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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

Culture | Jun 18 2008

Japanese Art Treasures Exhibited in Brazil on the Centennial of Japanese Immigration

One hundred years ago, Japanese began leaving their country to create new lives in Brazil. Commemorating the centennial of Japanese immigration to Brazil, various events have been taking place in both countries. On June 18, 2008, "Eternal Treasures of Japan--Art of the Samurai" from the collection of Tokyo Fuji Art Museum ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 15 2008

SGI-USA Women in Oakland, California, USA, Complete Year-long Study Program

On June 15, 2008, more than 100 women in the Oakland-East Bay region of California, USA, celebrated the completion of their year-long participation in Sophia Group, a program created for SGI-USA women to deepen their grasp of and conviction in Nichiren Buddhism and to foster bonds of friendship. West Territory Women's ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 15 2008

New Community Center Opens in Berlin, Germany

On June 15, 2008, SGI-Germany members gathered to celebrate the opening of their new Berlin Center. Located in the heart of Berlin, the new center, which has a large prayer hall and conference rooms, will serve as a focal point for activities in SGI-Germany's East Region. At the opening, SGI-Germany ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 15 2008

SGI-Australia Women Meet in Sydney

On June 15, 2008, some 500 SGI-Australia women gathered at their culture center in Sydney. Mayor Le Lam of Auburn City, New South Wales, attending the event as a guest, shared her impression of her recent visit to Soka Women's College in Japan, where she was able to meet with ... read more

Human Rights | Jun 15 2008

SGI Supports and Attends Humphrey's Memorial Dedication

The interactive memorial, situated close to Dr. Humphrey's childhood home and his gravesite, consists of pieces created in stone with running water cascading down their sides, two mahogany wood figures of Humphrey as an adult and as a boy, and bronze birds situated on a bench open to view. A ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 14 2008

SGI-Nepal Holds First Youth Leaders' Meeting

On June 16, 2008, SGI-Nepal's First Youth Leaders' Meeting took place at the SGI-Nepal Peace Center in Kathmandu. Speaking to the participants, SGI-Nepal Youth Leader Navin Manandhar stated that youth should assume responsibility for building peace and encouraged everyone to develop into capable people who can give hope and courage ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 12 2008

SGI-Korea Students Sponsor Culture and Peace Activities on Campuses Nationwide; Decade of Growth Commemorated

May 18, 2008, marks the tenth anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's visit to South Korea. SGI-Korea commemorated the milestone with various activities and events in May and June. During June, SGI-Korea students are sponsoring culture and peace activities at 155 colleges and universities nationwide. By June 12, some 44,000 students, ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Jun 12 2008

SGI-Hong Kong Participates in Memorial Service and Charity Performance for China's Earthquake Victims

On May 21, 2008, SGI-Hong Kong joined other Buddhist groups at a joint memorial service conducted by the Hong Kong Buddhist Association in Hong Kong to pray for the peace and security of areas affected by natural disasters and the repose of victims who have passed away due to natural ... read more

Interfaith | Jun 11 2008

Expert on Confucian Studies Lectures at Taiwan Soka Association's Center

On June 11, 2008, Professor Tu Weiming, a leading authority on Confucian studies and professor of Chinese history and philosophy at Harvard University, delivered a lecture entitled "A Dialogical Civilization and a New Humanism" at Taiwan Soka Association's Jin-Zhou Culture Center in Taipei. Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) General Director Lin ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Jun 9 2008

SGI-USA Members Deliver Emergency Relief to Flood Victims in Iowa State, USA

For around three weeks from June 8, 2008, Iowa, USA, experienced continuous flooding throughout the state. Cedar Rapids, one of the cities hardest hit by flooding, reported 438 downtown city blocks underwater, including the city government building and the main public library. A relief team, led by SGI-USA Senior Vice General ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 8 2008

SGI-Russia Members Meet in Moscow and St. Petersburg

On June 6, 2008, SGI-Russia members in St. Petersburg gathered for their monthly discussion meeting, sharing how they have challenged to overcome their daily hardships based on their Buddhist practice. Together they deepened their understanding of Nichiren Buddhism through discussing the Buddhist view on life and death. Participants also celebrated ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 8 2008

SGI-Colombia Women Meet for District General Meetings

SGI-Colombia women recently held district general meetings throughout the country to commemorate June 10, Soka Gakkai Women's Division Day. On June 7, 2008, 42 women including 14 guests attended a meeting of El Dorado District. A representative shared how she overcame family discord and created a harmonious home environment through ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 8 2008

SGI-Finland Holds Study Session

On June 7 and 8, 2008, SGI-Finland members met to study Nichiren Buddhism in Helsinki. Led by SGI-Finland Chapter Leader Marjatta Valkama and Men's Leader Kari Kilpeläinen, participants reviewed SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's lecture on "The Drum at the Gate of Thunder," one of Nichiren's writings. In addition, Youth Leader ... read more

Education | Jun 7 2008

Soka Gakkai Opens Educational Counseling Center in Fukushima Prefecture

This year commemorates the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the first Soka Gakkai Educational Counseling Center (SGECC) in 1968. On June 7, 2008, the Soka Gakkai Education Department opened its 34th SGECC at the Soka Gakkai Koriyama Chuo Culture Center in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture. Soka Gakkai educators in Fukushima ... read more

Culture | Jun 7 2008

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Organizes Charity Cultural Festival in Sabah State

On June 6 and 7, 2008, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) held a charity cultural festival at Chancellor Hall on the Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) campus in Kota Kinabalu, capital of Sabah State, east Malaysia. Some 800 SGM youth performed for an audience of about 8,000, who gathered from throughout Malaysia ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 7 2008

Soka Gakkai Youth Hold National Leaders Meeting

On June 7, 2008, Soka Gakkai youth held a national leaders meeting concurrently with a national student division meeting at the Tokyo Makiguchi Memorial Hall in Hachioji, Tokyo. Youth representatives from 18 remote outer islands of the Japanese archipelago also participated. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and Soka Gakkai President Minoru ... read more

Sustainable Development | Jun 7 2008

SGI-Canada Youth Participate in Annual Tree Planting

On June 7, 2008, SGI-Canada youth members from the Toronto area, together with the Credit Valley Conservation Authority (CVC), participated in an annual tree planting in the town of Alton in Ontario, Canada. The 85 trees that were planted around a river bank will eventually grow to provide shade and ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 6 2008

Tsunesaburo Makiguchi Website Launched

On June 6, 2008, the Soka Gakkai launched an English-language website, Tsunesaburo Makiguchi: Value-Creating Education, dedicated to the life and work of Tsunesaburo Makiguchi (1871-1944), the founder of the Soka Gakkai movement which now has 12 million members in 192 countries around the world. The URL is: http://tmakiguchi.org. Tsunesaburo Makiguchi was ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jun 2 2008

Victory Over Violence in New Jersey and Indiana, USA

On May 21, 2008, Bergen Community College in Paramus, New Jersey, USA, hosted a conference titled "Inspiring Civility on Campus," featuring the SGI-USA "Victory Over Violence" (VOV) exhibition. The event marked the anniversary of the tragic shootings in April 2007 at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. More than 90 faculty, ... read more

Interfaith | May 28 2008

Students from National University of Singapore Visit SSA Headquarters

On May 28, 2008, some 20 students from the National University of Singapore (NUS) University Scholars Programme (USP), led by Associate Professor Syed Farid Alatas, head of Malay Studies Department at the NUS, visited the Singapore Soka Association (SSA) Headquarters. Their visit is a part of USP's program on interreligious ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | May 27 2008

SGI-USA Students in Seattle, USA, Sponsor Exhibition on Peace Education

On May 19, 2008, some 1,200 people visited the SGI exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit" at Seattle Central Community College in Seattle, Washington, USA. The exhibition coincided with a day-long symposium on peace-related topics, including poverty throughout the world, climate ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | May 25 2008

From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit Exhibition Shown at 30 Venues in Taiwan

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the adoption and proclamation of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. In commemoration, Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) held an exhibition, entitled "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit," from May 12-25, 2008, ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | May 25 2008

SGI Organizations Support Relief Efforts for Earthquake Victims in China

Singapore Soka Association (SSA) conducted a donation drive to collect funds to help victims affected by the May 12 earthquake that devastated Sichuan Province, China. The drive from May 12-19, 2008, raised Singapore $147,961 (US$108,566). The donations came from SSA members as well as the general public and were forwarded ... read more

Buddhism | May 25 2008

SGI-Canada and SGI-Chile Young Women's Meetings

On May 16-19, 2008, SGI-Canada young women gathered for a four-day conference at SGI-Canada Caledon Centre for Culture and Education, about 80 kilometers northwest of Toronto. Some 60 gathered from throughout the country. Participants studied "The Heritage of the Ultimate Law of Life," one of Nichiren's writings, using SGI President ... read more

Buddhism | May 22 2008

SGI Delegation Meet with Togo's Prime Minister; Some 1,000 Gather for SGI-Togo General Meeting

On May 22, 2008, an SGI delegation to Togo headed by SGI-Africa Advisor Takemi Sugai from France made a courtesy call on Prime Minister of Togo Komlan Mally at the Prime Minister's Office in Lomé. Mr. Sugai conveyed a message from SGI President Daisaku Ikeda. Prime Minister Mally expressed his ... read more

Interfaith | May 22 2008

SGI-Australia Youth Welcome Muslim Youth Leaders

On May 22, 2008, 20 SGI-Australia (SGIA) representatives of the Peace, Culture and Education Youth Training Group, which studies how to apply Buddhist principles to the challenges of building peace and participates in community activities, hosted a dialogue with 24 Muslim youth leaders at the Sydney SGIA Culture Center in ... read more

Buddhism | May 21 2008

Importance of Dedicated, Unseen Efforts Highlighted at Soka Gakkai's Monthly Leaders' Meeting

On May 21, 2008, the Soka Gakkai held its monthly leaders' meeting at the Tokyo Makiguchi Memorial Hall in Hachioji, Tokyo, attended by representatives from throughout Japan and SGI members from 25 countries and territories. Together with Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada, national Women's Leader Asami Mitsui and other executive ... read more

Buddhism | May 20 2008

SGI-Indonesia's Growth Results in Two New Chapters

Recently, due to a steady growth in membership, SGI-Indonesia's Tangerang Pioneer Chapter in Tangerang City was reorganized into two chapters--Tangerang Pioneer Chapter and Serpong Chapter. In 2006, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's photography exhibition, "Dialogue with Nature," was shown in the suburbs of Tangerang. Local SGI members used the event as ... read more

Press Releases | May 20 2008

Soka Gakkai Japan and Singapore Soka Association Contribute to Myanmar Cyclone Relief

Tokyo, Japan: Soka Gakkai General Director Masaaki Masaki visited the Tokyo office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on May 19 to make a donation of 3 million yen (US$28,800) in support of relief efforts following the May 2 cyclone which has devastated the Irrawaddy Delta area of ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | May 19 2008

Soka Gakkai and Singapore Soka Association Contribute to Myanmar Cyclone Relief

On May 19, 2008, Soka Gakkai General Director Masaaki Masaki visited the Tokyo office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to make a donation of 3 million yen (US$28,800) in support of relief efforts following the May 2 cyclone which has devastated the Irrawaddy Delta area of Myanmar. UNHCR ... read more

Sustainable Development | May 18 2008

Two Cities in Italy Host "Seeds of Change" Exhibition

"Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential," an exhibition on sustainable development, the role of education and the Earth Charter Initiative, was shown from April 16-30, 2008, in Vicenza, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Veneto region of northern Italy. Some 1,100 visited the exhibition, including ... read more

Culture | May 18 2008

Soka Gakkai Music Bands Participate in Local Festivals

Soka Gakkai Hyogo Bugle Band marching in Kobe Parade at Fukuyama Rose Festival, Hiroshima During May 2008, many Soka Gakkai marching bands and fife-and-drum corps participated in local events and parades throughout Japan. On May 3, Soka Gakkai Kanagawa Fife-and-Drum Corps and Soka Gran Esperanza Color Guard marched in front of Yamashita ... read more

Culture | May 18 2008

SGI-Laos Holds Culture Festival

SGI-Italy Culture Center in Florence On May 18, 2008, SGI-Laos held a culture festival in the capital, Vientiane, to commemorate May 3, Soka Gakkai Day. Regional dances from around the country were featured, as well as traditional Laotian dances and music performed by youth. The participants reaffirmed their pledge to become ... read more

Buddhism | May 18 2008

SGI-USA Holds Annual Memorial Service

On May 18, 2008, more than 350 SGI-USA members from as far away as Florida and Chicago attended the annual memorial service in the Skyrose Chapel at Rose Hills Memorial Park near Los Angeles, California, USA. The one-hour ceremony began with the traditional offering of incense and prayers in memory ... read more

Culture | May 17 2008

History of SGI-Italy Culture Center Building and Grounds Published

On May 17, 2008, a lecture at the SGI-Italy Culture Center in Florence commemorated the book launch of Le Brache Villa di Bellagio ("Wonderful House of Happiness and Joy"), a compilation of the history of the site. The center's history dates back to the first and second centuries of the ... read more

Press Releases | May 16 2008

Soka Gakkai Donates 30 Million Yen for China Earthquake Relief

Tokyo, Japan: On Thursday May 15, the Soka Gakkai made a donation to the Chinese Government in response to Monday's devastating earthquake in Sichuan Province which officials say may eventually claim more than 50,000 lives. Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada visited the Chinese Embassy in Tokyo to inform Ambassador Cui Tiankai ... read more