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Peace and Disarmament | Apr 11 2005

"Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World" at the United Nations European Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland through April 15, 2005

"Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World" exhibition opened at the United Nations European Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, on April 4, during discussions on children's issues at the 2005 Commission on Human Rights. Representatives of the UN and NGOs, as well as ambassadors of various embassies, ... read more

Culture | Apr 7 2005

Asia Peace and Arts Festival Comes to Japan

The Min-On Concert Association's third "Asia Peace and Arts Festival" opened April 6 at the Nakano Sun Plaza Hall in Nakano Ward, Tokyo. Artists from China, Korea, Mongolia, Russia and Japan created a dynamic and vivid stage, expressing their respective histories, traditions and lifestyles through song, music and dance. Min-On ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 6 2005

Soka Gakkai Collaborates with Russian Institute on Publication of Xixia Version of the Lotus Sutra

Soka Gakkai, in collaboration with the St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences (IOS-RAS), recently published the eighth work of the Lotus Sutra Manuscript Series (No. 6), Xixia Version of the Lotus Sutra from the Collection of the IOS-RAS St. Petersburg Branch. Dr. Tatsuo ... read more

Press Releases | Apr 4 2005

Soka Gakkai International Expresses Condolences on Passing of Pope John Paul II

Tokyo, Japan: Soka Gakkai International (SGI) has today issued the following statement regarding the death of Pope John Paul II: "The passing of Pope John Paul II is an occasion of great sadness for all who have admired and been inspired by his profound commitment to peace. In a world torn ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Apr 4 2005

Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Youth Host Lecture by Former President of Cheju National University

On April 3, Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Youth Division hosted its 112th lecture at the Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Peace Center in Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture. The speaker was Dr. Cho Moon-Boo, former president of Cheju National University, South Korea, who continues to urge the strengthening of Korea-Japan relations. Referring to the ... read more

Sustainable Development | Apr 4 2005

Soka Gakkai Farmers in Hokkaido Hold Agricultural Renaissance Rally

On April 3, Soka Gakkai members engaged in farming in Hokkaido held a Hokkaido Agriculture Renaissance Rally at the Soka Gakkai Furano Culture Center in Furano City. In a message, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda urged each farmer to create happiness in his or her own life life, which will reflect ... read more

Interfaith | Apr 4 2005

SGI Issues Statement Regarding Death of Pope John Paul II

On April 4, SGI issued a statement regarding the death of Pope John Paul II. The statement describes his passing "an occasion of great sadness" and says that "in a world torn by violence and mistrust, his courageous endeavors to promote dialogue, tirelessly reaching out to people of different faith ... read more

Culture | Apr 4 2005

All-China Youth Federation Delegates Meet with Soka Gakkai Youth from Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Okinawa

On April 3, a delegation from the All-China Youth Federation (ACYF), led by Zhang Xuejun, vice chair of the Children's Work Committee, traveled to Hiroshima City, which is commemorating the 60th anniversary of the atomic bombing (August 6, 1945). The ACYF delegates and Japanese Soka Gakkai youth representatives placed flowers ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 3 2005

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Holds Study Examination; SGI-Philippines Studies Nichiren's "Orally Transmitted Teachings"

On March 27, Soka Gakkai Malaysia held a study examination at centers throughout the country. Every year, the number of examinees has increased steadily. This year, some 1,300 members challenged the exam, which covered the following of Nichiren's writings studied during the past year: "On Establishing the Correct Teaching for ... read more

Sustainable Development | Apr 3 2005

Soka Gakkai Farmers in Miyazaki Hold Renaissance Rally

Miyazaki Soka Gakkai members engaged in agriculture held a renaissance rally titled "The Blessings of the Land--Brilliance of Life," on April 2 at the Miyazaki Civic Hall. Some 1,800 farmers attended. Sharing their farming testimonials were: Takashi and Kozue Kuroki, cucumber growers of Ayacho; Machiko Fukuoka of Kawanamicho, challenging to ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Apr 1 2005

Soka Women Throughout the World Take Action for Peace in Society

Brazil: On March 13, the Rio di Janeiro "Young Mrs." Group met at the SGI-Brazil Culture Center in São Paulo. Rosa Maria Marquez, group in charge, shared her resolve. A women's division leader encouraged the participants to unite with the spirit of "many in body, one in mind" and together ... read more

Culture | Apr 1 2005

Chinese Youth Delegates Receive Warm Welcome at Soka Gakkai Headquarters

On March 31, Chinese youth delegation members of the All-China Youth Federation (ACYF), in Japan at the invitation of the Soka Gakkai Youth Division, received a warm welcome from President Einosuke Akiya and youth representatives at the Soka Gakkai headquarters in Shinanomachi, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. The ACYF representatives, led by ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 31 2005

SGI-Thailand Commemorates SGI's 30th Anniversary with Youth Music Festival

On March 26 and 27, SGI-Thailand celebrated the SGI's 30th anniversary with a Youth Peace and Culture Festival at a stadium on the Thammasat University campus in a Bangkok suburb. Permanent Secretary of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administrative Office Ms. Ying Nathanon Thavisin and other guests from various sectors of Thai ... read more

Culture | Mar 31 2005

SGI-Thailand Commemorates SGI's 30th Anniversary with Youth Music Festival

On March 26 and 27, SGI-Thailand celebrated the SGI's 30th anniversary with a Youth Peace and Culture Festival at a stadium on the Thammasat University campus in a Bangkok suburb. Permanent Secretary of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administrative Office Ms. Ying Nathanon Thavisin and other guests from various sectors of Thai ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 30 2005

Dr. Karel Dobbelaere, Former International Society for the Sociology of Religions President, Speaks on "Soka Gakkai in a Globalized World"

On March 29, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) hosted a special lecture by Dr. Karel Dobbelaere, former president of the International Society for the Sociology of Religions, at the Nihon Seine Kaikan in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. In a lecture titled "Soka Gakkai in a Globalized World," Dr. Dobbelaere spoke ... read more

Culture | Mar 30 2005

Korean Musical Gambler Launches Japan Tour

Commemorating the 40th anniversary of normalization of Korean-Japan relations in 2005, the Min-On Concert Association invited the Seensee Musical Company, South Korea's largest musical production company, to bring its hit musical Gambler--The Golden Key to Japan for a two month engagement. During May and June, the company will perform in ... read more

Culture | Mar 29 2005

All-China Youth Federation Delegates Arrive in Japan

On March 28, a Chinese youth delegation, comprising members of the All-China Youth Federation, arrived in Japan at the invitation of the Soka Gakkai Youth Division. The group visited the Kansai Culture Center in Tennoji-ku, Osaka City, and received a warm welcome from local leaders and youth. The Kansai Boys ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 28 2005

SGI-Taiwan to Commence Construction of New Headquarters Building in Summer 2005

SGI-Taiwan recently announced plans for a new headquarters building, to be built behind the current Taiwan Soka Association building on Zhi Shan Rd. in Shihlin District, Taipei, targeted for completion in 2007. Construction will commence in July 2005. The new center will have six stories above ground and three basement ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 28 2005

SGI-Europe Youth in Spain, France, Hungary, Slovenia and Russia Reaffirm Commitment to Peace

SGI members, developing their lives and with the life philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism, are advancing in harmonious solidarity in the Russian Federation and the former East European countries. Hungary: SGI-Hungary members met on March 5 and 6 in Budapest for a chapter meeting. Under a theme of "When I Change, the ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Mar 27 2005

Singapore Soka Association Hosts Lecture by Toda Institute Director

On March 20, Singapore Soka Association (SSA) sponsored its fifth Daisaku Ikeda Annual Lecture, chaired this year by Professor Amitav Archaya, deputy director of the Institute of Defense and Strategic Studies. Among the 950 attendees were 70 guests, including His Excellencies Ambassador Jørgen Ørstrøm Møller and Ambassador Chalermphol Thanchitt, of ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Mar 27 2005

SGI in Mexico, Bolivia and the Netherlands Sponsor Public Lectures on Timely Issues

Participants Bolivia: On March 14, celebrating March 16, a commemorative SGI day, SGI-Bolivia sponsored a lecture by Nur University Professor Juan Martinez, a former education minister, at the SGI-Bolivia Culture Center in Santa Cruz City. Begun in July 2003 at Professor Martinez's suggestion, he has continued to speak on the history ... read more

Culture | Mar 27 2005

Chinese Journalist Writes About Daisaku Ikeda's Contributions to Sino-Japan Friendship

Li Dean, a journalist formerly with Xinhua News, China's largest news agency, contributed an essay, "The Foresight of Daisaku Ikeda's Speech," for a book titled Forty Years As A Foreign Journalist in Japan. The Association for the Promotion of Journalistic Pursuits in China and Japan (working translation) published the book ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 25 2005

SGI Members Celebrate Lunar (Chinese) New Year in Northern California, USA and Singapore

Commemorative photo with Chinese Opera artists San Francisco (SF) Supervisor Fiona Ma (left) presents award to SGI-USA Vice General Director George Odano (center), while SF Police Department Chief Heather Fong (right) looks on California Assemblyman Yee (right) presents award to SGI-USA Vice General Director Richard Yoshimachi (left) California State Assembly Speaker pro Tempore ... read more

Culture | Mar 25 2005

Soka Gakkai Malaysia and SGI-Thailand Contribute to Local Community through Art and Music

Malaysia: Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) organized and hosted the "Guo Xiyan and His Art of Calligraphy & Painting Exhibition," from February 27 to March 6. The exhibit featured over 100 artworks by Guo Xiyuan, an award-winning Chinese artist who serves as vice director of Shenzen University's College of Arts. Some ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Mar 22 2005

"Boys and Girls Art of Hope Exhibit" Opens at Josei Toda International Center in Tokyo

The "Boys and Girls Art of Hope Exhibit" opened March 20 at the Josei Toda International Center in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. The exhibit, showing through April 3, presents 70 drawings and paintings selected from among 35,000 submitted from throughout Japan and several other countries. Opening ceremonies included a performance by ... read more

Culture | Mar 22 2005

"Boys and Girls Art of Hope Exhibit" Opens at Josei Toda International Center in Tokyo

The "Boys and Girls Art of Hope Exhibit" opened March 20 at the Josei Toda International Center in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. The exhibit, showing through April 3, presents 70 drawings and paintings selected from among 35,000 submitted from throughout Japan and several other countries. Opening ceremonies included a performance by ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 21 2005

Agriculture and Fishery Departments of Hokkaido, Aomori and Hiroshima Hold Renaissance Rallies

Soka Gakkai Agriculture and Fishery Departments of Hokkaido, Aomori and Hiroshima recently held "Renaissance Experience Rallies" in their respective areas. On March 19, Soka Gakkai farmers of Aomori met in Ajikasawa Town. Yoshimitsu Kimura shared his passion and dedication to cultivating the "ultimate" apple. Fishermen in Hokkaido held their rally ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Mar 21 2005

Saitama Youth Division Sponsors Lecture on the Japanese Constitution and Its Place in the Contemporary Age

On March 19, the Saitama youth sponsored a lecture by Dokkyo University Professor Shoichi Koseki at the Saitama Culture Center. Speaking on "The Japanese Constitution's Significance in the Contemporary Age--Six Decades Following the War," Professor Koseki introduced the historical backdrop against which Japan's constitution was established. He appealed to the ... read more

Sustainable Development | Mar 21 2005

Agriculture and Fishery Departments of Hokkaido, Aomori and Hiroshima Hold Renaissance Rallies

Soka Gakkai Agriculture and Fishery Departments of Hokkaido, Aomori and Hiroshima recently held "Renaissance Experience Rallies" in their respective areas. On March 19, Soka Gakkai farmers of Aomori met in Ajikasawa Town. Yoshimitsu Kimura shared his passion and dedication to cultivating the "ultimate" apple. Fishermen in Hokkaido held their rally ... read more

Sustainable Development | Mar 21 2005

Saitama Youth Division Sponsors Lecture on the Japanese Constitution and Its Place in the Contemporary Age

On March 19, the Saitama youth sponsored a lecture by Dokkyo University Professor Shoichi Koseki at the Saitama Culture Center. Speaking on "The Japanese Constitution's Significance in the Contemporary Age--Six Decades Following the War," Professor Koseki introduced the historical backdrop against which Japan's constitution was established. He appealed to the ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 19 2005

"March 16" Celebrated in Brazil, USA and Japan

Brazil: Some 1,500 SGI-Brazil representatives attended a "victory rally" on March 13 at the SGI-Brazil Nature and Culture Center in a São Paulo suburb. In a message, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda praised the SGI-Brazil members for their daily efforts "to create a great history of ordinary people" and asked them ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Mar 17 2005

Soka Gakkai Aichi Women's Peace Conference Sponsors Peace Forum

On March 16, the Soka Gakkai Aichi Women's Peace Conference sponsored a forum at the Kasugai Culture Center, Kasugai, Aichi Prefecture. Titled "A Heart of Peace Reverberates throughout the World," the forum highlighted stories of women creating cultures of peace in their respective arenas as housewives, peace activists and community ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Mar 15 2005

"Building a Culture of Peace" Exhibition Opens at World Bank in Washington, D.C., USA

Anwarul K. Chowdhury, UN Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, gave a congratulatory address at the March 7 opening. Vice President of Human Development Jean-Louis Sarbib said the World Bank aims to build a peaceful and equitable world for ... read more

Sustainable Development | Mar 15 2005

Soka Gakkai Members Engaged in Fishing and Farming Meet in Hokkaido, Miyagi, and Akita

On March 13, Soka Gakkai Agriculture and Fisheries Department members met in Hokkaido, Miyagi and Akita, respectively. In Hokkaido, young farmers and fishermen held an experience rally in Shinshinotsu Village in Ishikari Province. Hideyuki Mori of Yubari City, Miwa Nakamura of Shinshinotsu Village and Yuichi Takahashi of Hayakita Village shared ... read more

Education | Mar 15 2005

Soka Gakkai Opens Educational Counseling Center in Ehime Prefecture

On March 13, the Soka Gakkai Education Department opened a new Soka Gakkai Educational Counseling Center (SGECC) at the Matsuyama Culture Center in Ehime Prefecture. Following words by Ehime Soka Gakkai leader Hiroshi Katayama and Ehime Education Department Chief Toshio Fujii, SGECC Director Mitsuka Osa reported on the department's recent ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 10 2005

IOP Hosts Public Lecture by Professor Emeritus Tatsuo Morimoto of Meijo University

On January 14, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) hosted the third lecture in a series titled, "Indian Spiritualism and Today's World (tentative translation)," at the Kyoto International Community House, Kyoto City. Professor emeritus Tatsuo Morimoto of Meijo University in Aichi Prefecture, spoke on "Gandhi's Message to an Age of ... read more

Culture | Mar 10 2005

SGI-Taiwan Hosts "Asian Youth Friendship Musical Festival" in Sanchung City, Taiwan

On March 5, SGI-Taiwan hosted the "Asian Youth Friendship Musical Festival" in Sanchung City, Taipei Province, Taiwan, in collaboration with Sanchung City, Soka University and National Taiwan College of Arts. Some 2,000 Japanese and Taiwanese youth, their families and local residents attended. SGI-Taiwan's fife-and-drum corps, string orchestra and chorus group ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 9 2005

Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai Hosts Family Festivals at Soka Bodhi Tree Garden

On February 6, 20 and 27, Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai (BSG) held family festivals at the Soka Bodhi Tree Garden located in a suburb of New Delhi. Some 6,000 members of BSG New Delhi and their families gathered at the garden to enjoy an outdoor scenic picnic, and to strengthen ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 8 2005

SGI-Slovenia Officially Registered

Jasmina Una Tumpej SGI-Slovenia General Director Miha Cebulj SGI-Slovenia Vice General Director SGI-Slovenia, of the former Yugoslavia, was recently officially registered as a cultural organization in Slovenia. Chapter Chief Jasmina Una Tumpej was appointed SGI-Slovenia's first general director, and Miha Cebulj was appointed vice general director. Since the establishment of SGI-Slovenia Chapter ... read more

Education | Mar 8 2005

Bolivian Cities Recognize SGI-Bolivia Youth's Social Activism

On February 26, SGI-Bolivia and Montero City Culture Department cohosted a youth seminar at the SGI-Bolivia Culture Center in Montero. Some 80 young people, including local senior and junior high school students, participated in the event, where they studied Discussions on Youth, a book by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda providing ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 7 2005

SGI-Peru Publishes Spanish Edition of The New Human Revolution, Volume 10 and 11, and The World of Nichiren Daishonin's Writings, Volume 1

SGI-Peru recently published La Nueva Revolucion Humana, Vols. 10 and 11, a Spanish translation of The New Human Revolution, Vols. 10 and 11, Daisaku Ikeda's novelized account of Soka Gakkai's history, and El Mundo de los Escritos de Nichiren Daishonin, 1 (The World of Nichiren Daishonin's Writings--A Discussion on Humanistic ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 6 2005

Soka Gakkai Farmers in Fukushima Hold Experience Rally

On March 5, members of the Soka Gakkai Agriculture Division in Fukushima Prefecture held an "Agricultural Renaissance Rally" at the Agriculture and Environment Improvement Center in Otama Village, Fukushima Prefecture. Local farmer Masahiro Takeda told how he contributed to agriculture in his local community with an awareness that losing sight ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 6 2005

250 SGI Members from 160 Countries Exchange with Japanese Members in Tokyo

On the evening of March 5, 250 SGI members from 160 countries and regions visited 12 centers in west Tokyo and met with local Japanese members. Representatives of France, Belgium, Switzerland, Côte d'Ivoire, Cameroon, Madagascar, Benin and the Republic of Congo received a warm welcome from local members at the ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 6 2005

SGI-New Zealand Celebrate Chinese New Year with Local Residents

On February 13, SGI-New Zealand members celebrated Lunar (Chinese) New Year at the SGI-New Zealand Culture Center. Some 700 local residents attended, together with Fiona Yuen, Justice of the Peace in Auckland and president of the New Zealand Guangdong Association Inc. SGI-New Zealand General Director Jimi Wallace introduced the SGI's ... read more

Culture | Mar 6 2005

"Victor Hugo and the Romanticists" Exhibition Opens in Osaka

Following shows in Tokyo and Hokkaido, the "Victor Hugo and the Romanticists" exhibition opened at the Suntory Museum "Temposan," Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture, on March 5. The exhibition features 400 items, including six national treasures of France, belonging to 25 world renowned museums. Highlighted are Hugo's indomitable struggles championing social ... read more