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Education | Apr 15 2006

Boston Research Center for the 21st Century Pays Tribute to Four Educators at 2006 AERA Symposium

On April 10, the Boston Research Center (BRC) hosted an international symposium entitled "Four Enduring Philosophies of Education and the Challenges Facing Teachers Today" during the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the foremost international organization for advancing educational research. This year's gathering, which attracted researchers from ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Apr 14 2006

SGI-Bolivia Hosts Buddhist Seminar

On April 3-4, SGI-Bolivia held a Buddhist seminar at the SGI-Bolivia Culture Center in Santa Cruz, in collaboration with Nur University, Bolivia. Since July 2003, SGI Bolivia has hosted lectures and seminars on Buddhism, at the request of Professor Juan Martinéz of Nur University, a former Bolivian education minister. This ... read more

Culture | Apr 14 2006

Student Division Sponsors Lecture on Global Citizenship

On April 13, the Soka Gakkai Student Division sponsored its third lecture in a series at the Josei Toda International Center in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. Assistant Professor Akira Mizuguchi of Keiai University, Chiba Prefecture, spoke on "Global Citizens: Dialogue with the Islamic Civilization (tentative translation)." Mr. Mizuguchi stressed that now ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 12 2006

SGI-Cameroon Youth Start Afresh

On April 4, SGI-Cameroon members hosted a youth division general meeting in Kribi, a port city lying on the Gulf of Guinea coast, southern Cameroon. Some 800 members gathered from Yaounde, Cameroon's capital, Douala, Edea and Maroua. Since SGI-Cameroon was officially registered as a non-profit organization advancing culture and education ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 11 2006

SGI Women Around the World Gather--USA, Peru and Italy

During February and March SGI-USA women held their annual women's general meetings with a theme of "Myoho Sisterhood--Continuing to Transform the Impossible into the Possible" at 4,200 venues throughout the United States. Some 50,000 women, including guests and young women's division members, held gatherings infused with cheerful discussions. Crystal Springs District, ... read more

Sustainable Development | Apr 11 2006

SGI-Paraguay Hosts "Seeds of Change" Environmental Exhibition

On March 25, "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, opened for the first time in Paraguay at the Asuncion Agency of Tourism building. Guests from various sectors of society attended, including ... read more

Culture | Apr 11 2006

Chinese Friendship Delegation Visits Soka Gakkai's Okinawa Training Center

On April 10, a delegation from the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, led by President Chen Haosu, visited Soka Gakkai's Okinawa Training Center and were welcomed by local members. There, the Chinese delegates toured the Okinawa World Peace Monument, which was built upon the site of a ... read more

Education | Apr 9 2006

New Zealand's Raukawa Trust Commends Soka Schools Founder Daisaku Ikeda and Mrs. Ikeda for Contributions to Peace and Education

The Raukawa Trust Board, New Zealand, commended Soka Schools founder Daisaku Ikeda and Mrs. Kaneko Ikeda for their outstanding contributions to peace and education and presented them with honorific Maori titles "Kaumatua o Raukawa" (Maori Raukawa Great Wise Man) and "Kuia o Raukawa" (Maori Raukawa Great Wise Woman), together with ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Apr 8 2006

SGI-Brazil's Orchestra Helps Celebrate Ribeirão Preto City's 150th Anniversary

On March 18, Brazil SGI (BSGI)'s Ikeda Philharmonic Orchestra of Humanism held a peace concert at a theater in Ribeirão Preto City, as part of the city's 150th anniversary celebrations. ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 7 2006

SGI Youth in French Guiana Hold Cultural Event

On March 18, some 120 SGI youth and their friends in French Guiana, South America, commemorated March 16 in a suburb of Cayenne. Bordering the North Atlantic Ocean and situated between Brazil and Suriname, French Guiana, of which 90% is a tropical forest, lies in a tropical belt just north ... read more

Culture | Apr 7 2006

Chinese Friendship Delegation Visits Soka Gakkai

On April 6, President Chen Haosu of the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries and his party were warmly welcomed by Soka Gakkai Vice General Director Hiromasa Ikeda and staff at the Seikyo Press building in Shinanomachi, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. Expressing appreciation for SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's longstanding ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 5 2006

SGI Members in Africa Celebrate March 16

SGI youth in Africa joined other young people around the world to commemorate March 16, 1958, a day epitomizing youth awakening to their profound individual mission for creating lasting peace. In Kenya, located in eastern Africa, some 30 young people, including six guests, attended a commemorative event on March 12 in ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Apr 2 2006

Singapore Soka Association Hosts Lecture by Dr. Syed Hussein Alatas from National University of Malaya

On March 24, Singapore Soka Association (SSA) sponsored its sixth Daisaku Ikeda Annual Lecture at the SSA headquarters. Among the 800 attendees and guests were Singapore Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Dr. Yaacob Ibrahim; Prof. Lim Chong Yah, Chair Professor of Albert Winsemius Economics and Director of Economic ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 1 2006

New Soka Young Women's Center Completed

On March 31, the Soka Young Women's Center was completed in Shinanomachi, Shinjuku, Tokyo. The new building, which has two stories above ground and two stories below ground, a large prayer hall and conference rooms, will serve as the hub for young women's division (YWD) activities in Japan. YWD Chief ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 31 2006

Book on Soka Gakkai and Globalization of Buddhist Humanism Published

University of California Press recently published Encountering the Dharma: Daisaku Ikeda, Soka Gakkai, and the Globalization of Buddhist Humanism by Dr. Richard Hughes Seager, associate professor of Religious Studies at Hamilton College, New York, USA. Dr. Seager, a distinguished historian of religion specializing in the history of religious encounter and ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 29 2006

SGI-Europe Youth Commemorate March 16

In the SGI, March 16, 1958 is celebrated as a day epitomizing youth awakening to their mission and accepting responsibility for creating lasting peace. SGI youth around the world celebrated the day with various events, including those of SGI-Europe. In a message, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda expressed his hopes that ... read more

Human Rights | Mar 29 2006

Human Rights Exhibition Opens in Oita Prefecture

On March 28, the exhibition "21st Century Human Rights Exhibition of Hope--You Are Invaluable" opened at Tokiwa Industry's Across Akeno Center in Oita City, Oita Prefecture. The Office of the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights and the UN Information Center are among the supporters. Prior to the ribbon-cutting for ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Mar 25 2006

Student Division Sponsors Lecture on a Warless East Asia

On March 24, the Soka Gakkai Student Division sponsored its second lecture in a series at the Josei Toda International Center in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. Speaking on "The Path to a Warless East Asia Community," Professor Takehiko Yamamoto of Waseda University emphasized the importance of establishing a system of security, ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 24 2006

European Academy of Sciences and Arts President Felix Unger Speaks on Future of Medicine and Humanity

On March 23, European Academy of Sciences and Arts President and a world-renowned cardiologist Felix Unger lectured on "Medicine and the Future of Mankind" at an Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) symposium held at the Nihon Seinenkan in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. This is also the topic of a serialized dialogue ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 23 2006

Singapore Soka Association Holds Entrance and Intermediate-Level Study Examinations on Nichiren Buddhism

On March 12, some 2,100 Singapore Soka Association members, ranging in age from 15 to 85 years, sat for the Study Department entrance and intermediate-level examinations in Serangoon, northeastern Singapore. The exam was conducted in English and Chinese. The study material included Nichiren's life and "Letter from Sado" and "On ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 20 2006

Hokkaido Youth Hold Experience Rallies at 135 Venues

Soka Gakkai youth in Hokkaido have been sponsoring experience rallies throughout their area. On March 19, rallies were held at over 50 locations. Many friends and guests from various social spheres attended the rally at the Hokkaido Ikeda Hall in Sapporo. The event, titled "The Power of Youth," began with ... read more

Culture | Mar 18 2006

Soka Gakkai Seafarers' Photography Exhibition to Open March 29 in Vietnam

"Beyond the Horizon," an exhibit of photographs taken by the "Hato-kai," Soka Gakkai members working on ocean-going vessels, will open March 29 at the Vietnam Maritime University in Haiphong, Vietnam. The exhibition has traveled to seaports throughout the world, including Japan, Russia, the Philippines, China and India. This is the ... read more

Education | Mar 14 2006

Panama Education Ministry Commends SGI President for Educational Contributions

The National Department of Private Education, Ministry of Education, Panama, recently commended SGI President Daisaku Ikeda for his educational contributions. The conferral took place on February 17, 2006, at Antigua Bilingual Academy in Panama City, during a seminar on Soka Education and the pedagogy of first Soka Gakkai President Tsunesaburo ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 13 2006

Bahrat (India) Soka Gakkai Members Hold Family Festivals in Soka Bodhi Tree Garden

From January 15 through March 5, Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai members held family festivals at the Soka Bodhi Tree Garden in a suburb of New Delhi. Inviting family members, BSG members held unique, creative "family festivals" in appreciation for their families' support of their activities in the BSG and in ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 13 2006

SGI-Portugal Holds Study Session in Trets, Southern France

From February 25-28, 100 SGI-Portugal members, mainly youth, attended a study session at the SGI European Center in Trets, southern France. The organization, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2005, has grown to one headquarters and four chapters. Newly appointed SGI-Europe Chair Hideaki Takahashi and SGI-Europe Women's Chair Sakae Takahashi ... read more

Culture | Mar 8 2006

Soka University Opens Beijing Office Near Peking University, China

On March 6, Soka University opened its Beijing Office in the Resource Building located adjacent to Peking University. Many guests attended, including representatives from China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 44 universities and academic institutions, the China-Japan Friendship Association and the All-China Youth Federation. A delegation from Soka University, led by ... read more

Interfaith | Mar 7 2006

SGI-USA Representative Speaks at Interfaith Event During UN Commission on the Status of Women, in New York

On March 1, 2006, the Temple of Understanding, a nongovernmental organization accredited with the United Nations (UN), hosted a second lecture on "Religion and Global Citizenship" in New York, USA. This event was an official parallel event of the 50th session of the Commission on the Status of Women at ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Mar 5 2006

Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee Sponsors Culture of Peace Forums

On March 4, 2006, Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee's (WPC) "Culture of Peace" forums were held respectively in Nakano and Sumida Wards, Tokyo; Ichikawa City, Chiba Prefecture; Izu City, Shizuoka Prefecture; and Sakai City, Osaka Prefecture. At each venue, women representatives shared how they overcame hardships through their practice of ... read more

Culture | Mar 5 2006

Soka Gakkai Delegates Visit Renowned Chinese Scholar, Professor Jao Tsung-i

On March 3, a Soka Gakkai delegation headed by SGI Vice President Hiromasa Ikeda visited renowned Chinese scholar, Professor Jao Tsung-I, professor emeritus of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, in Hong Kong City. Known as the "Leonardo da Vinci of the Orient" and "Great Sage of Chinese Literature," Professor ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 3 2006

23,000 Pass Youth Division Advanced Level Study Examination on Nichiren Buddhism

Some 23,000 passed the advanced level youth division study examination on Nichiren Buddhism that took place on February 26 throughout Japan. Soka Gakkai Study Department Chief Katsuji Saito congratulated the successful candidates, as well as thanked those who supported their study efforts behind the scenes, including everyone involved in the ... read more

Culture | Mar 3 2006

Chinese Culture University, Taiwan, Hosts Gandhi, King, Ikeda Exhibition

At the invitation of the Chinese Culture University, Taiwan, Soka Gakkai representatives attended the university's commemorative events celebrating its 44th anniversary. On March 1, the "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 ... read more

Culture | Mar 3 2006

Soka Gakkai Delegates Visit National Palace Museum in Taipei, Taiwan

On March 1, a Soka Gakkai delegation, headed by Hiromasa Ikeda, visited the National Palace Museum (NPM) in Tapei, Taiwan. NPM receives over 2 million visitors annually, making it one of the most popular museums worldwide. Speaking with museum representatives, Vice President Ikeda emphasized the exalted, universal values of culture ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 27 2006

Soka Gakkai Holds Youth Division Advanced-level Examination on Nichiren Buddhism

On February 26, approximately 45,800 Soka Gakkai youth sat for an advanced-level study examination at 457 locations throughout Japan. The 90-minute exam focused on four of Nichiren's major writings in the original classical Japanese, "The True Object of Worship," "Heritage of the Ultimate Law of Life" and portions of "Letter ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Feb 26 2006

Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee Sponsors Culture of Peace Forums

The Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee's (WPC) "Culture of Peace" forums have been well-received across Japan. On February 25, during a forum held at the Tsukuba Culture Center in Ibaraki Prefecture, Keiko Murakami, Kumiko Sawahata, Tokue Nakazawa and Kiriko Otsukawa shared experiences spanning international exchanges, caregiving and dealing with a child ... read more

Culture | Feb 22 2006

SGI Mourns Loss of Master Chinese Painter Fang Zhaoling

SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent his condolences upon the death of master Chinese painter Fang Zhaoling, "Hong Kong's Mother of the Arts," on February 20, 2006. Madame Fang was 92 years old. In a telegram to the family, Mr. Ikeda expressed deep sorrow at the loss of humanity's great treasure ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 21 2006

Soka Gakkai Agriculture and Fisheries Division Members Gather throughout Japan

On February 18-19, 2006, members of the Soka Gakkai Agriculture and Fisheries Division gathered for an annual conference in their respective prefectures. At each venue, the ninth Agriculture and Fisheries Renaissance Rally was broadcast via satellite. Three representatives gave progress reports on their particular business. Nobuaki Omori, Miyazaki Prefecture, together with ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Feb 21 2006

SGI President Sends Condolences to Republic of the Philippines President for Massive Landslide

SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a condolence telegram, on behalf of the SGI, to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo of the Republic of the Philippines, following the devastating landslide on Leyte Island on February 17, 2006. In his message, Mr. Ikeda expressed his deep sympathy for the victims and sincere prayers for ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 17 2006

Nichiren's Birthday Observed

On February 16, Soka Gakkai members throughout Japan and SGI members throughout the world, held services commemorating Nichiren's birthday at respective centers. Nichiren was born February 16, 1222 in Awa Province in what is now Chiba Prefecture. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda attended the service at the Soka Gakkai Headquarters No. ... read more

Culture | Feb 17 2006

China's Ambassador to Japan and SGI President Meet

On February 16, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and Soka Gakkai representatives welcomed Chinese Ambassador to Japan Wang Yi and his party at the Seikyo Press Building in Shinanomachi, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. They discussed Sino-Japan friendship and Asia's growth and development in the current age. Mr. Ikeda affirmed that Japan owes ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Feb 11 2006

Toda Institute Celebrates Tenth Anniversary with Conference on UN Reforms

On February 11, 2006, the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research, a Soka Gakkai-affiliated peace organization, celebrates its 10th anniversary. To commemorate the occasion, the Toda Institute hosted an international conference February 4-5, in Los Angeles, USA, with a theme of "Transforming the United Nations: Human Development, Regional ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 10 2006

Buddhism Study Conference Held at Florida Nature and Culture Center

January 27-30, 2006, some 187 representatives of SGI North American and Latin American countries attended a study conference on Nichiren Buddhism at the SGI-USA Florida Nature and Culture Center (FNCC) near Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. SGI Study Department Chief Katsuji Saito lectured on January 28-29. The study material included "Reply ... read more

Human Rights | Feb 8 2006

Boston Research Center for the 21st Century and Wellesley Centers for Women Cosponsor "The Eleanor Roosevelt Lecture on Global Vision"

On February 1, 2006, "The Eleanor Roosevelt Lecture on Global Vision" took place at the Boston Research Center (BRC), Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. The lecture, the fifth and final, in the Women of Courage lecture series, was cosponsored by the BRC and the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College. Launched ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Feb 5 2006

Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee Hosts Peace Forums in Chiba, Tochigi and Ibaraki

On February 3 and 4, 2006, Soka Gakkai's Chiba Prefecture Women's Peace Committee hosted a "Culture of Peace" forum at the Soka Gakkai Kisarazu Culture Center in Kisarazu City, Chiba Prefecture. Four women shared their experiences that included a first-hand account of war and involvement with a nursing care for ... read more

Education | Feb 4 2006

The Mahatma Gandhi People's Welfare Trust, India, Confers Ramachandran-Ikeda Award

The Mahatma Gandhi People's Welfare Trust recently conferred its fifth Ramachandran-Ikeda Award on Kerala Harijan Sevak Sangh, a welfare organization. The award, commemorating the 100th birth anniversary of Dr G. Ramachandran and the 75th year of Soka Gakkai's foundation, recognized Kerala Harijan Sevak Sangh's work in providing educational scholarships to ... read more

Culture | Feb 2 2006

Soka Gakkai Remembers Victims of the Great Hanshin Earthquake

On January 19-25, the 2nd International Orchid Festival was held at Maejo University, Chiang Mai, Thailand, celebrating the 60th coronation anniversary of his Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. SGI-Thailand chorus members performed at a commemorative ceremony on January 23, graced by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand. [Since 1961, SGI President ... read more