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Culture | Dec 16 2012

SGM Hosts International Calligraphy Exhibition and Convention

SGM Hosts International Calligraphy Exhibition and Convention

From December 8-16, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) hosted the 10th International Calligraphy Exhibition and Convention, showcasing some 360 calligraphic works by artists from 21 countries at its Wisma Kebudayaan center in Kuala Lumpur. ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 16 2012

SGI Buddhist Study Exams Held in Kenya, Denmark, Argentina and Malaysia

SGI Buddhist Study Exams Held in Kenya, Denmark, Argentina and Malaysia

In November and December, SGI members in Kenya, Denmark, Argentina and Malaysia took Buddhist study exams in their respective areas as a way to deepen their understanding of Nichiren Buddhism and its core philosophy. ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 16 2012

New SGI Center Opens in Mexico

New SGI Center Opens in Mexico

On December 16, SGI-Mexico celebrated the grand opening of its new center in Veracruz City. Some 400 people attended the event, which included folk dance and choral performances, as well as the unveiling and reading of a plaque engraved with a poem by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda titled "To My Noble Friends, the Bodhisattvas of the Earth of Veracruz." ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 16 2012

Prayer Meeting Held for Victims of Connecticut School Shooting

Prayer Meeting Held for Victims of Connecticut School Shooting

On December 16, two days after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, some 60 SGI-USA members from the Connecticut region assembled at the SGI Connecticut Activity Center in Orange to pray for the 20 children and 6 teachers who lost their lives in the shooting. ... read more

Human Rights | Dec 12 2012

Human Rights Education Film Screened at UN Office in New York

Human Rights Education Film Screened at UN Office in New York

On December 12, as part of Human Rights Day (Dec. 10) celebrations, "A Path to Dignity: The Power of Human Rights Education," was screened at the UN Headquarters in New York. ... read more

Education | Dec 8 2012

Singapore Soka Association Hosts Talk on Social Media

Singapore Soka Association Hosts Talk on Social Media

As part of their annual Student Peace Lecture series, the student group of Singapore Soka Association (SSA) organized a talk on the risks and benefits of social media which was held at Singapore Management University on December 8. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Dec 8 2012

Dialogue and Education Highlighted at BSGI Peace Seminar

Dialogue and Education Highlighted at BSGI Peace Seminar

On December 8, Brazil SGI (BSGI) student members held a peace seminar themed "Peace Begins in the Mind of the Individual" based on principles laid out in SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's 2012 peace proposal, "Human Security and Sustainability: Sharing Reverence for the Dignity of Life." ... read more

Sustainable Development | Dec 8 2012

SGI-USA Cosponsors UN Women Special Assembly on Climate Change

SGI-USA Cosponsors UN Women Special Assembly on Climate Change

On December 8, the SGI-USA Culture of Peace Resource Center in Santa Monica, California, cosponsored the First Annual Special Assembly of the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the US National Committee for UN Women. ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 3 2012

SGI Native American Members Meet in Florida for First Intertribal Gathering

SGI Native American Members Meet in Florida for First Intertribal Gathering

On November 30, some 25 SGI-USA Native American men and women from across the country came together for their first intertribal meeting. The sessions for Native American members took place within the larger Changing Karma Into Mission #2 Buddhist study conference held at the same venue that weekend. ... read more

Culture | Nov 28 2012

Tokyo Fuji Art Museum Donates "Tavola Doria" to Italy

Tokyo Fuji Art Museum Donates "Tavola Doria" to Italy

In a joint statement released on November 27 in Rome, Italy, the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum (TFAM) and the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities announced that they have formally concluded an agreement of long-term cooperation, as well as TFAM's donation to the Italian Republic of a major 16th-century painting known as the "Tavola Doria." ... read more

Human Rights | Nov 27 2012

IOP Greets 50th Anniversary with Lecture Series on Women

IOP Greets 50th Anniversary with Lecture Series on Women

The Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) commemorated the 50th anniversary of its founding with a series of four lectures exploring the general topic of women in modern society. ... read more

Interfaith | Nov 26 2012

SGM Participates in Interfaith Dialogue Based on Science and Religion

SGM Participates in Interfaith Dialogue Based on Science and Religion

On November 26, the Quranic Youth Club of the International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM) organized an interfaith dialogue based on the theme "The Concept of Science and Religion" at the IIUM campus in Gombak, Selangor, in collaboration with Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM), the Hidayah Centre and the Selangor Islamic Religious Council. ... read more

Culture | Nov 26 2012

Min-On Showcases Indian Classical Dance Series

Min-On Showcases Indian Classical Dance Series

Celebrating 60 years of diplomatic ties between India and Japan, the Min-On Concert Association hosted a concert series featuring some of India's most prominent classical dancers and musicians who performed at 12 different venues throughout Japan between November 26 and December 14. ... read more

Culture | Nov 25 2012

SGI-Uruguay Celebrates Diversity and Peace Through Music and Culture

SGI-Uruguay Celebrates Diversity and Peace Through Music and Culture

In October and November, SGI-Uruguay held two events promoting friendship and peace through cultural exchange and music at its culture center in the capital Montevideo. ... read more

Culture | Nov 19 2012

SGI Affiliate Brings Korean Performance Troupe to Taiwan

SGI Affiliate Brings Korean Performance Troupe to Taiwan

The Chin-Shuan Cultural and Educational Foundation, an affiliate of Taiwan Soka Association (TSA), hosted the Seoul Performing Arts Company on a musical tour across Taiwan from November 10 to 19. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Nov 19 2012

Toda Institute Co-organizes Seminar: Challenges of a Nuke-Free World

Toda Institute Co-organizes Seminar: Challenges of a Nuke-Free World

On November 19, the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research and the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) co-organized an international seminar on the strengths and weaknesses of a nuclear-weapon- free world titled "Stable Zero: Feasible, Realistic?" ... read more

Press Releases | Nov 18 2012

Soka eBook Store Launched

A selection of Soka Gakkai International (SGI) President Daisaku Ikeda's foreign language writings along with SGI-related books are now available in digital format from the Soka eBook Store. ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 18 2012

New SGI-Germany Center Opens in Munich

New SGI-Germany Center Opens in Munich

SGI-Germany celebrated the opening of a new center in Munich on November 17 and 18. With two prayer rooms and an office, the new center will serve as the main center for SGI members in the State of Bavaria. ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 17 2012

SGI-Spain Hosts Lecture on Religion and Utopia; Participates in Buddhist Symposium

SGI-Spain Hosts Lecture on Religion and Utopia; Participates in Buddhist Symposium

In November, SGI-Spain hosted two events at its culture center in Rivas-Vaciamadrid, Madrid. The first was a lecture titled "Utopia in Times of Crisis: Where Ethics and Religion Meet" given by Professor Juan José Tamayo, director of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. ... read more

Culture | Nov 17 2012

Youth Festivals Held in Bolivia and Peru

Youth Festivals Held in Bolivia and Peru

In November, both SGI-Bolivia and SGI-Peru commemorated the 50th anniversaries of the founding of the first SGI chapter in their respective countries. ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 11 2012

SGI Members in Europe and Taiwan Take Buddhist Study Exams

SGI Members in Europe and Taiwan Take Buddhist Study Exams

SGI members of all ages in Europe took Buddhist study exams of various levels in November, celebrated in the SGI as the month of Soka Gakkai's founding (on November 18, 1930). ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 4 2012

SSA's Senior Citizens Group Celebrates 20th Anniversary

SSA's Senior Citizens Group Celebrates 20th Anniversary

On November 4, Singapore Soka Association's (SSA) Senior Citizens Group celebrated the 20th anniversary of its founding. ... read more

Culture | Nov 4 2012

Min-On Holds 16th Tokyo International Conducting Competition

Min-On Holds 16th Tokyo International Conducting Competition

The 16th Tokyo International Music Competition for Conducting organized by the Min-On Concert Association was held from October 29 to November 4 at the Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Oct 31 2012

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Displays "Seeds of Hope" at Greentech Exhibition

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Displays "Seeds of Hope" at Greentech Exhibition

Selected panels from the joint SGI and Earth Charter International environmental exhibition "Seeds of Hope" were displayed by members of Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM), at the third International Greentech & Eco Products Exhibition & Conference (IGEM2012), held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre from October 10 to 13. ... read more

Interfaith | Oct 31 2012

SGI-Australia Youth Strengthen Interfaith Connections Through Dialogue

SGI-Australia Youth Strengthen Interfaith Connections Through Dialogue

On October 31, SGI-Australia (SGIA) youth held an interfaith dialogue with over 20 youth from the 2012 Muslim Leadership Program run by La Trobe University's Centre for Dialogue. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 28 2012

Victory Over Violence Essay Contest Held in Albuquerque

Victory Over Violence Essay Contest Held in Albuquerque

In conjunction with the showing of the "Transforming the Human Spirit" anti-nuclear weapons exhibition from September 29 to October 28 at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the local SGI-USA group co-sponsored its second Victory Over Violence essay contest, in partnership with the local UN Association (UNA) and the Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 28 2012

Peace Through Music: SGI-USA Hosts "Daniel Pearl World Music Days" Concert

Peace Through Music: SGI-USA Hosts "Daniel Pearl World Music Days" Concert

On October 28, SGI-USA and the International Committee of Artists for Peace (ICAP) cosponsored a "Daniel Pearl Music Days" concert at SGI-USA's World Peace Ikeda Auditorium in Santa Monica, California. ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 28 2012

SGI-Eastern Europe Leaders Attend Training Course

SGI-Eastern Europe Leaders Attend Training Course

Some 60 SGI leaders gathered at the SGI-Austria Culture Center in Vienna for the Eastern Europe Leaders' Training Course from October 26-28. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Oct 27 2012

SGI-Canada Youth Plant Trees in the Rain

SGI-Canada Youth Plant Trees in the Rain

On October 27, SGI-Canada Central Region youth participated in an annual tree planting activity with the Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) in Ontario. Including elementary school students, 67 youth of all ages came out in the rain and cold to plant 200 trees. ... read more

Interfaith | Oct 24 2012

IOP Co-organizes Symposium with University of Malaya's Centre for Civilisational Dialogue

IOP Co-organizes Symposium with University of Malaya's Centre for Civilisational Dialogue

On October 23 and 24, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) in Japan and the Centre for Civilisational Dialogue (CCDUM) at the University of Malaya (UM) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, co-organized a symposium titled "Intercivilisational Dialogue towards Peace, Harmonious Coexistence and Sustainability" held at the university's Academy of Islamic Studies. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Oct 20 2012

Brazil SGI Hosts National Meeting of Environmental Agents, Launches "Seeds of Hope"

Brazil SGI Hosts National Meeting of Environmental Agents, Launches "Seeds of Hope"

One of Brazil Soka Association (BSGI)’s numerous initiatives to promote education for sustainable development is the Environmental Agents’ Movement, launched in 2001 by the Scientists Department of BSGI in partnership with local government and environmental organizations. ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 15 2012

SGI-Switzerland and SGI-Spain Hold Training Courses, Launch Youth Campaigns

SGI-Switzerland and SGI-Spain Hold Training Courses, Launch Youth Campaigns

In September, to meet the needs of a diverse membership, SGI-Switzerland held fall training courses in three different languages. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 14 2012

SGI-Panama Hosts Peace Forum and Environmental Exhibition

SGI-Panama Hosts Peace Forum and Environmental Exhibition

On October 14, SGI-Panama youth members sponsored a peace forum titled "Challenges and Actions for Peace" aimed at uniting youth toward the shared goal of promoting peace. ... read more

Education | Oct 14 2012

SGI Participates in Frankfurt Book Fair, Hosts Forum on Rebuilding Tohoku

SGI Participates in Frankfurt Book Fair, Hosts Forum on Rebuilding Tohoku

SGI took part in the world's oldest and largest book fair in Frankfurt, Germany, from October 10-14. This year marks SGI's tenth year of participation in the event. ... read more

Culture | Oct 14 2012

Seafarers' Photography Exhibition Held in Yokohama

Seafarers' Photography Exhibition Held in Yokohama

From October 5-14, "Beyond the Horizon," an exhibition of photography by the Hato-kai--a group of Soka Gakkai members involved in maritime occupations--was shown at Yamashita Park in Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture. ... read more

Interfaith | Oct 13 2012

SGI-UK Members Strengthen Interfaith Understanding at Jubilee Celebration and Buddhist Convention

SGI-UK Members Strengthen Interfaith Understanding at Jubilee Celebration and Buddhist Convention

On October 10, SGI-UK members from the London borough of Camden joined civic celebrations marking the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II hosted by the mayor of Camden. The ceremony took place at St. Mary Magdalene Church and included a procession, renditions from the choirs of three local schools and readings and music from Muslim, Christian, Jewish, and other faith communities. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 13 2012

A Dialogue on Interdependence

A Dialogue on Interdependence

The ninth annual Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue, held on October 13, 2012, at the Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue in Cambridge, Mass., USA, was themed "Awakening Our Connections: A Dialogue on Interdependence." ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 12 2012

Soka Gakkai Holds Memorial Services on Anniversary of Nichiren's Passing

Soka Gakkai Holds Memorial Services on Anniversary of Nichiren's Passing

The Soka Gakkai held memorial services throughout Japan on October 12 to mark the 730th anniversary of the passing of Nichiren (October 13, 1282). The services also commemorated the day Nichiren inscribed the Dai-Gohonzon (October 12, 1279), the object of devotion in Nichiren Buddhism. ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 7 2012

SGI Leaders' Training Courses in Ecuador

SGI Leaders' Training Courses in Ecuador

On October 6 and 7, SGI-Ecuador held leaders’ training meetings in the two largest cities of Quito and Guayaquil. ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 7 2012

New SGI Culture Centers Open in Chennai, Bengaluru, India

New SGI Culture Centers Open in Chennai, Bengaluru, India

Two new Bharat Soka Gakkai (BSG) culture centers opened in the southern Indian cities of Chennai and Bengaluru on October 7. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 7 2012

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Holds Month of Peace Activities

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Holds Month of Peace Activities

In September, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) held its second annual Month of Peace, including a specially created musical and dance performance titled "V Peace." ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 6 2012

SGI's Anti-nuclear Exhibition Held at Prominent Nuclear Science Museum in New Mexico, US

SGI's Anti-nuclear Exhibition Held at Prominent Nuclear Science Museum in New Mexico, US

From September 29 to October 28, SGI’s anti-nuclear weapons exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit" (THS) was displayed at The National Museum of Nuclear Science and History in Albuquerque, New Mexico--the first public US museum to preserve the history of the nuclear industry. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 6 2012

Celebrating Peace in Hawaii with the Spirit of Aloha

Celebrating Peace in Hawaii with the Spirit of Aloha

In Hawaii, "aloha" is the spirit of joyfully sharing life, a peaceful expression of living in harmony with ourselves and the world around us. On September 23 and October 6, SGI members in Hawaii co-organized peace events celebrating the annual United Nations International Day of Peace (September 21) and SGI World Peace Day (October 2) respectively. ... read more

Interfaith | Sep 30 2012

Panel at Turin Spirituality Event on "Wisdom of the Smile"

Panel at Turin Spirituality Event on "Wisdom of the Smile"

On September 29, SGI representatives addressed an audience of over 250 at the Teatro La Cavallerizza Reale, as part of the International Annual Conference on Spirituality in Turin, Italy. ... read more

Education | Sep 30 2012

SGI-Canada Participates in Nationwide Book Festival

SGI-Canada Participates in Nationwide Book Festival

On September 23 and 28, SGI-Canada (SGIC) members in Toronto, Vancouver and Halifax participated in a nationwide book and magazine festival titled The Word On The Street. ... read more