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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

Humanitarian Activities | Jan 30 2007

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Engages in Relief Activities Following Massive Floods

In late December 2006, southwestern Malaysia experienced disastrous flooding, the worst in one hundred years. Not only low-lying regions but many towns and cities were affected, including Kota Tinggi, Kluang, Kulai and Muar. Floodwaters reached one-and-a-half to three meters and most areas were closed to traffic. Ten days after the ... read more

Press Releases | Jan 29 2007

SGI President Calls for Nuclear Disarmament, New Peace Efforts in Asia

Tokyo, Japan: In response to the accelerating threat of nuclear weapons proliferation, Buddhist leader Daisaku Ikeda has called for renewed efforts for disarmament. In his annual Peace Proposal, issued on January 26, the president of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) urges a new global movement for nuclear disarmament and abolition ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 28 2007

Study Sessions on Nichiren's Writings Held in North and Latin America

During January 2007, study sessions on Nichiren Buddhism were held in the USA and Brazil. From January 19 to 22, the SGI-USA Florida Nature and Culture Center (FNCC) near Fort Lauderdale, Florida, hosted a conference for some 200 SGI representatives from the USA, Canada and several countries in Latin America. ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 28 2007

SGI-Switzerland Kicks Off 2007

On January 28, 2007, SGI-Switzerland held its first "New Era" gathering in the scenic city of Lucerne with some 150 representatives from across the country. Representatives from four SGI-Switzerland chapters shared experiences of applying the practice of Nichiren Buddhism in their daily lives as well as their goals for ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jan 28 2007

SGI-New Zealand Youth Attend "Victory Over Violence" Facilitators Training Course

Victory Over Violence Aotearoa (VOV Aotearoa) is a youth-driven initiative to help young people identify and counteract the root causes of violence in their lives and their communities with a broader purpose of creating sustainable non-violent cultures within schools and the wider community. "Aotearoa" is the Maori name for ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 27 2007

SGI-Nepal Holds 7th Future Division General Meeting for Boys and Girls

On January 27, 2007, SGI-Nepal held its seventh general meeting for its boys and girls group or the Future Division at the SGI-Nepal Peace Center in Kathmandu, Nepal's capital. Two participants reported on their efforts to put their studies first and succeed in their schoolwork. Jolly Prahan, Future Division leader, ... read more

Education | Jan 27 2007

National Geographic Channel Airs Animated Adaptation of SGI President Ikeda's Children's Books Across South Asia

On January 27, 2007, the first installment of an animated series based on original children's stories by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda was aired on the National Geographic Channel in India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Beginning with "Winds of Victory," 14 stories including The Princess of ... read more

Interfaith | Jan 27 2007

Singapore Soka Association Youth Join Interfaith Youth Forum

Over a period of three months beginning November 2006, 26 young people from various religious faiths paid courtesy calls on different religious organizations, held workshops and engaged in frank discussions on interfaith matters as part of Singapore Interfaith Youth Forum (SIFY) 2007. The project was initiated by the National Youth ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 26 2007

SGI-Brazil Youth Engage in Dialogues with "One Million Amigos-Amigas"; Youth Groups Meet

During January 2007, SGI-Brazil (BSGI) youth groups held rallies in several locations to celebrate anniversaries and kick off the new year. Two years before in 2005, the youth had launched their "One Million Amigos-Amigas Campaign," an effort to spread understanding of Nichiren Buddhism and the BSGI in their local communities ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 26 2007

SGI Korea Commemorates SGI Day; Children's Choir Welcomes New Members

On January 26, 2007, 1,400 SGI-Korea members of the Seoul metropolitan area met to commemorate the SGI's 32nd anniversary. With the January 1, 2007 appointment of South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki Moon as the new Secretary-General of the United Nations, the SGI-Korea members reaffirmed their commitment to creating lasting ... read more

Interfaith | Jan 25 2007

Singapore Interfaith Lecture at Islamic Center

On January 25, 2007, two Singapore Soka Association (SSA) representatives, Vice General Director Chan Heng Yuen and Peace Study Committee member Lim Jih Yang, were invited to attend a lecture organized by the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS). Held at the MUIS Harmony Centre, the event was attended by ... read more

Sustainable Development | Jan 24 2007

Formia, Italy, Hosts "Seeds of Change--the Earth Charter and Human Potential" Exhibition

From January 18-24, 2007, the "Seeds of Change--the Earth Charter and Human Potential," an exhibition created by the SGI and the Earth Charter Initiative, was held in Formia, an Italian city in Latina Province, located halfway between Rome and Naples along the Mediterranean coast. A noted seaside resort for the ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 21 2007

Women of SGI-Portugal Hold 4th General Meeting

On January 21, 2007, some 100 women from throughout the country gathered in Lisbon, the capital, for SGI-Portugal's 4th women's general meeting. The event featured eight women who gave personal accounts of surmounting problems and challenging their goals through the practical application of Nichiren Buddhism. Mayumi Yamaki shared her joy ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 21 2007

Buddhist Learning Courses Held in Frankfurt and Bingen, Germany

On January 20 and 21, 2007 SGI-Germany held concurrent Buddhist study courses, in German and in Japanese, for a total of 300 participants at its Frankfurt Culture Center and at the Villa Sachsen Culture Center in Bingen. Sakae Takahashi, SGI-Europe Study Department head, Yoshiharu Matsuno, an SGI-Germany leader, and others ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 21 2007

SGI-Germany Hosts Open House at Its New Hamburg Center

On January 21, 2007, SGI-Germany hosted an open house for local residents and invited guests at its new Hamburg center. Speaking on behalf of the guests, Irmgard von Lehsten, member of the German Committee for UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund), expressed her hope that the SGI will serve as a ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 20 2007

Newly-Renovated SGI-Brazil Women's Center Opens

Following renovations, the SGI-Brazil Women's Center reopened on January 20, 2007. The center, located in São Paulo, Brazil, has witnessed the growth of SGI-Brazil from 2,500 members in 1965 to 130,000 today. When SGI President Daisaku Ikeda visited the center in 1969, he proposed that it be established as a ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jan 15 2007

SGI-USA Members Participate in Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebrations

Dean Carter (3rd from right) with University of Michigan students and others involved in the GKI exhibition In January 2007, along with many U.S. citizens, SGI-USA members around the country celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day (MLK Day), honoring the memory of Dr. King (1929-68), one of the U.S.'s most influential ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 14 2007

SGI-Europe Holds Peace Summit at Trets

From January 11 through 14, 2007, some 180 SGI representatives from 28 European countries attended an SGI-Europe Peace Summit at the SGI-European Center in Trets, southern France. Activities for 2007, including a study program on Nichiren Buddhism and summer sessions at Trets were announced. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 14 2007

SGI-USA Opens New Center in Guam

On January 14, 2007, SGI-USA opened a new center on Guam in response to the recent increase in membership. The new center has a prayer hall on the first floor, and several multi-purpose halls on the second floor. A chorus san a song about world peace for the opening. SGI-USA ... read more

Culture | Jan 14 2007

Soka Gran Esperanza Color Guard and Soka Kagoshima Southern Blaze Win Top Honors in National Competition

Soka Gakkai bands and groups competed in the 34th All-Japan Marching Band and Baton Twirling Competition, held at the Nihon Budokan Hall in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo, on January 13 and 14, 2007. Gran Esperanza flag corps Soka Kagoshima Southern Blaze Competing on January 13, the Fuji Fife-and-Drum Corps' Soka Gran Esperanza flag ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 7 2007

SGI-Taiwan and SGI-South Korea Hold Buddhist Study Examinations

On January 7, 2007, SGI-Taiwan held a promotional exam on Nichiren Buddhism for those who previously passed the entrance-level study examination. Some 5,000 candidates sat for the exam at 31 venues, including one on Penghu Island. On December 3, 2006, SGI-Korea conducted an intermediate-level study examination at 92 centers throughout ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 6 2007

SGI-Cuba First Buddhist Association Officially Registered with Cuban Government

SGI-Cuba recently became the first Buddhist association to be officially recognized as a religious corporation by the Cuban government. On January 6, 2007, a ceremony celebrating the official registration was held in Havana, Cuba's capital. Some 200 attended, including: Caridad Diego Bello, head, Office of Religious Affairs (ORA), Central Committee ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 6 2007

Volume II of De Geschriften van Nichiren Daishonin (Dutch Translations of Nichiren's Writings) Published

SGI-Netherlands recently published a second volume of De Geschriften van Nichiren Daishonin, a Dutch translation of The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, comprising 17 letters and treatises. Included are three of Nichiren's five major writings--"On Establishing the Correct Teaching for the Peace of the Land," "The Opening of the Eyes" ... read more