgium; New Director Appointed

On July 19, 2008, the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research held an international advisory council meeting at the University of Leuven, Belgium. The meeting took place on the last day of the International Peace Research Association (IPRA) conference. Some 30 scholars from 16 countries attended the meeting ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Jul 18 2008

Taiwan Soka Association Members Assist Flood Victims

On July 17 and 18, 2008, Typhoon Kalmaegi struck Taiwan, bringing heavy flooding and landslides to the central and southern parts of the country. Kalmaegi, the first typhoon to hit Taiwan this year, brought torrential downpours said to be the worst in a decade. The typhoon left at least 20 ... read more

Culture | Jul 14 2008

Commemorative Cultural Festival Held in Indonesia; SGI Representatives Meet with Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla

On July 13, 2008, the "Religious Art Festival for Peace" took place at the Jakarta International Event and Convention Centre, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Indonesia and Japan. The musical extravaganza was co-organized by Soka Gakkai Indonesia (SGI-Indonesia), the Indonesian Muslim Artists and Culturalists ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 11 2008

German Translation of Selected Writings of Nichiren Published

SGI-Germany recently published German translations of selected works of Nichiren. Translated and edited from The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, the English edition of Nichiren's writings, the German version contains 36 letters and treatises, including "On Attaining Buddhahood in This Lifetime," "Letter from Sado" and "The Object of Devotion for Observing ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 10 2008

Discussion Meeting Tradition Continues Throughout Japan

At monthly discussion meetings during July 2008, Soka Gakkai national and regional leaders attended meetings in their respective locales throughout Japan. The discussion meeting is a tradition that began with the Soka Gakkai's inception. National Women's Leader Asami Mitsui participated at a meeting of Wakakusa District, Chiba, on July 9. Following ... read more

Sustainable Development | Jul 7 2008

"21st Century Environment Exhibition" Opens in Tokyo and Hyogo Prefecture

On July 4, 2008, the "21st Century Environment Exhibition," which supports the United Nations' Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014), opened at the Shibuya Tobu Hotel in Tokyo. Many guests attended the opening ceremony. Nguyen Thi Thu Ha, Japanese bureau chief of "The Voice of Vietnam," a Vietnamese state ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 6 2008

SGI-Dominican Republic Members Meet Throughout the Country

On July 6, 2008, some 1,000 SGI-Dominican Republic members gathered for meetings throughout the country, commemorating July 3, Day of Mentor and Disciple, as well as the month of youth. In preparing for the meetings, youth members engaged in one-on-one dialogues to expand their network of friendship. SGI-Dominican Republic Young Men's ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Jul 5 2008

Soka Gakkai Members Support Earthquake Relief Efforts in Japan

On June 14, 2008, a massive earthquake of upper 6 on the Japanese seismic scale of 7 struck the Tohoku region of northeastern Japan and left 12 people dead, 10 missing and over 440 injured as of July 3. The Iwate-Miyagi Inland Earthquake destroyed roads and a 95-meter bridge, cutting ... read more

Sustainable Development | Jul 5 2008

SGI-Canada Earth Charter Committee Launches "Summer of Sustainability" in Vancouver

From July 3 to 5, 2008, SGI-Canada's Vancouver-based Earth Charter Committee launched its "Summer of Sustainability" campaign at the city's Central City Shopping Center, distributing a checklist of 50 actions people can take to engage with others in the community and reduce their carbon footprint--the direct effect one's actions and ... read more

Education | Jul 4 2008

SGI-Taiwan Sponsors Two Summer Camps at Rural Elementary Schools

On July 3 and 4, 2008, Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) sponsored "Soka Joy Summer Camps" at Green Island Elementary School in Taitung County and Tai-ba-lang Elementary School in Hualien County, Taiwan. The schools, both of which share limited educational resources, are located in rural areas--one on a remote island ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jul 1 2008

SGI-USA Youth Support Local Peace Event in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

On July 1, 2008, more than 125 people attended the opening ceremony for the exhibition "A World Free From Nuclear Weapons Is Possible" at the Lesley University Hall Atrium in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. The Peaceable Schools Summer Institute at Lesley University and the City of Cambridge Peace Commission cosponsored the ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jul 1 2008

Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee Sponsors "Culture of Peace Forum"

On July 1, 2008, the Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee (WPC) hosted a "Culture of Peace Forum" at the Soka Gakkai Higashimurayama Culture Center, Tokyo. In her opening remarks, WPC Vice Chair Nobuko Ishii expressed her wish that the forum would offer the participants opportunities to further reflect on what ... read more

Education | Jul 1 2008

SGI-Nicaragua Youth Celebrate "Day of the Teacher" with Community Activism

On June 29, 2008, Nicaragua's "Day of the Teacher," SGI-Nicaragua youth visited an education center in Managua where some 70 children with disabilities attend classes. The SGI youth performed music and dances for the children and joined them in games. ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 30 2008

SGI-Netherlands Women Meet

During May and June 2008, over 600 women and young women, including some 160 guests, gathered for SGI-Netherlands women's meetings at 15 venues throughout the country. Beginning last year and with the leadership of SGI-Netherlands Women's Leader Mieke Iwami and Young Women's Leader Nobuko Kotera, the women and young women ... read more

Education | Jun 30 2008

Peace Education Leader Speaks at SGI-USA Culture of Peace Lecture Series

On June 30, 2008, Betty Reardon, a 45-year veteran of the international peace education movement, spoke at the SGI-USA New York Culture Center as part of SGI-USA's Culture of Peace Distinguished Speaker Series. Born in 1929, Ms. Reardon wrote her first essay on peace while in the fifth grade. Among ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 30 2008

SGI-Venezuela Women Meet

During June 2008, some 3,100 SGI-Venezuela women and young women gathered for conferences throughout the country. In the city of Valera, Trujillo State, 500 kilometers west of the capital Caracas, 200 attended the women's conference. Extensive preparations and one-on-one dialogues resulted in increased participation from last year's attendance of 36. ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 29 2008

SGI-Nepal and SGI-Switzerland Women's Meetings

On June 28, 2008, SGI-Nepal women held their 12th general meeting at the SGI-Nepal Peace Center in Kathmandu. Participants sang "Mother" whose lyrics were composed by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, and the program also included a poetry reading. SGI-Nepal Women's Leader Beema Singh and SGI-Nepal General Director Sahana Shrestha encouraged ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 29 2008

Women's Meetings Held in Latin American Countries

During June 2008, SGI women in several Latin American countries celebrated the 57th anniversary of the formation of the Women's Division (WD). On June 22, some 360 SGI-Bolivia women from Santa Cruz State gathered for a meeting at the SGI-Bolivia Culture Center. In Ecuador, meetings were held on June 21 and ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jun 29 2008

Eighth Daisaku Ikeda Annual Lecture Hosted by Singapore Soka Association

The speaker, Professor Jørgen Ørstrøm Møller, visiting senior research fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) and adjunct professor at Singapore Management University, shared his insights during a lecture titled "Securing Peace in Asia for the Next 25 Years" to an audience of some 700. Among the attendees ... read more

Interfaith | Jun 29 2008

"British Buddhist Landscape" Conference Held at Taplow Court, UK

Participants and speakers at the British Buddhist Landscape Conference Over the weekend of June 27-29, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy-United Kingdom (IOP-UK) held a conference jointly with the Network of Buddhist Organisations (UK), known as NBO, at SGI-UK's Taplow Court center, on the theme of "The British Buddhist Landscape--Transplantation and Growth." ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 28 2008

SGI-USA West Territory Holds Men's Meeting

On June 28, 2008, some 1,000 men gathered in Oakland, California, USA, to kick off their grassroots efforts aimed at local activities that will take place during August, SGI-USA Men's Division Month. More than 200 men traveled on buses overnight from southern California, including one man in his 80s. Northern California ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 27 2008

Soka Gakkai Members in Remote Islands and Villages Active in Local Communities

Soka Gakkai members in remote islands and mountainous areas in Japan are actively engaging in dialogue and fostering friendships. Many are also active participants in their neighborhood associations, playing pivotal roles in working for the welfare of other residents and contributing to the revitalization of their communities. Typical of these ... read more

Interfaith | Jun 26 2008

SGI-USA Participates in Interfaith Roundtable on Hate Crimes in Southern California, USA

On June 26, 2008, in a suburb of Los Angeles (LA), California, USA, the LA County Human Relations Commission hosted an interfaith roundtable on hate crimes. The commission's Executive Director Robin Toma invited 33 leaders representing a broad diversity of faith communities, among which was SGI-USA. To open the event, Mr. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jun 26 2008

"From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit" Exhibition in Dominican Republic

"From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit," an exhibition created by the SGI that examines the nuclear weapons issue through the lens of human security, showed from June 12-26, 2008, at the Cibao Grand Theater in Santiago in the Dominican Republic. Some 150 ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 25 2008

Newly Completed SGI-USA Washington, D.C., Culture Center Opened on "Embassy Row"

On June 25, 2008 the newly constructed SGI-USA Washington, D.C., Culture Center was officially opened. Designed by noted architect Bill Hellmuth, the 9,000 square foot center is located alongside embassies from throughout the world on Massachusetts Avenue, also known as "Embassy Row," in the heart of the U.S. capital. Officiating ... read more

Culture | Jun 22 2008

SGI-Brazil Members Participate in Centennial Celebrations of Japanese Immigration in São Paulo and Paraná

On June 21, 2008, an official event celebrating the centennial of Japanese immigration to Brazil took place in São Paulo at the Anhembi Arena, a 500-meter samba parade ground. SGI Vice President Hiromasa Ikeda attended on behalf of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, who had been invited as a guest of ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 22 2008

SGI Women Celebrate Soka Gakkai Women's Division Day

On June 2, 2008, representative Japanese members met for a nationwide WD leaders' meeting at Soka International Friendship Hall in Sendagaya, Tokyo. The recorded meeting was broadcasted to Soka Gakkai centers throughout Japan on June 5 and 6. The meeting included a message from SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and Mrs. ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 22 2008

SGI-Cuba and SGI-Costa Rica Members Celebrate Anniversaries

In June 2008, SGI-Cuba and SGI-Costa Rica each celebrated the 12th anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's first visit to their countries. Mr. Ikeda visited Cuba on June 24, 1996, at the invitation of Cuba's Ministry of Culture. He met with then Cuban President Fidel Castro and discussed educational and ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jun 22 2008

SGI-Bolivia Women Promote Peace and Women's Empowerment

On June 22, 2008, some 360 women gathered at the SGI-Bolivia Cultural Center in Santa Cruz for the first SGI-Bolivia Women's National Convention. Sarah Mejía Gonzales, president of the Association of Women's Civic Committees of Santa Cruz Department (CCFP) and CCFP Senior President Piedades Justiniano de Oliva attended. The ... read more

Interfaith | Jun 21 2008

Singapore Soka Association Representative Speaks at Forum on "Religion in Conflict and Cooperation"

Mr. Chan was one of four representatives from various religious traditions who were invited to speak at the forum held on June 21, 2008, at the Harmony Centre@Masjid An-Nahdhah in Bishan, Singapore. Some 90 people attended, including the Turkish Ambassador to Singapore, HE A. Bülent Meriç, religious representatives and students ... read more

Culture | Jun 20 2008

Beyond the Horizon: Photo Exhibition Held at International Maritime Organization Headquarters in London, UK

From June 16-20, 2008, "Beyond the Horizon," an exhibition of photographs taken by the Hato-kai, Soka Gakkai members who work on oceangoing vessels, was shown at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) headquarters in London, UK. Hato-kai and IMO co-organized the event in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the adoption ... read more