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Interfaith | Jun 23 2006

SGI-UK Hosts "Open Day" and Interfaith Conference at Taplow Court Grand Culture Centre

SGI-UK's Taplow Court Grand Culture Centre, a manor house surrounded by traditional English-style gardens, located in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, Berkshire, England, has been holding "Open Day," on Sundays and national holidays throughout the open house season. Apart from mini concerts and exhibits, visitors enjoyed a breathtaking ... read more

Culture | Jun 22 2006

Malaysia Soka Gakkai Sponsors Charity Music Festival

From June 9-11, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) held a Peace Charity Culture Festival commemorating the 18th anniversary of Ipoh City Day at the Stadim Indera Mulia in Ipoh, Malaysia. With an idea to promote culture in the community and create a harmonious society, the audience was treated to a spectacular ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 15 2006

SGI-Philippines Women's Division Holds Friendship Gatherings

In April and May, to commemorate May 10, SGI-Philippines Women's Division (WD) Day, SGI-Philippines WD held friendship meetings by group. Some 17,000, including 12,500 friends, gathered for the meetings held at 808 locations throughout the country. With unique meeting themes, participants shared experiences of practicing Nichiren Buddhism and performed songs ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 14 2006

SGI-Spain Members in Galicia Meet for First Time as a Region; SGI-Norway Women's Division Holds General Meetings

On May 27-28, SGI-Spain members met for their first study session in the suburb of Lugo City in Galicia, located in northwest Spain and known as "the land of one thousand rivers." Some 35 members gathered from throughout the region. During the meeting, the formation of the first district in ... read more

Culture | Jun 14 2006

SGI-Hong Kong Hosts Art Exhibition and Lecture

On June 8, an exhibition of Chinese paintings by Su Dongtian opened at the SGI-Hong Kong Culture Center in Hong Kong. Mr. Su is professor emeritus at Shenzhen University of China and renowned for his masterpieces depicting plum blossoms. The event was sponsored by SGI-Hong Kong and supported by the ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 11 2006

27,000 Gather for Chapter Meetings in India

From May 6 to May 14, Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai (BSG) held chapter general meetings at 200 venues in 150 cities throughout India. Some 27,000 BSG members and their families and friends gathered. The meetings commemorated the 45th anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's first visit to India in 1961. ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 8 2006

China's National Peking Opera Theatre Launches Japan Tour

China's National Peking Opera Theatre launched its 2006 Japan tour at the Kanagawa Prefectual Civic Hall on June 6, performing famous scenes from "Romance of the Three Kingdoms." Most of the scenes center around Zhuge Liang (181 - 234 A.D.), the most popular statesman and strategic general in Chinese history. ... read more

Culture | Jun 8 2006

China's National Peking Opera Theatre Launches Japan Tour

China's National Peking Opera Theatre launched its 2006 Japan tour at the Kanagawa Prefectual Civic Hall on June 6, performing famous scenes from "Romance of the Three Kingdoms." Most of the scenes center around Zhuge Liang (181 - 234 A.D.), the most popular statesman and strategic general in Chinese history. ... read more

Education | Jun 7 2006

Soka Gakkai Education Department Hosts Lecture by Former Thoreau Society President Ronald A. Bosco

On June 6, 2006, commemorating the 135th anniversary of the birth of educator and first Soka Gakkai President Tsunesaburo Makiguchi (1871-1944), the Soka Gakkai Education Department hosted a public lecture at the Josei Toda International Center in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. The speaker was Ronald A. Bosco, former president of the ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 6 2006

SGI-Korea Women's Division Holds Commemorative Chorus Festival

On May 17, SGI-Korea women sponsored a national chorus festival at a center in Seoul to commemorate the 16th anniversary of both SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's visit to their country in September 1990 and May 21, SGI-Korea Women's Division Day. Five choruses active throughout the country gathered to perform SGI ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 5 2006

SGI-Panama Hosts Dramatization of SGI President's The Snow Country Prince; SGI-Philippines Young Women Meet for Study Session

Local students enjoy the play On May 17-20, 2006, SGI-Panama hosted a play for children at the SGI-Panama Culture Center in Panama. Representative youth members performed an original play based on SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's children's story, The Snow Country Prince, about a young boy and girl in a snow ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 5 2006

Soka Gakkai Agriculture and Fishery Departments of Okayama and Aichi Hold Renaissance Rallies

On June 4, 2006, Soka Gakkai Agriculture and Fisheries Department members met in Okayama and Aichi, respectively. Okayama representatives hosted an experience rally in Misakicho, Kume-gun, which is one of 100 selected terraced rice fields of Japan. The three speakers were: Juntaro Kawamoto, who received the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 4 2006

SGI-Switzerland Representatives Participate in Training Session in Trets, France

From May 4-7, 150 SGI-Switzerland members participated in a training session at the SGI-European Center in Trets, southern France, together with SGI-Switzerland General Director Massimo Marazzi. SGI-Switzerland Chair Tadayasu Kanzaki lectured on "On Attaining Buddhahood in This Lifetime" from Nichiren's writings. Representatives shared experiences of applying Nichiren Buddhism to overcome ... read more

Press Releases | Jun 2 2006

Soka Gakkai Donates for Indonesian Earthquake Relief

Tokyo, Japan: On June 1 Soka Gakkai representatives donated US$30,000 (3,300,000 yen) to the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Japan for earthquake relief following the severe quake which hit Central Java on May 27. The day after the quake, Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Indonesia members in Yogyakarta formed a ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Jun 2 2006

Soka Gakkai Donates for Indonesian Earthquake Relief

On June 1 Soka Gakkai representatives donated US$30,000 (3,300,000 yen) to the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Japan for earthquake relief following the severe quake that hit Central Java on May 27. The day after the quake, Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Indonesia members in Yogyakarta formed a motor bike ... read more

Culture | Jun 2 2006

Special Photography Exhibition Commemorates 60th Anniversary of the Coronation of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adjulyadej of Thailand; Thai Culture Ministry Commends Mrs. Kaneko Ikeda

On June 1, "Light-Shadow, Under His Majesty the King of Thailand's Reign: the Thai Tradition," a special photography exhibition celebrating the 60th anniversary of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej's accession to the throne, opened at the Soka Gakkai Toda Peace Memorial Hall in Yokohama, Tokyo. Some 130 guests attended the ... read more

Education | Jun 1 2006

SGI-Australia Women Host Seminar for Parents of Children with Learning and Attentional Disorders

SGI-Australia women hosted a seminar focusing on children's mental health and education, inviting Michele Toner from the Learning and Attentional Disorders Society (LADS) to talk about how mothers can cope with children suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). SGI-Australia Women's Division Advisor Kyoko Imaya shared the ideals of Nichiren ... read more

Buddhism | May 28 2006

25,000 Study Nichiren's Writings in Soka Gakkai Malaysia

During May, some 25,000 Soka Gakkai Malaysia members participated in lectures on Nichiren's writings in their locales. On May 15 and 16, members in Kuala Lumpur and Maraca State studied "Winter Always Turns to Spring," Nichiren's letter of encouragement and comfort sent to Myoichi Ama, a woman believer, who had ... read more

Sustainable Development | May 28 2006

Lima, Peru Hosts "Seeds of Change" Exhibition

From April 22 through April 27, "Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential," an exhibit highlighting the Earth Charter as a "map" pointing toward sustainable living and environmental preservation, showed in Miraflores District, Lima Province, Peru. The exhibit commemorated April 22, Earth Day, and was held at the ... read more

Buddhism | May 25 2006

SGI Members in Africa and Romania Celebrate Soka Gakkai's Anniversary

SGI-Romania members met in Bucharest, Romania's capital, on May 6, together with SGI-Europe Vice Chair Peter Kuehn. In June 1983, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda visited Romania and lectured at the University of Bucharest. Following the 1989 revolutions that marked the fall of Communism in Europe, Romania suffered from unending political, ... read more

Culture | May 25 2006

Soka Gakkai Delegates Attend Jiangsu-Japan People's Friendship Exchange Week Opening Celebrations

On May 22, Soka Gakkai delegates attended the opening for Jiangsu-Japan People's Friendship Exchange Week celebrations at the China-Japan Friendship Hall in Nanjing City, at the invitation of the Jiangsu People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries. Jiangsu Provincial Governor Liang Baohua warmly welcomed Soka Gakkai Vice General Director Hiromasa ... read more

Culture | May 25 2006

Soka Gakkai Delegates Visit Nanjing Massacre Museum

On May 22, Soka Gakkai Nanjing Delegation visited the Memorial Hall of the Victims in the Nanjing Massacre and received a personal tour from museum curator Zhu Chengshan. Words of former premiers Zhou Enlai and Jiang Zeming, "Don't forget the past for it is a lesson for the future" and ... read more

Culture | May 25 2006

Nanjing Arts Institute Honors SGI President

During Jiangsu-Japan People's Friendship Exchange Week, Nanjing Arts Institute (NAI), with a time-honored history spanning 94 years, presented SGI President Daisaku Ikeda with an honorary professorship, the first conferred upon a foreigner. The conferral took place May 22 at the institute's small theater. NAI President Feng Jianqin affirmed that despite ... read more

Culture | May 23 2006

Special Thai Photography Exhibition Commemorates His Majesty the King of Thailand's Reign

On June 1, "Light-Shadow, Under His Majesty the King of Thailand's Reign: the Thai Tradition," a special photography exhibition commemorating the 60th anniversary celebrations of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej's accession to the throne, opens at the Soka Gakkai Toda Peace Memorial Hall in Yokohama, Tokyo. The exhibition, which also ... read more

Sustainable Development | May 21 2006

"Dialogue with Nature" Opens at New Soka Gakkai Indonesia Center

On May 14, "Dialogue with Nature--An Exhibition of Photographs by Daisaku Ikeda," featuring some 100 photographs the SGI leader has taken on his travels in Japan and abroad, opened at the new Soka Gakkai Indonesia (SGI-Indonesia) Headquarters in Jakarta, Indonesia. The show has also toured Semarang, Yogyakarta, and Surybaya cities. ... read more

Buddhism | May 20 2006

Soka Gakkai Indonesia Opens New Headquarters Building; SGI President Commended by Indonesia University of Education and Indonesian Photographers' Association

On May 14, Soka Gakkai Indonesia (SGI-Indonesia) members gathered for the long-awaited opening of their new headquarters building in Jakarta, Indonesia, attended by guests from various sectors of Indonesian society, including Mrs. Mufidah Jusuf Kalla, wife of Indonesian Vice President Muhammad Jusuf Kalla, and President Hasanuddin Yusuf of the Indonesia ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | May 16 2006

Over 20,000 Visit "Women and the Culture of Peace" Exhibition in Kagoshima Prefecture

The Soka Gakkai's "Women and the Culture of Peace" exhibition, which opened on May 10, 2006 at the Soka Gakkai Kagoshoma Culture Center in Kagoshima City, Kagoshima Prefecture, is receiving favorable responses. Over 20,000 visited in the first six days. Created by the Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee and the ... read more

Buddhism | May 12 2006

Soka Gakkai Women Launch 55th Anniversary Meetings

Soka Gakkai women have launched meetings celebrating the 55th anniversary of the Women's Division (WD) on June 10. This year, members will meet mostly in small groups. In a message, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and Mrs. Kaneko Ikeda thanked the women for their dedicated efforts and encouraged them to spend ... read more

Buddhism | May 11 2006

SGI Members Around the World Celebrate May 3 Soka Gakkai Day

SGI members throughout the world celebrated May 3, Soka Gakkai Day, in their respective locales. On May 3, "Gandhi, King, Ikeda: A Legacy of Building Peace," an exhibition introducing the human rights and peace activism of three 20th century leaders, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. and Daisaku Ikeda, opened ... read more

Buddhism | May 10 2006

Soka Gakkai Music Groups Participate in Local Parades Nationwide During Golden Week

Okayama Rainbow Sounds marches in Kurashiki City (May 3, 2006) Combined Hiroshima band parades in Hiroshima City (May 3, 2006) Throughout the "Golden Week" holidays, Soka Gakkai marching bands and fife-and-drum corps participated in various local events and parades. Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Music Band, the Soka Okayama Rainbow Sounds and the ... read more

Education | May 10 2006

Soka Gakkai Youth Peace Conference Hosts Lecture by Bestselling Author Kayoko Ikeda

On the evening of May 9, 2006, some 150 youth attended a lecture by writer and translator of German literature Kayoko Ikeda, at the Josei Toda International Center in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. Soka Gakkai Youth Peace Conference hosted the event as a part of its youth lecture series. Ms. Ikeda ... read more

Culture | May 2 2006

World Poet Laureates' Monument Unveiled at SGI-Korea's Korea-Japan Friendship Training Center

On April 30, SGI-Korea representatives gathered at their Korea-Japan Friendship Training Center in Jeju Island, South Korea, commemorating May 3, Soka Gakkai Day. On the occasion, a stone monument of world poet laureates, inscribed with a quote from SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's poem presented to SGI-Korea members, was unveiled. Bronze ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 30 2006

5,000 Soka Gakkai Youth Rally in Tokyo

On April 29, some 5,000 Soka Gakkai youth representatives gathered from throughout Tokyo, Tokaido and Kanto regions for a rally at Soka University's main auditorium in Hachioji Tokyo. The event commemorated the 55th anniversary of the founding of the Soka Gakkai young men's division (YMD) and young women's division (YWD). ... read more

Sustainable Development | Apr 30 2006

SGI-USA Denver Members Celebrate 18th Annual Cherry Tree Planting

On April 23, 2006, SGI-USA members in Denver, Colorado, USA, celebrated their 18th annual cherry tree planting. Some 250 members planted 65 new trees in Washington Park and a local city park. SGI-USA Denver members inaugurated the tradition in March 1989, to commemorate the opening of their Denver Culture Center, ... read more

Culture | Apr 28 2006

Anson Chan, Former Chief Secretary of Hong Kong, Receives Honorary Doctorate from Soka University and Speaks on "Women in the 21st Century"

On April 27, Ms. Anson Chan, former chief secretary for administration in Hong Kong, received an honorary doctorate from Soka University. Ms. Chan was head of Hong Kong's civil service, from 1993 to 2001, before and after the territory's handover to the People's Republic of China from British colonial rule. ... read more

Culture | Apr 25 2006

Egyptian Ambassador Visits Soka Gakkai

His Excellency Hisham Badr, Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to Japan, visited Soka Gakkai headquarters on April 24 and met with Vice General Director Hiromasa Ikeda. He expressed appreciation for SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's visit to Cairo, Egypt in 1992 and his meeting with President Hosni Mubarak that ... read more

Culture | Apr 25 2006

US-Japan Friendship for Peace Festival in Southern California

On April 16, SGI-USA hosted the "2006 US-Japan Friendship for Peace" festival at the SGI World Culture Center in Santa Monica, California, USA. Begun in 2005 to promote amity between the people of USA and Japan by the SGI-USA Southern California Japanese Language Group, this year's event drew over 2,000 ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 24 2006

SGI-Brazil's Future Division Celebrates 15 Years

Joyous laughter fills the auditorium as high school students celebrate their springtime of youth Junior high school musicians join SGI-Brazil's Ikeda Philharmonic Orchestra of Humanism for a combined performance The SGI-Brazil (BSGI) Future Division, comprising young people from elementary school through high school, celebrated its 15th anniversary on April 8 at ... read more

Interfaith | Apr 24 2006

Finding Meaning in Death: Interfaith Forum in Norfolk, Virginia, USA

On April 24, 2006, at an interfaith forum sponsored by Wesleyan College's Center for the Study of Religious Freedom, students and community members tackled one of humanity's most profound topics: death. Panelists discussing how various religious communities find meaning in death included native American spiritual leader; a rabbi and Wesleyan ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 23 2006

Soka Gakkai Fuji Fife-and-Drum Corps Marches in Shinjuku City Parade

Fuji Fife-and-Drum Corps members march pass the Josei Toda International Center (in background) during a local Shinjuku parade On April 22, the Soka Gakkai Fuji Fife-and-Drum Corps marched along Gaien-nishi Avenue, passing in front of the Josei Toda International Center, home of the SGI headquarters. The parade celebrated completion of new ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Apr 23 2006

"Building a Culture of Peace" Exhibition Opens in New Delhi, India

Visitors take notes as they make their rounds In her welcome remarks, BSG Director General Naveena Reddi expressed her hopes that the exhibition will "contribute to changing people's mindset and behavior so that they are grounded in a culture of peace rather than one of war." Quoting Mahatma Gandhi, she said, ... read more

Sustainable Development | Apr 23 2006

SGI-Italy Sponsors "Seeds of Change" Exhibition in Rivoli, Turin Province, Italy

On April 1 through 9, SGI-Italy hosted "Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential," an exhibit highlighting the Earth Charter as a "map" pointing the way toward sustainable living, in Rivoli City, Turin Province, a satellite city in northern Italy. Rivoli Mayor Prof. Guido Tallone and Mario Rotella ... read more

Culture | Apr 17 2006

Min-On Concert Association's International Exchanges Grow to 93 Countries

During June and July 2006, the folklore ensemble Radzimichy of Belarus will tour 15 cities in Japan at the invitation of the Min-On Concert Association. Belarus marks the 93rd country with which Min-On has had Cultural Activitiess. The ensemble, named after an ancient tribe that inhabited regions of Belarus, had ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 15 2006

SGI-Iceland Becomes a Headquarters

SGI-Iceland recently formed a headquarters with two chapters. The organization held a kick off on April 2 in Reykjavik, the nation's capital. Newly appointed leaders, including Headquarters Chief Eyglo Jonsdottir, gave resolutions. SGI-Europe Chair Hideaki Takahashi and Executive Advisor Shoichi Hasegawa spoke. [Situated next to the North Pole, Iceland is ... read more

Human Rights | Apr 15 2006

Soka Gakkai Youth's Human Rights Exhibition Opens in Kita Kyushu City

The "21st Century Human Rights Exhibition of Hope--You Are Invaluable" opened at the West Japan General Exhibition Center in Kita Kyushu City, on April 14. The Office of the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights and the UN Information Center are among the supporters. The exhibition, which appeals for human ... read more