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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

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