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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

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