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Buddhism | May 15 2008

Nanzan University Professor Lectures on Religion and Society

On May 15, 2008, Soka Gakkai youth in the Chubu Region sponsored a lecture by Manabu Watanabe, professor of Humanities at Nanzan University and research fellow at the Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture in Nagoya, Aichi. Speaking at the Soka Gakkai Chubu Peace Center in Nagoya, on the theme ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | May 15 2008

Soka Gakkai Donates 30 Million Yen for China Earthquake Relief

On May 15, 2008, 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 of the ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | May 14 2008

Two SGI-USA Youth Bring Peace Exhibitions to Their High School

During one of two student body assemblies coinciding with the exhibitions, SGI-USA Vice General Director Phyllis Goodson told the students, "No one else is going to come to Crane and give you peace. You have to do it because this is your home." To mark the opening of the exhibitions, Crane ... read more

Buddhism | May 13 2008

Spanish Translation of The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin Published

On May 3, 2008, the long-awaited Spanish translation of The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin was published. The book is a direct translation of the first volume of the English edition of Nichiren's writings and contains 172 works, including Nichiren's five major writings: "On Establishing the Correct Teaching for the Peace ... read more

Sustainable Development | May 12 2008

Engaging People in Sustainability--Roundtable Discussion in New York

On May 12, 2008, SGI UN Representative Hiro Sakurai, in his capacity as bureau member and immediate past president of the Committee of Religious NGOs at the UN, chaired a roundtable discussion on "Engaging People in Sustainability: the Role of Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue" at the Church Center for the ... read more

Culture | May 11 2008

"Chinese Seal-Carving, Calligraphy and Painting Exchange" Exhibition Held in Malaysia

From May 4-11, 2008, SGI-Malaysia (SGM), Cao Tang Men Eastern Arts Society, Malaysia, and Siaw-Tao Chinese Seal-Carving, Calligraphy & Painting Society, Singapore, jointly organized the "Singapore-Malaysia Chinese Seal-Carving, Calligraphy & Painting Exchange" exhibition at the SGM Grand Culture Center in Kuala Lumpur. Tan Sri Dato' Michael Chen Wing Sum, former ... read more

Buddhism | May 11 2008

SGI-Argentina Holds Autumn Training Sessions

On May 11, 2008, SGI-Argentina leaders met at the SGI-Argentina Peace Auditorium in Buenos Aires. The day's various gatherings commemorated May 3, Soka Gakkai Day. The formation of the Youth Ikeda Vanguard Orchestra was announced and a square adjoining the auditorium was named Youth Square. SGI-Argentina Arts Division members staged an ... read more

Sustainable Development | May 11 2008

SGI-Costa Rica Members Participate in Tree-Planting

Costa Rica is considered to be one of the most bio-diverse regions in the world for its incredible wealth of plants and animals found in the rain forest. The national government has initiated numerous innovative programs to promote sustainable development. In 2007, the country oversaw the planting of five million ... read more

Buddhism | May 11 2008

New SGI-Paraguay Youth Leaders Announced at General Meeting

On May 11, 2008, some 400 SGI-Paraguay members gathered for a general meeting at the SGI-Paraguay Culture Center in Asunción. Newly appointed youth leaders, Young Men's Leader Samuel Medina and Young Women's Leader Chieko Nagasawa, expressed their resolve to further dedicate themselves for the sake of the members' happiness as ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | May 9 2008

Exhibition on Nuclear Abolition and Human Security Opens at Geneva UN Headquarters

"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, officially opened April 30, 2008, and showed through May 9 at the UN Office in Geneva. Held in ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | May 9 2008

Singapore Soka Association Assists Relief Activities for Cyclone Victims in Myanmar

The cyclone that hit Myanmar on May 3, 2008, has left tens of thousands dead and many more suffering from hunger and lack of potable water. Singapore Soka Association (SSA) has responded by assisting relief efforts organized by Mercy Relief, a Singapore-based organization promoting humanitarian relief and development projects in ... read more

Culture | May 8 2008

Chinese President Hu Jintao and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda Meet in Tokyo

Chinese President Hu Jintao met with SGI President Daisaku Ikeda at the New Otani Hotel in Tokyo for 30 minutes in the evening of May 8, 2008. Accompanying President Hu were China's Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and Chinese Ambassador to Japan Cui Tiankai. Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada and youth ... read more

Buddhism | May 4 2008

SGI Members Throughout the World Celebrate Soka Gakkai Day

SGI members throughout the world have commemorated May 3, Soka Gakkai Day. In Russia, SGI members gathered on April 27, 2008, at their respective locales, including Moscow, St. Petersburg and Vladivostok. SGI-Italy held a leaders training session on May 3-4 at their center in Rome and SGI-Europe Chair Hideaki Takahashi led ... read more

Buddhism | May 3 2008

SGI-Nepal Members Meet; Exhibition on Nuclear Weapons Abolition and Human Security Shown

On May 3, 2008, SGI-Nepal members met at the SGI-Nepal Peace Center in Kathmandu, commemorating May 3, Soka Gakkai Day. Representatives reported on breakthroughs achieved with their daily Buddhist practice and youth talked about the significance of May 3. SGI-Nepal General Director Sahana Shrestha encouraged everyone to live with a ... read more

Culture | May 2 2008

"Great Romance of the Three Kingdoms" Exhibition Opens at Tokyo Fuji Art Museum

On May 2, 2008, the "Great Romance of the Three Kingdoms" exhibition opened at the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum (TFAM) in Hachioji, Tokyo. The show commemorates the 25th anniversary of the museum's founding and celebrates the 30th anniversary of the conclusion of the Japan-China Peace and Amity Treaty (1978). Over ... read more

Buddhism | May 1 2008

SGI-Hong Kong's Organ Newspaper Publishes its 2,000th Issue

SGI-Hong Kong members celebrated the 2,000th issue of their organ newspaper Li Ming Sheng Bao, with a commemorative meeting on May 5, 2008, at the SGI-Hong Kong Culture Center. The first issue of Li Ming Sheng Bao appeared on January 1, 1966. The weekly paper, written in traditional Chinese, now ... read more

Press Releases | May 1 2008

Exhibit on Nuclear Abolition and Human Security Opens at Geneva UN Headquarters

Geneva, Switzerland: "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit," an exhibition examining the nuclear weapons issue through the lens of human security, opened yesterday at the UN Office at Geneva. Held in conjunction with the second session of the Preparatory Committee of the ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Apr 30 2008

SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's Message on the Opening of the Exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit" at Geneva UN Headquarters

His Excellency Ambassador Volodymyr Yel'chenko, chair of the second session of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) of the NPT; His Excellency Mr. Sergio de Queiroz Duarte, UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs; Ms. Susi Snyder, President of the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Geneva; Excellencies; Ladies and Gentlemen; Representatives of the UN ... read more

Sustainable Development | Apr 30 2008

SGI-USA Las Vegas Celebrates Earth Charter Day

"Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter & Human Potential," the exhibition created by the SGI and the Earth Charter Initiative about taking action for change that has toured more than 20 countries, was at the center of Earth Charter Day festivities and celebrations at the Las Vegas Community Center on ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 28 2008

Establishment of Nichiren Buddhism Celebrated

On April 28, 2008, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda attended a commemorative service to mark the 755th anniversary of the establishment of Nichiren Buddhism (April 28, 1253), at the Soka Gakkai Headquarters Annex in Shinanomachi, Tokyo. Together with Soka Gakkai representative leaders, he paid deep tribute to Nichiren for his lifetime ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 28 2008

SGI-Peru Holds Women's Peace Forum and Commemorates the Establishment of Nichiren Buddhism

On March 29, SGI-Peru women held a forum on creating a culture of peace at the SGI-Peru Culture Center in Lima. SGI-Peru Vice Women's Leader Julia Kanashiro spoke about SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's 2000 peace proposal, titled "Peace Through Dialogue: A Time to Talk." Three representatives discussed how they promoted ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 28 2008

Hong Kong University Vice Chancellor Lectures on "Science and Buddhism" at SGI-Hong Kong Culture Center

On April 28, 2008, Lee Chack-fan, vice chancellor and professor of Geotechnical Engineering of the University of Hong Kong, lectured on "Science and Buddhism" at the SGI-Hong Kong Culture Center. Professor Lee is an expert on the construction of hydro and nuclear power plants, dam safety control and nuclear waste ... read more

Sustainable Development | Apr 28 2008

SGI-Canada Vancouver Earth Charter Committee Promotes Sustainability

On April 21, the committee participated in the Climate Action Youth Dialogue at Simon Fraser University's Wosk Centre for Dialogue in downtown Vancouver. At the youth-focused event, B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell announced a 3.0 million (Canadian) dollar program to create a Youth Climate Leadership Alliance providing opportunities for youth to ... read more

Education | Apr 28 2008

Children's Animation Series Airs in India, Cambodia and Serbia

Animated adaptations of Daisaku Ikeda's original children's stories were recently aired in India, Cambodia and Serbia to a favorable response from viewers. Since 2004, when Tagalog versions of Mr. Ikeda's children's animations were shown on the GMA Network in the Philippines, they have been shown in more than 20 countries ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 27 2008

SGI-Cambodia Holds First National Leaders Training Course

On April 27, 2008, SGI-Cambodia held its first national leaders' training course at the SGI-Cambodia Culture Center in Phnom Penh, Cambodia's capital. Over 100 representatives from throughout the country participated in the course, with one member traveling 360 kilometers from Bantey Meanchey Province, and another, 290 kilometers from Battambang Province. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Apr 27 2008

SGI-Mexico Celebrates Earth Day with "Seeds of Change" Exhibition

On April 22-27, "Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential," an exhibition on sustainable development, the role of education and the Earth Charter Initiative, showed at the Memorial Museum in Tlaxcala City, Mexico. Mexico's Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), Tlazcalteca Institute of Culture (ITC) and ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 26 2008

SGI-Iceland Incorporated as Religious Organization

Recently, SGI-Iceland was officially incorporated as a religious organization in Iceland. On April 25-26, 2008, "Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential," an exhibition created by the SGI and the Earth Charter Initiative, showed in Reykjavík, commemorating the organization's new status and the new phase in the organization's ... read more

Sustainable Development | Apr 24 2008

Earth Day Activities in Lawrence, Kansas, USA

The "Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential" exhibition came to Lawrence Kansas from April 17-24, 2008, where it was on show at the Lawrence Arts Center. Gallery Director Rick Mitchell was impressed by the exhibition's dynamic design and international perspective. As a result of this event, the ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 23 2008

Lotus Sutra Exhibition Shows in New Delhi, India

From April 16-23, 2008, "Lotus Sutra, A Message of Peace and Harmonious Coexistence," an exhibition featuring facsimile versions of rare Buddhist birch bark scrolls and photo panels of wall paintings and murals discovered from towns on the Silk Road, was on display at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 23 2008

Soka Gakkai Holds Monthly Leaders Meeting for April 2008

On April 23, 2008, the Soka Gakkai held its monthly leaders meeting, which commemorated May 3rd, Soka Gakkai Day and Soka Gakkai Mothers' Day, at the Tokyo Makiguchi Memorial Hall in Hachioji, Tokyo. SGI members from 17 countries and territories joined Japanese representatives at the gathering, along with SGI President ... read more

Education | Apr 20 2008

Soka Gakkai Sponsors Public Awareness Lectures in Japan

On April 19, 2008, Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee in Osaka sponsored a Culture of Peace Forum at the Soka Gakkai Keihan Culture Center in Osaka. Four representatives spoke at the event, which was open to the public. Ruriko Iwade spoke about how her profession as a visiting nurse relates ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 13 2008

SGI-UK Holds Leaders Meeting and Women's Training Course

On April 5, 2008, some 500 SGI-UK representatives from throughout the country attended a leaders meeting at Taplow Court Grand Culture Centre in Berkshire. Participants discussed SGI-UK's efforts to promote the study of Nichiren Buddhism. Youth members reported on the recent SGI-Europe Youth General Meeting that they attended in Italy ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 13 2008

SGI Women from Belgium and Luxembourg Meet in Brussels

On April 13, 2008, some 170 SGI women representatives from Belgium and Luxembourg gathered for a meeting at the SGI-Belgium Culture Center in Brussels, Belgium. The meeting was simultaneously translated into three languages--Dutch, French and English. SGI-Luxembourg Women's Leader Claudine Ries reported her victories at her workplace while another member ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Apr 10 2008

Soka Gakkai Youth in Hiroshima Sponsor Lecture by Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation Chair

On April 10, 2008, Soka Gakkai youth in Hiroshima sponsored the 124th in a series of lectures titled Lectures on Hiroshima at the Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Ikeda Peace Hall in Hiroshima City. Steven L. Leeper, chairperson of the board of directors of the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation, spoke about Japan's ... read more

Interfaith | Apr 8 2008

SGI-USA Cohosts Christian-Buddhist Interfaith Dialogue

On April 8, 2008, SGI-USA members in Oxnard, California, USA, along with the Alternatives to Violence Project, a non-profit group, hosted an interfaith dialogue that brought together more than 100 Buddhists and Christians to discuss creating peace in their community. "We share the same sentiment that the greater the sense ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 7 2008

SGI-USA and SGI-Thailand Open New Centers

On April 6, 2008, SGI-USA's Buffalo Community Center opened in Buffalo, New York State. The center will be a focus of activities for members living in the Buffalo-Niagara Area, part of SGI-USA's New York Zone. Buffalo is the principal city of the Buffalo-Niagara Falls metropolitan area located on the eastern ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 6 2008

7,000 Take Study Exam on Nichiren Buddhism in South Korea

SGI-Korea has been conducting ongoing grassroots gatherings to study Nichiren's writings and discuss the basic principles of Buddhism. On April 6, 2008, SGI-Korea held an entrance-level examination on Nichiren Buddhism at 103 venues throughout South Korea. More than 7,000 candidates were tested on five of Nichiren's writings and the basic ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 6 2008

SGI-Chile Holds Leaders Training Course and Prayer Service

On March 30, 2008, some 40 SGI-Chile men gathered for a leaders training course at the SGI-Chile Culture Center in Santiago. Participants discussed the core Buddhist concepts of oneness of mentor and disciple and the unity of "many in body and one in mind." SGI-Chile General Director Fumio Imai reported ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Apr 6 2008

"Children and a Culture of Peace" Exhibition in Tokyo and Hyogo

"Children and a Culture of Peace: For the Sake of Children's Happiness," an exhibition created and sponsored by the Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee, was displayed on April 2-6, 2008, at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space in Toshima Ward, Tokyo, and at the Kansai International Culture Center in Kobe, Hyogo ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 5 2008

SGI-USA Members in New York Celebrate Springtime with General Meeting

On April 5, 2008, some 1,500 SGI-USA New York Zone members gathered for a general meeting at Harlem's historic Apollo Theater in New York City. New York Zone has recently expanded its organization from four to six regions, following growth in its membership. Zone Leader Ethan Gelbaum shared his resolve ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 5 2008

Soka Gakkai Publishes Eighth Part of the Lotus Sutra Manuscript Series

The Soka Gakkai recently published The Sanskrit Lotus Sutra Manuscript from the Société Asiatique (No. 2), Romanized Text, the eighth part in its ongoing Lotus Sutra Manuscript series. The Soka Gakkai originally commissioned the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP), Tokyo, Japan, to coordinate the publication of facsimile and romanized texts ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 4 2008

Taiwan Soka Association Holds Buddhist Memorial Service

On April 4, 2008, Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) members gathered for a prayer service in memory of their deceased ancestors at TSA's Ci-En Memorial Hall in Yunlin County. In the Chinese tradition, the Qing Ming Festival is held every year in early April. The day is one on which families ... read more

Sustainable Development | Apr 4 2008

Paraguayan Universities 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, has recently been displayed at two universities in Paraguay. From March 31 to April 4, 2008, the exhibition was on show at the National University of Pilar ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 2 2008

50th Anniversary of Second Soka Gakkai President's Death Commemorated

On April 2, 2008, Soka Gakkai held memorial services throughout Japan to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda (1900-58). Current Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada and General Director Masaaki Masaki attended a meeting at the Soka Gakkai Headquarters in Shinanomachi, Tokyo. SGI ... read more

Culture | Mar 31 2008

President of Asia Pacific Forum on Families Malaysia Lectures in Osaka, Japan

On March 31, 2008, Datin Paduka Professor Jamilah Ariffin, president of the Malaysia Chapter of Asia Pacific Forum on Families (APFAM) International and adjunct professor of gender studies at the University of Malaya, lectured at the Soka Gakkai Kansai Ikeda Center in Osaka on creating a nurturing family environment that ... read more