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Buddhism | Mar 2 2005

Six Thousand Converge on SGI-Brazil Nature and Culture Center to Celebrate SGI-Brazil Women's Day

Denise Silva, a group leader in her local organization, shared her personal saga of a miserable childhood with a father and a stepmother she couldn't get along with. She left home at 17, with no direction. Soon she met her future husband, a young men's division member in SGI-Brazil, who ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 1 2005

SGI-Germany Grows from Six to 14 Headquarters in Ten Years

On February 26 and 27, SGI-Germany chapter level leaders and up met at the Frankfurt SGI-Germany Culture Center to launch a fresh beginning. Representatives shared their experiences of practicing Nichiren Buddhism. SGI-Germany Chief Hideaki Takahashi announced that their organization has grown to 14 headquarters from the six established ten years ... read more

Culture | Feb 25 2005

SGI-Thailand's Melodies for Peace Chorus Performs on Thailand's National Television Program

On February 24, SGI-Thailand's Melodies for Peace chorus, consisting of women and young women, performed on a long-running, popular music show broadcast on a national TV station, Channel 11. Melodies for Peace presented a song that Thailand's renowned musicians composed for victims of the recent great Sumatra earthquake and tsunami. ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 24 2005

SGI-Mexico's Young Men's Brass Band and Young Women's Fife-and-Drum Corps Introduced on Local Radio Program

On February 10, SGI-Mexico representatives, headed by Youth Division Chief Daisuke Inoue, appeared on "Universo Digital," a radio program linked to the Internet, to talk about the activities of SGI-Mexico's young men's brass band and young women's fife-and-drum corps. During the show, the youth talked about the bands' purpose and ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Feb 22 2005

SGI-USA Hosts Youth Nonviolence Conference to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

On January 17, a national holiday to celebrate and honor the life and achievements of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968), SGI-USA Northeastern Zone hosted the second annual nonviolence conference for youth at the SGI-USA New York Culture Center. The Temple of Understanding, a nongovernmental organization for ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Feb 22 2005

Morehouse College Sponsors "Gandhi, King, Ikeda" Exhibition at Yale University, USA

On January 29-February 9, the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, hosted "Gandhi, King, Ikeda--Peace Through Nonviolence" exhibition at Yale Afro-American Cultural Center in Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA. Yale Coalition for Diversity collaborated on the event introducing the human rights and peace ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Feb 22 2005

Writer Ishmael Reed and Jazz Pianist Mary Watkins Collaborate on "Poetry for Peace" in San Francisco: Selections of SGI President's Poetry "Fighting for Peace" Introduced

On January 23, a poetry reading titled "Poetry for Peace," featuring renowned African American writer Ishmael Reed, took place at Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco, California. Dunhill Publishing, the African American Center of the San Francisco Public Library and Friends of the San Francisco Public Library sponsored ... read more

Sustainable Development | Feb 19 2005

2004 Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai and SGI President Meet in Tokyo

On February 18, 2004 Nobel Peace Laureate and Kenyan Vice Environment Minister Wangari Maathai met with SGI President Daisaku Ikeda at the Seikyo Press building in Shinanomachi, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. Dr. Wangari, accompanied by her daughter, Wanjira Maathai, and Kenyan Ambassador to Japan Dennis N.O. Awori, were warmly welcomed by ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Feb 18 2005

"Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World" Exhibition Shows in Edmonton, Canada

From January 31 through February 8, "Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World," an exhibition appealing for a culture of peace centered on nonviolence and tolerance, was on display at Grant MacEwan College, Edmonton, Alberta State, Canada. The exhibition, shown for the first time in Canada, ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 17 2005

SGI Members Observe Anniversary of Nichiren's Birthday

On February 16, SGI members in 190 countries and regions held world peace prayer services in observance of Nichiren's birthday (February 16, 1222) at respective SGI centers. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda attended a service at the Tokyo Makiguchi Memorial Hall in Hachioji City, Tokyo, while Soka Gakkai President Einosuke Akiya ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 15 2005

Soka Gakkai Education Department Hosts Lecture by Future President of the Newly Established Tokyo Metropolitan University

On February 13, the Soka Gakkai Education Department hosted a public lecture at the Sendai International Center in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture. This was the first installment of the Education Department's new lecture series commemorating the 75th anniversary of Soka kyoikugaku taikei (The System of Value-Creating Pedagogy), conceived by educator ... read more

Education | Feb 15 2005

Soka Gakkai Education Department Hosts Lecture by Future President of the Newly Established Tokyo Metropolitan University

On February 13, the Soka Gakkai Education Department hosted a public lecture at the Sendai International Center in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture. This was the first installment of the Education Department's new lecture series commemorating the 75th anniversary of Soka kyoikugaku taikei (The System of Value-Creating Pedagogy), conceived by educator ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 13 2005

SGI members in Central African Republic Meet

On January 30, SGI members in the Central African Republic met in Bangui, the country's capital, to commemorate January 26, SGI Day. Located in the heart of Africa, the country's northern part is a treeless savanna, while the southern part contains dense tropical rainforests. The Central African Republic produces cotton, ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Feb 13 2005

"Boys and Girls Art of Hope Exhibit" to Open in Tokyo

"Cassiopeia Chugs Along" Masayuki Kozai "My Third Grade Class" Miyuki Nakanowatari 3rd Grade, Hokkaido The "Boys and Girls Art of Hope Exhibit" will open on March 20 at the Josei Toda International Center in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. The two week exhibit will present 70 drawings and paintings selected from among 35,000 submitted ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Feb 12 2005

Toda Institute Hosts Conference on "Universities of the Future" in Hawaii

On February 4-6, the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research, a Soka Gakkai-affiliated peace organization, hosted an international conference on "Universities of the Future: Globalization and Higher Education--Who Governs? For Whom?" in Honolulu, Hawaii, in cooperation with the Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies (HRCFS) at the University ... read more

Education | Feb 12 2005

Toda Institute Hosts Conference on "Universities of the Future" in Hawaii

On February 4-6, the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research, a Soka Gakkai-affiliated peace organization, hosted an international conference on "Universities of the Future: Globalization and Higher Education--Who Governs? For Whom?" in Honolulu, Hawaii, in cooperation with the Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies (HRCFS) at the University ... read more

Culture | Feb 12 2005

Toda Institute Hosts Conference on "Universities of the Future" in Hawaii

On February 4-6, the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research, a Soka Gakkai-affiliated peace organization, hosted an international conference on "Universities of the Future: Globalization and Higher Education--Who Governs? For Whom?" in Honolulu, Hawaii, in cooperation with the Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies (HRCFS) at the University ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 8 2005

Local Band El Cuarteto Helps SGI-Venezuela Celebrate SGI's 30th Anniversary

On January 28, SGI-Venezuela celebrated SGI's 30th anniversary with a special concert by El Cuarteto, a locally renowned traditional Venezuelan band at Aula Magna Hall on the Central University campus, Caracas. Over 1,200 people gathered for the concert, including government officials, academics and UN regional officers. Dr. Hector Navarro, professor ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Feb 8 2005

SGI-USA Hawaii Sponsors "Aloha Peace Forum"

On January 23, SGI-USA Hawaii hosted the "Aloha Peace Forum--'Building Friendships for a Culture of Peace'," a free public event celebrating the 60th anniversary of the United Nations and SGI's 30th anniversary, at the SGI-USA Hawaii Culture Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. American actor Patrick Duffy and 51st (2003) Cherry ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Feb 8 2005

Boston Research Center for the 21st Century and Wellesley College Cohost Fourth Lecture in the "Women of Courage" Series

The Boston Research Center for the 21st Century (BRC) cosponsored with Wellesley Centers for Women, Wellesley College, the fourth lecture of the "Women of Courage Lecture Series," on January 27, at Jewett Auditorium, Wellesley College, Massachusetts, USA. Launched in 2002, the annual lecture series aims to honor great women in ... read more

Culture | Feb 8 2005

Local Band El Cuarteto Helps SGI-Venezuela Celebrate SGI's 30th Anniversary

On January 28, SGI-Venezuela celebrated SGI's 30th anniversary with a special concert by El Cuarteto, a locally renowned traditional Venezuelan band at Aula Magna Hall on the Central University campus, Caracas. Over 1,200 people gathered for the concert, including government officials, academics and UN regional officers. Dr. Hector Navarro, professor ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Feb 7 2005

Soka Gakkai Youth Volunteer as "Snow Busters" in Niigata Prefecture

During the first week of February, the Chuetsu area in Niigata Prefecture recorded the severest snowfall in 19 years. Residents are being warned to exercise extreme caution when clearing snow from atop and around their homes, many of which were weakened in the recent Niigata Chuetsu Earthquake (October 23, 2004). ... read more

Sustainable Development | Feb 6 2005

Manaus, Amazonas State, Brazil, Recognizes SGI-Brazil Members' Contributions to Improving the Natural Environment

On January 29, two trees honoring the first two Soka Gakkai presidents were planted in Passeio do Mindú Park, Manaus City, Amazonas State, Brazil, to commemorate SGI's 30th anniversary (January 26, 2005). As part of the Brazilian city's ecology project, Manaus Mayor Serafim Fernandes Corrêa has been promoting a campaign ... read more

Culture | Feb 5 2005

Institute of Oriental Philosophy Hosts Second Lecture in "Indian Spiritualism and Today's World" Series

On February 4, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) invited Aomori Public College Professor Tatsuo Haya to speak at the second lecture of the series titled, "Indian Spiritualism and Today's World (tentative translation)," at the Nihon Seinenkan in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. Speaking on "Life and Thoughts of Gautama Buddha," Professor ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 3 2005

SGI Members Around the World Celebrate SGI Day

In January, SGI members around the world celebrated SGI's 30th anniversary in their respective locales. SGI-Australia members met on January 26 in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. SGI-New Zealand members gathered at the SGI-New Zealand Culture Center in Auckland, as well as in Wellington and Christchurch. SGI-Europe Chair Shoichi Hasegawa ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Feb 3 2005

Palau Hosts SGI's "Building a Culture of Peace" Exhibition

Carabobo University Rector Aguilar (foreground, right) presents certificate and medal to SGI-Venezuela General Director Remén E. Regalado Carabobo University, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, conferred its highest honor, the "Alejo Zuloaga Award," on SGI President Daisaku Ikeda for his contributions to peace and nonviolence through cultural exchanges and dialogues. Carabobo University, located ... read more

Human Rights | Feb 3 2005

Human Rights Advocate Speaks at Youth Division Lecture Series

Shin Sugok, human resources consultant and advocate for minority and women's rights in Japan, lectured on "Soka Gakkai as a Solidarity of Outspoken People" at a Soka Gakkai Youth Division-sponsored lecture series on February 2. Referring to the worldwide index of press freedom conducted by Reporters Without Borders, Ms. Shin ... read more

Human Rights | Feb 1 2005

California High School Hosts Human Rights Exhibition; Coalition of California Black School Board Members and New Haven Unified School District Commend SGI President

James Logan High School, Union City, California, USA, hosted "Gandhi, King, Ikeda (GKI): A Legacy of Building Peace" from January 14-16, as a part of commemorative events celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day (the third Monday of January). New Haven Unified School District, California, requested the school to host the ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 31 2005

Dialogue Series between Harvard Social Anthropology Professor and SGI President Begins in March Issue of Ushio

A new dialogue series between Professor Nur Yalman of the Department of Anthropology, Harvard University, specializing in social anthropology and Middle Eastern studies, and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda will be published in Ushio, a monthly Japanese literary magazine, beginning with the March 2005 issue. Titled "Kyo no sekai asu no ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 30 2005

SGI-USA Celebrates SGI's 30th Anniversary with an Aloha Gala in Hawaii

SGI-USA celebrated SGI's 30th anniversary with a national general meeting and culture festival at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, on January 22. Some 5,000, including guests from the fields of education, human rights, performing arts, literary circles and the United Nations. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 29 2005

SGI-Brazil Nova Era Fife-and-Drum Corps Members and SGI-USA Youth in Southern California Meet, Respectively

On January 15, SGI-Brazil (BSGI) young women's Nova Era (New Age) Fife-and-Drum Corps held a new year meeting at the BSGI Nature and Culture Center, located in the São Paulo environs. Some 650 representatives from São Paulo Metropolitan areas gathered. The corps, founded in August 1963 with only six members, ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 29 2005

SGI-Denmark Holds General Meeting; New Young Women's Division Chief Appointed

On January 16, some 400 SGI-Denmark members met for a general meeting in Copenhagen. Soniya Inoue was appointed the new Young Women's Division (YWD) Chief. A women's division representative shared her experience of overcoming sickness through the practice of Nichiren Buddhism. Young Men's Division Chief Kooichi Lennert Sakihama and newly-appointed ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 29 2005

SGI-Uganda Members Meet

On January 9, SGI members in Uganda, east-central Africa, held a discussion meeting in Kampala, Uganda's capital. Led by SGI-Uganda leader Amita Shyam, participants studied SGI's peace philosophy and shared their experiences of applying the life-affirming philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism in their daily lives. ... read more

Culture | Jan 28 2005

Hamburg Ballet Begins Japan Tour at Min-On's Invitation

On January 27, the Hamburg Ballet, led by world-renowned choreographer John Neumeier, performed at Kanagawa Kenmin Hall in Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture, at the invitation of the Min-On Concert Association (Min-On). Mr. Neumeier, who has been director and chief choreographer of the Hamburg Ballet since 1973, has produced over 100 ... read more

Press Releases | Jan 26 2005

Education for Human Rights, Disarmament, Sustainability Are Key--SGI President Issues Annual Peace Proposal

Tokyo, Japan: In his annual peace proposal issued today, Daisaku Ikeda, president of the global Buddhist association Soka Gakkai International (SGI), urges renewed efforts to promote education for human rights, disarmament and sustainable development. In Ikeda's view, education that focuses on such global issues as peace and elimination of poverty ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 22 2005

SGI Members Celebrate New Year's Day and SGI's 30th Anniversary

In Panama, some 1,700 SGI members met on January 1 at seven locations throughout the country, celebrating the New Year and the SGI's 30th anniversary. Some 1,000 members gathered at the SGI-Panama Culture Center in Panama. SGI-Panama General Director Gabriel Martínez encouraged everyone to further advance in unity. On January 1, ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 20 2005

SGI-USA Celebrates SGI's 30th Anniversary in Guam

Beginning January 13, SGI-USA has been hosting commemorative events on Guam, USA, to celebrate the SGI's 30th anniversary, in cooperation with the Guam Government and universities and other peace organizations in the Pacific Islands. Guam is the site of the first World Peace Conference on January 26, 1975, where the ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 18 2005

Soka Gakkai Holds Memorial Services for Victims of the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake

On January 17, the 10th anniversary of the Great Hanshin Earthquake, Soka Gakkai held memorial services at the Kansai Culture Center in Osaka City and nine other centers throughout Hyogo Prefecture. In a solemn ceremony, friends and relatives prayed for the repose of those who died in the quake. SGI ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jan 18 2005

SGI's "World Boys and Girls Art Exhibition" Opens in Slovenia

On January 5, SGI's "World Boys and Girls Art Exhibition" opened at Cankarjev Dom, the largest congress and cultural center in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The exhibition, which was held for the first time in Slovenia, displays some 147 paintings and drawings submitted by children from 100 countries and regions. Some 100 ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Jan 18 2005

Soka Gakkai Holds Memorial Services for Victims of the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake

On January 17, the 10th anniversary of the Great Hanshin Earthquake, Soka Gakkai held memorial services at the Kansai Culture Center in Osaka City and nine other centers throughout Hyogo Prefecture. In a solemn ceremony, friends and relatives prayed for the repose of those who died in the quake. SGI ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 17 2005

Soka Gakkai Holds Memorial Concerts in Osaka and Hyogo in Remembrance of 1995 Earthquake

On January 16, the Soka Gakkai Kansai 21st Century Symphony Orchestra held a memorial concert at Symphony Hall in Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture. The concert commemorates the 10th anniversary of the Hanshin Earthquake that hit the Osaka and Hyogo areas on January 17, 1995. The original orchestra coincidentally debuted on ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 17 2005

Soka Renaissance Vanguard Wins Prime Minister's Cup for Eighth Time

Soka Renaissance Vanguard wins Prime Minister's Cup On January 16, the Soka Renaissance Vanguard drum-and-bugle corps won the Prime Minister's Cup (top honors) for the second consecutive year and for the eighth time, at the 32nd national All-Japan Marching Band and Baton Twirling Contest at the Nippon Budokan in Chiyoda Ward, ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Jan 17 2005

Soka Gakkai Holds Memorial Concerts in Osaka and Hyogo in Remembrance of 1995 Earthquake

On January 16, the Soka Gakkai Kansai 21st Century Symphony Orchestra held a memorial concert at Symphony Hall in Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture. The concert commemorates the 10th anniversary of the Hanshin Earthquake that hit the Osaka and Hyogo areas on January 17, 1995. The original orchestra coincidentally debuted on ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 16 2005

Soka Gakkai Fife-and-Drum Corps Wins Gold

On January 15, the Soka Gakkai Fife-and-Drum Corps' Color Guard Team won the gold award in the 32nd All-Japan Marching Band and Baton Twirling Contest, held in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo. The Color Guard Team participated in the contest for the first time. ... read more

Culture | Jan 16 2005

"Victor Hugo and the Romanticists" Exhibition to Open in Hokkaido

"Victor Hugo and the Romanticists" exhibition, currently showing at the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum, Hachioji, Tokyo, will move to the Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art in Sapporo City, Hokkaido. The exhibition features 500 items belonging to the Victor Hugo House of Literature, as well as six national treasures of France, ... read more