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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

Buddhism | Jun 7 2007

SGI-Portugal "Young Mothers" Group Debuts

On June 7, 2007, the SGI-Portugal "Young Mothers" group made its debut at a venue in Lisbon. The women shared experiences of practicing and applying the philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism in their daily lives as mothers and partners, as well as read SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's poem dedicated to young ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jun 6 2007

SGI-Korea Students Conduct Peace and Culture Events

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda's 1957 declaration for the abolition of nuclear weapons, the SGI-Korea student division sponsored peace and cultural events from May 14-June 6, 2007, at 120 university campuses throughout South Korea. The events drew some 57,000 visitors, including students and ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 3 2007

SGI-Cambodia Holds First National Meeting

On June 3, 2007, SGI-Cambodia members gathered for their first general meeting at the SGI-Cambodia Culture Center in Phnom Penh. At the meeting, held in conjunction with a national women's gathering, members shared how they have triumphed over obstacles and difficulties through their practice of Nichiren Buddhism. Women's division member ... read more

Sustainable Development | Jun 3 2007

SGI-Spain Supports an Interfaith Conference in Alicante and Earth Charter Forum in Madrid

Former UNESCO Director-General Federico Mayor Zaragoza opened the program with an address on "The Earth Charter and a Culture of Peace." University of Alicante Rector Ignacio Jiménez was also among the speakers who represented various cultural and religious traditions, including the Bahá'í, Anglican and Protestant communities, who talked about the ... read more

Interfaith | Jun 3 2007

SGI-Spain Supports an Interfaith Conference in Alicante and Earth Charter Forum in Madrid

Former UNESCO Director-General Federico Mayor Zaragoza opened the program with an address on "The Earth Charter and a Culture of Peace." University of Alicante Rector Ignacio Jiménez was also among the speakers who represented various cultural and religious traditions, including the Bahá'í, Anglican and Protestant communities, who talked about the ... read more

Culture | Jun 2 2007

Charity Cultural Extravaganza in Terengganu, Malaysia

On June 1-2, 2007, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) Terengganu Branch and the Terengganu State Department of Culture, Arts and Heritage cosponsored a charity show, titled "Malam Budidaya 2007," at Auditorium Taman Budaya Negeri Terengganu-Kuala Ibai. Malam Budidaya, showcasing ethnic dances highlighting the rich cultural diversity of Malaysian society, also commemorated ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jun 1 2007

Women's Peace Committee 2006 Report

The forum was held at 124 venues around Japan, with close to 77,000 people taking part, while the "Women and a Culture of Peace" exhibition toured seven cities and has now reached an audience of over 750,000 people. The new "Children and a Culture of Peace" exhibition, which highlights ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jun 1 2007

Toda Peace Institute Collaborates with Chinese NGO on Peace Forum in Beijing

On May 31 and June 1, 2007, the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research and the Chinese People's Association for Peace and Disarmament (CPAPD) cohosted an international conference entitled "Forum on Security and Cooperation in Northeast Asia" in Beijing, China. Toda Institute representatives joined CPAPD Vice President Liu ... read more

Culture | Jun 1 2007

SGI-Hong Kong Cosponsors Exhibition of Works by Zhejiang Province Artists

On June 1, 2007, an exhibition featuring 80 paintings of landscapes, flowers and birds by master painters of Zhejiang Province, China, opened at the SGI-Hong Kong Culture Center. The event was cosponsored by the Zhejiang People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, Zhejiang Provincial Federation of Literature and Art and ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | May 26 2007

City in Mississippi, USA, Thanks Local SGI-USA Members for Park Restoration

When Hurricane Katrina swept through the area on August 29, 2005, the small city with a population of around 6,500, lying on the Gulf of Mexico coast, was all but demolished. Of the original 8,000 homes, only 500 remained. With the support of government services and a coalition of volunteers, ... read more

Buddhism | May 21 2007

First Sign Language-Interpreted Conference Held at the FNCC

Between sessions, the sign language interpreters, the two deaf participants and several others who have made longstanding efforts to support deaf SGI-USA members in their local areas discussed various ways to express Buddhist terminology in American Sign Language--with many yet to be created. The conference, facilitated by SGI-USA study department members, ... read more

Buddhism | May 20 2007

Community Friendship Festivals Held Throughout Taiwan

On May 20, 2007, Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) concluded a series of community festivals held throughout Taiwan focusing on children's happiness. In recent years, domestic violence, child abuse, and bullying at schools have become increasingly prevalent in Taiwanese society. Furthermore, stories of children suffering from poverty, living as refugees and ... read more

Culture | May 20 2007

Soka Gakkai Fukuoka Celebrates Eighth Anniversary of Korea-Japan Friendship Monument

On May 20, 2007, Soka Gakkai members in Shima, Fukuoka Prefecture, commemorated the eighth anniversary of the Korea-Japan Friendship Monument that was unveiled on May 15, 1999, at the Soka Gakkai Fukuoka Training Center. Local Soka Gakkai members and Korean residents gathered to celebrate. Representatives introduced the history of the ... read more