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Buddhism | Oct 4 2006

SGI-USA Members in New Orleans Hold "Victory Rally" on Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

SGI-USA New Orleans members celebrate their "victory" over the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, one year later On September 23, SGI-USA members in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, held a "Victory Rally," just over one year after their area was devastated by Hurricane Katrina, one of the most destructive storms in U.S. history. ... read more

Education | Oct 4 2006

BRC Hosts Third Annual Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue--"Emerson and the Power of the Imagination"

On September 30, the Boston Research Center for the 21st Century (BRC) hosted its third Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue. This year's forum, titled "Emerson and the Power of the Imagination," was held at BRC's Cambridge, Massachusetts center. Quoting from the BRC's website, "Ralph Waldo Emerson once observed that imagination ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 3 2006

SGI-Taiwan Recognized as Excellent Community Organization for 14th Consecutive Year

The Interior Ministry of Taiwan has chosen SGI-Taiwan as an Excellent Community Organization for 2005. SGI-Taiwan was one of 17 chosen from among 6,965 organizations to have contributed the most to Taiwanese society during the year. The organization has been recognized for 14 consecutive years since 1991, one year following ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 3 2006

SGI-Germany's Villa Sachsen Celebrates Heritage Day

On September 9, 2006, SGI-Germany's Villa Sachsen Grand Culture Center (Villa Sachsen) opened its doors to the public in celebration of Heritage Day (Sept. 14). SGI-Germany's Green Hill Orchestra serenaded the 2,000 local residents attending with well-loved classics. The audience was also treated to a guitar solo by a renowned ... read more

Sustainable Development | Oct 3 2006

SGI-Taiwan Recognized as Excellent Community Organization for 14th Consecutive Year

The Interior Ministry of Taiwan has chosen SGI-Taiwan as an Excellent Community Organization for 2005. SGI-Taiwan was one of 17 chosen from among 6,965 organizations to have contributed the most to Taiwanese society during the year. The organization has been recognized for 14 consecutive years since 1991, one year following ... read more

Culture | Oct 3 2006

SGI-Germany's Villa Sachsen Celebrates Heritage Day

On September 9, 2006, SGI-Germany's Villa Sachsen Grand Culture Center (Villa Sachsen) opened its doors to the public in celebration of Heritage Day (Sept. 14). SGI-Germany's Green Hill Orchestra serenaded the 2,000 local residents attending with well-loved classics. The audience was also treated to a guitar solo by a renowned ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 1 2006

Bronze Statues Dedicated to SGI-Korea Women Pioneers

On September 21, two bronze statues titled "Mothers of Kosen-rufu," were unveiled at the Peace Garden in front of the SGI-Korea Headquarters building. SGI Women's Leader Kayoko Asano was among the 130 representatives present. Standing 3 meters tall, the statues are of a woman holding SGI-Korea's organizational newspaper conversing with ... read more

Culture | Oct 1 2006

Finnish Artist's "Four Seasons" Exhibition in Malaysia

The artwork of Lasse Kempas, a contemporary Finnish painter working in watercolor and gouache whose subject is nature and the changing seasons, was exhibited in Malaysia from September 24 to October 1, 2006. The Embassy of Finland and Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) organized the exhibition, which has also toured Singapore ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 30 2006

Palau Hosts SGI's "Building a Culture of Peace" Exhibition

Palauan President Tommy E. Remengesau (4th from left) participates in ribbon-cutting with other guests On September 11, "Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World," an exhibition created by the SGI-USA to appeal for the values of peace and nonviolence, opened at Palau Community College. The exhibition was ... read more

Sustainable Development | Sep 30 2006

"21st Century Environment Exhibition" Opens in Konan City, Aichi Prefecture

On September 29, the "21st Century Environment Exhibition," which supports the UN's "Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014)," opened at the Suitopia Konan in Konan, Aichi Prefecture. Kazunobu Onogawa, director of the UN Center for Regional Development, expressed his appreciation for the exhibition and shared his concerns about the ... read more

Culture | Sep 30 2006

China's Ambassador to Japan and SGI President Discuss Sino-Japanese Friendship

On September 29, Chinese Ambassador to Japan Wang Yi, accompanied by Councilor Xiong Bo and First Secretary Yang Yu, received a warm welcome from SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and Soka Gakkai representatives at the Soka International Friendship Center in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo. The day happened to be the 34th anniversary ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 28 2006

New SGI-Europe District Established in Ísafjördur, Iceland

A new district was established in Ísafjördur, Iceland, making it SGI-Europe's northernmost district. With a latitude of 66 degrees, Ísafjördur is located on Vestfjarda Peninsula, overlooking Ísa Fjord. The town serves as a principal fishing port in northwestern Iceland, as well as a tourist destination with its tall, precipitous mountain ... read more

Education | Sep 25 2006

Soka Gakkai Educators Report on Applying Humanistic Education in the Classroom

The Soka Gakkai Education Department sponsored its 29th "All Japan Rally on Practical Application of Humanistic Education" in Morioka City, Iwate Prefecture, on September 24. Some 1,300 educators and guests attended the rally, titled "With Education from the Heart, Let's Ensure a Future Where Children Can Shine--Aiming for a Society ... read more

Culture | Sep 24 2006

SGI-Brazil Fife-and-Drum Corps and Brass Bands Participate in Independence Day Parades

SGI-Brazil's young men's Taiyo (Sun) Brass Bands and young women's Nova Era (New Era) Fife-and-Drum Corps participated in 20 Independence Day events throughout the country on September 7 in the cities of Riberão Preto, Belem, Manaus, Salvador and Belo Horizonte, among others. At the attraction held at the Samba Stadium ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 23 2006

SGI-Italy Holds Summer Buddhist Study Session in Fiuggi, Italy

From August 31 through September 3, over 2,500 SGI-Italy representatives met in Fiuggi, located some 80 kilometers south of Rome, for a summer study session. The city is long known for its medicinal mineral hot springs, reputed to cure a wide scope of urinary tract and liver diseases. Artist Michelangelo ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 20 2006

SGI-Russia Members Gather for General Meetings

September 8 commemorated the 32nd anniversary of SGI President Ikeda's first visit to Russia (then the USSR) in September 1974. SGI-Russia members gathered in their respective areas for general meetings on or around September 8. At five venues in Moscow, 80 gathered, including members from Krasnodar, 1,200 kilometers from Moscow, ... read more

Culture | Sep 17 2006

Chinese Literary Association Honors SGI President

The Chaozhou Federation of Literary and Art Circles of Chaozhou City, China, presented SGI President Daisaku Ikeda with its Literature and Arts Contribution Award for his efforts to strengthen world peace and Sino-Japanese friendship and his contributions to the advancement of culture and education in Chaozhou. On September 16, Chaozhou ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 16 2006

SGI Fiji Island Members Gather Family-style

On August 19, SGI members of the Republic of the Fiji Islands met in Lautoka, the second largest city, for a family-style district general meeting of 80 members and guests. This was the group's second general meeting following their first last year. New men's division member Nirmao Singh and women's ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 15 2006

SGI Youth in Ghana and Nigeria Hold Training Sessions

From August 25 to 27, SGI-Ghana youth held a training session at Bunso Cocoa College in Bunso, a suburb of Accra. Some 150 youth leaders gathered to strengthen their bonds of friendship as well as the spirit of mentor and disciple. The group studied SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's lecture on ... read more

Sustainable Development | Sep 15 2006

Exhibition Supporting the UN's Decade of Education for Sustainable Development Opens in Ibaraki

The "21st Century Environment Exhibition," which supports the UN's "Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014)," opened September 14 at the Tsukubamirai City General Athletic Park in Ibaraki Prefecture. The Ibaraki Newspaper Company and the Ibaraki Broadcasting Company are supporting the exhibition, created and organized by Soka Gakkai. The SGI ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 14 2006

SGI-UK Young Men Participate in Summer Course

From September 1 to 3, SGI-UK young men's division (YMD) members who have shown unprecedented growth and development, met in Slough for a summer study session. Members from Scotland and Northern Ireland joined the session, which included experiences of challenging difficulties with the practice of Nichiren Buddhism, sports events and ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 12 2006

7,000 SGI-Thailand Candidates Nationwide Sit for Beginning-Level Study Examination

7,000 SGI-Thailand members sit for beginning-level study exam on Nichiren Buddhism On August 13, SGI-Thailand held a beginning-level study examination for 7,000 members at 50 venues across the country. The study material included basic Buddhist principles; portions of "On Persecutions Befalling the Sage" and "On Attaining Buddhahood in this Lifetime," two ... read more

Culture | Sep 12 2006

SGI-USA Members in New Orleans, Louisiana, "Come Together" for Music Festival One Year After Hurricane Katrina

One year has passed since Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in southern United States and destroyed huge areas of Mississippi, Louisiana, and parts of Alabama. Amidst the arduous road to revitalization and restoration that still continues today, SGI-USA members in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, held a music festival titled ... read more

Education | Sep 10 2006

DVD of Tagalog Version of "Happy Tales," Collection of SGI President Ikeda's Children's Stories, Released in the Philippines

A poster announcing the TV program schedule for airing of "Happy Tales" in July 2004 A DVD of 12 animated adaptations of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's children's books, translated into Tagalog, was recently completed in the Philippines. A series of 11 of the stories, titled "Happy Tales," aired on GMA TV ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 8 2006

SGI-Europe Holds Summer Study Session in Trets

SGI-Europe held a summer study session August 19-24 at the European Center in Trets, southern France. Together with SGI Study Department Chief Katsuji Saito, 172 members from 27 countries studied "The Opening of the Eyes" from Nichiren's writings, based on SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's lecture. Nichiren's treatise brings to light ... read more

Press Releases | Sep 8 2006

Hope for Interfaith Initiative Linking Governments, UN Agencies and NGOs

New York, U.S.A.: At a packed workshop on inter-religious dialogue and cooperation at the UN Headquarters, Mr. Leslie Gatan, Minister of the Permanent Mission of the Philippines to the UN, described how the level of support for interfaith efforts aimed at building peace has dramatically increased since 9/11. The September 6 ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 7 2006

Soka Gakkai Indonesia Holds Women's Peace Conference

On August 27, Soka Gakkai Indonesia (SGI-Indonesia) sponsored its First Women's Peace Conference at the Jakarta center. The aim of the conference, titled "The World Is Yours to Change," was to promulgate "cultures of peace" in local communities and society at large through the solidarity of women. Since the establishment ... read more

Sustainable Development | Sep 6 2006

World-Renowned Alpinist Ken Noguchi Speaks on Environmental Preservation

On September 5, the Seikyo Press sponsored a lecture by world-renowned alpinist Ken Noguchi, who spoke on "Transforming Japan Beginning with Mt. Fuji." Mr. Noguchi asserted that the environment asks of humans what kind of society they wish to build. He introduced the specialized environmental expeditions he sponsors, such as ... read more

Education | Sep 6 2006

Kinokuniya Publishes DVD in English, Chinese and Spanish on Educator and First Soka Gakkai President Tsunesaburo Makiguchi

Kinokuniya Co., Ltd. recently released a three-language version--English, Chinese and Spanish--of Tsunesaburo Makiguchi--For the Happiness of Children, a 43-minute DVD introducing the philosophy of educator and first Soka Gakkai President Tsunesaburo Makiguchi. This is a special edition of Makiguchi Tsunesaburo--kodomotachi no shiawase no tameni, the 33rd volume of Kinokuniya's visual ... read more

Culture | Sep 4 2006

Argentina's National Tango Academy Honors Min-On Founder

La Academia Nacional del Tango (LANT) (The National Tango Academy) of Argentina recently honored Min-On Concert Association founder and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda by naming him the academy's first honorary ambassador. The conferral ceremony took place on August 29 at the LANT facility in Buenos Aires. Some 100 SGI-Argentina members ... read more

Culture | Sep 3 2006

China International Cultural Activities Center Delegates Visit Soka Gakkai International Women's Center

On September 2, China International Cultural Activities Center representatives, Vice President Lin Liyun, her husband Peng Tengyun, and directors Wu Qixiang and Xi Jianglin, visited the Soka Gakkai International Women's Center in Shinanomachi, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. Ms. Lin Liyun served as interpreter during a December 1974 meeting between Premier Zhu ... read more

Culture | Sep 3 2006

Napoleon Exhibition Comes to Chiba

On September 2, "Napoleon and his Time: The Sublime Triumph of Culture," an exhibition organized by the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum (TFAM), opened at Chiba Portside Tower in Chiba City, Chiba Prefecture. Some 120 guests from various sectors attended. Yasuhide Akada, president of the Chiba Nippo Press Corporation, Ltd., and ... read more

Human Rights | Sep 2 2006

Exhibition Supporting UN's World Program for Human Rights Education Opens in Sendai City

"Human Rights in the 21st Century--Treasuring Each Individual" opened on September 1 at the Sendai Mediatech in Sendai City, Japan. Soka Gakkai youth created the exhibition in support of the UN's World Program for Human Rights Education. The United Nations Information Center and the Japan UNICEF office are sponsors. "Human Rights ... read more

Culture | Sep 2 2006

Singapore Soka Association Participates in 41st National Day Celebrations

On August 9, 2006, some 1,300 Singapore Soka Association (SSA) representatives participated in Singapore's 41st National Day extravaganza at the National Stadium. Singapore's top government officials, including President S. R. Nathan and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, joined 60,000 residents at the main event. Some 1,200 SSA men and young ... read more

Culture | Sep 1 2006

Special Mozart Exhibition to Open at the Min-On Music Museum

Beginning August 15, the Min-On Music Museum will feature a special autumn exhibition titled "A Mozart Journey--Mozart Exhibition from the Collection of Bin Ebisawa." The exhibition, sponsored by the Min-On Music Museum and Japan Mozart Research Institute, commemorates the 250th birth anniversary of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791). The exhibition presents ... read more

Culture | Sep 1 2006

Student Division Sponsors Lecture on Strengthening Sino-Japan Relations through People's Exchanges

On August 31, the Soka Gakkai Student Division sponsored its fourth lecture in a series at the Josei Toda International Center in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo, commemorating Student Division Day. Ryutsu Keizai University Professor Mineo Miyawaki emphasized the importance of "Building Bridges of Sino-Japan Friendship through People's Exchanges." He pointed to ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 31 2006

SGI President Meets UN Under-Secretary General, Entrusts UN Proposal

On August 30, 2006, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda met with UN Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, Anwarul K. Chowdhury, at the Tokyo Makiguchi Memorial Hall in Hachioji, Tokyo. Following discussions on development and peace issues, Mr. Ikeda presented ... read more

Culture | Aug 31 2006

Min-On Sponsors Free School Concert for Students in Hokkaido

On August 30, the Min-On Concert Association sponsored a free concert--a duet by renowned flutist Yoko Owada and pianist Kenji Koshizuka at the Oasa Junior High School in Ebetsu City, Hokkaido. The pair performed timeless classics such as Claude Achille Debussy's (1862-1918) "The Girl with the Flaxen Hair" and Antonin ... read more

Press Releases | Aug 30 2006

SGI President Meets UN Under-Secretary-General, Issues Proposal

Tokyo, Japan: SGI President Daisaku Ikeda met today with UN Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, Anwarul K. Chowdhury. Following discussions on development and peace issues, Mr. Ikeda presented Under-Secretary-General Chowdhury with a proposal entitled "Fulfilling the Mission: Empowering ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 29 2006

SGI-Macau Youth and SGI-Hong Kong Boys and Girls Meet, Respectively

On August 19, SGI-Macau youth met at the Macau Culture Center for a youth division general meeting titled, "Challenging Ourselves to Make the Impossible Possible, Let's Create the Era of Macau Peace with Our Hands." The participants enjoyed a small culture show comprising choruses, instrumentals and drama. Youth leaders called ... read more

Culture | Aug 29 2006

"Treasures of Japanese Art Exhibition" Opens in Curitiba, Paraná State, Brazil

On August 24, the "Treasures of Japanese Art Exhibition," a display from the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum's (TFAM) private collection, opened at the Oscar Niemeyer Museum in Curitiba, Paraná State, Brazil. Paraná Governor Roberto Requião and State Secretary of Culture Vera Maria Haj Mussi Augusto were among the 300 guests ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 28 2006

SGI-UK Young Women Meet for Summer Course

On August 12-13, SGI-UK young women gathered for their second SGI-UK Young Women's Division Summer Course at University of Warwick, located in England's mid-section. Members from Scotland and Ireland also participated. On the 12th, the group discussed fostering young women in primary grades through young teens, conducting successful local-level activities ... read more

Education | Aug 26 2006

Mainichi Newspapers to Release Dialogue Among SGI President and Thoreau Scholars

The Mainichi Newspapers publishing company will soon release Utsukushiki seimei--chikyu to ikiru ("Renaissance of Life, Light of Poetic Heart"-working English title), a dialogue among SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and Thoreau Society's former President Ronald A. Bosco and former Board of Directors Secretary Joel Myerson. The three explore the lofty spirituality ... read more

Education | Aug 25 2006

Soka Gakkai Gifu Women's Ensemble and Chorus Participate in UNESCO Literacy Campaign

On August 23 and 24, the Gifu Soka Gakkai women's ensemble and chorus performed at the UNESCO Terakoya Movement Kururinpa Exhibition at Heartful Square in Gifu City, Gifu Prefecture. The event aimed at spreading awareness of UNESCO's Worldwide Terakoya Movement, a project that supports children worldwide who are unable to ... read more

Interfaith | Aug 25 2006

His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan Awarded Soka University's Honorary Doctorate

On August 24, His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan received an honorary doctorate from Soka University in Hachioji, Tokyo. The Jordanian prince was recognized for his longstanding contributions to intercultural understanding through dialogues and to the worldwide flourishing of academic scholarship and ... read more