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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

Buddhism | Jan 2 2007

SGI Associations in Oceania Celebrate the New Year

On January 1 and 2, 2007, SGI associations in seven countries and territories of Oceania held New Year's meetings at 16 venues with a total participation of 2,500. In Australia, 1,500 SGI members celebrated the new year at five venues throughout the country on January 1. At the meeting in ... read more

Interfaith | Jan 2 2007

Singapore Soka Association Participates in Interfaith Event

On January 2, 2007 some 2,000 delegates from almost all religious organizations in Singapore gathered for a dinner reception at Singapore Expo Hall. Among those attending were some 60 representatives from the Singapore Soka Association (SSA) led by SSA Chairman Ong Bon Chai. Participants were encouraged to sit with those ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 1 2007

SGI-Canada Opens New Center in Québec, Canada

On November 4, 2006, SGI-Canada opened an SGI center in Québec City, Québec Province, the only official French-speaking area in North America. The city, with a portion still surrounded by an old castle wall, prospered as a castle town in the early 17th century. Old Québec has been designated as ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 1 2007

SGI-Europe Associations Greet the New Year

SGI-Spain members at the Madrid Center SGI-Belgium members In Spain, some 800 members gathered at 20 venues including Gran Canaria, the Canary Islands, and at the SGI-Spain Culture Center in Madrid. In Italy, some 15,000 members attended meetings at SGI-Italy's ten community centers across the country including the SGI-Italy Culture Center in ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 1 2007

SGI Associations in Asian Countries Ring in the New Year

SGI-Thailand members SGI-Nepal members In SGI-Thailand, some 10,000 members gathered for New Year's meetings at 90 venues around the country. In SGI-Malaysia, as well, over 10,000 members celebrated the new year at 53 venues in 13 states. SGI-Indonesia held meetings at 18 venues including its headquarters building which opened last year, with a ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 1 2007

SGI Associations in Latin America Celebrate the New Year

SGI associations across Latin America held meetings to celebrate the start of the year. On New Year's Day, 1,000 SGI-Brazil (BSGI) representatives living in and around São Paulo, Brazil, gathered at the BSGI Culture Center in São Paulo. In Mexico, SGI members kicked off the New Year at 15 venues; ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 1 2007

SGI New Year's Prayer Meetings Held Across the African Continent

On January 1, 2007, SGI members of the Central African Republic, located in the heart of the continent, met for a New Year's prayer meeting. Since returning from an SGI training session in Japan in October 2006, Jean Chrysostome Gody, SGI-Central African Republic coordinator, has been sharing reports from his ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 1 2007

SGI-Canada Greets the New Year

On January 1, 2007, SGI-Canada held New Year's meetings at locations across the country including the cities of Toronto, Vancouver, Halifax and Saskatoon as well as on Prince Edward Island. At the SGI-Canada Culture Center in Toronto, SGI-Canada General Director Tony Meers emphasized that each individual's personal growth and happiness ... read more

Sustainable Development | Dec 31 2006

Singapore Soka Association Adopts Park

SSA General Director Ong planting a Duranta variegated dwarf shrub SSA volunteers warm up with exercises Under the auspices of Singapore National Park Board's "Adopt a Park" program, women and young women of Singapore Soka Association (SSA) have taken responsibility for beautifying Telok Kurau Park. At the "adoption" ceremony held on December ... read more

Education | Dec 29 2006

Over 8,000 Utilize Soka Gakkai Educational Counseling Centers in Japan during 2006

As part of their educational reform efforts, since 1968, Soka Gakkai members working in education have voluntarily provided free counseling to preschool through high school students and their parents on a variety of problems including bullying, truancy, violence, social withdrawal, problems with interpersonal relationships and learning difficulties. In 2006, 8,598 ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 21 2006

Greek Edition of Burton Watson's The Lotus Sutra Published

Kedros Publishers, Athens, Greece, recently released a Greek edition of The Lotus Sutra, widely considered to be the most important scripture of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition. This edition is translated from Burton Watson's translation published in 1993 by Columbia University Press, New York. The 500-page Greek version includes an introduction, ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 19 2006

SGI-Macau and SGI-Hong Kong Celebrate 40th and 45th Anniversaries

Macau: On November 26, 2006, SGI-Macau held its 23rd general meeting at the SGI-Macau Culture Centre. The meeting commemorated SGI-Macau's 40th anniversary and served as a kick-off toward its 50th. Performances by various dance and chorus groups, including the girls' Daybreak Dancers, celebrated the event. A couple shared their experience ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Dec 19 2006

World Federation of the United Nations Associations (WFUNA) Secretary General Visits Soka Gakkai Headquarters, Tokyo

On December 19, 2006, Pera Wells, secretary-general of the World Federation of the United Nations Associations (WFUNA) met with Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada at the Soka Gakkai headquarters in Shinanomachi, Tokyo. She was accompanied by Park Soo Gil, honorary chair of the United Nations Association (UNA) of the Republic ... read more

Education | Dec 19 2006

Chief Editor of Ming Pao Lectures on Responsible Journalism at SGI-Hong Kong Center

On December 1, 2006, SGI-Hong Kong sponsored a lecture by Paul K. B. Cheung, chief editor of Ming Pao, one of Hong Kong's leading newspapers, at the SGI-Hong Kong Culture Centre. Speaking to an audience of 550 on the media's responsibility to society and its influence, Mr. Cheung remarked that ... read more

Culture | Dec 19 2006

Indonesian National Youth Council Visits Soka Gakkai Headquarters

On December 19, 2006, Hasanuddin Yusuf, president of the Indonesian National Youth Council (KNPI), the Republic of Indonesia's largest youth organization, and other KNPI officials visited the Seikyo Shimbun Press offices in Shinanomachi, Tokyo to meet with Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada, General Director Masaaki Masaki, Soka Gakkai International (SGI) ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 17 2006

SGI-Hong Kong, SGI-Macau and SGI-Malaysia Hold Buddhist Study Examinations

On December 17, 2006, SGI-Hong Kong and SGI-Macau held an intermediate-level study examination on Nichiren Buddhism. The candidates were tested on Nichiren's writings. The study material included SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's "Lectures on 'The Opening of the Eyes'" and The World of Nichiren Daishonin's Writings, a dialogue between Mr. Ikeda ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 16 2006

SGI-Korea Young Men Participate in Training Session on Cheju Island

December 1-3, 2006, 108 SGI-Korea Young Men's Division (YMD) representatives from throughout South Korea attended a training session at the Cheju Korea-Japan Friendship Training Center in Seogwipo City, Cheju Province on Cheju Island. The young men studied Buddhist philosophy based on Nichiren's writings and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's recent speeches ... read more

Education | Dec 14 2006

Government Selects SGI-Taiwan's Monthly Periodical for Young Children as Recommended Reading

The Taiwan Government Information Office (GIO) recently selected Soka Youth, a monthly magazine for young people published by SGI-Taiwan's Cheng Yin Culture Enterprise Co., Ltd., for inclusion in its 27th excellent extracurricular reading list for elementary and junior high school students. Every year, the GIO sponsors a program to ... read more

Sustainable Development | Dec 11 2006

"Seeds of Change" Exhibition at the Indian Museum, Kolkata, India

On December 11, 2006, the "Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential" exhibition was inaugurated at the Indian Museum in Kolkata by Mayor Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya. The exhibition was co-sponsored by Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai (BSG), UNICEF and the West Bengal Federation of United Nations Association (WEBFUNA). Mayor Bhattacharya, ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 10 2006

Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai Holds 32nd General Meeting

On November 26, 2006, 1,200 Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai (BSG) representatives met for their 32nd general meeting at the Soka Bodhi Tree Garden in a New Delhi suburb. In a message, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda congratulated the participants on BSG's development and growth. Encouraging everyone to work in harmony, Mr. ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 10 2006

Youth Support Groups Meet in Italy and Belgium

From December 1 through 3, 2006, a combined training course for SGI-Italy Soka and Byakuren groups was held in Pescia, a small medieval town in the hills northwest of Florence, Italy. The Soka and Byakuren Groups are young men's and young women's support groups, respectively, within the SGI organization that ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 10 2006

SGI-Paraguay Celebrates 45th Anniversary

On December 10, 2006, SGI-Paraguay hosted a general meeting commemorating its 45th anniversary in Pirapo City, Itapúa, Paraguay. Several members recounted how they had applied the philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism in order to surmount hardships and achieve their personal goals, while representatives of each division shared their resolutions for 2007. ... read more