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Peace and Disarmament | Aug 4 2007

Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Okinawa Youth Hold Annual Peace Summit

On August 4, 2007, Soka Gakkai Youth Peace Conference (YPC) representatives from Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Okinawa held their annual joint peace summit at the Soka Gakkai Nagasaki Peace Hall. The event opened with prayers for all victims of the atomic bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki and of the Pacific War, ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 31 2007

SGI-USA's New Territories Hold Kickoff Meetings

Following SGI-USA's implementation in June 2007 of a new organizational structure consisting of three large geographical territories that will provide more direct support for its many volunteer leaders, SGI-USA members have been convening to celebrate the new start in their respective territories--East, Central and West. On July 1, 2007, the East ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 31 2007

SGI-Philippines Celebrates Young Men's Division Day

During July, the SGI-Philippines Young Men's Division (YMD) held meetings throughout the country to commemorate the YMD's establishment on July 11, 1952. In a congratulatory message sent for the occasion, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda stressed how important it was to be courageous to lead a victorious life and contribute to ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 29 2007

SGI Latin American Youth Commemorate Anniversaries

In the Dominican Republic, 500 young women, half of whom were guests, commemorated the YWD anniversary at the SGI-Dominican Republic Culture Center on July 22. Following a skit and a fife-and-drum corps performance, YWD Leader Noriko Tamate encouraged everyone to support one another and strive based on the humanistic ... read more

Education | Jul 29 2007

Psychologist Gives Talk on Positive Parenting at Malaysia Soka Kindergarten

On July 29, 2007, Tadika Seri Soka, the Soka kindergarten in Cheras, Selangor State, Malaysia, invited Dr. Alvin Ng, a lecturer in the Health Psychology Unit of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, to give a talk on "Positive Parenting and Managing Behavior in Children" to an audience of over 100 parents whose ... read more

Culture | Jul 29 2007

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Boys and Girls Stage "Cherry Tree the Musical" in Selangor State

On July 22, 28 and 29, 2007, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) Selangor Branch hosted "Cherry Tree the Musical" performed by 200 boys and girls at the SGM Selangor Culture Centre in Klang. Around 2,700 attended, including friends and family, as well as Selangor State Executive Councillor Kamala Ganapathy, Klang Municipal ... read more

Culture | Jul 29 2007

SGI-USA New York Zone Southeast Asia Festival Opens Gateway to Peace in the Community

"Cultural Activities transcends differences in nationality and social systems. It awakens deep human emotions which then spread outward to touch the hearts and minds of others." So said SGI-USA Filipino Group National Coordinator Maria Feingold at SGI-USA New York Zone's first Southeast Asia Festival on July 29, 2007. More than ... read more

Culture | Jul 27 2007

Soka Gakkai Kansai 21st Century Symphony Orchestra Celebrates 35th Anniversary of Sino-Japan Relations

On July 27, 2007, the Soka Gakkai Kansai 21st Century Symphony Orchestra held a concert commemorating the 35th anniversary of the normalization of Sino-Japanese bilateral relations at the Osaka Central Public Hall in Nakanoshima and the 50th anniversary of a historic Soka Gakkai gathering held in the same hall on ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Jul 23 2007

Soka Gakkai Doctors and Nurses Provide Free Medical Care to Quake Victims

Relief and rescue efforts continue in Niigata Prefecture in the aftermath of a powerful earthquake measuring around 6.8 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7 that hit the northwestern coast of Japan on July 16, 2007. The death toll stood at 11 on July 23. Several thousand evacuees are ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jul 17 2007

SGI-USA Inaugurates Culture of Peace Distinguished Speaker Series in New York with Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury

On July 17, 2007, at the New York Culture Center, former UN Under-Secretary-General Anwarul K. Chowdhury delivered the inaugural lecture for SGI-USA's Culture of Peace Distinguished Speaker Series. The lecture series aims to engage young and old in dialogues on the values, attitudes, and behaviors that reject violence and inspire ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Jul 17 2007

Soka Gakkai Initiates Relief Efforts Following Earthquake in Niigata Prefecture

On the morning of July 16, 2007, a powerful earthquake hit Niigata Prefecture, centered on the Chuetsu Coast in northwestern Japan. Measuring upper 6 on the Japanese seismic scale of 7 according to the Japanese Meteorological Agency, the temblor left at least 11 dead and injured more than 1,000, while ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 15 2007

SGI Youth in Peru and Ecuador Hold Commemorative Meetings

On July 15, 2007, SGI-Peru young women's division (YWD) members celebrated July 19, YWD Day, at the SGI-Peru Culture Center in Lima. Following a speech by Youth Division Leader Juan Fuentes and members' experiences of practicing Nichiren Buddhism, the young women's fife-and-drum corps performed SGI songs. Vice YWD Leader Nancy ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 15 2007

SGI-Brazil Youth Expand Friendship through Dialogue

In 2005, BSGI youth launched their "One Million Amigos-Amigas Campaign," an effort to spread understanding of Nichiren Buddhism and the BSGI in their local communities through dialogue and friendship. By the following year, they had met and conversed with 1.5 million people, surpassing their original goal by 50%. Then from ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 15 2007

SGI-New Zealand Women Learn About Tapping "Boundless Life" from Within

On July 14, the participants studied the tenets of Nichiren Buddhism that focus on inner transformation and the unity of "many in body and one in mind" -- keys to tapping the innate, boundless life force within each person. They learned that the Chinese characters for "many in body and ... read more

Interfaith | Jul 12 2007

SGI Representatives Attend International Socio-Religious Conference in Havana, Cuba

From July 10-12, 2007, SGI-Mexico General Director Roberto Rios and Youth Division Chief Daisuke Inoue represented the SGI and the Buddhist worldview at the Fifth International Meeting on Socio-Religious Studies at the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (CITMA) in Havana, Cuba. The conference was sponsored by the Department ... read more

Culture | Jul 12 2007

Russian Children's Dance Troupe and Folk Ensemble Participate in Min-On's Free School Concerts

From July 5-12, 2007, the Russian Dance Theater "Ozorniki" and Folk Ensemble "Galaktika" combined for a ten-concert tour of Hyogo, Osaka, Nagano, Niigata and Ishikawa Prefectures in Japan at the invitation of the Min-On Concert Association. During their tour, Ozorniki & Galaktika visited two schools as a part of Min-On's ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 11 2007

SGI-Europe Summer Courses Begin in Trets, France

The annual SGI-Europe summer courses kicked off this year with 160 men's and women's division representatives from 21 European countries gathering at the SGI-Europe Training Center in Trets, France, from July 7-11, 2007. On July 7, SGI representatives from Germany, UK and Italy shared experiences of practicing and applying the ... read more

Education | Jul 8 2007

Taiwan Soka Association Students Hold Summer Camps for Elementary Students in Remote Areas

"Soka Joy Summer Camps," educational support programs initiated by the Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) student division, were held again this year in three municipalities located in remote mountainous areas and islands off Taiwan where children are not able to receive a thorough elementary education. Basing their activities on SGI President ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 7 2007

Singapore Soka Association Celebrates 40th Anniversary

On July 7, 2007, Singapore Soka Association (SSA) celebrated its 40th anniversary with a Youth Festival at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Various SSA cultural groups and volunteer staff numbering 2,500 drew on their unique talents to put on a spectacular show for an audience of 10,500. The festival began with ... read more

Interfaith | Jul 7 2007

Second Interfaith Discourse Between Islam and Buddhism Held in Malaysia

On July 7, 2007, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) and the Malaysian Chinese Muslim Association cosponsored a second Islam and Buddhism interfaith exchange, entitled "A Discourse on Islam and Buddhism," at the Wisma Kebudayaan SGM Center in Kuala Lumpur. The first exchange was held on August 5, 2006. Dr. Wang Yong ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 1 2007

SGI-Cambodia Youth Pledge to Advance Peace

On July 1, 2007, SGI-Cambodia held its first national youth division leaders' meeting at the SGI-Cambodia Culture Center in Phnom Penh. Some 200 representatives gathered from around the country to commemorate the second anniversary of the formation of the SGI-Cambodia young men's division (YMD) and young women's division (YWD). Following ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 1 2007

SGI-Paraguay Women Hold General Meetings

During June 2007, approximately 700 SGI-Paraguay women met for general meetings with the theme, "Protagonists of Happiness," at 37 venues throughout the country. Many guests and friends attended the meetings, which brimmed with spontaneity and warmth. The gatherings included musical performances and inspiring episodes of how the SGI-Paraguay women "protagonists" ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 30 2007

SGI-Nepal Conducts Buddhist Seminar; SGI-Sri Lanka Holds Study Exams

On June 30, 2007, SGI-Nepal members gathered for a seminar on Buddhism in Pokhara, located around 200 kilometers west of Kathmandu. Participants studied the Buddhist concepts of "repaying one's debt of gratitude" and "earthly desires are enlightenment." The program also included a study of the core Buddhist principle of the ... read more

Culture | Jun 30 2007

SGI-Germany Sponsors International Children's Art Exhibition

From June 1-30, 2007, SGI-Germany sponsored the SGI's "World Boys and Girls Art Exhibition" at Mörfelden-Walldorf City Hall in western Germany. The first floor displayed 89 drawings and paintings by schoolchildren from nearby kindergartens and schools, while the second floor displayed 60 works by children from around the world. Related ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 29 2007

Lotus Sutra Exhibition in Macau Conveys Timeless Spiritual Message

From June 22-29, 2007, "The Flowering of the Lotus Along the Silk Road" exhibition was held at the Lou Lim Ieoc Garden in Macau. Previously held in Hong Kong as "The Lotus Sutra--A Message of Peace and Harmonious Coexistence," the exhibition displays a rare collection of artifacts and calligraphic and ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 28 2007

SGI Women Around the World Celebrate Women's Division Day

Members of the SGI women's division around the world commemorated June 10, Women's Division Day, during May and June 2007. A meeting on one of the Philippine islands In the Philippines, 21,000 women, of whom 16,000 were guests, assembled at 1,081 venues throughout the country to commemorate May 10, SGI-Philippines Women's ... read more

Interfaith | Jun 25 2007

Youth Religious Consultative Group Created by Italian Government Ministries Meets with SGI Italy Youth

The Italian Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Youth Affairs have created a youth religious consultative group to cooperate with and advise the two ministries on religious, multicultural and multiethnic affairs. The consultative group has been meeting with its various component religious groups. On June 25, 2007, the ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 24 2007

SGI-USA Advances with New Leadership and Nationwide Organization

At nationwide leaders' teleconferences on June 14 and 24, 2007, SGI-USA announced the implementation of a new organizational structure that consists of three large territories--East, Central and West. In a country as vast as the United States, it is extremely difficult to coordinate activities from one location. For SGI-USA to ... read more

Sustainable Development | Jun 24 2007

SGI-Philippines Young Men Plant 3,000 Seedlings to Preserve the Environment

Descending the mountain after accomplishing their task In 1999, SGI-Philippines young men began planting trees as part of a government-sponsored "Environment Month." Since then they have continued to plant trees in Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental and the Milasag Hills. On June 24, 2007, young men's division (YMD) volunteers set ... read more

Education | Jun 24 2007

SGI-Australia Celebrates Women's Division Day; Women in Sydney Sponsor Seminars on Winning Over Depression

On June 23-24, SGI-Australia women in Sydney, New South Wales, sponsored two seminars offering expert advice on overcoming depression, titled "The Darker the Night, the Nearer the Dawn," which included an introduction to the practice and philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism that offers hope for the depression, isolation and spiritual poverty ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 23 2007

SGI Cameroon Holds Leaders' Study Sessions

On June 23, Victory Headquarters district leaders met to study the Buddhist principle of "many in body, one in mind," in which the diverse and unique qualities of each individual are respected, and a spontaneous collaboration of individuals toward a common ideal creates an environment in which each individual's qualities ... read more

Culture | Jun 23 2007

SGI-Hong Kong Women's Chorus Performs at Tenth Anniversary Celebration

On June 23, 2007, the SGI-Hong Kong women's Bai Lan (white orchid) Chorus performed during a tenth anniversary celebration of Hong Kong's reversion to China (July 1, 1997). Donald Tsang, chief executive of Hong Kong, was one of the official guests at the event held at the Hong Kong Coliseum. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jun 19 2007

SGI-Panama Sponsors Culture of Peace Exhibition

On June 19, 2007, "Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World," an exhibition created by SGI-USA calling for nonviolence, lasting peace and the protection of children's rights, previewed at the SGI-Panama Culture Center with the attendance of invited guests. Included in the exhibition are more than ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 17 2007

SGI-Finland Holds Summer Course in Paimio, Finland

From June 16-17, 2007, SGI-Finland held a summer study course in Paimio, Finland. Forty-eight SGI members from throughout the country gathered for the event with the theme, "We are Lions, We are Victors." SGI-Europe Chair Hideaki Takahashi led a study of "The Opening of the Eyes," one of Nichiren's major ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 17 2007

SGI-Germany Holds Training Course in Trets

From June 13-17, 2007, around 100 SGI-Germany men's division members attended a training course at the SGI-Europe Training Center in Trets, France. During the five-day course, the men had many opportunities to deepen friendships and share experiences of how they have applied the philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism to overcome challenges ... read more

Sustainable Development | Jun 17 2007

SGI-Italy Genoa Culture Center Hosts "Seeds of Change" Exhibition

From June 3-17, 2007, the SGI-Italy Genoa Culture Center hosted the "Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential" exhibition created by the SGI and the Earth Charter Initiative. More than 1,000 visitors viewed the exhibition, cosponsored by Genoa City and Genoa Province in the Liguria Region. A Quiet ... read more

Culture | Jun 17 2007

SGI-New Zealand's Brass Band and the Manukau City Concert Band Hold Joint Concert

On June 17, 2007, SGI-New Zealand's Victorious March Brass Band collaborated with New Zealand's renowned Manukau City Concert Band for a concert at the SGI-New Zealand Culture Center in Auckland. Around 350 residents and local SGI members attended the fourth annual concert for Victorious March, now in its seventh year. ... read more

Education | Jun 16 2007

Public Libraries in Singapore Screen Animation Adapted from Daisaku Ikeda's Children's Stories

The Bukit Merah and Bukit Batok Community Libraries in Singapore screened The Winds of Victory, an animated film about friendship, teamwork and sportsmanship, based on a children's story by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, on May 19 and June 16, 2007, respectively. The protagonist of the animation, Kenji Saito, is a ... read more

Education | Jun 15 2007

Symposium on Humanistic Education Held at Teachers College, Columbia University, USA

On June 15, 2007, student members of Buddhism for Global Peace at Columbia University, New York, New York, sponsored a symposium titled "Humanistic Education: Transforming the Culture of Violence." The event was held at Milbank Chapel, Teachers College, Columbia University. Eleven years ago on June 13, 1996, also at Teachers ... read more

Sustainable Development | Jun 14 2007

SGI-Paraguay Sponsors Exhibition on Sustainable Living

On June 13 and 14, 2007, SGI-Paraguay sponsored "Seeds of Change--the Earth Charter and Human Potential," an exhibition created by the SGI and the Earth Charter Initiative, at the Universidad Columbia del Paraguay (Columbia University of Paraguay). At the exhibition opening on the 14th, University President Rodrigo Urbieta told how ... read more

Education | Jun 13 2007

Center for Dewey Studies Honors SGI President

On June 13, 2007, the Center for Dewey Studies based in Illinois,USA, a leading research institute on the educational philosophy of John Dewey (1859-1952), named Soka Schools and University founder SGI President Daisaku Ikeda the center's honorary advisor at a conferral ceremony at Soka University in Hachioji, Tokyo. Mr. Ikeda ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 12 2007

Greek Edition of The Lotus Sutra Commemorated

On June 12, 2007, a forum marking last year's publication of the Greek edition of The Lotus Sutra was held in Athens. The Lotus Sutra is widely considered the most important scripture of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition. The Greek translation by Panos Bolanakis is based on Burton Watson's English translation ... read more

Interfaith | Jun 12 2007

Soka Gakkai Representative Attends International Conference on Religious Tolerance

Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) Director and Soka Gakkai Vice President Yoichi Kawada was invited to represent the Buddhist worldview at an international interfaith conference held on June 12, 2007 in Bali, Indonesia. Titled "Tolerance Between Religions: A Blessing for All Creation," the interfaith summit was sponsored by the Wahid ... read more

Education | Jun 11 2007

Mikhail Gorbachev Reminisces on His Life and Perestroika

On June 11, 2007, former Soviet Union leader and Nobel Peace laureate Mikhail Gorbachev visited Soka University, in Hachioji, Japan, and spoke on "Perestroika and My Life" to over 10,000 students from Soka University, Soka Women's College and Soka Junior and Senior High Schools. Mr. Gorbachev emphasized the importance of ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 9 2007

SGI-Sweden Celebrates SGI-Sweden Day; SGI-Switzerland Youth Leaders Meet

On June 3, 2007, SGI-Sweden members celebrated SGI-Sweden Day, which commemorates SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's first visit to their country in 1989. At the gathering at the SGI-Sweden Culture Center in Saltsjöbaden, southeast of Stockholm, film footages of the visit were shown, followed by members' personal accounts of their Buddhist ... read more