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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

Buddhism | Sep 1 2012

SGI-Sweden Hosts Buddhist Mingle

SGI-Sweden Hosts Buddhist Mingle

On September 1, SGI-Sweden hosted a "mingle"--an introductory Buddhist meeting in Stockholm that was open to the public. ... read more

Culture | Aug 31 2012

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Participates in National Day Celebrations

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Participates in National Day Celebrations

On August 31, some 1,000 Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) youth members participated in Malaysia’s 55th National Day celebrations at the National Stadium, part of the Bukit Jalil National Sports Complex in Kuala Lumpur. ... read more

Education | Aug 26 2012

SGI-New Zealand Aotearoa Hosts Peace Education Forum

SGI-New Zealand Aotearoa Hosts Peace Education Forum

On August 26, SGI-New Zealand Aotearoa (SGI-NZ) hosted a peace education forum on the theme of "Humanistic Education--Creating Value in Today's World" at the SGI-New Zealand Culture Centre in Auckland. ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 26 2012

SGI Celebrates Soka Gakkai Men's Day

SGI Celebrates Soka Gakkai Men's Day

In August, SGI men across the world gathered to celebrate Soka Gakkai Men's Division Day (August 24), which is also the day SGI President Daisaku Ikeda joined the Soka Gakkai in 1947 at the age of 19. The Men's Division itself was founded on March 5, 1966. ... read more

Human Rights | Aug 26 2012

Human Rights Education Film Launched at UN Office in Geneva

Human Rights Education Film Launched at UN Office in Geneva

The film "A Path to Dignity: The Power of Human Rights Education," which uses case studies from India, Australia and Turkey to illustrate how human rights education can transform the lives of individuals and communities, was launched at the UN Office at Geneva on September 19, 2012. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 25 2012

New Antinuclear Exhibition Launched in Hiroshima

New Antinuclear Exhibition Launched in Hiroshima

From August 24-25, a new antinuclear exhibition "Everything You Treasure—For a World Free From Nuclear Weapons," which examines nuclear weapons issues from 12 different perspectives, was launched at the 20th World Congress of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) in Hiroshima. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 25 2012

Daisaku Ikeda International Center for Peace Studies Opens in Argentina

Daisaku Ikeda International Center for Peace Studies Opens in Argentina

On August 24, the Daisaku Ikeda International Center for Peace Studies (CIDIEP) held its launch at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Center is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization committed to the pursuit of peace through the promotion of culture and humanistic education. ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 25 2012

Dunhuang Academy Director Attends Opening of Lotus Sutra Exhibition in Kobe

Dunhuang Academy Director Attends Opening of Lotus Sutra Exhibition in Kobe

On August 25, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) and Soka Gakkai co-organized the "Lotus Sutra--A Message of Peace and Harmonious Coexistence" exhibition at the Kansai International Culture Center in Kobe, Japan. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Aug 24 2012

SGI Members in the Philippines and Taiwan Provide Aid After Floods

SGI Members in the Philippines and Taiwan Provide Aid After Floods

From August 5-12, heavy downpours in Manila and surrounding areas in the Philippines caused torrential floods, submerging much of the capital underwater. The floods led to numerous fatalities and forced hundreds of thousands of people to evacuate their homes. Many were also affected by power outages. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Aug 22 2012

Singapore Soka Association Organizes Family Fun Day and Holds Donation Drive for Flood Victims

Singapore Soka Association Organizes Family Fun Day and Holds Donation Drive for Flood Victims

On August 20, in celebration of its 45th anniversary, Singapore Soka Association (SSA) held a "Family Fun Day" at its headquarters and the nearby Tampines West Community Club. ... read more

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