Top

All News

Loading

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

Peace and Disarmament | Apr 15 2005

Toda Institute to Sponsor International Conference in Madrid, Spain, in May 2005; New Book and Journal Published

On May 25-27, the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research will sponsor an international conference in Madrid, Spain, in collaboration with the Iberian-American Foundation. Some 65 scholars from 29 countries will gather to discuss "Creating A Global Civilization of Dialogue and Peace (tentative translation)." Dr. Ricardo Diez-Hochleitner, honorary ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 14 2005

SGI Youth in Africa Socially-Engaged in Their Respective Communities

SGI-Zambia members of Lion King and Sun Chapters For the past six years, SGI-Zambia members have participated in the national Youth Day celebrations. On March 12, 2004, Zambians celebrated the event in Zambia's capital, Lusaka. SGI-Zambia youth, whose membership doubled in the past several years, participated in the parade, which was ... read more

Culture | Apr 13 2005

Soka Gakkai President Welcomes Delegates from Chinese Association for International Understanding

On April 12, Soka Gakkai President Einosuke Akiya welcomed Li Chengren, executive vice chairman of the Chinese Association for International Understanding (CAIU), and representative members, at the Josei Toda International Center in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. CAIU aims to develop intercultural understanding, friendship and peace through exchanges with organizations and institutions ... read more

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