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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

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