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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

Human Rights | Jan 23 2012

Soka Gakkai Youth Lecture Focuses on Promoting Human Rights

Soka Gakkai Youth Lecture Focuses on Promoting Human Rights

On January 23, Ms. Shin Sugok, human resources development consultant and human rights activist, gave a talk entitled “Cultivating the Strength to Protect Human Rights.” ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jan 22 2012

Nuclear Weapons Abolition Event "Our New Clear Future" Held in California

Nuclear Weapons Abolition Event "Our New Clear Future" Held in California

On January 22, an event titled "iDeclare--The Beginning of Our New Clear Future" was organized by SGI-USA youth members from Southern California. ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 17 2012

Anniversary of Great Hanshin Earthquake Commemorated in Japan

Anniversary of Great Hanshin Earthquake Commemorated in Japan

On the anniversary of the Great Hanshin Earthquake (January 17, 1995) in Japan, Soka Gakkai members held memorial prayer meetings at four venues in Hyogo and Osaka prefectures, including the Soka Gakkai Hyogo Culture Center and Kansai Culture Center. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jan 16 2012

Celebrating MLK Day

Celebrating MLK Day

In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 16, SGI-USA youth members in Atlanta, Georgia, and Houston, Texas, took part in the annual MLK Day parades in their respective areas. ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 15 2012

SGI-Philippines Holds Prayer Meetings

SGI-Philippines Holds Prayer Meetings

Following a tropical storm that triggered flash floods in southern parts of the Philippines, SGI members in the country gathered in Manila on January 13 and in Cagayan de Oro, Mindanao, on January 15, to pray for the fast and safe recovery of affected areas and to mark a fresh new departure. ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 14 2012

SGI-Haiti and Dominican Republic Members Gather to Celebrate New Departure

SGI-Haiti and Dominican Republic Members Gather to Celebrate New Departure

On January 14, SGI-Haiti members, together with members from the Dominican Republic, held a meeting in Port-au-Prince to celebrate the New Year. ... read more

Culture | Jan 13 2012

Soka Gakkai Delegation Visits China

Soka Gakkai Delegation Visits China

Commemorating the 40th anniversary of the normalization of relations between China and Japan, a delegation of Soka Gakkai representatives, including Soka Gakkai Vice General Director Hiromasa Ikeda, visited China in mid-January. ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 2 2012

SGI Celebrates the Year of Developing a Youthful SGI

SGI Celebrates the Year of Developing a Youthful SGI

SGI members around the world celebrated the New Year with celebratory meetings held on January 1 and 2. The theme for SGI in 2012 is "Developing a Youthful SGI." ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 1 2012

SGI-Ghana and Central African Republic Celebrate New Year

SGI-Ghana and Central African Republic Celebrate New Year

On January 1, SGI-Ghana members held New Year's prayer meetings throughout the country in their respective areas. Some 1,500 attended in total. ... read more

Education | Dec 29 2011

Soka Gakkai Education Department Visits China

Soka Gakkai Education Department Visits China

In late December, delegates from the Soka Gakkai Education Department visited China at the invitation of the China-Japan Friendship Association (CJFA). ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 25 2011

SGI Members in Thailand Respond in Aftermath of Floods

SGI Members in Thailand Respond in Aftermath of Floods

In the aftermath of the large-scale floods that devastated Thailand in the latter half of 2011, SGI members in Thailand have been working together with people in the community to help restore the affected areas and support those in need. ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 25 2011

Buddhist Study Exams Held in Korea and Malaysia

Buddhist Study Exams Held in Korea and Malaysia

In the month of December, both SGI-Korea and Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) members took part in Buddhist study exams. ... read more

Human Rights | Dec 19 2011

The General Assembly adopts the UN Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training

The General Assembly adopts the UN Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training

On December 19, 2011, during the month of International Human Rights Day, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly adopted a Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Dec 19 2011

"Seeds of Hope" Travels to Canada and Nepal

"Seeds of Hope" Travels to Canada and Nepal

In the month of November, the SGI and Earth Charter International exhibition "Seeds of Hope: Visions of Sustainability, Steps Toward Change" (SOH) was shown in Canada and in Nepal. ... read more

Culture | Dec 18 2011

Soka Drum and Bugle Corps Win Awards

Soka Drum and Bugle Corps Win Awards

From December 17-18, three Soka Gakkai drum and bugle corps participated in the 39th All-Japan Marching Band and Baton Twirling Contest sponsored by the Japan Marching Band & Baton Twirling Association at the Saitama Super Arena. ... read more

Education | Dec 12 2011

Singapore Soka Association Hosts Lecture on Importance of Literature

Singapore Soka Association Hosts Lecture on Importance of Literature

"Fiction, Imagination and the Surprises they Bring" was the theme of the seventh Singapore Soka Association's Student Peace Lecture held at Singapore Management University on December 12. ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 11 2011

Hong Kong and Macau SGI Members Take Buddhist Study Exam

Hong Kong and Macau SGI Members Take Buddhist Study Exam

On December 11, SGI members from Hong Kong and Macau took part in the first entrance-level study exam in their respective areas. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Dec 10 2011

"Seeds of Hope" Exhibition Shown at COP17

"Seeds of Hope" Exhibition Shown at COP17

From November 26 to December 10, SGI-South Africa (SGI-SA) organized a showing of the "Seeds of Hope: Visions of sustainability, steps toward change" environmental exhibition in the city of Durban. ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 10 2011

SGI Members in Hong Kong, Singapore and Sri Lanka Celebrate 50th Anniversary

On November 4, SGI-Hong Kong (SGI-HK) held its 44th general meeting at the SGI-HK Culture Center to commemorate the 50th anniversary of its founding. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Dec 8 2011

SGI-Argentina Women Peace Committee Welcome Dr. and Mrs. Pérez Esquivel

SGI-Argentina Women Peace Committee Welcome Dr. and Mrs. Pérez Esquivel

On December 8, SGI-Argentina's Women's Peace Committee hosted a meeting focused on discussing SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's 2011 Peace Proposal titled "Toward a World of Dignity for All: The Triumph of the Creative Life." ... read more

Education | Dec 7 2011

Dewey Scholar Lectures at SGI-USA New York Culture Center

Dewey Scholar Lectures at SGI-USA New York Culture Center

What is humanistic education and its role in advancing world peace? Larry Hickman, director of the Center for Dewey Studies, explored this topic with participants at the SGI-USA New York Culture Center on December 7. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Dec 3 2011

Community Cleanup in Malaysia

Community Cleanup in Malaysia

Soka Gakkai Malaysia members in Selangor took part in a community cleanup event organized by Klang Municipal Council on December 3. ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 27 2011

Lotus Sutra Exhibition Shown in London

Lotus Sutra Exhibition Shown in London

From November 23-27, an exhibition titled "Lotus Sutra--A Message of Peace and Harmonious Co-existence" was shown at SGI-UK's London Ikeda Peace Centre (LIPC). ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Nov 26 2011

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Members Help to Raise Relief Funds and Awareness of Global Challenges

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Members Help to Raise Relief Funds and Awareness of Global Challenges

In November Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) took part in two community events, the first to raise funds to donate to Thai flood relief efforts and the second to raise awareness of the issue of hunger and famine around the world. ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 26 2011

Founding of SGI-Poland Celebrated

Founding of SGI-Poland Celebrated

Some 260 members from Warsaw, Poznań and Cracow gathered in their respective areas on November 19, 20 and 26 to celebrate the founding of SGI-Poland. ... read more

Interfaith | Nov 25 2011

The Institute of Oriental Philosophy Hosts Interreligious Dialogue

The Institute of Oriental Philosophy Hosts Interreligious Dialogue

The Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) hosted an interreligious dialogue about Christian and Buddhist civilizations at the University of Sofia in Bulgaria on November 25. The event coincided with the 50th anniversary of the IOP's founding. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Nov 25 2011

SGI Women in Bolivia and Japan Promote Women's Role in Creating Peace

SGI Women in Bolivia and Japan Promote Women's Role in Creating Peace

On October 1, SGI-Bolivia's Women's Peace Committee held two events in celebration of the role of women toward the betterment of society and the creation of peace. ... read more

Interfaith | Nov 24 2011

SGI-Iceland Participates in Interfaith Forum

SGI-Iceland Participates in Interfaith Forum

On November 24, SGI-Iceland took part in the "Samráðsvettvangur trúfélaga" interfaith forum, which, this year, marks its fifth anniversary. SGI-Iceland is one of 14 faith organizations that regularly participate in the forum, which promotes understanding and respect between people of different faiths and meets at least four times a year. ... read more

Interfaith | Nov 22 2011

Singapore Soka Association Youth Attend Interfaith Lecture

Singapore Soka Association Youth Attend Interfaith Lecture

On November 22, several Singapore Soka Association (SSA) youth members attended the inaugural Abdul Aleem Siddique Memorial Lecture, which was held at and organized by the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore's (MUIS) Harmony Centre located in An-Nahadhah Mosque. ... read more