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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

Buddhism | Mar 31 2008

SGI-USA Youth Commemorate March 16 Nationwide

Throughout March 2008, more than 37,000 youth and their guests gathered at events around the United States to commemorate the 50th anniversary of March 16, 1958, a significant date in the Soka Gakkai's history when just two weeks prior to his death second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda bequeathed the ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Mar 31 2008

SGI-Venezuela Youth Organize Peace Builder Course

Since 2003, SGI-Venezuela youth have organized and conducted a Peace Builder Course at various schools and universities in Venezuela. In Naguanagua City, Carabobo, the youth taught the course at four junior and senior high schools between January and March, 2008, in conjunction with the city's education curriculum. Classes were also ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 30 2008

SGI-Portugal Members Meet in Trets

On March 27-30, 2008, some 95 SGI-Portugal members met for a training course at the SGI European Center in Trets, southern France. Participants studied "The Heritage of the Ultimate Law of Life," one of Nichiren's letters, based on SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's lecture on the same writing. Representatives related how ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 30 2008

SGI-Ireland Holds Youth Meeting; SGI-Netherlands Women and Young Women Leaders Meet

On March 30, 2008, SGI-Ireland held a youth general meeting in Dublin, the country's capital. With the theme of "Let's Build Peace through Dialogue and Friendship," SGI-Ireland youth and their friends studied the humanism of Nichiren Buddhism. SGI-Ireland youth meet in Dublin On the same day, SGI-Netherlands women and young women ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 30 2008

Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai Holds Youth Leaders Training Course

On March 29-30, 2008, Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai (BSG) held a youth training course at the Soka Bodhi Tree Garden in a suburb of New Delhi. The event commemorated the 50th anniversary of March 16, 1958, a significant day in SGI's history when second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda, just ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 30 2008

SGI-Uruguay Women Gather for First Leadership Training Course

On March 29-30, 2008, the first SGI-Uruguay women's training course was held at five venues throughout the country, including the capital, Montevideo. Participants studied SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's lecture on the "Opening of the Eyes," one of Nichiren's major writings. They discussed goals toward 2030, the 100th anniversary of the ... read more

Human Rights | Mar 30 2008

SGI-Canada Joins Event Calling for Elimination of Racial Discrimination

On March 30, 2008, 130 SGI-Canada members from the Ontario region participated in an event organized by York Regional Police in partnership with various local cultural and religious groups to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Around 400 people joined the event at Bur Oak Secondary ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 29 2008

SGI-Zambia Members Celebrate Their Center's 10th Anniversary

On March 29, 2008, SGI-Zambia members gathered at the SGI-Zambia Grand Culture Center located in the country's capital, Lusaka, to celebrate the center's 10th anniversary. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a congratulatory message, in which he encouraged everyone to further advance toward the next decade. SGI-Zambia members meet in Lusaka [Adapted from ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Mar 28 2008

Inter Press Service and IDN-InDepthNews Interview SGI President on 2008 Peace Proposal

Inter Press Service (IPS), a news agency specializing in development and human rights issues, and IDN-InDepthNews, providing news and information on a wide range of global issues, recently news and information on a wide range of global issues, interviewed SGI President Daisaku Ikeda about his 2008 peace proposal. Based in ... read more

Culture | Mar 27 2008

Chin-Shuan Cultural Foundation Sponsors Taiwan Tour of Professional Taiko Drum Troupe

From March 19-27, 2008, Maidaiko Aska-Gumi, a well-known Japanese taiko drum troupe, toured Taipei, Taichung and Kaohsiung in Taiwan. Chin-Shuan Cultural and Educational Foundation, founded by Taiwan Soka Association with an aim to promote cultural exchanges in Taiwan, sponsored the tour. On March 24, the group performed for the students ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 23 2008

Taiwan and Indonesia Members Study Nichiren's Writings with SGI-Asia Study Department Chief

On February 23-24, 2008, Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) held study sessions on Nichiren Buddhism with SGI-Asia Study Department Chief Masaaki Morinaka at centers in Banciao, Changhua and Qianzhen. The 1,100 attendees had previously passed intermediate-level study examinations. Mr. Morinaka lectured on "The Heritage of the Ultimate Law of Life," one ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 23 2008

Latin America Study Session on Nichiren Buddhism Held in Brazil

On March 21-23, the third Latin America Study Session on Nichiren Buddhism was held at both the SGI-Brazil (BSGI) Dr. Daisaku Ikeda Culture Center and the BSGI Culture Center in São Paulo. Some 1,400 representatives from Brazil, Panama, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia, Chile and Uruguay ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 20 2008

SGI Youth Commemorate 50th Anniversary of March 16, 1958 with Activities Around the Globe

SGI-Australia members gathered for a commemorative meeting on March 16 at their culture center in Sydney while SGI-New Zealand youth gathered at several venues throughout the country from March 15-20. In Japan, representatives gathered at the Soka Culture Center in Shinanomachi, Tokyo, with Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada. Mr. Harada ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 20 2008

SGI-Indonesia Establishes New Chapter in Bali

On March 20, 2008, Soka Gakkai Indonesia (SGI-Indonesia) members gathered in Denpasar, the capital of Bali Province, to celebrate the establishment of a new chapter in Bali, SGI-Indonesia's 30th chapter. Representatives from the country's capital Jakarta as well as eight other countries also attended. Among the guests present were provincial ... read more

Culture | Mar 18 2008

Soka Gakkai Youth From Kyushu Visit South Korea for Exchange Meeting

From March 15-18, 2008, Soka Gakkai youth representatives from Kyushu, southern Japan, participated in a Korea-Japan Goodwill Trip. This was the fifth exchange between Soka Gakkai Kyushu and SGI-Korea members. On March 15, the Japanese delegation visited the SGI-Korea headquarters in Seoul, South Korea. On March 16, the group participated ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 16 2008

5,000 SGI-Europe Youth Gather in Milan, Italy

On March 16, 2008, some 5,000 SGI youth from 35 countries throughout Europe gathered for an SGI-Europe Youth General Meeting held at the Datch Forum in Milan, Italy, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of March 16, 1958, when second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda entrusted the mission of creating lasting ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 16 2008

SGI-Hong Kong and SGI-Macau Hold Youth Meetings

On March 16, 2008, SGI youth in Hong Kong and Macau gathered at their respective centers to commemorate the 50th anniversary of March 16, 1958, a significant day in SGI's history. In Hong Kong, some 600 youth leaders met at the SGI-Hong Kong Culture Center. Youth Leader Ngan Sai Fong, ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 16 2008

SGI-Peru Members Meet

On March 16, 2008, SGI-Peru youth gathered at their center in Lima, commemorating the 50th anniversary of March 16, a significant day in SGI's history. Representatives related experiences of gaining friendship and trust through dialogue and shared determinations to become capable persons who can contribute to society. SGI-Peru men and ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 16 2008

SGI Members in Africa Commemorate March 16

On March 16, 2008, SGI members in African countries gathered to celebrate the 50th anniversary of March 16, 1958, which is the day second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda, just weeks prior to his death, met with 6,000 Soka Gakkai youth and bequeathed to them his deeply held purpose of ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Mar 16 2008

Building a Culture of Peace Exhibition in Luxembourg

The Festival was attended by about 20,000 people who visited the 160 booths with displays by associations from other countries, political parties, unions and peace organizations, as well as stands providing information from the government about immigration. In 2007, Luxembourg's population consisted of 277,900 inhabitants of Luxembourg nationality and 198,300 ... read more

Interfaith | Mar 16 2008

Singapore Soka Association Holds Youth for Peace Interfaith Symposium

Titled "Humanizing Religions, Creating Peace," this event was an initiative of the Singapore Soka Association (SSA) youth aimed at raising awareness among young people of the importance of promoting peace and harmony and encouraging youth members of the various religious organizations in Singapore to be more proactive in interfaith relations ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Mar 12 2008

African Union Ambassador to the USA Meets with SGI-USA Youth

On March 12, 2008, Her Excellency Ambassador Amina Salum Ali met with SGI-USA youth leaders and staff at the SGI Plaza in Santa Monica, California. The ambassador serves as the envoy of the African Union to the USA in Washington, D.C. and represents more than 50 African countries. Prior to ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 8 2008

SGI 2008 Spring Training Course Held in Japan

From March 4-8, 2008, some 220 representatives from 60 countries and territories around the world participated in SGI's Spring Training Course in Japan. During the opening session on March 4 held at the Soka International Friendship Hall in Sendagaya, Tokyo, representatives from Mauritius and Poland shared activity reports. SGI Women's ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 5 2008

SGI President Shares Inspiration from Global Figures at March 2008 Monthly Soka Gakkai Leaders Meeting

In his address, Mr. Ikeda focused on the important role of youth in all spheres of life, drawing on the examples of eminent scientists Sir Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein who made revolutionary discoveries while in their 20s. He affirmed that it is the passion and energy of youth that ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 1 2008

SGI-Spain Holds Youth Meeting

On March 1, 2008, SGI-Spain youth gathered in Madrid for a youth general meeting with SGI-Spain Youth Leader Juan García Ito. Young Women's District Leader Yasira Ali Gómez recounted how she won in her daily life based on her Buddhist practice. General Director Enrique Caputo encouraged all the young people ... read more

Human Rights | Mar 1 2008

Human Rights Education Activities in Budapest and New York

From February 13-20, 2008, SGI's Geneva-based UN Liaison Officer Kazunari Fujii was invited to participate as an expert adviser in an evaluation seminar for the two-year Advanced Compass Training course in Human Rights Education (ACT-HRE) held at the Council of Europe's European Youth Centre in Budapest, Hungary. The seminar brought ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Feb 28 2008

Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research Publishes Research Results

I. B. Tauris, U.K. recently published Challenges to Global Security: Geopolitics and Power in an Age of Transition, edited by Hussein Solomon. The book is part of a series on global peace and policy by the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research. The publication is a result ... read more

Interfaith | Feb 27 2008

BRC Public Event Pursues Deeper Understanding of Death, Greater Appreciation for Living

In 1993, at a lecture given at Harvard University, Boston Research Center for the 21st Century (BRC) founder Daisaku Ikeda raised the following questions, based on a philosophy of humanistic Buddhism: "What does it mean for death to be more than 'the absence of life'?" "Is it possible to experience ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 24 2008

Soka Gakkai Agriculture and Fishery Departments of Hokkaido Hold Annual Gatherings

Wataru Takahashi, head of Japan Agricultural Cooperatives (JA) Taikicho, who attended the rally as a guest, expressed his hope that the participants would continue their efforts in agricultural work for the flourishing of their communities. On February 24, some 600 Soka Gakkai members engaged in fishery in Hokkaido gathered for ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 24 2008

SGI-Poland Members Celebrate 16th Anniversary; SGI-Croatia Members Meet

In January 2008, SGI-Poland members gathered at their respective locales to celebrate the 16th anniversary of the establishment of SGI-Poland Chapter. SGI-Poland Young Women's Leader Tsuruko Haga attended a meeting in Krakow on January 20. On February 16, a prayer service commemorating Nichiren's birth anniversary was held in Warsaw with ... read more

Sustainable Development | Feb 23 2008

"Youth Can Move the World Event" in Canada

On February 23, 2008, SGI-Canada youth representatives participated in the "Youth Can Move the World" symposium at the HJA Brown Education Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. Around 300 people joined the event, which was open to students aged 15-25 from the Regional Municipality of Peel. Inspired by the United Nations' declaration ... read more

Culture | Feb 22 2008

Visit by State Councilor Tang Jiaxuan of China

On Feburary 22, 2008, State Councilor Tang Jiaxuan of the People's Republic of China and his party were welcomed by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and Soka Gakkai youth at the Seikyo Press building in Shinanomachi, Tokyo. The two first met in 1974 on Mr. Ikeda's first trip to China, when ... read more

Culture | Feb 21 2008

Brazil Tourism Minister Speaks on Japanese Immigrants' Contributions to Brazil

On February 21, 2008, some 1,000 BSGI members and their friends attended a lecture by Brazil's Minister of Tourism Marta Suplicy at the SGI-Brazil (BSGI) Culture Center in São Paulo. To commemorate the Japan-Brazil Exchange Year (2008) and the centennial of Japanese immigration to Brazil, Ms. Suplicy spoke on Japanese ... read more

Culture | Feb 18 2008

SGI President Awarded Russian Federation Order of Friendship

On February 18, 2008, Russian Ambassador to Tokyo Mikhail M. Bely presented the Russian Federation Order of Friendship to SGI President Daisaku Ikeda at the Russian Embassy in Tokyo. Mr. Ikeda was recognized for his wide-ranging contributions to the development of Russo-Japanese relations and bilateral exchange for over 30 years. ... read more

Press Releases | Feb 18 2008

SGI President Awarded Russian Federation Order of Friendship

Tokyo, Japan: At a ceremony at the Russian Embassy in Tokyo, Mr. Daisaku Ikeda, president of the Soka Gakkai International Buddhist association, was today conferred with the Order of Friendship on behalf of the Russian Federation by Ambassador Mikhail M. Bely. Presenting the award in recognition of Mr. Ikeda's wide-ranging contributions ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 16 2008

Nichiren's Birth Commemorated

Around February 16, 2008, SGI members in 190 countries worldwide, including Soka Gakkai members in Japan, held services to commemorate the birth anniversary of Nichiren born on February 16, 1222. In Japan, meetings were held at Soka Gakkai centers throughout the country on February 15. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda conducted ... read more

Interfaith | Feb 13 2008

Interfaith Roundtable in New Zealand

Chaired by Professor Paul Morris, head of Religious Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, the panel also included Mervin Singham, director of the Office of Ethnic Affairs; Rehanna Ali, regional representative of the Islamic Women's Council of New Zealand; Ghazala Anwar, representative of the Peace Foundation; and the Honorable Russell ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 11 2008

SGI-USA Arts Division Conference at FNCC

From February 8-11, 2008, SGI-USA held an Arts Division Conference at the Florida Nature and Culture Center in a suburb of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. Some 180 members from throughout the country participated in the event, together with Arts Division leaders Kay Yoshikawa and Carmella Menchaka, vice leader Aeyung Park ... read more

Interfaith | Feb 11 2008

SGI-Spain Representatives Participate in Interfaith Symposium in Barcelona

On February 11, 2008, a series of symposiums titled "Crossroads of Religious Beliefs 2007-2008--The Future of Planet Earth" was held at the SGI-Spain Culture Center in Barcelona. The Interreligious Center of Barcelona (CIB), affiliated with the Barcelona City Council, organized the event in support of the United Nations' 2008 International ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 10 2008

SGI-Dominican Republic Members Gather in Santo Domingo

On February 10, 2008, over 1,000 SGI-Dominican Republic members gathered for a general meeting at the main auditorium of the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo (UASD) in Santo Domingo, the country's capital. The event commemorated the 21st anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's first visit to the country. On January ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Feb 10 2008

Workshop in Australia: Toward the Eradication of Armed Conflict

From February 8-10, 2008, SGI's representative to the United Nations in New York Hiro Sakurai attended a Workshop on the Eradication of Armed Conflict held at the Australian Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (ACPACS) at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, organized by Global Action to Prevent War (GAPW). Mr. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Feb 9 2008

Club of Budapest International President Talks with SGI-USA Members

On February 9, 2008, the Club of Budapest U.S.A. and the SGI-USA Marin Earth Charter Committee cosponsored an evening with Ervin Laszlo, generally recognized as the founder of systems philosophy and general evolution theory. Dr. Laszlo, a Nobel Peace Prize nominee, is president of the Club of Budapest International and ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 7 2008

SGI Study Department Leaders' Conference Held in Tokyo

From February 4-7, 2008, the Second SGI Study Department Leaders' Conference was held at the Josei Toda International Center in Shinjuku, Tokyo. Attendees included SGI Study Department Leader Katsuji Saito, Soka Gakkai Study Department Leader Masaaki Morinaka and representative SGI study department leaders. Participants discussed the development of the study ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Feb 7 2008

SGI-Bolivia Participates in Relief Activities for Flood Victims

In Bolivia, torrential rains that have persisted for three months have led to the most devastating floods to hit the country in 25 years, resulting in numerous landslides, impassable roads and vast agricultural areas under water. The damage is expected to increase. Together with the government, SGI-Bolivia initiated relief activities ... read more