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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

Peace and Disarmament | May 11 2012

SGI Representatives Attend Vienna PrepCom for 2015 NPT Review Conference

SGI Representatives Attend Vienna PrepCom for 2015 NPT Review Conference

From April 30 to May 11, the First Session of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) for the 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) was held at the Vienna International Centre. ... read more

Buddhism | May 8 2012

From Germany to Vanuatu SGI Members Celebrate Soka Gakkai Day

From Germany to Vanuatu SGI Members Celebrate Soka Gakkai Day

On May 3, SGI members around the world celebrated Soka Gakkai Day. It was on May 3, 1951, that Josei Toda was inaugurated as the second president of Soka Gakkai, and on May 3, 1960, Daisaku Ikeda became the third president. ... read more

Interfaith | May 6 2012

SGI-Germany Participates in Vesak Festival

SGI-Germany Participates in Vesak Festival

On May 6, SGI-Germany, together with 17 other Buddhist organizations, was invited to participate in a Vesak festival celebrating Shakyamuni Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death. ... read more

Buddhism | May 3 2012

Facsimile Edition of the Gilgit Lotus Sutra Manuscripts Celebrated in India

Facsimile Edition of the Gilgit Lotus Sutra Manuscripts Celebrated in India

In collaboration with the National Archives of India and the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP), the Soka Gakkai recently published the 14th work in its Lotus Sutra Manuscript Series: The facsimile edition of Gilgit Lotus Sutra Manuscripts. ... read more

Education | Apr 29 2012

Malaysia Hosts Children's Peace Exhibition

Malaysia Hosts Children's Peace Exhibition

Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) held the "Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World" exhibition at its Wisma Kebudayaan center in Kuala Lumpur from April 14 to 29. ... read more

Education | Apr 28 2012

Ikeda Center Lecture Explores Education and Human Possibilities

Ikeda Center Lecture Explores Education and Human Possibilities

On April 28, the Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning and Dialogue held a public lecture by Chancellor Dr. J. Keith Motley of the University of Massachusetts Boston (UMass Boston) on “Education and Human Possibilities.” ... read more

Sustainable Development | Apr 28 2012

SGI Members Celebrate Earth Day in the Philippines and the US

SGI Members Celebrate Earth Day in the Philippines and the US

SGI Members celebrated Earth Day in the Philippines and the US. On April 22, SGI-Philippines youth members held a forum commemorating Earth Day at the SGI-Philippines Culture Center in Manila. ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 28 2012

Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Publication of Nichiren's Writings

Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Publication of Nichiren's Writings

April 28, 2012, marks the 60th anniversary of the first publication in Japanese of the complete writings of Nichiren (Nichiren Daishonin gosho zenshu) which took place on April 28, 1952, under the supervision of second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Apr 27 2012

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Marks Earth Week

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Marks Earth Week

On March 31, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) took part in the global Earth Hour initiative by turning lights off at SGM centers around Malaysia in order to save energy and raise awareness of global warming. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Apr 22 2012

SGI-Canada Members Participate in Community Cleanup

SGI-Canada Members Participate in Community Cleanup

On April 22, a group of over 20 SGI-Canada members from the city of Surrey, British Columbia, participated in the sixth annual “Surrey Clean Sweep Week,” at Crescent Beach. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Apr 22 2012

SGI-Netherlands Celebrates Earth Day with Earth Charter Game

SGI-Netherlands Celebrates Earth Day with Earth Charter Game

On April 22, SGI-Netherlands (SGIN) held an Earth Day event at its new Culture Center in Amsterdam. Activities included playing an interactive educational board game on the Earth Charter promoting its principles and values. ... read more

Interfaith | Apr 20 2012

SGI-USA Participates in Interfaith Summit at White House

SGI-USA Participates in Interfaith Summit at White House

On April 20, SGI-USA Director of Public Affairs Bill Aiken and Young Women's Leader Amber George attended an interfaith summit at the White House in Washington, DC. ... read more

Culture | Apr 20 2012

SGI Center in Taiwan Designated Extramural Educational Center by Local Government

SGI Center in Taiwan Designated Extramural Educational Center by Local Government

Taiwan Soka Association's (TSA) Jingyang Arts and Culture Center located in Douliu city, Yunlin County, has been designated an extramural educational center for educational institutes by the Yunlin county government. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Apr 15 2012

SGI-USA Members Plant Cherry Trees in Three States

SGI-USA Members Plant Cherry Trees in Three States

On March and April, SGI-USA members in California, New Jersey and Denver planted cherry trees. ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 15 2012

Buddhist Study Sessions Held in the Philippines, Australia and Brazil

Buddhist Study Sessions Held in the Philippines, Australia and Brazil

In the month of March and April, SGI organizations around the world held study sessions focused on deepening understanding of the writings of Nichiren and key Buddhist concepts. ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 15 2012

Buddhist Study Exams Held in Zambia, Korea and the USA

Buddhist Study Exams Held in Zambia, Korea and the USA

On April 15, SGI members in Zambia took a Buddhist Elementary Level Study Exam which was held in the cities of Lusaka, Ndola and Kitwe. ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 14 2012

SGI Youth in Eastern Europe Strengthen Study of Buddhism

SGI Youth in Eastern Europe Strengthen Study of Buddhism

From March 31 to April 1, a youth seminar was held in Rovinj, Croatia. Members also attended from neighboring Slovenia. On April 11, SGI members from throughout Eastern Europe also gathered for the first East Europe Youth Training Session held at the SGI-Austria Culture Center in Vienna. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Apr 14 2012

SGI-New Zealand Co-organizes Concert Celebrating 30 Years of Wellington's Nuclear-Weapon-Free Declaration

SGI-New Zealand Co-organizes Concert Celebrating 30 Years of Wellington's Nuclear-Weapon-Free Declaration

On April 14, in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the city's Nuclear-Weapon-Free Declaration, Wellington City Council and SGI-New Zealand Aotearoa (SGI-NZ) organized a public concert which was held in the city's Civic Square. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Apr 13 2012

Victory Over Violence Exhibition Shown at Teen Center in Florida

Victory Over Violence Exhibition Shown at Teen Center in Florida

From April 9-13, the SGI-USA's "Victory Over Violence" exhibition was shown at the Palmer Munroe Teen Center in Tallahassee, Florida, during a five-day educational gathering at the center attended by more than 120 young people. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Apr 10 2012

Dr. N. Radhakrishnan Lectures on Nonviolence and Inner Transformation

Dr. N. Radhakrishnan Lectures on Nonviolence and Inner Transformation

On April 10, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) hosted a special lecture by Dr. N. Radhakrishnan at the Nippon-Seinenkan in Tokyo. The title of the lecture was "Satyagraha--nonviolent resistance--for world peace and inner transformation." ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Apr 8 2012

Youth Festival and General Meeting Held in Fukushima Prefecture

Youth Festival and General Meeting Held in Fukushima Prefecture

Soka Gakkai youth members in Fukushima Prefecture held a Soka Youth Festival titled "The Light of Happiness" in Tamura City on April 1. On April 8, a “Phoenix” general meeting for members in Fukushima was also held at the Soka Gakkai Fukushima Culture Center in Koriyama City. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Apr 1 2012

SGI-USA Hosts Anti-Bullying Event

SGI-USA Hosts Anti-Bullying Event

On April 1, SGI-USA members addressed some 400 high school and college students at the “Moving Beyond Fear: Anti-Bullying Awareness Day” organized by the Indiana University Bloomington Office of Community and School Partnerships (OCSP) at the university’s Union Street Auditorium. ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 1 2012

SGI-Togo Appoints New Leaders

SGI-Togo Appoints New Leaders

On April 1, SGI-Togo held a general meeting in Lomé attended by some 600 members from as far away as Burkina Faso, Ghana, Nigeria, Benin and Mali. Some members traveled for three days by car to attend the meeting. ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 1 2012

Youth Festivals Held in Korea

Youth Festivals Held in Korea

From March 17-April 1, SGI-Korea held youth festivals throughout the nation which included songs, dance, taiko drumming and guitar performances. The festivals were held at 75 venues with a total of about 50,000 youth taking part. ... read more

Interfaith | Mar 31 2012

Launch of Centre for Applied Buddhism at SGI-UK's Taplow Court

Launch of Centre for Applied Buddhism at SGI-UK's Taplow Court

On March 31, the launch of the Centre for Applied Buddhism (CfAB) was held at SGI-UK's Taplow Court culture center. The CfAB will expand on and continue the work of the UK branch of the Institute for Oriental Philosophy, which closed in 2011. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Mar 30 2012

Seeds of Hope Exhibition Shown in Cameroon

Seeds of Hope Exhibition Shown in Cameroon

From March 17-24, the joint SGI and the Earth Charter environmental exhibition "Seeds of Hope: Visions of Sustainability, Steps Towards Change" (SOH) was shown for the first time in Cameroon at the Multi-purpose Sports Complex in Yaoundé. ... read more

Culture | Mar 29 2012

Exhibition of Treasures from Palace Museum in Beijing Opens at Tokyo Fuji Art Museum

Exhibition of Treasures from Palace Museum in Beijing Opens at Tokyo Fuji Art Museum

On March 29, the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum (TFAM) in Hachioji, Tokyo, opened an exhibition titled "The Palace of Heaven on Earth: Works from the Palace Museum in Beijing," in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between Japan and China. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Mar 25 2012

SGI-Spain Participates in Tree Planting Campaign

SGI-Spain Participates in Tree Planting Campaign

SGI-Spain youth members took part in a tree planting campaign in Rivas-Vaciamadrid, Madrid, which began in the beginning of February 2012 and ended on March 25. ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 25 2012

Institute of Oriental Philosophy Celebrates 50th Anniversary With Conference and Lotus Sutra Exhibition

Institute of Oriental Philosophy Celebrates 50th Anniversary With Conference and Lotus Sutra Exhibition

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of its founding, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) held its 27th annual conference in conjunction with the opening of the exhibition "Lotus Sutra--A Message of Peace and Harmonious Coexistence" at Soka University of Japan in Hachioji City, Tokyo. ... read more

Interfaith | Mar 25 2012

Interfaith Concert in Luxembourg

Interfaith Concert in Luxembourg

SGI-Luxembourg participated in the 3rd Interfaith Concert at the Protestant Church of Luxembourg on March 25. ... read more

Culture | Mar 25 2012

Contemporary Chinese Ink-and-Wash Paintings Exhibited in Malaysia

Contemporary Chinese Ink-and-Wash Paintings Exhibited in Malaysia

An exhibition showcasing the works of 15 contemporary Chinese ink painting artists was on display at Soka Gakkai Malaysia's (SGM) Wisma Kebudayaan center in Kuala Lumpur from March 10-25. ... read more

Interfaith | Mar 24 2012

SGI-Spain Hosts Interfaith Discussion on Ecology and Religions

SGI-Spain Hosts Interfaith Discussion on Ecology and Religions

SGI-Spain hosted the 9th Interfaith Discussion organized by the Madrid Community Interfaith Dialogue Association (ADIM) at the SGI-Spain Soka Culture Center in Rivas-Vaciamadrid, Madrid, on March 24. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Mar 24 2012

Tree Plantings Held in India in Memory of March 11 Victims

Tree Plantings Held in India in Memory of March 11 Victims

On March 24, Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai (BSG) members held tree plantings at the Soka Bodhi Tree Garden, located in a suburb of New Delhi, in memory of those who lost their lives in the Great East Japan Earthquake that hit Japan on March 11, 2011. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Mar 23 2012

SGI-Germany Hosts Anti-Nuclear Weapons Exhibition and Panel Discussion

SGI-Germany Hosts Anti-Nuclear Weapons Exhibition and Panel Discussion

SGI's anti-nuclear weapons exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace" was put on display at Christ Church in Mainz, Germany from March 2-23. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Mar 19 2012

Soka Gakkai Members in Tohoku Reach Out to Others

Soka Gakkai Members in Tohoku Reach Out to Others

Amidst the devastation and uncertainty caused by the earthquake and tsunami that struck the northeast of Japan on March 11, 2011, local Soka Gakkai members in affected areas have been contributing to the reconstruction of their communities and supporting people in their efforts to build their lives once again. ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 17 2012

SGI Youth Members Celebrate March 16

SGI Youth Members Celebrate March 16

In the month of March, SGI youth members around the world held meetings to celebrate March 16--known as "Kosen-rufu Day" or "World Peace Day." ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 16 2012

Launch of SGI Information (Official) Facebook Page and Addition of Three New Sections to Daisaku Ikeda Website

Launch of SGI Information (Official) Facebook Page and Addition of Three New Sections to Daisaku Ikeda Website

On March 16, the SGI Office of Public Information launched a new Facebook page, SGI Information (Official). The Daisaku Ikeda website (www.daisakuikeda.org) was also expanded by the addition of three new sections. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Mar 15 2012

Dr. Jeffrey Sachs Speaks on Economics of Happiness at SGI-USA New York Culture Center

Dr. Jeffrey Sachs Speaks on Economics of Happiness at SGI-USA New York Culture Center

On March 15, Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, renowned development economist and director of Columbia University's Earth Institute, addressed a crowd of more than 350 at the SGI-USA New York Culture Center in his second lecture as part of the Culture of Peace Distinguished Speakers Series. ... read more

Interfaith | Mar 15 2012

6th Asia Pacific Regional Interfaith Dialogue Held in Indonesia

6th Asia Pacific Regional Interfaith Dialogue Held in Indonesia

From March 11-15, the 6th Asia Pacific Regional Interfaith Dialogue (RID-6) was held in Semarang, Indonesia. The theme was "Strengthening Collaborative Communities to Promote Regional Peace and Security: Interfaith in Action" and the dialogue included discussion about vision, aspirations and practical cooperation towards this end. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Mar 14 2012

Women and Reconstruction Conference Held in Tokyo

Women and Reconstruction Conference Held in Tokyo

The Soka Gakkai Women’s Peace Committee hosted its second conference on “Women and Reconstruction” at the Soka International Center in Shinanomachi, Tokyo, on March 14, attended by 200 people. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Mar 11 2012

International Nuclear Experts Discuss Nuclear Abolition in Tokyo

International Nuclear Experts Discuss Nuclear Abolition in Tokyo

From March 10-11, the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research and the National Center for Peace & Conflict Studies (NCPACS) at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, sponsored a two-day conference in Tokyo, focusing on the fragile state of the global nuclear order and how to rid the world of nuclear weapons. ... read more