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Culture | Aug 20 2012

Min-On Hosts Ghana Dance Ensemble's Tour of Japan

Min-On Hosts Ghana Dance Ensemble's Tour of Japan

On August 20, at the invitation of the Min-On Concert Association, the Ghana Dance Ensemble performed at the Nitori Culture Hall in Sapporo City, Hokkaido Prefecture. ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 19 2012

North America and Oceania SGI Leaders Study Conference

North America and Oceania SGI Leaders Study Conference

From August 17-19, SGI representatives from North America and Oceania attended an SGI Leaders Study Conference at the World Peace Ikeda Auditorium in Santa Monica, California. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Aug 19 2012

Singapore Soka Association Co-organizes Community Outreach Food Project

Singapore Soka Association Co-organizes Community Outreach Food Project

On the weekend of August 18-19, Singapore Soka Association (SSA) and the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) Eldercare Co-operative co-organized a food donation drive. Named "Bags of Hope 2," the initiative collected provisions for, put together and distributed food packs to low-income families in the community. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 18 2012

Toda Institute and Pugwash Hold Conference Focusing on Abolishing Nuclear Weapons by 2040

Toda Institute and Pugwash Hold Conference Focusing on Abolishing Nuclear Weapons by 2040

On August 16-18, the Canadian group of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs and the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research co-organized a conference focusing on the achievement of a nuclear-weapons-free world by 2040. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 11 2012

Soka Gakkai Members in Nagasaki Mark Anniversary of Atomic Bombings, Hold Youth Peace Forum

Soka Gakkai Members in Nagasaki Mark Anniversary of Atomic Bombings, Hold Youth Peace Forum

On August 8, Soka Gakkai youth members in Nagasaki held a peace forum at the Soka Gakkai Nagasaki Peace Center. Guest speaker Kathleen Sullivan emphasized that the movement toward abolishing nuclear weapons will advance when each individual considers the threat of nuclear weapons relevant to their own lives and takes action to this end. ... read more

Culture | Aug 9 2012

Singapore Soka Association Give Fiery Performance at National Day Parade

Singapore Soka Association Give Fiery Performance at National Day Parade

On August 9, in celebration of 47 years of Singapore’s independence, members of Singapore Soka Association (SSA) staged a pyrotechnic performance at the National Day Parade on a floating platform in Marina Bay. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 5 2012

Hiroshima Study Lectures Exceed 150

Hiroshima Study Lectures Exceed 150

Since 1989, youth members of Soka Gakkai Hiroshima have organized a Hiroshima Study Lecture Series for the public, inviting various leaders in the field of peace and disarmament worldwide, including hibakusha (A-bomb victims), as guest speakers. In commemoration of the 67th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing, three such lectures were held on August 4 and 5, in conjunction with Soka Gakkai Hiroshima’s annual youth peace meeting. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jul 31 2012

Soka Gakkai Youth in Hiroshima Sponsor Lectures on Nuclear Abolition

Soka Gakkai Youth in Hiroshima Sponsor Lectures on Nuclear Abolition

Soka Gakkai youth members in Hiroshima Prefecture sponsored lectures in their Hiroshima Study Lecture Series on July 22 and 28. Documentary filmmaker Masaaki Tanabe, who is also a hibakusha (A-bomb survivor), and former UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Sergio Duarte were guest speakers at the respective events. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Jul 29 2012

Seminars on Aftermath of March 11, 2011, Earthquake and Tsunami

Seminars on Aftermath of March 11, 2011, Earthquake and Tsunami

Seminars were held in Tokyo and Iwate in late July to examine the aftermath of the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami that devastated northeastern Japan. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jul 29 2012

Soka Gakkai Youth Hold Annual Peace Summit and Peace Festival in Okinawa

Soka Gakkai Youth Hold Annual Peace Summit and Peace Festival in Okinawa

Calling for a century without war, Soka Gakkai youth representatives from Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Okinawa held their annual peace summit on July 28 at the Soka Gakkai Okinawa International Peace Center in Naha. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Jul 28 2012

SGI-UK Members Join "Year of Service" to Improve Environment

SGI-UK Members Join "Year of Service" to Improve Environment

Throughout July, SGI-UK members from around the country organized events under the theme “Earthkind” as part of the Year of Service initiative, a government-sponsored initiative to encourage people of all faiths to contribute to their local communities. ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 23 2012

Brazil SGI Holds Introductory Meetings with Sign Language Interpretation

Brazil SGI Holds Introductory Meetings with Sign Language Interpretation

In response to requests from members, Brazil Soka Gakkai International (BSGI) members in São Paulo began holding monthly Buddhist introductory meetings for people who are deaf and hard of hearing at the BSGI Culture Center, starting in July 2011. These meetings are also open to the public. ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 23 2012

Tenth SGI Europe Study Session Held in Milan, Italy

Tenth SGI Europe Study Session Held in Milan, Italy

From July 19-22, the tenth SGI Europe Study Session was held in the suburbs of Milan, Italy, attended by 480 members from 30 countries throughout Europe. A total of 10,000 people will be attending such study sessions held in different European countries over the summer. ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 22 2012

SGI-Panama Focuses on Youth as Protagonists of a New Era

SGI-Panama Focuses on Youth as Protagonists of a New Era

"I'm now filled with optimism, love, confidence and friendship" expressed a youth member after attending the SGI-Panama youth convention held at the SGI-Panama Culture Center, Panama City, on July 22. ... read more

Human Rights | Jul 21 2012

SGI Members in UK and USA Participate in WorldPride Parades

SGI Members in UK and USA Participate in WorldPride Parades

In July, SGI members in the UK and the US took part in WorldPride 2012 parades in London, San Diego, Chicago, Louisville in Kentucky, Oklahoma City and New York. WorldPride is a global movement that celebrates the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Jul 16 2012

Soka Gakkai Relief Efforts in Response to Kyushu Floods

Soka Gakkai Relief Efforts in Response to Kyushu Floods

At the start of July, the southwestern island of Kyushu in Japan experienced record downpours which caused torrential floods and landslides, forcing tens of thousands of people to evacuate their homes. Soka Gakkai centers throughout the central Kyushu prefectures, such as Kumamoto, Fukuoka, Oita and Saga, were used as emergency communication centers to provide emergency relief aid and shelter to evacuees. ... read more

Culture | Jul 15 2012

Watercolor Painting Exhibitions Held in Hong Kong and Macau

Watercolor Painting Exhibitions Held in Hong Kong and Macau

An exhibition titled "Watercolors from Ningbo," cosponsored by the Chinese Artists Association in Ningbo, SGI-Hong Kong (SGI-HK), SGI-Macau and other groups, was shown at the SGI-HK Culture Center from June 9-17 and at the Lou Lim Ieoc Garden in Macau from July 5-15. ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 15 2012

SGI Women's Group Meetings Held in Singapore and Sri Lanka

SGI Women's Group Meetings Held in Singapore and Sri Lanka

During June, Singapore Soka Association (SSA) Women's Group members held local discussion meetings nationwide in celebration of the 61st anniversary of the founding of the Soka Gakkai's Women's Division. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Jul 15 2012

Celebrating Mandela Day In South Africa

Celebrating Mandela Day In South Africa

On July 15, members of SGI-South Africa in Johannesburg visited the Ithlokomeleng Senior Citizens Home and adjacent Sediba Sathuto (Well of Learning) Childcare Centre. ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 15 2012

SGI-Spain Youth Meet in Canary Islands

SGI-Spain Youth Meet in Canary Islands

On July 15, SGI-Spain youth members in the Canary Islands held a general meeting at the Leal Theater in La Laguna, Tenerife. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jul 9 2012

Celebrating 20 Years of Taiwan-China "Peace Angels Exchange"

Celebrating 20 Years of Taiwan-China "Peace Angels Exchange"

From July 3 to 9, 2012, the Taiwan Soka Association (TSA), together with the National Planners’ Association, the All-China Federation of Taiwan Compatriots and other civic organizations from Taiwan and China, organized a “Peace Angels Exchange” in Beijing, China. ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 4 2012

SGI-Portugal Women Hold Meetings

SGI-Portugal Women Hold Meetings

From June 30 to July 4, SGI-Portugal women’s group members held commemorative meetings throughout the nation, celebrating the founding of Soka Gakkai’s Women’s Division (June 10, 1951). ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jul 2 2012

Peace Bus Retraces Gandhi's Footsteps Across South India

Peace Bus Retraces Gandhi's Footsteps Across South India

From June 17 to July 2, the "Gandhi, King, Ikeda: A Legacy of Building Peace" exhibition (GKI) was held at 24 different locations in South India. The exhibition focuses on the lives of Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. and Daisaku Ikeda as examples of individuals who dedicated themselves to fighting injustice through nonviolence. ... read more

Culture | Jul 1 2012

SGI-UK's Olympic Exhibition:  Lord Desborough's Sporting Legacy

SGI-UK's Olympic Exhibition: Lord Desborough's Sporting Legacy

An exhibition celebrating the Olympic legacy of Lord Desborough, owner of SGI-UK's Taplow Court Culture Centre from 1899 to 1945, is on display at Taplow Court from April to September 2012. ... read more

Human Rights | Jul 1 2012

July SGI Quarterly Issue on "Living with Courage" Available Online

July SGI Quarterly Issue on "Living with Courage" Available Online

The July SGI Quarterly on the theme "Living with Courage" has been published and is also now available as a downloadable PDF. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jun 30 2012

SGINZ Confers Peace Award on Peace Activist Alyn Ware

SGINZ Confers Peace Award on Peace Activist Alyn Ware

On June 30, Soka Gakkai International New Zealand (SGINZ) conferred the Aotearoa Peace is Precious Award on the internationally recognized anti-nuclear weapons activist Alyn Ware. ... read more

Interfaith | Jun 29 2012

SGI-Ireland Participates in Dublin City Interfaith Forum

SGI-Ireland Participates in Dublin City Interfaith Forum

The Dublin City Interfaith Forum hosted its first interfaith workshop entitled "Exploring Interfaith Connections" on June 29. Held in the City Council’s Civic Offices in Dublin’s city center, built on the historic site of the ancient city wall, it was attended by representatives of many different faiths. ... read more

Culture | Jun 29 2012

Uffizi Virtual Museum Exhibition Opens at Tokyo Fuji Art Museum

Uffizi Virtual Museum Exhibition Opens at Tokyo Fuji Art Museum

The Uffizi Virtual Museum exhibition-- a digital exhibition of paintings from the collection of the Uffizi Museum in Florence, Italy--opened in Japan for the first time at the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum (TFAM) in Hachioji on June 29. ... read more

Culture | Jun 28 2012

Photo Exhibition "Coming of Age: Forgotten Faces of a Greying Asia" Shown in Malaysia

Photo Exhibition "Coming of Age: Forgotten Faces of a Greying Asia" Shown in Malaysia

Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) and the Photographic Society of Malaysia organized an exhibition of works by renowned Singaporean photographer David Tay Poey Cher, titled "Coming of Age: Forgotten Faces of a Greying Asia," based on his recent book of the same title, from June 9-28 at SGM's Wisma Kebudayaan center in Kuala Lumpur. ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 24 2012

Buddhist Summer Courses Held in Northern Ireland

Buddhist Summer Courses Held in Northern Ireland

On June 23, a men's summer course was held in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Men practicing in Northern Ireland were joined by SGI members from the Republic of Ireland and guests from SGI-UK. ... read more

Culture | Jun 24 2012

SGI Youth from Brazil and US Celebrate First Youth Exchange

SGI Youth from Brazil and US Celebrate First Youth Exchange

From June 21-24, SGI youth members took part in the first US-Brazil Youth Exchange. Aiming to celebrate and build ties of friendship between the two countries, the exchange was held in Southern California. ... read more

Interfaith | Jun 24 2012

Symposium on Medicine and Religion Held in Tokyo

Symposium on Medicine and Religion Held in Tokyo

On June 24, a symposium on the theme "Medicine and Religion" co-organized by the European Academy of Sciences and Arts (EASA) and the Soka Gakkai-affiliated Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) was held at the Josei Toda International Center in Shinjuku. ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 23 2012

SGI-Romania Established as Chapter

SGI-Romania Established as Chapter

On June 23, a meeting of SGI-Romania members was held in Bucharest to commemorate its establishment as a chapter, following its formation as a district in 2007. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Jun 23 2012

SGI-Malaysia Helps Raise Cancer Awareness and Promote Organ Donation

SGI-Malaysia Helps Raise Cancer Awareness and Promote Organ Donation

On June 23, SGI-Malaysia (SGM) members in Penang participated in a 24-hour relay event, Relay for Life 2012, hosted by the Penang Branch of the National Cancer Society of Malaysia at Penang Municipal Park to honor the lives of those affected by cancer. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jun 23 2012

Survey of Awareness of Battle of Okinawa Among Local Students

Survey of Awareness of Battle of Okinawa Among Local Students

On June 23, Soka Gakkai youth in Okinawa held a ceremony to remember all those who died in the Battle of Okinawa, which lasted from April to June, 1945. The memorial, which marked the 67th anniversary of the battle, took place at the Soka Gakkai Okinawa International Peace Center. Participants prayed for world peace and the results of a survey to gauge awareness of the Battle of Okinawa and peace issues among students on the island were shared. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Jun 22 2012

TSA Women's Chorus Perform at Taoyuan Women's Prison

TSA Women's Chorus Perform at Taoyuan Women's Prison

The Duanwu Festival, also known as the Dragon Boat Festival, is a Chinese cultural event celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month of each year, traditionally spent racing dragon boats and enjoying “zongzi” glutinous rice dumplings. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Jun 22 2012

SGI Holds Interdisciplinary Roundtable Discussion on Education and Learning at Rio+20

SGI Holds Interdisciplinary Roundtable Discussion on Education and Learning at Rio+20

From June 20-22, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, Rio+20) took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with the theme: “The Future We Want.” SGI organized “The Future We Create: An interdisciplinary roundtable on the role of education and learning toward a sustainable future” as an official side event held at Riocentro on June 20. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Jun 22 2012

SGI Activities at Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development

SGI Activities at Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development

From June 20-22, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The event marked the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) also held in Rio de Janeiro. ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 17 2012

SGI-Finland Members Deepen Buddhist Study

SGI-Finland Members Deepen Buddhist Study

SGI-Finland members gathered in Helsinki on June 16 and 17 to participate in study sessions on Nichiren Buddhism. ... read more

Culture | Jun 16 2012

Symposium on Taiwanese Painter Chen Cheng-Po Held in Taiwan

Symposium on Taiwanese Painter Chen Cheng-Po Held in Taiwan

On May 5, the Taiwan Soka Association (TSA), together with the Chen Cheng-Po Cultural Foundation and National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU), organized an international symposium on the works of the Taiwanese painter Chen Cheng-Po (1895-1947), titled "The Bond of Nostalgia--Chen Cheng-Po & The Modern Art of Taiwan," at TSA's Zhi Shan Cultural Center in Taipei. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Jun 16 2012

Soka Gakkai Student Members in Tohoku Hold Symposium on Recovery from March 11, 2011, Disaster

Soka Gakkai Student Members in Tohoku Hold Symposium on Recovery from March 11, 2011, Disaster

On June 16, Soka Gakkai student members in Tohoku held a symposium on how academic research can assist people in the recovery and rebuilding of their lives following the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami which devastated northeast Japan. The symposium was held at Sendai Mediatheque in Miyagi Prefecture and included a panel discussion on the same topic which highlighted the importance of scientific endeavor being based on the value of the dignity of life. ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 10 2012

SSA Members Take Buddhist Elementary Level Study Exam

SSA Members Take Buddhist Elementary Level Study Exam

On June 10, a total of 1,700 Singapore Soka Association (SSA) members took a Buddhist Elementary Level Study Exam at Northland Secondary School in Singapore. ... read more

Culture | Jun 8 2012

SGI-Australia Hosts Cuban Art Exhibition

SGI-Australia Hosts Cuban Art Exhibition

On May 25, the exhibition "Arte de Cuba: Celebrating the Spirit of Cuba" showcasing Cuban artists from around the world, opened at the SGI-Australia (SGIA) Culture Centre in Sydney. The exhibition, which was shown until June 8, was jointly organized by the Cuban Embassy and SGIA. ... read more

Press Releases | Jun 7 2012

Buddhist Leader Highlights Need for Education, Empowerment in Advance of Rio+20 Meeting

Daisaku Ikeda, president of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Buddhist association, issued a proposal on June 5 stressing that empowerment of individuals and communities is vital to achieving a sustainable global society. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Jun 6 2012

Fukushima Prefecture Awards Soka Gakkai for Relief Efforts

Fukushima Prefecture Awards Soka Gakkai for Relief Efforts

On June 6, on behalf of the Fukushima Prefectural Government and Governor Yuhei Sato, Vice Governor Masao Uchibori presented awards of appreciation to Soka Gakkai Fukushima for their relief activities and contributions to society following the devastating March 11, 2011, earthquake and subsequent tsunamis. ... read more