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Education | Mar 8 2005

Bolivian Cities Recognize SGI-Bolivia Youth's Social Activism

On February 26, SGI-Bolivia and Montero City Culture Department cohosted a youth seminar at the SGI-Bolivia Culture Center in Montero. Some 80 young people, including local senior and junior high school students, participated in the event, where they studied Discussions on Youth, a book by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda providing ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 7 2005

SGI-Peru Publishes Spanish Edition of The New Human Revolution, Volume 10 and 11, and The World of Nichiren Daishonin's Writings, Volume 1

SGI-Peru recently published La Nueva Revolucion Humana, Vols. 10 and 11, a Spanish translation of The New Human Revolution, Vols. 10 and 11, Daisaku Ikeda's novelized account of Soka Gakkai's history, and El Mundo de los Escritos de Nichiren Daishonin, 1 (The World of Nichiren Daishonin's Writings--A Discussion on Humanistic ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 6 2005

Soka Gakkai Farmers in Fukushima Hold Experience Rally

On March 5, members of the Soka Gakkai Agriculture Division in Fukushima Prefecture held an "Agricultural Renaissance Rally" at the Agriculture and Environment Improvement Center in Otama Village, Fukushima Prefecture. Local farmer Masahiro Takeda told how he contributed to agriculture in his local community with an awareness that losing sight ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 6 2005

250 SGI Members from 160 Countries Exchange with Japanese Members in Tokyo

On the evening of March 5, 250 SGI members from 160 countries and regions visited 12 centers in west Tokyo and met with local Japanese members. Representatives of France, Belgium, Switzerland, Côte d'Ivoire, Cameroon, Madagascar, Benin and the Republic of Congo received a warm welcome from local members at the ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 6 2005

SGI-New Zealand Celebrate Chinese New Year with Local Residents

On February 13, SGI-New Zealand members celebrated Lunar (Chinese) New Year at the SGI-New Zealand Culture Center. Some 700 local residents attended, together with Fiona Yuen, Justice of the Peace in Auckland and president of the New Zealand Guangdong Association Inc. SGI-New Zealand General Director Jimi Wallace introduced the SGI's ... read more

Culture | Mar 6 2005

"Victor Hugo and the Romanticists" Exhibition Opens in Osaka

Following shows in Tokyo and Hokkaido, the "Victor Hugo and the Romanticists" exhibition opened at the Suntory Museum "Temposan," Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture, on March 5. The exhibition features 400 items, including six national treasures of France, belonging to 25 world renowned museums. Highlighted are Hugo's indomitable struggles championing social ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 5 2005

SGI Representatives from 60 Countries Study Nichiren's Writings and Participate in Q&A with Soka Gakkai President

On March 4, the third day of the 2005 SGI Spring Training Session, the 250 participants from 60 countries attended a lecture by SGI Study Department Chief Katsuji Saito on "Reply to Kyo'o" (The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, p. 412-413) at the Soka Friendship Hall in Sendagaya, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo. ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 4 2005

Soka Gakkai Holds Monthly Leaders' Meeting for March

On March 3, Soka Gakkai held its monthly leaders' meeting, in conjunction with general meetings for Hokkaido and Chubu, at Tokyo Makiguchi Memorial Hall in Hachioji, Tokyo. Some 250 SGI members from 60 countries and regions joined Soka Gakkai President Einosuke Akiya and other national leaders. Representatives from Hokkaido and ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 3 2005

SGI 2005 Spring Training Session Commences in Tokyo

Some 250 SGI members from 60 countries and regions arrived in Tokyo earlier this week for a one-week training course. The opening session took place March 2 at the Soka International Friendship Hall in Sendagaya, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo. Representatives from the Republic of Congo, Singapore and Portugal shared reports of ... read more

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