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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

Buddhism | Jan 30 2006

SGI-Macau and SGI-Hong Kong Hold Study Session, Respectively; SGI-Hong Kong Publishes Chinese Translation of Nichiren's Writings

SGI-Macau held a beginning-level study session on Nichiren Buddhism on January 21, at the SGI-Macau Culture Center. Some 100 members attended and discussed basic concepts of Nichiren Buddhism, such as "faith, practice and study"--the three essential elements of the practice of Nichiren Buddhism. On January 23, some 300 SGI-Hong Kong ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jan 28 2006

SGI-USA Hosts Youth Nonviolence Conference to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

On January 16, a national holiday celebrating and honoring the life and achievements of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968), SGI-USA hosted the third annual youth nonviolence conference at the SGI-USA New York Culture Center. Some 120 SGI-USA youth representatives and members of UN NGOs participated. Entitled ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 27 2006

SGI-USA Celebrates Chinese New Year

On January 22, 2006, SGI-USA hosted a Lunar (Chinese) New Year celebration at the SGI-USA World Culture Center in Santa Monica, California, USA. Some 1,000 SGI-USA members, mainly of Asian ancestry, gathered together with their families and friends. Attractions included dances with a youthful beat, traditional Chinese Kung Fu performed ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 27 2006

SGI Members in Togo, Kenya and Côte d'Ivoire, Africa, Respectively Kick Off 2006

On January 8, 2006, some 500 SGI-Togo members met in Lome, the capital of Togo. Youth leaders expressed their resolve to take the initiative in promoting the humanistic philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism for the sake of people's happiness and the betterment of society. SGI-Kenya leaders met on January 15, in ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 27 2006

Seikyo Shimbun Holds Grand 55th Anniversary Reception

On January, 26, 2006, the Seikyo Shimbun, which celebrates its 55th anniversary this April, hosted a reception commemorating the occasion in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo. Over 1,700 guests, including those from the media and foreign embassies, were welcomed by Soka Gakkai President Einosuke Akiya, General Director Toru Aoki, Vice General Director ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 26 2006

Soka Gakkai International Holds World Peace Prayer Service to Commemorate January 26, SGI Day

On January 25, commemorating SGI's 31st anniversary, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda attended a world peace prayer service at the Tokyo Makiguchi Memorial Hall in Hachioji, Tokyo. At the Josei Toda International Center in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo, Soka Gakkai President Einosuke Akiya attended a prayer service, together with SGI General Director ... read more

Press Releases | Jan 26 2006

Improved China-Japan Relations Vital, Six-Party Summit on North Korea Needed--SGI President Issues Annual Peace Proposal

Tokyo, Japan: In his annual peace proposal issued today, SGI (Soka Gakkai International) President Daisaku Ikeda calls for improved relations between China and Japan. He also calls for a summit-level meeting of all the states currently participating in the Six-Party Talks on the issue of North Korean nuclear disarmament. Ikeda was ... read more

Culture | Jan 26 2006

Soka Gakkai Representatives Visit Indonesia's Vice President Jusuf Kalla

On January 25, Soka Gakkai representatives, led by Soka Gakkai President Einosuke Akiya and Soka University President Masami Wakae, paid a courtesy call on Indonesia's Vice President Jusuf Kalla, who is in Japan as an official state guest, at a hotel in Tokyo. President Akiya conveyed SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jan 22 2006

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration Takes Place at SGI-Plaza in Santa Monica

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

Buddhism | Jan 19 2006

Fourth SGI-European Summit Held at SGI European Center in France

SGI representatives from 28 European countries participated in the fourth SGI-European Summit from January 12 through 15, 2006, at the SGI European Center in Trets, southern France. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a congratulatory message, in which he encouraged participants to lead victorious lives based on harmonious unity infused with ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 18 2006

Soka Gakkai Remembers Victims of the Great Hanshin Earthquake

On January 17, the eleventh anniversary of the Great Hanshin Earthquake, Soka Gakkai held memorial services at the Kansai Culture Center in Osaka City and nine other centers throughout Hyogo Prefecture. In a solemn ceremony, friends and relatives prayed for the repose of those who died in the quake. Soka ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Jan 18 2006

Soka Gakkai Remembers Victims of the Great Hanshin Earthquake

On January 17, the eleventh anniversary of the Great Hanshin Earthquake, Soka Gakkai held memorial services at the Kansai Culture Center in Osaka City and nine other centers throughout Hyogo Prefecture. In a solemn ceremony, friends and relatives prayed for the repose of those who died in the quake. Soka ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jan 17 2006

Dialogue between Peace Scholar Dr. Elise Boulding and SGI President to be Published in Japanese

Ushio Publishers will soon release Heiwa no bunka no kagayaku seiki e, (Building a Century of a "Culture of Peace"--tentative translation), a dialogue between Dr. Elise Boulding, renowned American peace activist and sociologist, and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda. The book is a compilation of a dialogue series published in the ... read more

Culture | Jan 13 2006

China's National Peking Opera Theatre to Tour Japan in June-July 2006

On January 17, the eleventh anniversary of the Great Hanshin Earthquake, Soka Gakkai held memorial services at the Kansai Culture Center in Osaka City and nine other centers throughout Hyogo Prefecture. In a solemn ceremony, friends and relatives prayed for the repose of those who died in the quake. Soka ... read more

Culture | Jan 13 2006

Min-On Concert Association to Host Buenos Tango in February

Beginning February, the Min-On Concert Association (Min-On) will host Buenos Tango, which is the 37th installment of the Min-On's Tango Series. Launched in 1970 with a concert by the internationally acclaimed Orquestra Jose Basso, the Min-On Tango Series deserves much credit for establishing tango popularity in Japan. Among the cast ... read more

Culture | Jan 12 2006

"Dialogue with Nature" Exhibition Opens in Chaozhou, Guangdong Province, China

From December 28, 2005, through January 3, 2006, "Dialogue with Nature," an exhibition of nature and scenic photographs taken by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, showed in Chaozhou, Guangdong Province, China. Chaozhou People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries and SGI-Hong Kong are among the sponsors. The exhibition includes some 112 ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 5 2006

SGI Members Around the World Usher in the New Year

On January 1 and 2, 2006, SGI members in 190 countries and regions gathered in their respective locales to celebrate the start of 2006. In a message celebrating the New Year, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda thanked the members for their efforts and encouraged them to further advance with the spirit ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 29 2005

Institute of Oriental Philosophy Launches Japanese Web Site

The Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP), Hachioji City, Tokyo, recently launched a web site in Japanese. The web site introduces the institute's purpose, mission, activities and academic publications of IOP founder Daisaku Ikeda and research staff. The Lotus Sutra Manuscript Series, compilations of ancient Lotus Sutra fragments that have been ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 27 2005

Soka Gakkai Malaysia and Soka Gakkai Lanka Buddhist Association Hold Entrance-Level Study Examination on Nichiren Buddhism

On December 18, some 4,500 Soka Gakkai Malaysia members sat for a study department entrance-level examination at 32 venues throughout the country. The exam was conducted in English and Chinese. The study material included Nichiren's life and "The Three Kinds of Treasures" (The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin (WND), p. 848-853; ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Dec 23 2005

Kansai 21st Century Symphonic Orchestra to Hold Free Concert in January 2006

The Soka Gakkai Kansai 21st Century Symphonic Orchestra will hold its annual free concert on Saturday, January 28, 2006 at Kobe Bunka Hall, Chuo Ward, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture. The program will include Gioachino Rossini's "William Tell Overture" and Johann Strauss' "On the Beautiful Blue Danube." The original orchestra debuted ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 20 2005

SGI-Venezuela Holds Youth Festivals; SGI-Chile Launches Fresh Start

In October, over 5,000 SGI-Venezuela youth members gathered for festivals at 13 venues throughout Venezuela. Local orchestras, folk dance groups and musical bands also performed. Based on a theme of "Expanding a Network of Friendship for Humanity's Happiness," participants presented lively performances. On the occasion, SGI-Venezuela presented "Peacebuilders" awards to ... read more

Interfaith | Dec 20 2005

Institute of Oriental Philosophy to Sponsor "Dialogue with the Islamic World" Lecture in Osaka

On January 20, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy will sponsor the third lecture in a series titled, "Dialogue with the Islamic World," in Osaka. Yoshiko Oda, professor in the Faculty of Letters of Kansai University, Osaka Prefecture, will speak on "Islam's Basic Philosophy (tentative translation)." The lecture is free; seats ... read more

Culture | Dec 14 2005

Central China Normal University Former President Zhang Kaiyuan Receives Soka University's Honorary Doctorate

On December 13, Professor Zhang Kaiyuan, renowned modern Chinese historian and former president of the Central China Normal University (CCNU), China, visited Soka University in Hachioji City, Tokyo. Soka University President Masami Wakae, Soka Women's College President Katsuhiko Fukushima and representative teachers and students welcomed Professor Zhang and the guests ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Dec 11 2005

Coalition of California Black School Board Members and New Haven Unified School District, USA, Commend SGI and SGI President for Nonviolent Education

Morehouse College's "Gandhi, King, Ikeda (GKI): A Legacy of Building Peace," which introduces the human rights and peace activism of three 20th century leaders, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. and Daisaku Ikeda, has been touring schools in California, USA, as part of the Coalition of California Black School Board ... read more

Education | Dec 11 2005

Coalition of California Black School Board Members and New Haven Unified School District, USA, Commend SGI and SGI President for Nonviolent Education

Morehouse College's "Gandhi, King, Ikeda (GKI): A Legacy of Building Peace," which introduces the human rights and peace activism of three 20th century leaders, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. and Daisaku Ikeda, has been touring schools in California, USA, as part of the Coalition of California Black School Board ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 8 2005

SGI-Spain Holds General Meeting and First Youth Peace and Culture Festival

On December 4, SGI-Spain held a general meeting and its first youth peace and culture festival at a convention center in Madrid. Some 2,000 gathered from all 17 states in Spain. SGI-Spain has grown by twenty-fold in 14 years, as a result of members' sincere and genuine efforts. SGI President Daisaku ... read more

Human Rights | Dec 8 2005

"Human Rights in the 21st Century" Exhibition Opens in Tokyo

"Human Rights in the 21st Century--Treasuring Each Individual," which supports the UN's World Program for Human Rights Education, opened on December 7 at the United Nations (UN) Gallery in the UN House in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo. United Nations Information Center (UNIC) and Soka Gakkai cohosted the exhibit, commemorating International Human ... read more