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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

Peace and Disarmament | May 20 2007

Singapore Soka Association Hosts Women in Arts--Friendship for Peace Concert

On May 19 and 20, 2007, Soka Singapore Association (SSA) women and young women organized and hosted "Women in Arts--Friendship for Peace Concert," an event geared toward expanding a network of friendship and trust in the local community, at the SSA Headquarters building. Adopting the orchid and lotus flowers as ... read more

Culture | May 17 2007

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Cosponsors Exhibition of Works by Guangxi Artists

From May 13-17, 2007, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) sponsored "The Malaysia-Guangxi Cultural Vessel--The Lijiang Painting Style Fine Arts Exhibition 2007" at the Wisma Kebudayaan SGM Center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The exhibition, part of SGM's longstanding collaboration with cultural organizations and agencies to promote the arts and culture of Malaysia ... read more

Buddhism | May 13 2007

SGI-Panama Youth Honor Women Members

On May 13, 2007, SGI-Panama youth held a music recital commemorating Soka Gakkai Mothers' Day (May 3). Over 700 SGI-Panama members and their friends enjoyed the musical presentation that paid tribute to the SGI-Panama women. In a message celebrating May 3 Soka Gakkai Day and Soka Gakkai Mothers' Day, SGI ... read more

Buddhism | May 12 2007

Institute of Oriental Philosophy European Center Relaunched

On May 12, 2007, around 200 people attended the relaunch of the Institute of Oriental Philosophy European Center (IOPEC) at Taplow Court, SGI-UK's national center. The relaunch aims to make IOPEC more accessible to scholars, the public and SGI members interested in researching Buddhism from a broad, ecumenical perspective. IOPEC's new ... read more

Sustainable Development | May 11 2007

SGI Participates in UN Commission on Sustainable Development

The 15th session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-15) [http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev/csd/aboutCsd.htm] was held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from April 30 to May 11, 2007. CSD brings together civil society as well as governments to encourage progress and cooperation in meeting sustainable development policy commitments. From ... read more

Buddhism | May 6 2007

SGI-Europe Celebrates Soka Gakkai Day

Along with SGI organizations in countries around the world, SGI-Europe commemorated May 3, Soka Gakkai Day. On May 4, SGI-Lithuania members, some who live and work in other countries, gathered at a home in Vilnius, Lithuania, for a friendship exchange meeting. The group enjoyed listening to each other's experiences of ... read more

Education | May 5 2007

Anniversary of Toynbee Dialogue Celebrated in London

Their dialogue, conducted over several days in both May 1972 and May 1973 and covering a wide range of issues related to human life, ethics and religion, was published as Choose Life: A Dialogue. The book has been translated into 26 languages to date. [Daisaku Ikeda Library link: Choose Life: ... read more

Buddhism | May 3 2007

SGI-Philippines Announces New National Leaders

Roger Cabautan On May 3, 2007, SGI-Philippines held a kick-off meeting that also commemorated Soka Gakkai Day at the SGI-Philippines Culture Center in Quezon City. Following a congratulatory message from SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, new national leaders were announced: Roger Cabautan, SGI-Philippines General Director; Yasuaki Niitsu, Chair; and Manuel Urrutia, Men's ... read more

Buddhism | May 3 2007

SGI-Australia Announces New Leaders

At a meeting commemorating May 3, Soka Gakkai Day, SGI-Australia made a fresh start ahead of the SGI-Oceania general meeting scheduled for 2008. New leaders were announced as follows: Men's Leader--Charles Teoh; Youth Leader--Jarrett Yap; Young Men's Leader--Anurag Karol; and Study Department Coordinator--Mark Young. Charles Teoh SGI-Australia MD Leader Jarrett Yap SGI-Australia ... read more

Culture | May 3 2007

SGI-HK Cosponsors Exhibition on Lu Xun in Hong Kong and Macau

The "Who is Lu Xun?" exhibition showcasing the life and works of the Chinese writer, Lu Xun, was shown at the SGI-Hong Kong Culture Center from February 4 to 25, 2007. The exhibition was jointly sponsored by Shanghai Lu Xun Culture Development Center, Shaoxing Residents' Association of Hong Kong and ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | May 3 2007

Culture of Peace Seminar in New Delhi, India

Will peace remain elusive? To many it might seem so, with media reports calling attention to the escalation in senseless acts of violence occurring around the world. In such a social climate, the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) and Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai (BSG) jointly organized a ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 30 2007

SGI-Korea Opens Two Culture Centers and a New Hwa Kwang Shinmun Building

The three-story Kwangyang Culture Center opened on April 15 in Kwangyang, Chollanam Province, South Korea, with 600 local SGI members attending. On April 21, the Bangeojin Culture Center officially opened in the metropolitan city of Ulsan in Gyeongsangnam Province. Among the 1,000 attendees were Dong-gu Mayor Jeong Cheon-seok, Dong-gu Council ... read more

Culture | Apr 30 2007

30,000 Participate in Youth Friendship Music Festivals in Thailand

From February through April 2007, SGI-Thailand hosted Youth Friendship Music Festivals at 27 venues throughout Thailand that rallied some 30,000 participants. The youth division took initiative for planning and carrying out the festivals with support from the men's and women's divisions. The shows included gymnastic feats, traditional Thai dances and ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 28 2007

SGI-Brazil Hosts Latin American Conference

On April 28, 2007, SGI-Brazil hosted an SGI Latin America Conference at the International Conference Hall in the Ikeda Culture Center in São Paulo, Brazil. In a message, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda called on the participants to launch afresh "a great tidal wave of world peace from Central and South ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 28 2007

New SGI-Brazil Culture Center Opens

On April 28, 2007, SGI-Brazil opened a new six-story center in São Paulo. The building, named SGI-Brazil Dr. Daisaku Ikeda Culture Center, includes an auditorium that seats 3,000. SGI Vice President Hiromasa Ikeda read a message from SGI President Daisaku Ikeda at a reception held the same day. One day ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 27 2007

Establishment of Nichiren Buddhism Celebrated Worldwide

April 28, 2007 marks the 754th anniversary of the establishment of Nichiren Buddhism (April 28, 1253). Today, SGI members in 190 countries and territories around the world practice Nichiren Buddhism. On April 27, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda participated in a commemorative service to mark the anniversary at the Tokyo Makiguchi Memorial ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Apr 27 2007

New SGI-Argentina Women's Peace Committee to Promote Ecology and Nuclear Disarmament

On April 27, 2007, SGI-Argentina inaugurated its Women's Peace Committee (WPC) with SGI-Argentina Women's Division Leader Matilde Garrido and Young Women's Division Leader Veronica Higashi serving as chair and vice chair, respectively. At a ceremony held at the SGI-Argentina Peace Auditorium, the two women made a joint statement declaring that ... read more

Sustainable Development | Apr 27 2007

New SGI-Argentina Women's Peace Committee to Promote Ecology and Nuclear Disarmament

On April 27, 2007, SGI-Argentina inaugurated its Women's Peace Committee (WPC) with SGI-Argentina Women's Division Leader Matilde Garrido and Young Women's Division Leader Veronica Higashi serving as chair and vice chair, respectively. At a ceremony held at the SGI-Argentina Peace Auditorium, the two women made a joint statement declaring that ... read more

Education | Apr 26 2007

Soka Gakkai Donates Books to Library in Mongolian City

On April 26, 2007, a Soka Gakkai delegation, led by Eiji Ouchi, visited the central library in Zuunkharaa City, Mandal County, Selenge Province in Mongolia to make a presentation of various Mongolian books. The delegation also presented the library with copies of Mongolian translations of The Great Prairie and the ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 24 2007

German Edition of Burton Watson's Lotus Sutra to Be Published

In May 2007, Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft (WBG), a German publisher of academic books, will release Das Lotos-Sutra, a German edition of the Lotus Sutra, widely considered to be the most important scripture of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition. This edition is based on Burton Watson's translation published in 1993 by Columbia University ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Apr 23 2007

SGI-Thailand Hosts Third Women for Peace Conference

Dr. Juree (2nd from right) views the "Women and the Culture of Peace Exhibition" sponsored by the SGT women, accompanied by SGT General Director Somkiat Limrossukon (right) and SGT WD Chief Ms. Patoomporn (3rd from right) Speaking at the conference, prominent scholar and women's rights advocate Juree Vichit Vadakan, who ... read more

Interfaith | Apr 23 2007

Seminar on Life and Death at the Boston Research Center

Professor Tu said he believed Confucius once stated that it was impossible to understand death without first understanding life. "The Confucian notion is that you are in this world for a purpose, and it's a blessing for you to become a human. In this regard, for humans, the spiritual death ... read more

Culture | Apr 22 2007

SGI-Hong Kong Participates in Celebrations for Tenth Anniversary of Repatriation

July 1, 2007 will mark the tenth anniversary of Hong Kong's establishment as the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the return of sovereignty to China. SGI-Hong Kong members have been participating in celebratory events taking place in Hong Kong. The Cosmic Brass Band and Bauhinia Fife-and-Drum Corps marched in ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Apr 21 2007

A Day of Peace in Hawaii

Visitors to the exhibition On April 21, 2007, in Honolulu, Hawaii, the School of Architecture at the University of Hawaii was the site of the SGI-USA's Aloha Peace Community Forum, held in conjunction with the opening of the "Creating a Culture of Peace: The Right to Human Security" exhibition at the ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 17 2007

Soka Gakkai Publishes 7th Book in the Lotus Sutra Manuscript Series

The Soka Gakkai recently published Sanskrit Lotus Sutra Manuscript from the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland (No. 6), Romanized Text, the seventh of the "Lotus Sutra Manuscript Series," edited by Haruaki Kotsuki, researcher in charge of manuscript studies at the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP). Beginning in ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 15 2007

SGI-Hong Kong's Senior Citizens Meet

On April 15, 2007, some 1,500 members of SGI-Hong Kong's Many Treasures Group--made up of senior citizens--gathered for a general meeting at the Hong Kong Culture Center. In a message, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda paid tribute to their pioneer efforts that have led to the development of the SGI-Hong Kong ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 15 2007

SGI-Czech Members Celebrate 15th Anniversary

On April 14-15, 2007, SGI-Czech Chapter celebrated the 15th anniversary of its establishment in January 1992 with a mere six members. This followed the 1989 "Velvet Revolution" that led to democratization of the former Czechoslovakia. In a message, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda hailed the members who had gathered in Prague ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 14 2007

Bharat Soka Gakkai Men and Women Study at Soka Bodhi Tree Garden

On April 14, 2007, some 300 Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai (BSG) men's and women's division members met at the Soka Bodhi Tree Garden in the outskirts of New Delhi, India, for a study session on Nichiren Buddhism and the history of the SGI. Following lectures on Nichiren's writings and ... read more

Sustainable Development | Apr 14 2007

Earth Day Celebrations and Park Clean-up in Garden Grove, California, USA

On April 14, 2007, Garden Grove Park, located in Garden Grove City, southern California, USA, was the venue for this year's Earth Day celebration and park clean-up cosponsored by the city and the SGI-USA Wild Wild West Area. Local SGI-USA members supported the event by bringing and staffing the "Seeds ... read more

Human Rights | Apr 14 2007

Renowned German Peace Activist and Psychoanalyst Lectures on Gender and Personal Responsibility in Germany

On April 14, 2007, SGI-Germany and the Institute of Oriental Philosophy European Center at Taplow Court, UK, cosponsored a public lecture at the Villa Sachsen Culture Center, Bingen City, Germany. Some 150 attended the lecture by guest speaker Professor Horst-Eberhard Richter, a renowned psychoanalyst and peace activist. Professor Richter is ... read more