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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

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