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Interfaith | Mar 20 2013

SGI-Italy Members Join Representatives of World Religions to Greet Pope Francis

On March 20, representatives of SGI-Italy were invited by the Vatican to join an audience with the newly installed Pope Francis, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, at an official meeting with representatives of other world religions. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Mar 17 2013

"Seeds of Hope" Exhibition Shown in Outaouais, Canada

"Seeds of Hope" Exhibition Shown in Outaouais, Canada

The French version of SGI's environmental exhibition "Seeds of Hope: Visions of sustainability, steps toward change" was shown from March 16-17 as part of a symposium on urban agriculture and a "Seed Day" celebration at the City Hall of Gatineau, in the Outaouais region of Western Quebec, close to Ottawa. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Mar 16 2013

SGI-USA Youth Organize Peace Summit at Columbine High School

SGI-USA Youth Organize Peace Summit at Columbine High School

On Saturday March 16, SGI-USA Rocky Mountain Zone youth members organized a "Humanistic Awakening Summit for Peace" at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, USA. ... read more

Press Releases | Mar 13 2013

Exhibition on Nuclear Disarmament and Human Security Opens in Bahrain

The anti-nuclear weapons exhibition “From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Toward a World Free From Nuclear Weapons,” created by Buddhist association Soka Gakkai International (SGI), opened on March 12 for the first time in the Middle East at the Bahrain National Museum in Manama. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Mar 13 2013

SGI's Anti-nuclear Exhibition Opens in Bahrain

SGI's Anti-nuclear Exhibition Opens in Bahrain

On March 12, SGI's anti-nuclear weapons exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Toward a World Free From Nuclear Weapons" (THS) opened for the first time in the Middle East at the Bahrain National Museum in Manama. ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 11 2013

Soka Gakkai Holds Tohoku Earthquake Memorial Services

Soka Gakkai Holds Tohoku Earthquake Memorial Services

On March 11, Soka Gakkai members throughout Japan held memorial services for those who lost their lives in the Great East Japan Earthquake and subsequent tsunami two years ago. ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 9 2013

Districts in Canada and Japan Hold Exchange Meeting Via Live Link-up

Districts in Canada and Japan Hold Exchange Meeting Via Live Link-up

On March 9, Unity District in Victoria, Canada, linked up via live feed for an international exchange meeting with Tomita District in Sendai, Japan, in the Tohoku region devastated by the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Mar 8 2013

SGI-New Zealand Women Walk for Peace on International Women's Day

SGI-New Zealand Women Walk for Peace on International Women's Day

On International Women's Day, March 8, SGI-New Zealand Aotearoa (SGINZ) women participated in Wellington Women Walk for Peace (WWW4Peace), a peace walk through the city from Parliament to Civic Square and an evening Peace Celebration. ... read more

Human Rights | Mar 7 2013

SGI Participates in Events on Eliminating Violence against Women

SGI Participates in Events on Eliminating Violence against Women

On March 7, SGI co-organized a panel discussion complementing the theme of the 57th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW57). ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Mar 5 2013

SGI Participates in Oslo Conference on Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons

SGI Participates in Oslo Conference on Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons

From March 4-5, the government of Norway hosted an international conference to focus on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons. The conference was attended by delegates from 127 governments, representatives of UN agencies and a selection of civil society groups. SGI Executive Director of Peace Affairs Hirotsugu Terasaki participated in the conference. ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 3 2013

Soka Gakkai Headquarters Leaders Meeting Held in Tohoku Region

Soka Gakkai Headquarters Leaders Meeting Held in Tohoku Region

On March 3, in commemoration of the second anniversary of the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami and the ensuing nuclear accident in Tohoku (Northeastern Japan), Soka Gakkai held its monthly Headquarters Leaders Meeting at the Soka Gakkai Fukushima Culture Center in Koriyama City, Fukushima Prefecture. ... read more

Culture | Mar 3 2013

Youth Peace Culture Festival Held in Argentina

Youth Peace Culture Festival Held in Argentina

On March 2 and 3, SGI-Argentina held their Fourth Youth Peace Culture Festival at the Usina del Arte theater in Buenos Aires. ... read more

Culture | Mar 1 2013

Min-On Concert Association Hosts Shenyang Acrobatic Troupe Tour of Japan

Min-On Concert Association Hosts Shenyang Acrobatic Troupe Tour of Japan

On March 1, at the invitation of the Min-On Concert Association, the Shenyang Acrobatic Troupe of China premiered at Sagami-Ono Green Hall in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Mar 1 2013

SGI-New Zealand Supports iChoose Anti-bullying Program in Auckland Schools

SGI-New Zealand Supports iChoose Anti-bullying Program in Auckland Schools

From February 25 to March 1, SGI-New Zealand Aotearoa (SGINZ) supported the International Committee of Artists for Peace (ICAP) in bringing the "iChoose" anti-bullying program, aimed at teenagers, to 10 schools in Auckland for the first time. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Feb 28 2013

SGI-Australia Hosts Lecture by Ela Gandhi

SGI-Australia Hosts Lecture by Ela Gandhi

On February 28, Ela Gandhi, granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi, delivered a lecture titled "Human Security and Sustainability" at the SGI-Australia (SGIA) Culture Center in Sydney. The lecture was based on SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's 2012 Peace Proposal. ... read more

Education | Feb 26 2013

Women's Peace Committee Hosts Lecture on "Women and Reconstruction"

Women's Peace Committee Hosts Lecture on "Women and Reconstruction"

On February 26, the Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee hosted their 5th Culture of Peace lecture at the Josei Toda International Center in Tokyo. Guest lecturer Professor Keiko Ikeda of Shizuoka University spoke on the role of women and the issues they face in reconstruction following natural disasters. ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 25 2013

Commemorative Meetings Held Throughout Latin America

Commemorative Meetings Held Throughout Latin America

On February 24, SGI-Chile held a culture festival at the Caupolicán Theater in Santiago, where 2,000 members from throughout the nation gathered to commemorate the 20th anniversary of their first national meeting (on February 23, 1993), which coincided with SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's first visit to Chile. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Feb 24 2013

SGI-Venezuela Holds Peacebuilders Workshop to Counter Rising Violence

SGI-Venezuela Holds Peacebuilders Workshop to Counter Rising Violence

On February 24, SGI members in Valle de La Pascua in Guárico State, central Venezuela, organized a "Young Peacebuilders" workshop at a local public community center in an effort to counter the rising violence which has been affecting youth in the city. ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 17 2013

SGI-Brazil Women's Day Celebrated

SGI-Brazil Women's Day Celebrated

On February 17, SGI members gathered at the SGI-Brazil (BSGI) Nature and Culture Center in Itapevi, São Paulo to celebrate SGI-Brazil Women's Day (February 27). ... read more

Culture | Feb 14 2013

SGI-Gulf Hosts Poetry Symposium in Dubai

SGI-Gulf Hosts Poetry Symposium in Dubai

On February 14, SGI-Gulf hosted its second annual poetry symposium, "The Poetic Heart: Connecting Humanity," at the Dubai Knowledge Village in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Feb 6 2013

SGI-USA Hosts Lecture by Scholar of African-American History in New York

SGI-USA Hosts Lecture by Scholar of African-American History in New York

On February 6, Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, internationally renowned historian and scholar on the African-American experience, gave a lecture at the SGI-USA New York Culture Center as part of its Culture of Peace Distinguished Speaker Series. ... read more

Culture | Feb 6 2013

SGI-Spain Participates in Poetry Reading in Madrid

SGI-Spain Participates in Poetry Reading in Madrid

On February 6, the historic Corral de Comedias de Alcalá theater in Madrid, Spain, hosted a poetry reading as part of its annual poetry series. Soka Gakkai de España (SGI-Spain) supported the event together with the University of Alcalá and Amargord Publishing House. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Feb 6 2013

Peace Education Videoconference Linking Spain and Japan

Peace Education Videoconference Linking Spain and Japan

On January 30, in an effort to directly expose youth to the tragedies of nuclear weapons use, SGI-Spain helped organize a live videoconference between some 150 high school students and local citizens in Rivas-Vaciamadrid, Spain, and atomic bomb survivors in Nagasaki, Japan. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Feb 4 2013

Toda Institute Holds Conflict Resolution Workshops in Thailand and U.S.

Toda Institute Holds Conflict Resolution Workshops in Thailand and U.S.

The Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research held workshops on nonviolent conflict resolution in Thailand from January 19-20 and in the U.S. on February 4. ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 30 2013

SGI Members in Latin America Gather for Study Training Course

SGI Members in Latin America Gather for Study Training Course

Some 250 members from the Spanish-speaking countries of Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Venezuela gathered in Panama for a Latin America Buddhist study training course from January 28 to 30. ... read more

Press Releases | Jan 28 2013

Buddhist Leader Issues Peace Proposal Calling for Abolition of Nuclear Weapons, Dialogue between China and Japan

On January 26, 2013, Daisaku Ikeda, president of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Buddhist association, published his 31st annual peace proposal, "Compassion, Wisdom and Courage: Building a Global Society of Peace and Creative Coexistence." Ikeda stresses the centrality of the dignity of life and calls for action toward abolition of nuclear weapons, the need to address poverty as a human rights issue and ways of improving relations between China and Japan. ... read more

Education | Jan 27 2013

Education Counseling Training Course and Youth Friendship Exchange held in Taiwan

Education Counseling Training Course and Youth Friendship Exchange held in Taiwan

On Jan 23 and 24, a National Education Counseling Training Course was held at the Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) Hua-Shan Culture Center in Yunlin County. ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 27 2013

Lotus Sutra Exhibition Opens in Taiwan

Lotus Sutra Exhibition Opens in Taiwan

On January 27, the exhibition "The Lotus Sutra--A Message of Peace and Harmonious Coexistence" co-organized by the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) together with Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) opened at TSA’s Zhi Shan Culture Center in Taipei. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jan 22 2013

SGI-USA Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Promotes Nonviolence

SGI-USA Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Promotes Nonviolence

From January 19-21, people across America gathered to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, commemorating the birth of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his nonviolent activism for racial equality that spearheaded the US Civil Rights movement. This year, MLK Day was observed on January 21. ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 20 2013

SGI-Philippines Holds Celebratory Culture Festival

SGI-Philippines Holds Celebratory Culture Festival

On January 20, SGI members in Southern Mindanao held a culture festival and leaders meeting to celebrate the five-year anniversary of the opening of the SGI-Philippines Davao Culture Center and to initiate momentum towards 2014, which will mark 50 years since the start of the SGI Buddhist movement in the Philippines. ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 17 2013

Memorial Services Held on Anniversary of Great Hanshin Earthquake

Memorial Services Held on Anniversary of Great Hanshin Earthquake

On January 17, Soka Gakkai members conducted memorial prayer services at four venues in Hyogo and Osaka prefectures on the 18th anniversary of the Great Hanshin Earthquake (January 17, 1995). ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 13 2013

SGI-Korea Appoints New General Director

SGI-Korea Appoints New General Director

SGI-Korea held a national leaders meeting at its center in Seoul on January 13. ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 13 2013

SGI-Europe Representatives Hold Summit Meeting

SGI-Europe Representatives Hold Summit Meeting

Some 200 SGI leaders from 30 European countries gathered for an SGI European Summit from January 10 to 13 at the SGI European Training Center at Trets, France. ... read more

Culture | Jan 12 2013

SGI-Macau Sponsors Guangxi-Macau Art Exchange

SGI-Macau Sponsors Guangxi-Macau Art Exchange

On January 12, SGI-Macau, together with the Chinese Educators Association of Macau and Guangxi Arts Institute of Nanning, China, cosponsored a student art exchange. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jan 12 2013

SGI-USA Cosponsors Guam's Latte Peace Festival

SGI-USA Cosponsors Guam's Latte Peace Festival

On January 12, Guam launched its first annual Latte Peace Festival at Tamuning Park in the village of Tamuning. The festival--named after the latte stone, a symbol of strength in the island's native Chamorro culture--was held to celebrate peace, promote cultural exchange between neighboring islands and to commemorate Louise Rivera's inauguration as the new Tamuning-Tumon-Harmon mayor. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Jan 12 2013

Soka Gakkai Student Members in Tohoku Hold Second Symposium on Earthquake Recovery

Soka Gakkai Student Members in Tohoku Hold Second Symposium on Earthquake Recovery

On January 12, Soka Gakkai student members in Tohoku held their second symposium addressing the progress of recovery following the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami that devastated parts of northeastern Japan. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Jan 6 2013

SGM Selangor Participates in Cleanup Campaign

SGM Selangor Participates in Cleanup Campaign

On January 6, some 120 Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) Selangor members participated in a cleanup campaign in the Taman Berkeley township in Klang, Selangor State. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Jan 6 2013

SGI-Hong Kong Members Join Fund-raising Walk

SGI-Hong Kong Members Join Fund-raising Walk

On Jan 6, over 100 SGI-Hong Kong members participated in the "Walk for Millions: Hong Kong and Kowloon Walk"--an annual fund-raising event organized by The Community Chest of Hong Kong, an NGO that provides financial support to a wide range of welfare service initiatives in Hong Kong benefiting vulnerable groups. ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 6 2013

SGI-Bolivia Holds Leaders Training Course

SGI-Bolivia Holds Leaders Training Course

On January 6, SGI-Bolivia members held a leaders training course at the SGI-Bolivia Culture Center in Santa Cruz. ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 6 2013

New Soka Culture Center Opens in Tokyo

New Soka Culture Center Opens in Tokyo

At the end of 2012, the new Soka Culture Center was opened in Tokyo. It was officially opened to visitors on a ticketed basis from January. ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 2 2013

SGI New Year's Prayer Meetings Held Worldwide

SGI New Year's Prayer Meetings Held Worldwide

From England to Bolivia, Taiwan to Burkina Faso, SGI members throughout the world celebrated the New Year with prayer meetings in their local areas on January 1 and 2. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Dec 20 2012

Soka Gakkai Japan Donates Books to Disaster-stricken Schools

Soka Gakkai Japan Donates Books to Disaster-stricken Schools

In December, Soka Gakkai Japan donated books and bookshelves to several schools throughout Japan. Each school received some 300 books on various subjects. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Dec 17 2012

"Choose Life" Peace Symposiums Held in New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata

"Choose Life" Peace Symposiums Held in New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata

Bharat Soka Gakkai (BSG) organized a series of peace symposiums celebrating the 40th anniversary of the dialogue between SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and British historian Dr. Arnold J. Toynbee, which was subsequently published as Choose Life. ... read more

Culture | Dec 16 2012

SGM Hosts International Calligraphy Exhibition and Convention

SGM Hosts International Calligraphy Exhibition and Convention

From December 8-16, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) hosted the 10th International Calligraphy Exhibition and Convention, showcasing some 360 calligraphic works by artists from 21 countries at its Wisma Kebudayaan center in Kuala Lumpur. ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 16 2012

SGI Buddhist Study Exams Held in Kenya, Denmark, Argentina and Malaysia

SGI Buddhist Study Exams Held in Kenya, Denmark, Argentina and Malaysia

In November and December, SGI members in Kenya, Denmark, Argentina and Malaysia took Buddhist study exams in their respective areas as a way to deepen their understanding of Nichiren Buddhism and its core philosophy. ... read more