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Humanitarian Activities | Jul 7 2013

"One Kiss of the Eternal" Photography Exhibition Highlights Poverty and Dignity

"One Kiss of the Eternal" Photography Exhibition Highlights Poverty and Dignity

From June 29 to July 7, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) and the Photographic Society of Malaysia organized an exhibition of works by Singaporean photographer Teo Bee Yen, titled "One Kiss of the Eternal--Social Documentary Photography" at SGM's Wisma Kebudayaan center in Kuala Lumpur. ... read more

Education | Jul 7 2013

Taiwan Soka Association Hosts Annual Summer Camps for Children in Remote Areas

Taiwan Soka Association Hosts Annual Summer Camps for Children in Remote Areas

From July 6-7, a team of 40 Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) student members from various universities volunteered as camp counselors and helped organize a summer camp for some 60 children mainly from the Atayal and Seediq indigenous communities at Hu Chu Elementary School in the mountainous region of Nantou County. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Jul 5 2013

SGI-Sweden Organizes Seminar on Nuclear Weapons and the Environment at Almedalen Week

SGI-Sweden Organizes Seminar on Nuclear Weapons and the Environment at Almedalen Week

On July 5, SGI-Sweden held a seminar titled "Earth, Water, Air, Fire and Nuclear Weapons: A Different Seminar on Environmental Problems" at Almedalen Week 2013. ... read more

Human Rights | Jul 2 2013

"Path to Dignity" Screened at Human Rights Education Conference in Russia

"Path to Dignity" Screened at Human Rights Education Conference in Russia

On July 2, SGI participated in an international conference titled "Human Rights Education in Russia: Status and Challenges" held at the Congress Complex in St. Petersburg. ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 29 2013

SGI Meetings Held in Croatia and Russia

SGI Meetings Held in Croatia and Russia

On June 16, SGI-Croatia held its second General Meeting in Zagreb. SGI-Russia also held a meeting that commemorated July 3, mentor and disciple day, in Moscow on June 29. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Jun 26 2013

SGI Joins Gathering of Faith-Based Groups on Development Effectiveness

SGI Joins Gathering of Faith-Based Groups on Development Effectiveness

From June 25-26, SGI participated in "The First Global Consultation of Faith Based Development Organizations on Participation in the Civil Society Partnership for Development Effectiveness." ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Jun 16 2013

Hope in Action: SSA Students Hold Online Photo Documentary Challenge

Hope in Action: SSA Students Hold Online Photo Documentary Challenge

For its annual June project, Singapore Soka Association (SSA)'s student group members organized a 30-day photo documentary initiative titled "30 Days of Human Revolution (HR30)" calling for participants to create and document expressions of hope in action in their local communities. ... read more

Culture | Jun 15 2013

Taiwan Soka Association Brings Art to Schools and Cosponsors Capa Exhibition

Taiwan Soka Association Brings Art to Schools and Cosponsors Capa Exhibition

Beginning in March, volunteer guides from Taiwan Soka Association's (TSA) art and culture centers have been travelling to schools in urban and remote rural areas throughout the island to introduce children to the world of Taiwanese art. ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 9 2013

SGI Members in Taiwan, Spain, Singapore and Argentina Deepen Faith Through Study

SGI Members in Taiwan, Spain, Singapore and Argentina Deepen Faith Through Study

In May and June, SGI members in Taiwan, Spain and Singapore took Buddhist study exams as a way of deepening their understanding of Nichiren Buddhism. SGI-Argentina members also held Buddhist study seminars on the concept of karma. ... read more

Education | Jun 8 2013

SGI-Spain Hosts Conference on Education

SGI-Spain Hosts Conference on Education

On June 8, at its culture center in Rivas-Vaciamadrid, SGI-Spain sponsored its first conference on education, commemorating the 142nd anniversary of the birth, on June 6, 1871, of educator and first Soka Gakkai president Tsunesaburo Makiguchi. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jun 7 2013

SGI's Anti-nuclear Weapons Exhibition Shown in La Paz, Mexico

SGI's Anti-nuclear Weapons Exhibition Shown in La Paz, Mexico

From May 24-June 7, SGI's anti-nuclear weapons exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit" (THS) was on display at the Autonomous University of Baja California Sur (UABCS) in La Paz, Mexico. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jun 3 2013

SGI-USA Culture of Peace Lectures on Women and Human Security

SGI-USA Culture of Peace Lectures on Women and Human Security

In May and June SGI-USA organized two lectures focusing on women's experiences of war and their roles in conflict prevention and peace-building in its Culture of Peace Distinguished Speaker Series. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Jun 2 2013

SGI-Brazil Co-organizes Hip Hop Benefit Concert

SGI-Brazil Co-organizes Hip Hop Benefit Concert

On June 2, at the start of the winter season in Brazil, youth gathered for an annual hip hop benefit concert titled "Dance and Get Warm" at the Símon Bolívar Auditorium of the Latin America Memorial in São Paulo to help collect winter clothing for society's most vulnerable people. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jun 1 2013

SGI-Korea Students Show Peace Exhibition at 150 Universities

SGI-Korea Students Show Peace Exhibition at 150 Universities

From May 5 to June 1, SGI-Korea's student group sponsored peace activities at 182 venues including 150 universities across the country. A specially created exhibition titled "Harmonious Coexistence: Building Peace Together" was shown, accompanied by discussions and seminars based on SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's annual peace proposals. ... read more

Education | May 27 2013

SGI-Philippines Youth Present Donated School Supplies

SGI-Philippines Youth Present Donated School Supplies

On May 27, SGI-Philippines youth members presented donated English books, notepads and school supplies to Paaralang Pantao (School for Humanity) located at the foot of a massive garbage dump in Payatas, Quezon City, Metro Manila. ... read more

Buddhism | May 26 2013

SGI-Indonesia Celebrates Women's Day

SGI-Indonesia Celebrates Women's Day

During the month of May, commemorative events and meetings marking May 14, SGI-Indonesia Women's Day, were held throughout Indonesia. On May 26, SGI women in the province of West Java co-organized an event titled "The World is Yours to Change" with the local government of Karawang. ... read more

Buddhism | May 26 2013

Lotus Sutra Exhibition Held in Sri Lanka

Lotus Sutra Exhibition Held in Sri Lanka

From May 25-26, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) and SGI-Sri Lanka sponsored the exhibition "Lotus Sutra--A Message of Peace and Harmonious Coexistence" at the Royal College in Colombo, Sri Lanka. ... read more

Buddhism | May 26 2013

SGI Youth in Eastern Europe Gather for Training Course in Vienna

SGI Youth in Eastern Europe Gather for Training Course in Vienna

From May 24-26, SGI youth in Eastern Europe came together for a training course at the SGI-Austria Culture Center in Vienna. ... read more

Interfaith | May 22 2013

SGI-Canada Participates in Multifaith Dialogue on Adversity

SGI-Canada Participates in Multifaith Dialogue on Adversity

On May 22, SGI-Canada participated in the fifth dialogue in a series of seven titled "The Power of Spirit: A Multifaith Exploration of Triumph Over Adversity." ... read more

Culture | May 15 2013

SGI-Spain Hosts Arts Festival

SGI-Spain Hosts Arts Festival

On May 15, SGI-Spain hosted an arts festival at its culture center in Rivas-Vaciamadrid aimed at deepening friendship with the local community. The festival featured performances ranging from Spanish dance, opera vignettes and theatrical skits to piano pieces and poetry. ... read more

Education | May 8 2013

SSA Hosts Talk on Depression: "The Happy You"

SSA Hosts Talk on Depression: "The Happy You"

On May 8, Singapore Soka Association (SSA) and the Agency for Integrated Care organized a talk on depression titled "The Happy You." The talk was given by Ong Choon Ming, an occupational therapist from the Singapore Association for Mental Health, at a meeting of SSA's senior citizens group held at the SSA Headquarters. ... read more

Buddhism | May 5 2013

SGI Members Around the World Celebrate May 3, Soka Gakkai Day

SGI Members Around the World Celebrate May 3, Soka Gakkai Day

In April and May, SGI members around the world gathered to celebrate May 3rd, Soka Gakkai Day. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Apr 28 2013

SGM Celebrates Sustainable Development in April

SGM Celebrates Sustainable Development in April

Celebrating April as the "month of sustainable development," Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) in Selangor held activities promoting environmental protection and eco-consciousness, including a community clean-up, tree planting, an exhibition and a lecture. ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 28 2013

SGI-Cambodia Leaders Attend Leaders' Training Course in Bangkok

SGI-Cambodia Leaders Attend Leaders' Training Course in Bangkok

From April 27-28, representatives of SGI-Cambodia attended a leaders' training course organized by SGI-Thailand. ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 28 2013

SGI-Mexico Men Gather in Veracruz City

SGI-Mexico Men Gather in Veracruz City

From April 27-28, SGI-Mexico men's group members from 11 cities across the country gathered for a training course at the SGI-Mexico Veracruz Center. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Apr 28 2013

Soka Gakkai Youth Hold Concerts in Fukushima

Soka Gakkai Youth Hold Concerts in Fukushima

For people affected by the 2011 nuclear disaster in Fukushima Prefecture, the Soka Gloria Brass Band gave two concerts on April 28, and the Belarusian Children's Art Exhibition was also held from April 16-22. ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 27 2013

760th Anniversary of the Establishment of Nichiren Buddhism Celebrated

760th Anniversary of the Establishment of Nichiren Buddhism Celebrated

On April 27, 2013, to mark the 760th anniversary of the establishment of Nichiren Buddhism (April 28, 1253), SGI President Daisaku Ikeda participated in a commemorative meeting in Shinanomachi, Tokyo. ... read more

Press Releases | Apr 25 2013

International Survey by SGI Youth Shows 91% Consider Nuclear Weapons Inhumane

On April 23, the results of an international survey on attitudes towards nuclear weapons carried out by youth members of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Buddhist group were released at the UN Office at Geneva (UNOG) during the Second Session of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) for the 2015 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Apr 23 2013

New Antinuclear Exhibition and Results of Survey Presented in Geneva

New Antinuclear Exhibition and Results of Survey Presented in Geneva

The antinuclear exhibition "Everything You Treasure–For a World Free From Nuclear Weapons," a joint initiative by Soka Gakkai International and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, opened on April 23 at the UN Office at Geneva during the Second Preparatory Committee for the 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Apr 22 2013

SGI-Bolivia Hosts Culture of Peace Seminar

SGI-Bolivia Hosts Culture of Peace Seminar

On April 22, SGI-Bolivia youth hosted a Culture of Peace seminar at their culture center in Santa Cruz for students majoring in international relations at the Private Technical University of Santa Cruz (UTEPSA). ... read more

Sustainable Development | Apr 21 2013

SGI-Philippines Youth Host Earth Day Forum

SGI-Philippines Youth Host Earth Day Forum

On April 21, SGI-Philippines youth members held an earth day forum at the Philippines Culture Center in Quezon City, Metro Manila. ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 14 2013

SGI 2013 Spring Training Course and Cultural Exchange Meetings Held

SGI 2013 Spring Training Course and Cultural Exchange Meetings Held

Some 250 SGI members from 55 countries and territories around the world attended the week-long 2013 SGI Spring Training Course in Japan, starting on April 11 with an opening ceremony held at the Soka International Friendship Hall in Sendagaya, Tokyo. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Apr 14 2013

SGI's Anti-nuclear Exhibition Debuts in Iceland

SGI's Anti-nuclear Exhibition Debuts in Iceland

From April 4-14, some 450 people visited the first-ever showing of SGI's anti-nuclear weapons exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit" (THS) in Iceland, at Reykjavík City Hall. ... read more

Culture | Apr 13 2013

Mongolia's Sky Melody Ensemble Tours Taiwan

Mongolia's Sky Melody Ensemble Tours Taiwan

From April 3-13, the Sky Melody Ensemble toured across Taiwan at the invitation of the Chin-Shuan Cultural and Educational Foundation, a Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) affiliate. ... read more

Culture | Apr 7 2013

SGM Art and Cultural Exchange Aims to Deepen Malaysia-China Friendship

SGM Art and Cultural Exchange Aims to Deepen Malaysia-China Friendship

In March and early April, at its Wisma Kebudayaan center, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) organized a lecture and two exhibitions to celebrate and further foster friendship between Malaysia and China through art and cultural exchange. ... read more

Education | Apr 6 2013

Ikeda Center Hosts Seminar for Students on Dialogue

Ikeda Center Hosts Seminar for Students on Dialogue

On April 6, a seminar and ensuing discussions took place between students and Professors Jim Garrison and Larry Hickman at the Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. ... read more

Interfaith | Mar 23 2013

Lecture on Lotus Sutra and Interfaith Symposium Held in Spain

Lecture on Lotus Sutra and Interfaith Symposium Held in Spain

On February 22, Francesc Torradeflot, executive secretary of the UNESCO Association for Interreligious Dialogue, an initiative of the UNESCO Center of Catalonia, lectured on the Lotus Sutra from the perspective of Western culture and spirituality at the SGI-Spain Culture Center in Rivas-Vaciamadrid, near Madrid. ... read more

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