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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

Sustainable Development | May 16 2008

SGI-Iceland Hosts the "Seeds of Change" Exhibition in Reykjavík

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 about taking action for change, was held at the Perlan exhibition hall in Reykjavík, Iceland. The Environment Ministry invited SGI-Iceland, together with 20 other NGOs and ... read more

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