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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

Buddhism | Aug 24 2006

SGI-USA Youth in New York, New York, Hold Festival Commemorating 25th Anniversary of SGI President's Poem to America's Youth; New York State Awards Honorary Citizenships to SGI President and Mrs. Ikeda

Young men's gymnastic display Enjoying the performance at New York's Lincoln Center On July 16, the SGI-USA youth of Northeast Zone sponsored a music festival in New York City, New York, USA, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's poem "To My Beloved Young American Friends--Youthful Bodhisattvas of ... read more

Interfaith | Aug 24 2006

Day of Dialogue on Combatting Violence in Los Angeles, California

The SGI-USA Los Angeles Friendship Center in Los Angeles, California, USA, was host to a Days of Dialogue symposium titled "Confronting Violent Crimes: Our Communities' Continuing Challenge" on August 24, 2006. Over 150 people, including Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton, leaders of various religious ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 18 2006

Youth Present Victory Over Violence Workshop at UN Headquarters

From August 16 to 18, 2006, ten SGI-USA youth members attended the third Annual Youth Assembly at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, USA, which brought together 400 young people from around the world to listen to speakers such as Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, and Gillian Sorensen, ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 15 2006

SGI-Denmark Commemorates "Hiroshima Day 2006" with Vow to Promote Abolition of Nuclear Weapons

On August 6, commemorating the 61st anniversary of the dropping of the first atomic bomb, SGI-Denmark, together with Pugwash Denmark, the Danish Peace Academy and International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) Denmark, sponsored an antinuclear peace rally titled "Hiroshima Day 2006." Some 210 activists and experts, together ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 15 2006

Soka Gakkai Youth Remember Victims of War

In commemoration of the 61st anniversary of the end of World War II, for the 34th consecutive year, the Soka Gakkai held special prayer meetings in several locations in Tokyo and throughout Japan for the repose of all victims of all wars and violent conflict. 300 youth representatives and surviving ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 15 2006

War Experiences DVD Launched by Women's Peace Committee

In view of the increasing age of many war survivors, Soka Gakkai's tradition of collecting war experiences has been stepped up recently. The Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee has launched a DVD containing excerpts from 31 interviews with women war survivors from a total of 181 who were interviewed throughout Japan. ... read more

Culture | Aug 13 2006

SGI-USA Presents Festival of African Culture at Friendship Center in Los Angeles, California, USA

Performers at the Festival of African Cultures in Los Angeles On August 13, 2006, a Festival of African Culture took place at the SGI-USA Los Angeles Friendship Center, with more than 1,000 attending. The event's theme, "Rites of Passage," focused on strengthening trust, appreciation, character, socialization and dedication to the community. ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 11 2006

SGI-USA Hosts Leadership Study Conference for North America-Oceania

Participants represented the USA, Canada, New Zealand and Australia Mr. Morinaka lectures on "The Opening of the Eyes" In a message, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda quoted from Nichiren's writings: "Exert yourself in the two ways of practice and study. Without practice and study, there can be no Buddhism" ("The True Aspect ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 10 2006

SGI Young Men's Division Members Celebrate 55th Anniversary in Argentina and Thailand

On July 16, commemorating the 55th anniversary of the Young Men's Division (YMD), some 1,000 SGI-Argentina YMD members gathered at 12 venues, including Ushuaia, the world's southernmost city. At the SGI-Argentina Peace Hall in Buenos Aires, Argentina Academy of History President Dr. Juan José Cresto spoke on the relationship of ... read more