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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

Buddhism | Mar 11 2012

March Headquarters Meeting Focuses on Recovery from March 11 Disaster

March Headquarters Meeting Focuses on Recovery from March 11 Disaster

On March 3, some 250 SGI members from 60 countries and territories visiting Japan for a training course joined the 56th Soka Gakkai Headquarters Leaders Meeting held at the Tokyo Toda Memorial Auditorium in Sugamo. ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 11 2012

March 11 Earthquake Memorial Prayers Held Throughout Japan

March 11 Earthquake Memorial Prayers Held Throughout Japan

To mark one year since the Great East Japan Earthquake that struck Japan on March 11, 2011, Soka Gakkai members held memorial prayer meetings in culture centers throughout Tohoku and the whole of Japan on March 11, 2012. ... read more

Human Rights | Mar 9 2012

SGI Promotes Empowerment of Rural Women at 56th UN Commission on the Status of Women

SGI Promotes Empowerment of Rural Women at 56th UN Commission on the Status of Women

The 56th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW56) convened at the UN Headquarters in New York from February 27 through March 9 under the theme of "The empowerment of rural women and their role in poverty and hunger eradication, development and current challenges." ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Mar 8 2012

Women Walk for Peace in Wellington, New Zealand

Women Walk for Peace in Wellington, New Zealand

On March 8, SGI-New Zealand Aotearoa (SGI-NZ) women from Wellington commemorated International Women's Day by taking part in the 2012 Wellington Women Walk for Peace. ... read more

Human Rights | Mar 6 2012

SGI-Peru Recognized for Social Contributions

SGI-Peru Recognized for Social Contributions

On March 6, the National Council of Women's Callao Chapter presented an award to SGI-Peru and to SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and his wife Kaneko for their various contributions to the betterment of society. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Mar 4 2012

Community Cleanup Efforts in Malaysia

Community Cleanup Efforts in Malaysia

On March 4, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM), together with the Klang Municipal Council (MPK) and the Taman Eng Ann Residents Association in Selangor, organized a community cleanup activity. ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 4 2012

SGI Spring Training Session and Cultural Exchange Meetings

SGI Spring Training Session and Cultural Exchange Meetings

Some 250 SGI members from 60 countries and territories around the world attended the week-long SGI Spring Training Course in Japan, starting with an opening ceremony on March 1 held at the Soka International Friendship Hall in Sendagaya, Tokyo. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Mar 4 2012

Soka Gakkai Youth Lectures Focus on Response to March 11 Disaster

Soka Gakkai Youth Lectures Focus on Response to March 11 Disaster

In February and March, two lectures, part of the Soka Gakkai Youth Lecture Series, were held on the aftereffects of the Great East Japan Earthquake that struck Japan on March 11, 2011. The talks focused on the psychological impact of the tragedy on people, as well as the role of religion in addressing issues of life and death. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Mar 2 2012

Tohoku Soka Gakkai Members Rebuilding Lives

Tohoku Soka Gakkai Members Rebuilding Lives

In the aftermath of the earthquake and subsequent tsunamis that hit the northeast of Japan on March 11, 2011, local Soka Gakkai members in the devastated areas continue to take the initiative to provide support to those still suffering and struggling to rebuild their lives. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Feb 29 2012

Survey of Youth Awareness of Peace and Nuclear Weapons

Survey of Youth Awareness of Peace and Nuclear Weapons

With the issues of nuclear disarmament and nuclear power under scrutiny around the world, the Soka Gakkai Women's Peace and Culture Conference conducted a survey on youth awareness of peace and nuclear weapons in January and February. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Feb 26 2012

SGI-NZ Members Organize Beach Cleanup

SGI-NZ Members Organize Beach Cleanup

On February 26, SGI New Zealand (SGI-NZ) members from Auckland gathered to clean up Browns Bay beach. ... read more

Culture | Feb 26 2012

Youth Peace Culture Festivals Held in Argentina

Youth Peace Culture Festivals Held in Argentina

From February 25-26, SGI-Argentina held a Youth Peace Culture festival in Buenos Aires and another in Neuquén. In total, 7,000 people, from all over Argentina, attended the festivals. ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 24 2012

Lecture on Buddhist Compassion Held in Spain

Lecture on Buddhist Compassion Held in Spain

On February 24, President Florencio Serrano of the Federation of Buddhist Communities of Spain gave a lecture on the theme of compassion and the meaning of happiness at the SGI-Spain Culture Center in Madrid. ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 22 2012

Buddhist Study Lectures Held Throughout Asia

Buddhist Study Lectures Held Throughout Asia

On February 18 and 19, Bharat Soka Gakkai (BSG) held Buddhist study lectures at two locations in New Delhi. On February 18, lectures were held at the S. Radhakrishnan Auditorium and, on February 19, at BSG's Soka Bodhi Tree Garden. ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 17 2012

Lotus Sutra Exhibition Shown in Spain

Lotus Sutra Exhibition Shown in Spain

On February 17, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) and SGI-Spain co-organized the "Lotus Sutra--A Message of Peace and Harmonious Coexistence" exhibition at the recently-opened SGI-Spain Culture Center in Madrid. ... read more

Culture | Feb 16 2012

Poetry for Peace in Dubai

Poetry for Peace in Dubai

On February 16, celebrating the 50th anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's first visit to the Middle East region, SGI-Gulf (Emirate of Dubai) held a "Poets Conference" at the Dubai Knowledge Village (DKV)--a special free economic zone dedicated to human resource development and learning excellence. ... read more

Culture | Feb 16 2012

SGI-Canada Youth Band Wins Silver Award at Band Festival

SGI-Canada Youth Band Wins Silver Award at Band Festival

On February 16, the SGI-Canada Youth Band won a Silver Award at the Ontario Band Association's annual Concert Band Festival. ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 16 2012

Soka Gakkai Members Commemorate Nichiren's Birth

Soka Gakkai Members Commemorate Nichiren's Birth

In commemoration of the anniversary of Nichiren Daishonin's birth (February 16, 1222), prayer meetings were held at the Soka Gakkai Headquarters on February 16. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Feb 15 2012

SGI Representatives Attend Anniversary Events of Treaty of Tlatelolco in Mexico

SGI Representatives Attend Anniversary Events of Treaty of Tlatelolco in Mexico

The Agency for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean (OPANAL) held celebratory events marking the 45th anniversary of the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean, known as the Treaty of Tlatelolco, at the Tlatelolco University Cultural Center from February 14-15. ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 12 2012

SGI-Dominican Republic Celebrates Anniversary of Landmark Visit

SGI-Dominican Republic Celebrates Anniversary of Landmark Visit

On February 12, members of SGI-Dominican Republic (SGI-DR) held celebratory meetings marking the 25th anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's first visit to the country on February 8, 1987. ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 12 2012

SGI-Cambodia Holds Youth Training Session

SGI-Cambodia Holds Youth Training Session

From February 10-12, SGI-Cambodia youth members gathered for a training course in Siem Reap. Participants studied SGI President Daisaku Ikeda’s contributions to peace and the development of SGI in Cambodia, which now has a culture center in Phnom Penh, the country's capital. ... read more

Culture | Feb 9 2012

"Dramatic Tango" Tours Japan

"Dramatic Tango" Tours Japan

The Min-On Concert Association in Tokyo, sponsored the Japan tour of the Argentine tango group the Fabio Hager Sextet from January 22 to March 25. ... read more

Interfaith | Feb 6 2012

World Interfaith Harmony Week in Geneva

World Interfaith Harmony Week in Geneva

On February 6, representatives from the SGI UN Liaison Office in Geneva, Switzerland, and Soka Gakkai Suisse members gave a presentation on Nichiren Buddhism at an event celebrating World Interfaith Harmony Week at the Ecumenical Centre Chapel in Geneva. ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 5 2012

SGI-Greece Celebrates its 50th Anniversary

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of its formation, SGI-Greece held meetings and a culture festival in Athens from February 3-5. ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 5 2012

SGI Members in Canada and New Zealand Celebrate Chinese New Year

SGI Members in Canada and New Zealand Celebrate Chinese New Year

On January 27, some 160 SGI-Canada members and guests gathered to celebrate the Chinese New Year at SGI-Canada's Vancouver Culture Centre. ... read more

Culture | Feb 4 2012

Singapore Soka Association Performs at Chinese New Year Parade

Singapore Soka Association Performs at Chinese New Year Parade

On February 3-4, more than 1,000 Singapore Soka Association (SSA) youth members performed at the 2012 Chinese New Year Chingay Parade, one of the biggest parades in Asia, in which various cultural organizations from around the world are invited to perform. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Feb 4 2012

Toda Institute Organizes International Conference on Music and Peace in Paris

Toda Institute Organizes International Conference on Music and Peace in Paris

Commemorating the 16th anniversary of its founding, the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research organized its third international conference on music and peace, titled "Music, Power and Liberty" in Paris, France, from February 3-4. ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 29 2012

SGI Members in Thailand and India Hold Study Exams

SGI Members in Thailand and India Hold Study Exams

In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the publication of the Collected Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Buddhist study exams will be held around the world, with an expected 150,000 people taking part. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Jan 29 2012

"The Earth and I" Exhibition Shown in Hokkaido, Japan

"The Earth and I" Exhibition Shown in Hokkaido, Japan

Soka Gakkai's environmental exhibition "The Earth and I" was shown in the city of Takikawa in Hokkaido from January 20-29. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jan 28 2012

Nagasaki Soka Gakkai Youth Host Peace Lecture

Nagasaki Soka Gakkai Youth Host Peace Lecture

On January 28, the Soka Gakkai's Nagasaki Prefecture Youth Peace Committee hosted a peace lecture in Nagasaki City. ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 27 2012

IOP-UK Hosts Specialist Librarians Conference on Buddhism

IOP-UK Hosts Specialist Librarians Conference on Buddhism

"Buddhism: Texts and Tales" was the theme of the Annual Conference of the South Asia Archive and Library Group (SAALG) held on January 27 at SGI-UK's Taplow Court culture center outside London. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Jan 26 2012

"Seeds of Hope" Launched in Japan, Hosted by National Science Center in Malaysia

"Seeds of Hope" Launched in Japan, Hosted by National Science Center in Malaysia

On January 26, the "Seeds of Hope: Visions of Sustainability, Steps Toward Change" (SOH) exhibition created by SGI and the Earth Charter International was shown at Soka Gakkai’s Toda Peace Memorial Hall in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture. ... read more

Interfaith | Jan 26 2012

SGI-UK Members Attend Holocaust Memorial

SGI-UK Members Attend Holocaust Memorial

SGI-UK members took part in Holocaust Memorial Day titled "Space for Peace" at Winchester Cathedral on January 26. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jan 26 2012

SGI President's 30th Peace Proposal Released

SGI President's 30th Peace Proposal Released

On January 26, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's 30th annual peace proposal titled "Human Security and Sustainability: Sharing Reverence for the Dignity of Life" was released. ... read more

Press Releases | Jan 26 2012

Buddhist Leader Calls for 2015 Nuclear Abolition Summit in Hiroshima and Nagasaki and End to Japan's Reliance on Nuclear Power

In his 30th annual peace proposal, released on January 26, Daisaku Ikeda, president of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Buddhist association, calls for a nuclear abolition summit to be held in 2015 in Hiroshima and Nagasaki to ensure that the growing momentum toward abolition of nuclear weapons becomes irreversible. ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 25 2012

Latin America Study Training Course Held in Panama

Latin America Study Training Course Held in Panama

The SGI-Panama Culture Center hosted the Latin America Buddhist study training course from January 23 to 25. Participants gathered from Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru and Venezuela. ... read more