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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

Buddhism | Sep 30 2012

17,000 SGI Members take Buddhist Study Exams in Brazil

17,000 SGI Members take Buddhist Study Exams in Brazil

On September 30, Brazil-SGI (BSGI) held Buddhist study examinations of various levels in 358 venues across the country. Some 17,000 people of all ages took the exams to deepen their understanding of Buddhist philosophy. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Sep 29 2012

Spreading Hope Through Art and Music in Tohoku

Spreading Hope Through Art and Music in Tohoku

As part of an ongoing initiative to uplift the spirits of people affected by the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami, SGI-affiliated cultural institutions--the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum (TFAM) and the Min-On Concert Association--have organized a series of events to spread hope through art and music. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Sep 28 2012

SGI Chorus Groups in Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan Contribute to Local Communities

SGI Chorus Groups in Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan Contribute to Local Communities

In August and September, chorus groups from Singapore Soka Association (SSA), SGI-Hong Kong (SGI-HK) and Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) performed in their respective communities. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 28 2012

Antinuclear Exhibition "Transforming the Human Spirit" Shown in Spain, Peru and Argentina

Antinuclear Exhibition "Transforming the Human Spirit" Shown in Spain, Peru and Argentina

On September 8, SGI-Spain opened the SGI’s antinuclear exhibition, "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit" (THS) at the SGI-Spain Culture Center in Rivas-Vaciamadrid City, attended by some 100 people including local SGI members and representatives of the Madrid Community Interfaith Dialogue Association. ... read more

Education | Sep 21 2012

Lou Marinoff Explores Themes From "The Inner Philosopher" at Ikeda Center Event

Lou Marinoff Explores Themes From "The Inner Philosopher" at Ikeda Center Event

On September 21, the Ikeda Center of Peace, Learning, and Dialogue in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, celebrated the publication of a new dialogue, The Inner Philosopher: Conversations on Philosophy's Transformative Power, between Lou Marinoff, Professor and Chair of Philosophy at the City College of New York, and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda. ... read more

Interfaith | Sep 21 2012

SGI-New Zealand Co-organizes UN Peace Day Gathering

SGI-New Zealand Co-organizes UN Peace Day Gathering

On September 21, Wellington City Council and SGI-New Zealand (SGINZ) co-organized an event to mark the UN International Day of Peace at the Peace Flame in the city's Botanical Gardens. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 21 2012

Antinuclear Exhibition Held in Germany

Antinuclear Exhibition Held in Germany

The exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace" was shown at the Erlangen City Hall in Erlangen, Bavaria, Germany, from September 11 to 21. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Sep 16 2012

"Seeds of Hope" Shown in Canada and Paraguay

"Seeds of Hope" Shown in Canada and Paraguay

In the month of September, the SGI and Earth Charter International’s joint exhibition “Seeds of Hope: Visions of sustainability, steps towards change" was shown in Canada and Paraguay. ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 15 2012

SGI-Canada Holds Open House Event in Toronto

SGI-Canada Holds Open House Event in Toronto

On September 15, SGI-Canada held an open house event at its SGI Toronto Culture Centre, welcoming over 300 members of the local community to learn more about SGI’s Buddhist philosophy and its grassroots activities promoting a culture of peace. ... read more

Culture | Sep 15 2012

SGI-Korea Sponsors 78th PEN International Congress

SGI-Korea Sponsors 78th PEN International Congress

From September 9-15, the PEN International Korean Center hosted the 78th PEN International Congress at the Hyundai Hotel in Gyeongju, Korea, under the theme “Literature, Media and Human Rights,” focusing on the impact of media on literature and its role in defending the right to freedom of expression, including digital freedom. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 15 2012

SGI-UK Hosts Hibakusha at Hiroshima Peace Day Events

SGI-UK Hosts Hibakusha at Hiroshima Peace Day Events

From September 8-15, 2012, SGI-UK hosted three official Hiroshima Peace Day events in Birmingham, London and at SGI-UK’s Taplow Court center near Maidenhead, to commemorate the dropping of the atomic bomb on Japan and the 55th anniversary of second Soka Gakkai president Josei Toda's call for the abolition of nuclear weapons. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Sep 14 2012

Taiwan Soka Association Awarded for Community Contribution

Taiwan Soka Association Awarded for Community Contribution

On Sep 4, Interior Minister Lee Hong-yuan presented Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) with its 17th Excellent Community Organization Award. TSA Vice General Director Chang Sheng-li accepted the award at the Civil Service Development Institute in Taipei. ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 11 2012

SGI Youth Training Course Held in Tokyo

SGI Youth Training Course Held in Tokyo

Some 250 SGI youth representatives from 55 countries and territories gathered in Tokyo to take part in the SGI Youth Training Course from September 7-10. "You are all outstanding leaders who share solemn and profound karmic ties," said SGI President Ikeda in one of the many messages of encouragement he sent to the participants. ... read more

Culture | Sep 2 2012

Youth Culture Festival Celebrates Taiwan Soka Association's 50th Anniversary, Exchange with Okinawa

Youth Culture Festival Celebrates Taiwan Soka Association's 50th Anniversary, Exchange with Okinawa

From September 1-2, Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) held a two-day Youth Culture Festival commemorating the 50th anniversary of TSA at the Taipei International Convention Center. ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 2 2012

Soka Gakkai Youth Host Music Festival in Tohoku

Soka Gakkai Youth Host Music Festival in Tohoku

On September 2, a year and a half after the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami, Soka Gakkai student group members in Tohoku held a "Rock the Heart" music festival at Kotodai Park in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture. ... read more

Education | Sep 2 2012

Soka Gakkai Japan's Academic Department Holds Symposium

Soka Gakkai Japan's Academic Department Holds Symposium

Commemorating the 50th anniversary of its founding, the Soka Gakkai Academic Department held a symposium on the role of academic research in times of crisis at the Nippon-Seinenkan in Tokyo, on September 2. ... read more