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Human Rights | Mar 28 2007

Human Rights Education Conference in Murmansk, Russia

Kazunari Fujii, SGI UN Liaison Officer in Geneva and chair of the NGO Working Group on Human Rights Education & Learning of the CONGO (Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationships with the UN), attended an International Conference on Human Rights Education from March 27-28, 2007, in Murmansk, northwest Russia, organized ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 25 2007

SGI Associations Throughout Latin America Hold Commemorative Gatherings

On March 16, 2007, the young men and young women of SGI-Peru each held meetings at the SGI-Peru Culture Center in Lima to reaffirm their dedication to developing their own lives and further contributing to peace and prosperity in Peru and the world at large. On the previous day at ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 25 2007

SGI-USA Youth Celebrate March 16

During March 2007, SGI-USA youth throughout the country commemorated March 16, 1958, a historic day in the history of the Soka Gakkai. On that day, second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda, weakened and failing in health, bequeathed the task of realizing the peace and happiness of humanity based on the ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 25 2007

Youth Study Session at Soka Bodhi Tree Garden, New Delhi, India

Some 1,000 Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai (BSG) youth members from throughout India gathered at an auditorium in New Delhi on March 24, 2007, and on the following day at the Soka Bodhi Tree Garden in the outskirts of New Delhi, India. The youth studied Nichiren's writings and SGI President Daisaku ... read more

Culture | Mar 25 2007

Spring Festival in San Francisco Showcases Cultural Diversity

On March 25, 2007, SGI-USA members and guests in northern California were treated to a Spring Festival that included songs and dances from 11 different cultural traditions along with American rock and roll standards and hip hop dancing. The annual event began a number of years ago as a Chinese ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Mar 25 2007

Women's Peace Conference Held in Malaysia's Sabah Region

On March 24 and 25, 2007, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) women and young women hosted a women's peace conference titled "The Role of Women in Building Bridges of Peace through Culture and Arts." The conference, aimed at deepening an understanding of the significance and role of culture and the ... read more

Interfaith | Mar 25 2007

SGI New Zealand Race Relations Day in Auckland

On March 25, 2007, SGI-New Zealand (SGI-NZ) sponsored "Overcoming the Challenges of Difference," a public event celebrating diversity and fostering a shared humanity, at the SGI-NZ Culture Center in Auckland. The activity supported New Zealand's Race Relations Day and the UN "International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination," which ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 24 2007

SGI-Italy Holds National Leaders' Meeting

On March 24, 2007, some 500 SGI-Italy representatives attended a national leaders' meeting at the SGI-Italy Culture Center in Florence. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a congratulatory message and a poem dedicated to the SGI-Italy members. The meeting opened with a performance of "Young Heroes," the SGI-Italy Youth Division song. ... read more

Education | Mar 24 2007

Hong Kong Soka Kindergarten Rated "Excellent" by Education and Manpower Bureau

Hong Kong Soka Kindergarten (HKSK) received an "excellent" rating for 2005-06 from the Education and Manpower Bureau of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in recognition of the school's high-quality education, teachers and staff. Bureau inspectors in charge of assessing the quality assurance of kindergartens noted that ... read more

Interfaith | Mar 21 2007

Interfaith and Cultural Events Accompany Peacebuilders Exhibition in Oxford, UK

Between March 21 and 31, 2007, SGI-UK members in Oxfordshire hosted a series of events including interfaith discussions, talks and activities for schoolchildren at Oxford Town Hall, to accompany the showing of the Gandhi, King, Ikeda (GKI) exhibition that introduces the lives of the three peacebuilders. "I was very impressed ... read more

Human Rights | Mar 20 2007

SGI Representative Moderates Panel Discussion on Human Rights Education

On March 20, 2007, at the UN European Headquarters in Geneva, a panel discussion parallel to the 4th session of the UN Human Rights Council on the UN World Programme for Human Rights Education and the Right to Education was organized by the NGO Working Group on Human Rights ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 18 2007

Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai Holds Study Sessions on Nichiren Buddhism

On March 17 and 18, 2007, Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai (BSG), held its first study session with SGI Study Department Chief Katsuji Saito from Japan. A total of 1,000 representatives throughout India attended. On March 17, the participants studied "The Opening of the Eyes" and "Reply to Kyo'o" together with ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 18 2007

SGI-Taiwan Studies Nichiren's Writings; Holds Study Exam for Lecturers on Nichiren Buddhism

On March 17 and 18, 2007, SGI-Taiwan held study sessions on Nichiren Buddhism with a special lecture by Soka Gakkai Study Department Chief Masaaki Morinaka from Japan on "On Attaining Buddhahood in This Lifetime," one of Nichiren's writings, based on SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's lecture on the same writing. A ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 18 2007

SGI-Sri Lanka Holds Youth General Meeting

On March 18, 2007, SGI-Sri Lanka youth members held their fourth general meeting at the SGI-Sri Lanka Culture Center in Colombo. The meeting, attended by SGI members and their guests, began with SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's congratulatory message followed by a choral performance and local traditional dances. A young woman ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 18 2007

SGI Youth of the Balkans Hold General Meeting

SGI youth of Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro held a combined general meeting from March 16 to 18 in Scopje, the capital of Macedonia. After activity reports by representatives from each country a lecture on Nichiren's writings was given, followed by a question and answer session. The weekend ... read more

Culture | Mar 18 2007

SGI Taiwan Cultural Foundation Sponsors Four-City Tour in Taiwan of World Class Tango Musicians and Dancers

From March 9 to March 18, 2007, the Taiwan cities of Keelung, Chungli, Taichung, and Kaohsiung were venues for the world-acclaimed Argentine tango maestra Erica Di Salvo, her orchestra and world acclaimed tango artists "Diane & Carlos," "Gisela & Gasper," and "Soledad & Sergio." The Chin-Shuan Cultural and Educational Foundation, ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 17 2007

SGI-Côte d'Ivoire Youth Hold Rally

On March 17, 2007, some 1,750 SGI-Côte d'Ivoire youth members gathered in Abidjan to commemorate March 16, 1958, a significant day in the history of the Soka Gakkai when second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda, weakened and failing in health, bequeathed to the youth that gathered with him the task ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 16 2007

SGI-Panama Holds Commemorative Meeting

On March 16, 2007, SGI-Panama members commemorated the 33rd anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's first visit to their country on March 18, 1974. An audio-visual presentation of the history of SGI-Panama and a lively boys and girls folk dance performance were highlights of the meeting. SGI-Panama members at their center ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 11 2007

SGI-Switzerland Youth Hold Commemorative Meeting

On March 11, 2007, SGI-Switzerland youth held a general meeting in Olten to commemorate March 16, 1958, when 6,000 Soka Gakkai youth met with second President Josei Toda and pledged to carry on his legacy of working for peace, prosperity and people's happiness, based on the teachings of Nichiren. One ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 11 2007

SGI Mexico Youth Commemorate March 16

On March 11, 2007, SGI youth in Mexico City held a rally commemorating March 16, 1958, a day that holds great significance in Soka Gakkai history. On that day second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda, in rapidly declining health, met with 6,000 youth in Japan and "bequeathed" to them ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 8 2007

SGI-Cameroon Women Participate in International Women's Day Parades and Activities

On March 8, 2007, SGI-Cameroon women members marched in parades commemorating International Women's Day in the cities of Yaoundé, Douala and Edéa. In Yaoundé, the capital, the SGI women carried a placard calling for women to win over violence and to blaze a trail toward a glorious future. In Douala, ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 4 2007

New SGI Community Center Opens in Tampa, Florida, USA

On March 4, 2007, some 400 SGI-USA members from northern Florida gathered to celebrate the opening of their new Tampa Community Center in Clearwater, Florida. With the growth in the area's SGI membership, the former community center had become too small to accommodate meetings. Richard Yoshimachi, men's region leader, encouraged ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 4 2007

SGI-Chile Holds Commemorative Meeting

On March 4, 2007, some 300 SGI-Chile members gathered at the SGI-Chile Culture Center in Santiago for a commemorative meeting celebrating the 14th anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's first visit to Chile. Following a video presentation, national young men's leader Omar Castillo and young women's leader Sonnia Esparza discussed ... read more

Sustainable Development | Mar 2 2007

SGI-Denmark Participates in the "Gandhi+Festival" in Copenhagen

Between January 19 and March 2, 2007, SGI-Denmark participated in the "Gandhi+Festival," a series of events held at the Vanloese Culture House in Copenhagen, coordinated by artist Kenneth A. Balfelt. Mr. Balfelt is well known in Denmark for his progressive art using innovative means, including dialogue, to communicate about social ... read more

Education | Mar 2 2007

SGI-Panama Education Division and Education Agency Cosponsor Seminar for Teachers

From February 26 to March 2, 2007, the SGI-Panama Education Division collaborated with the Central Panama Region Teachers Training Program of the Panama Ministry of Education on "Values for the Third Millennium," a practical, hands-on seminar at the Ernesto T. Lefevre School. The event for teachers was part of the ... read more

Culture | Feb 28 2007

Mongolian President and SGI President Meet in Tokyo

On February 28, 2007, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda met with President Nambaryn Enkhbayar of Mongolia, who was in Japan on an official visit. Their wide-ranging discussions included their shared aspirations for Asia's future and for increased cultural and educational exchanges between Mongolia and Japan. Mr. Ikeda welcomed the Mongolian president to ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 25 2007

25,000 Gather in India for General Meetings and Cultural Festivals

From January 26 through February 25, 2007, Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai (BSG) held combined general meetings and cultural festivals at 29 venues throughout India, beginning with the Bodhi Tree Garden located in a New Delhi suburb. "Dawn of India--In Praise of the Bodhisattvas of the Earth," a poem by SGI ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 25 2007

SGI-Kenya Holds Buddhist Seminar and SGI-Cameroon Youth Learn about Sustainability

On February 25, 2007, SGI-Kenya sponsored a seminar on Buddhism in Nairobi with some 40 members and guests in attendance. Since launching their organizational newspaper Hekima ya Maisha (Swahili for "Wisdom for Life") in 2006, SGI-Kenya members have been sharing it with their friends and interest in the SGI has ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 25 2007

SGI-Guatemala Commemorates 15th Anniversary

SGI-Guatemala members recently celebrated the 15th anniversary of the establishment of SGI-Guatemala chapter. Under the leadership of Chapter Leader Giovanna Porras, the Guatemalan members are actively contributing to their local communities as they challenge their own personal development. New chapter-level leaders recently appointed include: José Cifuentes--Men's Division Leader; Gonzalo del ... read more

Education | Feb 24 2007

SGI-Bolivia Youth Organize Student Seminar in Puerto Palias, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

On February 24, 2007, at the request of Colegio Andrés Ibanéz high school in the town of Puerto Palias, SGI-Bolivia organized "Challenges of Youth," a student forum based on Discussions on Youth, a book of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's encouragement to youth concerning family, friendship, love, dreams and goals and ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 20 2007

Seminar on "Relevance of Buddhism in Today's World" Held at Mukherji College, New Delhi, India

Dr. Lokesh Chandra In his keynote address, the distinguished Buddhist scholar Dr. Lokesh Chandra stated, "Buddhism teaches us to appreciate life." He underscored the urgent need to study and imbibe spiritual values "in today's consumer-driven world where one witnesses the dwarfing of the human consciousness." While the world has largely focused ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 18 2007

SGI-Ireland Holds Commemorative Meeting

On February 18, 2007, 180 SGI-Ireland members, including some SGI members from Northern Ireland, met in Dublin for a commemorative meeting. Many of SGI-Ireland's current members initially started their Buddhist practice in the USA or the UK and have returned to work for the peace and prosperity of Ireland. At ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 18 2007

SGI-Romania Becomes a District

On February 18, 2007, SGI-Romania members celebrated the establishment of their first district at a home in Bucharest. Located in Southeastern Europe, Romania borders Hungary and Serbia to the west, Ukraine and Moldova to the northeast, and Bulgaria to the south. Around 30 members gathered from around the country to ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 18 2007

Chinese Lunar New Year Celebrated in New Zealand and Hong Kong

On February 18, 2007, SGI-New Zealand members celebrated the Chinese Lunar New Year at their culture center in Auckland with the participation of some 500 members and friends. In his greetings, SGI-New Zealand General Director Jimi Wallace called on the participants to take the initative toward creating a society that ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 16 2007

Nichiren's Birth Anniversary Celebrated

February 16 is the birthday of Nichiren (1222-1282), the founder of the school of Buddhism on which the SGI bases its activities. Commemorative prayer services celebrating Nichiren's birth together with renewed pledges to work for humanity's happiness and lasting peace were held on this day at Soka Gakkai community centers ... read more

Culture | Feb 16 2007

University of Guadalajara, Mexico, Cohosts "Dialogue with Nature" Photography Exhibition

From February 16 to March 28, 2007, the University of Guadalajara (UDG), Mexico, is cosponsoring "Dialogue with Nature: Photographs by Daisaku Ikeda" together with SGI-Mexico at the University's art museum, the Casa Vallarta Cultural Center. Guadalajara is the fifth Mexican city to serve as a venue for this exhibition of ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 11 2007

SGI-Thailand Promotes Study of Nichiren Buddhism

On February 11, 2007, 300 SGI-Thailand representatives gathered at their center near Bangkok to study the writings of Nichiren. SGI-Thailand Study Department Leader Navarat Chinomi lectured on "Hell Is the Land of Tranquil Light," Nichiren's letter of encouragement to a widow in which he elucidates that both heaven and hell ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 11 2007

SGI-Dominican Republic Holds General Meeting

Some 1,400 SGI members in the Dominican Republic gathered in Santo Domingo on February 11, 2007 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's first visit to the country. Following words by SGI-Dominican Republic General Director Takashi Nishio, the youth presented "The Dawn of a New Era," a ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 9 2007

SGI-Mexico Youth Give a Talk on Nichiren Buddhism and SGI President's Activities

On February 9, 2007, at the request of the Citizens Movement for Education, SGI-Mexico Youth Leader Daisuke Inoue and public relations representative César Loeza spoke on "Dr. Daisaku Ikeda's Ideals and Actions--Greater Self and Human Revolution" at the Manuel Felguerez Museum of Abstract Art in Zacatecas State, Mexico. Their talk ... read more

Education | Feb 9 2007

SGI-Mexico Youth Give a Talk on Nichiren Buddhism and SGI President's Activities

On February 9, 2007, at the request of the Citizens Movement for Education, SGI-Mexico Youth Leader Daisuke Inoue and public relations representative César Loeza spoke on "Dr. Daisaku Ikeda's Ideals and Actions--Greater Self and Human Revolution" at the Manuel Felguerez Museum of Abstract Art in Zacatecas State, Mexico. Their talk ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 4 2007

SGI Associations in Poland, Costa Rica and Colombia Celebrate Anniversaries

During January 2007, SGI-Poland celebrated the 15th anniversary of the formation of its first chapter in January 1992 with meetings in various cities. SGI members living in or around Warsaw met on January 16; Krakow, on January 20, and Poznan, on January 25. Many young people attended the commemorative events, ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 4 2007

SGI-Sweden Members Meet in Stockholm, Malmö and Götenborg

SGI-Sweden members met at three venues for general meetings from the end of January to the beginning of February 2007. Over 100 people from North, Central and South Stockholm Chapters gathered at the SGI-Sweden Culture Center in Stockholm on February 4, focusing on the mentor-disciple relationship and the importance of ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 30 2007

SGI-Mexico Publishes Second Volume of The World of Nichiren Daishonin's Writings in Spanish

SGI-Mexico recently published El Mundo de los Escritos de Nichiren Daishonin--Diálogos sobre la Religion Humanistica, Volumen II (The World of Nichiren Daishonin's Writings--A Discussion on Humanistic Religion, Volume 2), a dialogue on Nichiren Buddhism between SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and Soka Gakkai Study Department leaders. Begun in 2002, the dialogue ... read more

Sustainable Development | Jan 30 2007

Public Junior High School in Gran Canaria Island, Spain, Hosts "Seeds of Change" Environment Exhibit

On January 30 and 31, 2007, Instituto de Enseñada de Secundaria Cruz de Piedra in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria Island, Spain, hosted "Seeds of Change--the Earth Charter and Human Potential," an exhibition created by the SGI and the Earth Charter Initiative. Cruz de Piedra, a public school encompassing lower and ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Jan 30 2007

Recently Appointed Japan UNHCR Representative Visits Soka Gakkai Headquarters

On January 30, 2007, Saburo Takizawa, the new United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Representative in Japan, met with Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada at the Soka Gakkai Headquarters, Shinanomachi, Tokyo. Mr. Takizawa began his post as representative of the UNHCR's Tokyo Office one week earlier. He is the ... read more