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Buddhism | Jun 19 2005

Soka Gakkai Indonesia Members Sit for Study Exams

On May 29, approximately 520 Soka Gakkai Indonesia members, in their teens through seventies, sat for a study department entrance examination at 18 venues throughout the country. The examinees spent two months studying and preparing for the exam, that included questions about Soka Gakkai's history and three of Nichiren's letters ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 16 2005

SGI Women in Nepal, Paraguay and the Philippines Commemorate Women's Division Day

SGI-Nepal women celebrate Women's Division day SGI women throughout the world are celebrating June 10, Women's Division (WD) Day, in their respective countries and locales. In Nepal, SGI members gathered on June 11 at the SGI-Nepal Peace Center in Kathmandu for their ninth commemorative meeting. Some 200, including 70 WD members, ... read more

Culture | Jun 15 2005

Art Exhibition by Renowned Chinese Painters Lai Ming and Wong Wing Yin Opens in Hong Kong

"Cherry, Plum, Peach and Damson--Art Exhibition of Lai Ming and Wong Wing Yin" opened on June 9 at the SGI-Hong Kong Culture Center in Hong Kong. The show displayed some 160 works by Lai Ming and Wong Wing Yin, husband and wife and disciples of the great master of Chinese ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 12 2005

SGI-USA Queens Center Opens in New York City, USA

SGI-USA recently opened a new center in Queens, New York City, USA. Local SGI-USA members gathered for the opening on May 14 and 15. Commemorating the center's opening, New York State representatives, New York City council members and the Queens County District Attorney proclaimed May 14 "SGI Day," respectively. The ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 10 2005

West Chester Township, Ohio, USA, Dedicates Toda Friendship Circle in Voice of America Park

West Chester Township, Ohio, USA, dedicated Toda Friendship Circle, in honor of second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda, around the Daisaku Ikeda Tree Grove in the Voice of America Park, West Chester. The dedication ceremony took place on May 21. Some 100 attended, including Township Mayor José Alvarez, SGI-USA representatives ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 7 2005

Mineral Area College, USA, Awards Mrs. Kaneko Ikeda an Honorary Professorship

Mineral Area College (MAC), Missouri, USA, appointed Mrs. Kaneko Ikeda an honorary professor in humanities, in recognition of her contributions to people's happiness through her unparalleled support of her husband, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda. Founded in 1922, MAC is the fourth oldest community college in Missouri. In February 2004, MAC ... read more

Education | Jun 6 2005

Himeji Dokkyo University Law Department Dean Speaks at Soka Gakkai Education Department Commemorative Lecture

On June 5 in Yamaguchi City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, the Soka Gakkai Education Department hosted a lecture commemorating June 6, the 134th birth anniversary of educator and first Soka Gakkai President Tsunesaburo Makiguchi (1871-1944). Professor Masaji Ie, Law Department dean at Himeji Dokkyo University, Hyogo Prefecture, spoke on "The Light of ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jun 5 2005

Culture of Peace Resource Center Opens in SGI-USA Headquarters Building in Santa Monica; United Nations Association USA Pacific-Los Angeles Chapter Commends SGI President

On May 23, the Culture of Peace Resource Center opened in the SGI-USA headquarters building in Santa Monica, California. The center will be a hub for expanding an informational network and civil education to support the UN's culture of peace project based on the UN International Decade for a Culture ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 4 2005

Kinokuniya Publishes Video and DVD on Educator and First Soka Gakkai President Tsunesaburo Makiguchi

Kinokuniya Co., Ltd. recently released Makiguchi Tsunesaburo--kodomotachi no shiawase no tameni (Tsunesaburo Makiguchi--For the Happiness of Children), a 43-minute video and DVD introducing the philosophy of educator and first Soka Gakkai President Tsunesaburo Makiguchi. This is the 33rd volume of Kinokuniya's visual critical biography series, titled "Gakumon to jonetsu (Erudition ... read more

Education | Jun 4 2005

Kinokuniya Publishes Video and DVD on Educator and First Soka Gakkai President Tsunesaburo Makiguchi

Kinokuniya Co., Ltd. recently released Makiguchi Tsunesaburo--kodomotachi no shiawase no tameni (Tsunesaburo Makiguchi--For the Happiness of Children), a 43-minute video and DVD introducing the philosophy of educator and first Soka Gakkai President Tsunesaburo Makiguchi. This is the 33rd volume of Kinokuniya's visual critical biography series, titled "Gakumon to jonetsu (Erudition ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | May 31 2005

Toda Institute Sponsors P.E.A.C.E. Project International Conference in Madrid, Spain

On May 25-27, the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research sponsored its ninth annual international conference at the headquarters of the Economic and Social Council of Spain in Madrid, Spain. Confederación Iberoamericana de Fundaciones (Confederation of Iberian-American Foundation, CIF) and the Spanish Chapter of the Club of Rome ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | May 31 2005

SGI-Canada Youth Division Hosts Peace Event in Vancouver

At the forum, three panel discussions were held: "Educating for Sustainability--Is there an Impact?"; "Profit versus Sustainability--Where is the Balance?" and "Rethinking Civilization: Communication and Terror in the Global Village." Keynote speakers for each panel were: Kevin Millsip, co-founder of Check Your Head, a youth organization in Vancouver; Simon Fraser ... read more

Buddhism | May 30 2005

SGI-USA Youth Center Opens; Los Angeles County Supervisor Commends SGI President and Mrs. Ikeda

On May 23, a new SGI-USA Youth Center opened in the SGI-USA headquarters building in Santa Monica, California. SGI Vice President Hiromasa Ikeda, who is currently visiting the U.S., attended the opening. The center will serve as a hub for SGI-USA youth activities, seats some 200 and has exhibition and ... read more

Education | May 25 2005

Soka University of America, Aliso Viejo, Holds Historic First Commencement

On May 22, Soka University of America (SUA), Aliso Viejo, California, held its historic first commencement ceremony. Approximately 2,300 SUA faculty and staff, parents, friends and local residents attended, including SUA President Daniel Habuki and Soka University Trustee Hiromasa Ikeda, on behalf of his father, SUA founder Daisaku Ikeda, to ... read more

Buddhism | May 24 2005

SGI-Luxembourg Members Meet; Soka Gakkai Malaysia Youth Engage in Social Activities

SGI-Luxembourg "family" gathering in Junglinster On May 1, SGI-Luxembourg members and their family gathered for a "family" meeting in Junglinster, Luxembourg. Representatives shared their experiences of practicing Nichiren Buddhism and SGI-Luxembourg Women's Division Chief Claudine Ries and Headquarters Chief Chizuko Asanuma Breden encouraged everyone. SGI-Malaysia youth In Malaysia, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) youth ... read more

Buddhism | May 22 2005

SGI-Africa Celebrates May 3

SGI-Africa members, determined to contribute to their respective societies and make the 21st century "Century of Africa," celebrated May 3, Soka Gakkai Day throughout the African continent. SGI-Côte d'Ivoire members meet at Cultural Palace in Abidjan, May 8 SGI members in Uganda meet at a home in Kampala In Côte d'Ivoire, 4,000 gathered ... read more

Education | May 22 2005

Dewey Expert Dr. Larry A. Hickman Speaks on Dewey's Educational Philosophy

On May 21, 2005, Dr. Larry A. Hickman, director of the Center for Dewey Studies at Southern Illinois University in Illinois, USA, spoke on John Dewey's educational philosophy in a lecture, titled "Creating Value with Democracy and Education," at the Sankei Plaza in Otemachi, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo. The Institute of ... read more

Buddhism | May 21 2005

100,000 Youth Participate in SGI-Korea's Youth Festival

A parade of flags of countries worldwide On May 15, SGI-Korea (KSGI) youth hosted a festival expressing pride in their home country, at the Olympic Stadium in Seoul, South Korea. Some 100,000 KSGI youth division members and their friends gathered from throughout the country. Approximately 1,000 guests attended. Yonhap News Agency's ... read more

Buddhism | May 21 2005

SGI Members in Martinique, Guadeloupe and French Guiana Hold Spring Training Courses; SGI-France Members in Corsica Meet

SGI members in Guadeloupe SGI-France supports overseas departments in Martinique, Guadeloupe, French Guiana, where SGI members are contributing to peace and happiness of their respective societies, based on the humanistic philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism. In March, SGI members in these regions gathered for a spring training course, respectively. In French Guiana, ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | May 21 2005

"Drawings of the Okinawa War" Exhibition Opens in Okinawa

On May 20, "Drawings of the Okinawa War: Heartbreaking Remembrances of the Shimanchu ('Islander,' in Okinawan)" opened at a gallery located in Tenbusu Naha in Naha City, Okinawa Prefecture. The Soka Gakkai Okinawa Peace Committee, the Women's Peace and Culture Conference and the Student Division Peace Committee organized and created ... read more

Buddhism | May 19 2005

SGI-Poland Holds Study Session

On May 13-15, SGI-Poland held a study session in Poznan, a suburb of west Poland. Some 110 SGI-Poland members gathered from seven major cities in Poland, such as Poland's capital Warsaw and the ancient city of Krakow. SGI-Poland was officially registered in October 2004, as a social and cultural organization ... read more

Press Releases | May 18 2005

Fighting for Peace, Poems by Daisaku Ikeda, Finalist for Benjamin Franklin Award

Sonoma, California, U.S.A.: Fighting for Peace, a collection of poems by Buddhist philosopher Daisaku Ikeda (Dunhill Publishing), has been selected as one of three finalists for the Publishers Marketing Association's 2005 Benjamin Franklin Award in the poetry category. The winner will be announced at a ceremony in New York City ... read more

Interfaith | May 18 2005

SGI-Hong Kong Hosts Interfaith Seminar

On May 16, SGI-Hong Kong hosted an interfaith seminar, titled "Unity and Diversity: How I accommodate other religious traditions in my own beliefs," at the SGI-Hong Kong Culture Center in Hong Kong. Representatives of Christian, Buddhist, Muslim and Jewish organizations spoke about their organizations' ideals and engagement with society. SGI-Hong ... read more

Buddhism | May 16 2005

SGI-Uruguay Appoints New National Leaders

SGI-Uruguay introduced new national leaders at a leaders' meeting at their culture center in Montevideo on April 17. Newly appointed are: SGI-Uruguay General Director Hiroyuki Kaetsu; Women's Division Chief Pilar Ortíz; Young Men's Division Chief Ubaldo Rodríguez; and Young Women's Chief Silvia Gómez. Former General Director Tadashi Tanaka was appointed ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | May 16 2005

SGI-Mexico Representatives Participate in Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zones Conference in Mexico

On April 26-28, a Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zones (NWFZ) Conference was held in Mexico City, Mexico. Representatives from some 90 member nations of the world's four NWFZ--Latin America and the Caribbean, the South Pacific, Southeast Asia and Africa--participated. Sixteen non-governmental organization representatives also attended, including SGI-Mexico General Director Roberto Rios. Participants discussed ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | May 15 2005

Currents of the Spiritual Age, Collection of SGI President's Proposals a Bestseller in Singapore

According to Ming Pao, a leading Chinese daily, and Asiaweek, a leading Chinese weekly magazine, Currents of the Spiritual Age (tentative translation), a collection of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's peace proposals in the Chinese language, is a bestseller in Singapore. Ming Pao reported that the book placed second in the ... read more

Sustainable Development | May 15 2005

SGI-USA Members in Denver, Colorado, USA, Plant 1,000 Cherry Trees in 16 Years

In various scenic spots in Denver, Colorado, USA, cherry trees donated and planted by local SGI-USA members are currently in full bloom. The tradition of planting cherry trees along Cherry Creek and Denver's city parks began in 1989 to commemorate the opening of the SGI-USA Denver Culture Center. This was ... read more

Sustainable Development | May 15 2005

"Seeds of Change" Environmental Exhibit Opens at National University of Technology in Lima, Peru

From April 21 through May 6, "Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential," an exhibit highlighting the Earth Charter as a "map" pointing the way toward sustainable living and environmental preservation, showed at the Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria (UNI) (National University of Technology), Lima, Peru. Guests included: UNI ... read more

Buddhism | May 14 2005

SGI-Greece Holds Commemorative Meeting

SGI-Greece recently held a general meeting commemorating May 3, Soka Gakkai Day, on May 7 at its Athens center. Members from 11 islands, including Crete, Paros, Tinos and Rhodes, as well as representatives from neighboring Cyprus, attended. SGI-Greece General Director Dimitri Dimopoulos introduced SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's message and reported ... read more

Sustainable Development | May 13 2005

SGI-Italy and SGI-Germany Host Environmental and Children's Art Exhibition, Respectively

On April 16-23, 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 and environmental preservation, at Elio Vittorini State High School in Grugliasco City, Turin Province, Italy. Elio Vittorini State High School Vice ... read more

Buddhism | May 10 2005

SGI-UK Holds Commemorative Event in London

On May 7, some 5,500 SGI-UK members gathered for a commemorative meeting at the Royal Albert Hall in London, one of the world's leading entertaining venues, with over 130 years of history. The event commemorated the 75th anniversary of Soka Gakkai, the 30th anniversary of SGI as well as the ... read more

Sustainable Development | May 10 2005

SGI-Canada Sponsors Youth Festivals

Local ballet troupe performs at Toronto festival SGI-Canada youth in Toronto express their passion through exuberant hip-hop dances and band performances In April and May, SGI-Canada is sponsoring local youth music events throughout the country. On May 1 in Toronto, some 1,700 gathered for a youth culture festival at the John Bassett ... read more

Culture | May 10 2005

SGI-Canada Sponsors Youth Festivals

Local ballet troupe performs at Toronto festival SGI-Canada youth in Toronto express their passion through exuberant hip-hop dances and band performances In April and May, SGI-Canada is sponsoring local youth music events throughout the country. On May 1 in Toronto, some 1,700 gathered for a youth culture festival at the John Bassett ... read more

Culture | May 9 2005

SGI-Thailand Members Help Celebrate Royal Coronation Anniversary of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej

On May 5, an event celebrating the Royal Coronation Day of his Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej was held in Bangkok, Thailand. SGI-Thailand dancers and chorus members participated in the festivities, sponsored by the Thai Ministry of Tourism and Sports, Bangkok City and the Thai Health Promotion Foundation (ThaiHealth). The event ... read more

Education | Apr 27 2005

Boston Research Center for the 21st Century's Book on Education Introduced at American Education Research Association's Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada

On April 11-15, the American Education Research Association (AERA) held its annual meeting in Montreal, Canada. Titled "Demography and Democracy in the Era of Accountability," approximately 11,000 educators, researchers, counselors and behavioral scientists, from 53 countries, gathered for the meeting, to convey findings of significant education research. On April 13, a ... read more

Interfaith | Apr 26 2005

SGI and Soka Gakkai Presidents Congratulate Newly Elected Pope

On April 25, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and Soka Gakkai President Einosuke Akiya jointly sent a telegram to the Vatican congratulating Pope Benedict XVI for his election as the new sovereign of the Roman Catholic Church. On the same day, Soka Gakkai representatives visited the Apostolic Nunciature in Japan, the ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 25 2005

SGI Vice President Hiromasa Ikeda Visits Gandhi Memorial Hall in New Delhi, India; Attends Representative Bharat Soka Gakkai Leaders' Meeting at Bodhi Tree Garden

On April 21, SGI Vice President Hiromasa Ikeda, in India on behalf of his father, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, visited the Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti (Gandhi Memorial Hall) in New Delhi. Mr. Ikeda met with the Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti Vice Chair Professor K.D. Gangrade, Director Dr. Savita ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Apr 24 2005

Kansai 21st Century Symphonic Orchestra Holds Relief Concert in Hyogo Prefecture; Soka Gloria Brass Band Hosts Family Concert 2005 in Tokyo

On April 23, the Soka Gakkai Kansai 21st Century Symphonic Orchestra held a relief concert at the Toyooka City Hall in Toyooka City, Hyogo Prefecture, which was ravaged by a strong typhoon in October 2004. The orchestra, led by Maestro Fujio Isogai, performed Johann Strauss II's Voices of Spring and ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Apr 21 2005

"Women and the Culture of Peace" Exhibition Opens in Okayama Prefecture

On March 20, the Soka Gakkai's "Women and the Culture of Peace" exhibition opened in an exhibition hall at CONVEX Okayama, Okayama City, Okayama Prefecture. Women leaders of all sectors of society attended the opening. Mieko Mizuno, president of the Okayama Prefecture Women's Council, stated that each panel conveyed women's ... read more

Education | Apr 18 2005

SGI-Bolivia Hosts Educational Seminar

On April 10, SGI-Bolivia hosted an educational seminar on the pedagogy of first Soka Gakkai president and educator Tsunesaburo Makiguchi, at a school in Peroto, San Andrés City, Marban Province, Beni State, Bolivia. At the seminar, an SGI-Bolivia young women's representative introduced the SGI's peace activities and a young men's ... read more

Interfaith | Apr 17 2005

Rabbi Michael Lerner Receives Fifth Gandhi, King, Ikeda Community Builders Prize

Rabbi Michael Lerner, renowned writer and peace activist working for peace and reconciliation between Israel and Palestine, received the fifth Gandhi, King, Ikeda Community Builders Prize. Rabbi Lerner is co-founder of the Tikkun Community, an interfaith organization, editor of Tikkun Magazine and author of many books for social justice, peace ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 16 2005

SGI-Ghana Makes Great Strides

On April 10, SGI-Ghana held a national leaders' meeting at the SGI-Ghana cener in Accra, Ghana. Representatives from throughout Ghana and leaders from SGI-Côte d'Ivoire, SGI-Togo and SGI-Benin attended. In a message, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda congratulated the members for their gathering and stated that when one individual, challenges to ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Apr 16 2005

SGI-USA Sponsors Japanese-American Peace Friendship Festival in Southern California

On April 10, SGI-USA sponsored a Japanese-American "Gathering of Peace" at the SGI-USA World Culture Center in Santa Monica, California, USA. The Japanese language group planned and organized the show with an aim to promote respect for cultural diversity and strengthen bonds of amity between people. Many like-minded local cultural ... read more

Culture | Apr 16 2005

SGI-USA Sponsors Japanese-American Peace Friendship Festival in Southern California

On April 10, SGI-USA sponsored a Japanese-American "Gathering of Peace" at the SGI-USA World Culture Center in Santa Monica, California, USA. The Japanese language group planned and organized the show with an aim to promote respect for cultural diversity and strengthen bonds of amity between people. Many like-minded local cultural ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 15 2005

Soka Gakkai Publishes Liturgy in Braille

Soka Gakkai recently published a Braille edition of its Japanese liturgy book, encompassing segments of the "Expedient Means" and "Life Span" chapters of the Lotus Sutra. The book includes instructions for performing the current format of morning and evening prayers along with the silent prayers. The book will be available ... read more