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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

Buddhism | Sep 23 2007

10,000 Gather for Soka Gakkai Thailand Men's General Meeting; Men Meet in Costa Rica, New Zealand and U.K.

Soka Gakkai Thailand men gather for their first general meeting SGI-Costa Rica men for their first general meeting On August 19, SGI-Costa Rica MD held their first general meeting at the SGI-Costa Rica Culture Center in San José. On August 25 and 26, SGI-New Zealand MD members gathered in Wellington, for ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 23 2007

Betty Williams Speaks at SGI-USA's Culture of Peace Lecture Series

Betty Williams (center) and her assistant, Rusti Findley (right), with Dr.Nazir Khaja (left), founder of the Islamic Information Service, at an interfaith event (September 23, 2007) "Violence is a choice. Reject it." "Nonviolence is the weapon of the strong, not the weak." Nobel Peace Prize laureate Betty Williams imparted these words ... read more

Education | Sep 23 2007

"Caring for Our Elders" Forums Held in San Francisco, California

On September 23, 2007, SGI-USA members in San Francisco, California met for an informative and inspiring forum on "Caring for Our Elders" at the SGI-USA San Francisco Culture Center. This was the seventh of a series on elderly care that began in January, sponsored by SGI-USA women in San Francisco. ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 22 2007

Soka Gakkai Youth Hold National Leaders' Meeting; SGI President Named Honorary Citizen of Navoiy City, Uzbekistan

On September 22, 2007, Soka Gakkai youth held a national leaders' meeting at the Tokyo Makiguchi Memorial Hall in Hachioji, Tokyo. At the event signifying the launch of the next phase of the SGI's worldwide growth and development spearheaded by youth, the young people presented a declaration on behalf of ... read more

Interfaith | Sep 21 2007

"International Day of Peace" Observed in Singapore

In 2001, the United Nations designated September 21 as the International Day of Peace with an aim of "strengthening the ideals of peace and alleviating tensions and causes of conflicts." On September 21, 2007, the Singapore Soka Association (SSA) cosponsored an event titled, "May Peace Prevail on Earth," to commemorate ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 19 2007

SGI-Korea and SGI-Taiwan Hold Study Sessions on Nichiren Buddhism

From September 17-19, 2007, SGI Study Department Chief Katsuji Saito lectured on a selection of Nichiren's writings at SGI-Korea centers. Some 1,300 representatives from the Seoul metropolitan area studied "The Drum at the Gate of Thunder" on September 17; 96 members of the fifth Youth Study College studied "On the ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 16 2007

SGI-USA Youth Celebrate New Phase of SGI's Worldwide Growth

SGI-USA members and friends participate in "Be Bold! Choose Peace!" in Brooklyn, N.Y. (September 16, 2007) On September 16, 2007, SGI-USA youth of New York and its environs met to commemorate the 50th anniversary of second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda's declaration for the abolition of nuclear weapons with a festival, ... read more

Human Rights | Sep 16 2007

Human Rights Exhibition Held in Hiroshima

On September 4, 2007, an exhibition produced by Soka Gakkai youth members, titled, "Hope for Human Rights in the 21st Century," opened at the Hiroshima Industrial Hall. The exhibition, created in 2005 in support of the UN World Programme for Human Rights Education, takes up contemporary human rights issues and ... read more

Interfaith | Sep 15 2007

SGI-Germany Cohosts Interreligious Symposium on "Life and Death" with European Academy of Sciences and Arts and IOP

On September 15, 2007, an interreligious symposium on the theme of life and death was jointly hosted by the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) and SGI-Germany at the Villa Sachsen Culture Center in Bingen City, Germany. The event commemorated the IOP's publication of ... read more

Human Rights | Sep 14 2007

SGI-Australia Cosponsors Forum on Depression and Its Creative Potential

On September 14, 2007, SGI-Australia hosted a forum on depression at the SGI-Australia Culture Center in Sydney. Jointly sponsored by SGI-Australia and the University of Sydney Centre for Peace & Conflict Studies, the forum aimed at fostering a correct understanding of depression, raising awareness about the dignity of life and ... read more

Press Releases | Sep 10 2007

SGI Organizations Renew Call for Nuclear Abolition Commemorating 50th Anniversary of Antinuclear Declaration

Soka Gakkai International (SGI) organizations around the world have held events calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons, commemorating the 50th anniversary of second Soka Gakkai president Josei Toda's call for the abolition of nuclear weapons. Toda (1900-58) made his impassioned declaration, describing nuclear weapons as an absolute evil, in front ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 9 2007

2007 SGI Youth Autumn Training Session in Tokyo

From September 5-9, 2007, 240 SGI youth leaders from 55 countries converged in Tokyo for the 20th annual leadership training course. The SGI youth participated in various sessions, including the monthly leaders' meeting for September at the Tokyo Makiguchi Memorial Hall in Hachioji, Tokyo, on September 6. In a message for ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 9 2007

SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's Message to the Civil Society Peace Forum Held at the Cooper Union, New York City

September 8, 2007 On September 8, 1957, Josei Toda, the second president of the Soka Gakkai and the man I look to as my mentor in life, issued a declaration calling for the complete abolition of nuclear weapons. This was just months before his death; he poured his entire being into ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 9 2007

SGI Events Commemorate Josei Toda's Antinuclear Declaration

SGI organizations around the world have been calling for nuclear abolition in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of second Soka Gakkai president Josei Toda's Declaration Calling for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons which was delivered in front of 50,000 young people at the Mitsuzawa stadium in Yokohama, Japan, on September ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 9 2007

Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee Sponsors "Culture of Peace Forum for Mothers and Children"

On September 9, 2007, the Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee (WPC) hosted a "Culture of Peace Forum for Mothers and Children" at the Soka International Friendship Hall in Sendagaya, Tokyo. Some 1,200 people, including elementary school children and atomic bomb survivors, attended the event which commemorated the 50th anniversary of ... read more

Culture | Sep 9 2007

Soka Renaissance Vanguard Wins Japan Cup Competition

On September 9, 2007, the Soka Renaissance Vanguard won top honors for the fourth time in the Japan Cup Marching Band and Baton Twirling National Competition. The band, with a performance titled "Tribal," also received the Tokyo Governor's Trophy as a reward for winning the senior division of the drum-and-bugle-corps ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 8 2007

SGI-Europe Youth Engage in Dialogue to Promote Nuclear Disarmament and a Culture of Peace

Ahead of the 50th anniversary of Mr. Toda's antinuclear declaration in September 2007, the SGI-Europe youth launched in January 2006 a 100,000 dialogue campaign to convey Mr. Toda's ideals throughout Europe and create a current for peace. With the UK, France and Russia among the five nuclear weapons states recognized ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 8 2007

SGI-Russia Commemorates Anniversary of SGI President's Visit

On September 8, 2007, SGI-Russia held a general meeting in Moscow to celebrate the 33rd anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's first visit to the former Soviet Union in 1974. Over 80 SGI-Russia members attended, including those who had traveled long distances from St. Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod and Voronezh. Representatives ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 8 2007

SGI World Youth Peace Conference Held in Yokohama, Japan

On September 8, 2007, SGI youth members from 56 countries gathered for a peace conference at the Soka Gakkai Kanagawa Culture Center, Yokohama, Japan. The SGI youth unanimously adopted the "SGI Youth Declaration for World Peace," which included a vow to work for nuclear and conventional disarmament and to create ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 8 2007

SGI Denmark Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Josei Toda's Antinuclear Declaration

On September 8, 2007, around 100 SGI members and their guests gathered at SGI Denmark's Nordic Culture Center to commemorate the 50th anniversary of second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda's historic declaration in 1957 condemning nuclear weapons, which threaten the collective right of humanity to exist, as an absolute evil ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 8 2007

Civil Society Peace Forum at New York's Cooper Union Focuses on Abolishing Nuclear Weapons

On September 8, 2007, a Civil Society Peace Forum titled "Abolishing Nuclear Weapons: What Can Each of Us Do?" was held at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City, USA. A new SGI exhibition, "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 8 2007

Kansai Youth Peace Conference Hosts Antinuclear Seminar

On September 8, 2007, the Kansai Youth Peace Conference hosted a seminar--the seventh in a series--at the Soka Gakkai Kansai Culture Center in Osaka, Japan. Commemorating the 50th anniversary of second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda's Declaration for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons, keynote speaker Professor Osamu Ono of Doshisha ... read more

Human Rights | Sep 8 2007

SGI-South Africa Celebrates Life of Steve Biko

On September 8, 2007, SGI-South Africa paid tribute to Steve Biko (1946-1977), a hero of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, with a combined dance, music, song, storytelling and poetry recital titled, "My Revolution--Revealing the Jewel Within," at its center in Johannesburg. The event was held on the 50th anniversary ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 4 2007

SGI-New Zealand Young Women's VOV Aotearoa Wins the 2007 Sonja Davies Award

On September 4, 2007, the SGI-New Zealand young women's division (YWD) won that country's 2007 Sonja Davies Peace Award in recognition of their achievements and efforts in promoting Victory Over Violence (VOV), a grassroots effort to help teenagers identify the causes of violence in their lives and communities and foster ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 3 2007

SGI-Nepal Makes Fresh Start with New Youth Leaders

New SGI youth leaders were recently appointed In Nepal, the birthplace of Shakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism. Navin Manandhar, Urika Shakya and Laxman Dangol have been appointed SGI-Nepal youth division (YD) leader, young women's division (YWD) Leader and young men's division (YMD) leader, respectively. Navin Manandhar SGI-Nepal YD leader Urika Shakya ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 1 2007

SGI-Brazil Sponsors Student Conference on Nuclear Abolition

On September 1, 2007, SGI-Brazil sponsored a student conference titled, "Nuclear Arms: The Evolving Challenge," at the SGI-Brazil Rio de Janeiro Culture Center. The event, attended by 320 members and guests, commemorated the 50th anniversary of second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda's call for the abolition of nuclear weapons. In ... read more

Culture | Aug 31 2007

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Joins in Celebrations for Malaysia's Golden Jubilee

On August 31, 2007, Malaysia commemorated its 50th anniversary of independence. Golden jubilee celebrations were held throughout the country leading up to the anniversary. Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) members participated in an event at Stadium Merdeka (Independence) in Kuala Lumpur. The national gala, highlighting the different eras of Malaysia's ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 28 2007

5,000 Gather for SGI-Italy General Meeting in Florence, Italy

On August 28, 2007, over 5.000 SGI-Italy members gathered from throughout the nation for a general meeting at the Nelson Mandela Forum, an indoor sports arena in Florence, Tuscany Province. Florence Mayor Leonardo Domenici sent a congratulatory message in which he referred to the conferral of the Florentine Republic Seal of ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 26 2007

SGI-Spain and SGI-Portugal Attend Summer Study Session

On August 26, 2007, some 700 SGI members from the Iberian Peninsula attended a combined SGI-Spain and SGI-Portugal summer study session in Madrid, Spain. SGI Study Department Chief Katsuji Saito lectured on one of Nichiren's letters of encouragement to Shijo Kingo, a samurai retainer versed in medicine and a devout ... read more