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Interfaith | Nov 22 2007

Soka Gakkai Malaysia and the Croatian Embassy Cosponsor Croatian Music

On November 22, 2007, Wisma Kebudayaan, the Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) Headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, was the venue for a Croatian music show starring tenor Giannni Stipanicev and soprano Barbara Othman along with the Croatian Radio and Television Tamburitza Orchestra. The audience was treated to classical, folk and pop songs ... read more

Culture | Nov 22 2007

Soka Gakkai Malaysia and the Croatian Embassy Cosponsor Croatian Music

On November 22, 2007, the Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) Grand Culture Center (Wisma Kebudayaan), in Kuala Lumpur, was the venue for a Croatian music show starring tenor Giannni Stipanicev and soprano Barbara Othman along with the Croatian Radio and Television Tamburitza Orchestra. The audience was treated to classical, folk ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Nov 20 2007

Soka Gakkai Student Division Hosts Talk on Nuclear Abolition and the Role of Youth

The Soka Gakkai student division hosted a lecture titled "The Challenge of Nuclear Abolition--the Role of Youth" by New Zealand peace activist Alyn Ware at the Toda International Center in Shinanomachi, Tokyo, on November 20, 2007. Mr. Ware is consultant for the Lawyers' Committee on Nuclear Policy (U.S.A.), outreach ... read more

Sustainable Development | Nov 18 2007

Daisaku and Kaneko Ikeda Cherry Tree Grove Dedicated in Southern California, USA

On November 18, 2007, a dedication ceremony took place for Daisaku and Kaneko Ikeda Cherry Tree Grove, within the City of Torrance's Columbia Park. The grove is made up of cherry trees given to the city by the SGI-USA on behalf of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and Mrs. Kaneko Ikeda. ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 17 2007

SGI Members Celebrate Soka Gakkai's Founding Day

On and around November 18, 2007, SGI members throughout the world gathered to celebrate Soka Gakkai's founding day (November 18, 1930) in their respective locales. On November 17, SGI-Nepal held its 13th general meeting at the SGI-Nepal Peace Center in Kathmandu. Three new districts were announced and members made a fresh ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 15 2007

SGI Representatives Make Courtesy Call on Micronesian President

On November 15, 2007, SGI representatives led by SGI-Oceania Chair Richard Sasaki and SGI-Micronesia Chapter Leader Ioanis Primo paid a courtesy call on President Emanuel Manny Mori of the Federated States of Micronesia at the president's office in the capital city of Palikir. President Mori expressed his respect for SGI ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 11 2007

SGI 2007 Autumn Training Course Held in Japan

On November 8, Soka Gakkai's monthly leaders' meeting, which commemorated November 18, Soka Gakkai's 77th anniversary, took place at Kansai Ikeda Auditorium in Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture. The meeting coincided with the 32nd SGI General Meeting and a Kansai general meeting. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, who was visiting Osaka for ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Nov 10 2007

Culture of Peace Exhibition in Dubai

The exhibition "Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World" was held at the Dubai Knowledge Village from November 2-10, 2007. The exhibition was held under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, UN Messenger of Peace and wife of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Nov 3 2007

Soka Gakkai Thailand Participates in Nonviolence Festival at Thammasat University

November 2-3, 2007, Soka Gakkai Thailand (SGT) participated in the second Nonviolence Festival at Thammasat University's Tha Prachan campus in Bangkok, Thailand. The Research Center for Peace Building at Mahidol University sponsored the event in collaboration with 25 organizations including the National Research Council of Thailand. Participants attended lectures, workshops ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 31 2007

SGI-USA Conducts Study Review Sessions; SGI-Canada Youth Hold First Study Exam

In October 2007, SGI-USA conducted its third annual "Buddhist Learning Review" throughout the nation with some 30,000 members participating. The review was available in eight languages: English, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, Korean, Portuguese, Thai and Cambodian, reflecting SGI-USA's ethnic diversity. Rather than a more formal exam, the unique style of the SGI-USA ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Oct 31 2007

SGI-USA Youth Participate in Wildfire Relief Efforts in Southern California, USA

From the inception of the wildfires, SGI-USA representatives in each locale worked to confirm the safety of SGI members and their neighbors. SGI-USA Vice General Director Cliff Sawyer, national Young Men's Division Leader Nathan Gauer and SGI youth volunteers mobilized in San Diego, which suffered the greatest damage. Many volunteers were ... read more

Culture | Oct 31 2007

SGI-Korea Men's Traditional Music Group Performs at Korean Music Festival

On October 23, 2007, Taegeuk Chitadae, SGI-Korea men's music group, specializing in traditional Korean music, participated in the 27th Korean Traditional Music Festival, at the Yeakdang Hall in the National Center for Korean Traditional Performing Arts (NCKTPA) in Seoul. The 71 members of Taegeuk Chitadae performed at the festival's opening. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 28 2007

SGI-Sri Lanka Sponsors Culture of Peace Exhibition

From October 25-28, 2008, the SGI exhibition "Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World" was shown at Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall in Colombo, Sri Lanka, the country's largest exhibition hall. Soka Gakkai Lanka Buddhist Association (SGI-Sri Lanka) sponsored the exhibition. Some 120 people attended the October ... read more

Interfaith | Oct 28 2007

SGI Representatives Attend Interfaith Conference in Macedonia

From October 26-28, 2007, around 300 scholars, activists and religious leaders representing religions and peace organizations from 96 countries gathered in Ohrid, Macedonia, to attend The World Conference on Dialogue Among Religions and Civilizations: "The Contribution of Religion and Culture to Peace, Mutual Respect and Cohabitation" [http://www.wcdarc-ohrid.org/]. As a crossroads ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 23 2007

The Lotus Sutra Published in Laotian

A Laotian edition of Burton Watson's translation of The Lotus Sutra (Columbia University Press, New York, 1993) was recently published by the Phalikhan Co. of the Lao People's Democratic Republic. The Lotus Sutra is widely considered to be the most important scripture of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition. The Soka Gakkai ... read more

Culture | Oct 23 2007

Soka Gakkai Thailand Brass Band Holds Music Fest

On October 23, 2007, the Soka Gakkai Thailand (SGT) brass band held two concerts at the SGT Thonburi Culture Center in Bangkok. Some 1,500 guests were treated to dynamic presentations of "Song of Comrades," "A Star Falls in the Autumn Wind on Wuchang Plain," (about the death of the great ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 22 2007

SGI-New Zealand Celebrates UN International Day of Peace

On September 23, 2007, a celebration of the declaration of the Auckland Peace City took place in Auckland, co-organized by the United Nations Association of New Zealand (UNANZ), the Auckland Inter-Faith Council and SGI-NZ. The declaration outlines the importance of engaging individuals and families to promote a safer Auckland and ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 21 2007

SGI Men from Benelux Meet at Villa Sachsen, Germany

On October 21, 2007, 120 SGI men of Benelux (Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg) met for their first men's division general meeting at the Villa Sachsen Culture Center in Bingen, Germany. Titled "Pillar of Society and the SGI," the meeting was a venue for the participants to discuss cultivating their ... read more

Culture | Oct 21 2007

SGI Members in Scotland Stage "The Lotus and Thistle"

The event commenced with the MC, wearing full Highland dress, welcoming everyone. SGI-UK General Director Robert Samuels then read a congratulatory message from SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, which was followed by a rousing performance of "Let's All Work Together" by the band. The two-part show began with a "journey" mapping the ... read more

Culture | Oct 21 2007

SGI President Meets All-China Youth Federation Delegates

On October 21, 2007, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and his wife Kaneko Ikeda met with a delegation from the All-China Youth Federation (ACYF) at the Soka University (SU) campus in Hachioji, Tokyo. The delegation was visiting Japan at the invitation of the Soka Gakkai youth division as part of an ... read more

Culture | Oct 19 2007

Min-On Commemorates 35th Anniversary of Sino-Japanese Friendship

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between China and Japan. To mark the occasion, the Min-On Concert Association is sponsoring a Japan tour by artists from the China National Acrobatic Troupe. Titled "Legends of the Dragon and the Phoenix," the production includes 114 performances ... read more

Sustainable Development | Oct 16 2007

"Seeds of Change" Exhibition Travels Throughout Northern India

Himachal Pradesh: In June, "Seeds of Change" was displayed at four venues in Shimla, capital of Himachal Pradesh State. The exhibition drew 18,000 visitors, ten percent of Shimla's population, including many students from 100 schools and institutes. Free transportation was provided for visitors from ashrams for the hearing impaired and ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 14 2007

SGI Members Challenge Study Department Exams in Brazil, Venezuela, Thailand and Nepal

SGI members throughout the world have been deepening their study and understanding of Nichiren Buddhism's humanistic philosophy, which is the foundation of faith and the key to accomplishing our human revolution and creating positive value for oneself and others. On September 30, 2007, 15,000 SGI-Brazil members took an intermediate-level exam ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 14 2007

Latin American Youth Gather for Peace Conference in Brazil

On October 12-14, 2007, 150 SGI youth representatives of six Latin American countries--Brazil, Peru, Paraguay, Argentina, Venezuela and Ecuador--attended a leadership training course in Brazil. On October 12, the group held a Latin America Youth Peace Conference at the SGI-Brazil Culture Center in São Paulo, where participants renewed their pledge ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 14 2007

SGI-Norway Holds Study Session

SGI-Norway held a youth study course titled, "The Oneness of Mentor and Disciple," for some 40 representatives on October 13-14, 2007 in Ål, a village of around 4,700 inhabitants on the Hardanger mountain plateau in central Norway. The participants studied the writings of Nichiren and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's speeches. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Oct 14 2007

SGI Members Participate in London Park Beautification

On October 14, 2007, 30 SGI-UK members of Lewisham West Chapter and their friends and families spent a day cleaning up Ladywell Fields, a local park in London undergoing major improvements. The volunteers first met at the park's educational center where the park warden spoke about the local ecology, in ... read more

Culture | Oct 14 2007

SGI-USA West Territory Youth Festival Celebrates Lives of "Unstoppable" Heroes

On October 14, 2007, more than 500 youth participated in the SGI-USA West Territory Youth Culture Festival, "Unstoppable--A Life of Victory," at the Vic Lopez Theater in Whittier, California. The festival--an original production presented twice before an audience of 4,000--celebrated the lives of five peace heroes whose efforts have illuminated the ... read more

Sustainable Development | Oct 13 2007

"Seeds of Change" Exhibits in Mexico

The "Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential" exhibition opened for the first time in Mexico, during the 2007 Universal Forum of Cultures in Monterrey, capital of Nuevo Leon State. The forum is a global event that occurs every four years, seeking to reunite citizens from a wide ... read more

Culture | Oct 9 2007

All-China Women's Federation Delegates Pay Homage to A-Bomb Victims in Hiroshima

On October 9, 2007, a delegation from the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF), led by secretariat member Wang Naikun, visited Hiroshima. The group is in Japan at the invitation of the Soka Gakkai Women's Division in commemoration of the 35th anniversary of the normalization of Sino-Japanese diplomatic relations. Following a guided ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 8 2007

SGI Members in Greece and the Czech Republic Attend Leadership Training Courses

On October 8, 2007, SGI-Greece held a training course on the Island of Evia facing the Aegean Sea. Some 100 members from major Greek cities including Athens and islands such as Tinos, Crete and Chios, as well as SGI members from the UK and neighboring Cyprus attended. SGI-Greece General Director ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 7 2007

SGI-Portugal Holds Leadership Training Course

On October 7, 2007, SGI-Portugal held a leaders' training session at Independence Palace in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal. Joana Craveiro was announced as the new national young women's leader. Ms. Craveiro gave a presentation on SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's lectures on "On Attaining Enlightenment in This Lifetime." This was ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 7 2007

University of Madras, India, Hosts Exhibition on the Lotus Sutra

On October 4-7, 2007, "The Lotus Sutra--A Message of Peace and Coexistence" exhibition showed at the University of Madras, Chennai, India. The exhibition, which was cohosted by the University of Madras, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP), St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 7 2007

SGI-Finland Kicks Off with New Leadership

On October 7, 2007, SGI-Finland, made up of three districts in one chapter, held a kick off meeting in Helsinki. Newly appointed leaders announced at the meeting include: Marjatta Valkama, chapter leader and women's division leader; Tatu Kuivalahti, secretary general; Kari Kilpeläinen, men's division leader; Johanna Holopainen, youth division leader; ... read more

Sustainable Development | Oct 7 2007

SGI-Iceland Hosts "Seeds of Change" Exhibition

The "Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential" exhibition opened on September 22, 2007, in Hafnarfjördur City, Iceland, at the city's youth center. SGI-Iceland collaborated with Agenda 21, a local committee devoted to the environment; the youth center; and the city's education office. About 100 attended the opening, including ... read more

Education | Oct 7 2007

Soka Gakkai Educators Hold Forum on Humanistic Education

On October 7, 2007, the Soka Gakkai Education Division held its 30th "National Forum on Practical Applications of Humanistic Education" at the Sapporo Convention Center, Sapporo, Japan. Some 2,300 educators and key figures in education from around Japan attended the gathering titled, "Creating a Society for the Sake of Education--Nurturing ... read more

Interfaith | Oct 4 2007

SGI Representative Participates in UN Interfaith Dialogue

A Civil Society Task Force was formed to prepare and organize the hearing and Hiro Sakurai, SGI's UN liaison officer in New York and former president of the Committee of Religious NGOs at the UN, was invited to serve on it. Members of the task force worked for four months ... read more

Press Releases | Oct 3 2007

SGI Statement on the Situation in Myanmar

We urge the government of Myanmar to use dialogue and non-violent means to resolve the current situation. We deplore the loss of life incurred and are praying for all the victims and for a peaceful and just solution. Hirotsugu Terasaki Executive Director Soka Gakkai International Office of Public Information ... read more

Culture | Oct 3 2007

Soka Gakkai Thailand Commended by Thailand's Ministry of Culture

On October 3, 2007, the Ministry of Culture of the Kingdom of Thailand commended Soka Gakkai Thailand (SGT) in recognition of their longstanding contributions to cultural enhancement. At the conferral ceremony held in Bangkok, Deputy Culture Minister Vira Rojpojchanarat read the citation and Culture Minister Khunying Khaisri Sriaroon presented a ... read more

Culture | Oct 2 2007

Exhibition on Chinese Scholar Jao Tsung-I in Kobe, Japan

On October 2, 2007, "The Paintings and Calligraphy of Jao Tsung-I," an exhibition showcasing the works of Professor Jao Tsung-I, opened at the Soka Gakkai Kansai International Culture Center located in Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. Professor Jao, professor emeritus of the Chinese University of Hong Kong and known as ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 30 2007

SGI Members of Benelux Nations Gather

On September 8, 2007, SGI youth members from Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg (Benelux) gathered at the SGI-Belgium Culture Center in Brussels for their second youth division general meeting. SGI-Belgium Youth Leader Denis LeBlond spoke about the significance of second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda's declaration calling for the abolition of ... read more

Education | Sep 29 2007

BRC Hosts "Fourth Annual Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue: Women and the Power of Friendship" in Cambridge, Massachusetts

The Boston Research Center for the 21st Century (BRC) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A., was filled to capacity on September 29, 2007 as peace activists, scholars, and poets, gathered to engage in the "Fourth Annual Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue: Women and the Power of Friendship." This year's forum explored the ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 27 2007

SGI-Denmark and Pugwash Conference Cosponsor Antinuclear Symposium

On September 27, 2007, SGI-Denmark and the Danish Committee of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs (Pugwash Denmark) cosponsored a symposium titled "The Current Dangers of Nuclear Weapons" at Christiansborg Castle, Denmark's parliament house in Copenhagen. Some 150 peace scholars, activists and embassy officials participated in the event, ... read more

Human Rights | Sep 27 2007

SGI Representative Makes NGO Statement at UN Human Rights Council

SGI and the World Federation of UN Associations worked together to draft the statement to support the proposal of Costa Rica to extend by two years the first phase of the World Programme for Human Rights Education (WPHRE). SGI UN Liaison Officer in Geneva Kazunari Fujii, currently chair of the ... read more

Culture | Sep 27 2007

Annniversary of China-Japan Normalization Commemorated in Beijing

A Soka Gakkai delegation, led by Toshiyuki Mitsugi, senior advisor, attended the festivities, together with some 600 representatives from the two countries. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress Lu Yongxiang, Vice Chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Li Guixian, ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 24 2007

Dr. Margarita Vorobyova-Desyatovskaya Lectures in Tokyo on the Lotus Sutra

On September 24, 2007, Dr. Margarita Vorobyova-Desyatovskaya of St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences lectured on "Daisaku Ikeda and the Lotus Sutra" at the Nihon Seinenkan Hall, Tokyo. The Institute of Oriental Philosophy hosted the event. Dr. Vorobyova-Desyatovskaya, a world renowned ... read more