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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

Sustainable Development | Jun 5 2012

Seeds of Change Exhibit Held in Western Iceland

Seeds of Change Exhibit Held in Western Iceland

The "Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential" (SOC) exhibition was on display from March 7 until June 5 at the Fjölbrautaskóli Snæfellinga upper secondary school in Grundarfjörður, a town located on the Snæfellsnes peninsula in western Iceland. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Jun 4 2012

SGI-Italy Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Hospital

SGI-Italy Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Hospital

On June 4, at the San Camillo-Forlanini Hospital in Rome, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the hospital and seven diverse religious organizations, including SGI-Italy. ... read more

Interfaith | Jun 3 2012

Interfaith Dialogue in Action at Singapore Soka Association

Interfaith Dialogue in Action at Singapore Soka Association

On June 3, Habib Hassan Al-Attas, imam and head of the Ba'alwie Mosque in Singapore, together with a delegation of some 30 people, including representatives from the mosque and the Muslim community, were welcomed to the Singapore Soka Association (SSA) headquarters for an inter-religious exchange. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jun 3 2012

SGI-Korea Student Group Sponsors Culture and Peace Events

SGI-Korea Student Group Sponsors Culture and Peace Events

As part of a 15-year tradition, members of SGI-Korea's Student Group hosted various culture and peace events in May and in June to promote nuclear abolition. This year, from May 5 to June 3, student group members sponsored such events at 178 venues at 141 universities throughout the nation. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Jun 1 2012

New Environment Proposal, Film on Amazon Center Released for Rio +20 Conference

New Environment Proposal, Film on Amazon Center Released for Rio +20 Conference

In advance of the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development opening in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on June 20, a new environment proposal by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, "For a Sustainable Global Society: Learning for Empowerment and Leadership," was issued on June 5, stressing that empowerment of individuals and communities is vital to achieving a sustainable global society. ... read more

Culture | May 27 2012

SGM Youth Play Creative Role in Culture and Youth Festivals

SGM Youth Play Creative Role in Culture and Youth Festivals

On May 19, some 90 Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) youth were among 7,000 participants in the annual Citrawarna festival "The Colours of 1Malaysia" held in Kuala Lumpur and organized by the Ministry of Tourism. ... read more

Buddhism | May 25 2012

IOP Supports Publication of Russian Encyclopedia of Buddhist Philosophy

IOP Supports Publication of Russian Encyclopedia of Buddhist Philosophy

On May 23, the launch of the "Buddhist Philosophy Encyclopedia," published by the Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IPhRAS) and supported by the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP), Japan, was held at IPhRAS in Moscow. ... read more

Sustainable Development | May 21 2012

"Seeds of Hope" Shown at York University, Toronto

"Seeds of Hope" Shown at York University, Toronto

From March 20-22, the SGI and the Earth Charter International's joint exhibition "Seeds of Hope: Visions of sustainability, steps toward change" was shown by SGI-Canada at York University's Keele campus for the second time. The English and the Chinese language versions of the exhibition were also shown at the Aberdeen Centre, a shopping and entertainment complex, in Richmond, British Columbia, from May 20-21. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | May 17 2012

SGI-Paraguay Provides Aid in Flood Aftermath

SGI-Paraguay Provides Aid in Flood Aftermath

In Paraguay, flooding caused by torrential rains beginning in March 2012 affected 70,000 people and caused the government to declare a state of emergency. SGI-Paraguay members collected relief items for those in the affected areas. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | May 17 2012

40th Anniversary of Toynbee-Ikeda Dialogue Celebrated

40th Anniversary of Toynbee-Ikeda Dialogue Celebrated

The conversations that took place over 10 days in London between British historian, Dr. Arnold Toynbee and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda in May 1972 and May 1973 form the basis of the book "Choose Life: A Dialogue," published in English in 1976 and now available in 28 languages. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | May 14 2012

Soka Gakkai Members Participate in Tornado Relief Activities in Japan

Soka Gakkai Members Participate in Tornado Relief Activities in Japan

On May 6, a tornado struck Tsukuba City in Ibaraki Prefecture and Moka City, Tochigi Prefecture, causing widespread damage to buildings, killing one person and causing serious injuries. Soka Gakkai members living in these cities have been engaged in cleanup efforts to aid the quick recovery of the devastated areas. ... read more

Culture | May 13 2012

Music Festival Held at SGI-Spain Culture Center

Music Festival Held at SGI-Spain Culture Center

On May 13, SGI-Spain hosted a music festival featuring a range of performances from Spanish dance, opera vignettes, theatrical skits, piano pieces to poetry at the SGI-Spain Culture Center in Rivas-Vaciamadrid. ... read more

Buddhism | May 13 2012

SGI-Cambodia Holds Leaders' Training Course

SGI-Cambodia Holds Leaders' Training Course

The training course included four sessions which covered topics such as the importance of faith, practice and study. Members also studied SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's lecture series on "The Opening of the Eyes," one of Nichiren’s major writings. ... read more