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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

Peace and Disarmament | Nov 21 2011

Harvard Hosts SGI's Antinuclear Weapons Exhibition and Forum

Harvard Hosts SGI's Antinuclear Weapons Exhibition and Forum

On November 21, the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government hosted a forum focusing on the abolition of nuclear weapons and the SGI antinuclear weapons exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit" (THS). ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 20 2011

SGI Members Across Europe Take Buddhist Exams

SGI Members Across Europe Take Buddhist Exams

SGI members in the Netherlands and in Italy deepened their understanding of Buddhist philosophy through studying for Buddhist study exams which were administered in their respective countries in November. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Nov 20 2011

SGI Oceania Peace Conference and SGI Peace Culture Festival Held in New Zealand

SGI Oceania Peace Conference and SGI Peace Culture Festival Held in New Zealand

From November 18-20, the fourth SGI Oceania Peace Conference was held in Wellington, New Zealand. The overall theme of the conference, for which some 200 SGI members from 14 countries in Oceania gathered, was "Writing Our Own Chapter in the History of Human Revolution." ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 20 2011

SGI-Mexico, Chile and Panama Celebrate Soka Gakkai's Founding

SGI-Mexico, Chile and Panama Celebrate Soka Gakkai's Founding

In November, SGI organizations throughout the world celebrated Soka Gakkai's founding. In Latin America, SGI-Chile held a celebratory meeting at the SGI-Chile Culture Center in Santiago on November 20. Some 400 people attended. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Nov 19 2011

Hiroshima Survivor Speaks on Peace in Oregon

Hiroshima Survivor Speaks on Peace in Oregon

On November 19, Hiroshima atomic bomb survivor Dr. Hideko Tamura Snider shared her experience and convictions with participants at the SGI-USA Oregon Center in Lake Oswego, Oregon, as part of an event showing SGI's anti-nuclear weapons exhibition. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Nov 19 2011

Seeds of Hope Exhibition Highlights Sustainability in New Zealand

Seeds of Hope Exhibition Highlights Sustainability in New Zealand

On November 19, SGI-New Zealand (SGI-NZ) launched the joint SGI and the Earth Charter International environmental exhibition "Seeds of Hope: Visions of Sustainability, Steps Towards Change" in Wellington. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Nov 12 2011

Health Seminars Organized by Soka Gakkai Malaysia

Health Seminars Organized by Soka Gakkai Malaysia

On November 6, some 300 people attended a lecture on arthritis and osteoporosis given by Dr. Liau Kai Ming, a senior lecturer and orthopedic surgeon at the Universiti Sains Malaysia. ... read more

Culture | Nov 12 2011

SSA Youth Dance for Unity

SSA Youth Dance for Unity

At the Singapore Soka Association (SSA) Headquarters the Soka Youth Dance Crew put on a dance show called ONE Production: Many in Body, One in Mind. ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 10 2011

Soka Youth Festivals in Full Swing Throughout Japan

Soka Youth Festivals in Full Swing Throughout Japan

Starting in late October, Soka Youth Festivals have been held throughout Japan and will continue to take place during the months of November and December. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Nov 7 2011

Singapore Soka Association Holds Fourth Women's Peace Lecture

Singapore Soka Association Holds Fourth Women's Peace Lecture

The fourth Women's Peace Lecture, titled "Women in Dialogue--Engaging for a Peaceful World" was held at Singapore Soka Association's (SSA) Headquarters on November 7. ... read more

Interfaith | Nov 7 2011

Institute of Oriental Philosophy Hosts Lecture Series "The Essence and Diversity of Islamic Culture"

Institute of Oriental Philosophy Hosts Lecture Series "The Essence and Diversity of Islamic Culture"

The Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) held a lecture series titled "The Essence and Diversity of Islamic Culture" at Nihon-seinenkan Hotel in Tokyo, from September to November. The lectures focused on the core principles of Islam, the diversity of Islamic culture and its influence on global society. ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 5 2011

Conference on Buddhism Held in Catalonia

Conference on Buddhism Held in Catalonia

On November 5, a conference was held at the St. Augustine Convent Civic Center in Barcelona, Spain, on the theme of alleviating suffering from a Buddhist perspective. ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 5 2011

Soka Gakkai Headquarters Leaders Meeting and SGI General Meeting Held

Soka Gakkai Headquarters Leaders Meeting and SGI General Meeting Held

Some 250 SGI members from 60 countries and territories gathered at Tokyo Makiguchi Memorial Hall in Hachioji, Japan, on November 5 for the 53rd Soka Gakkai Headquarters Leaders Meeting held in conjunction with an SGI General Meeting. ... read more

Culture | Nov 4 2011

SGI Youth Festival Held in Venezuela

SGI Youth Festival Held in Venezuela

On November 4, SGI-Venezuela youth members held a Soka Youth Festival at Teatro Teresa Carreño in Caracas. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Nov 4 2011

SGI Organizations Support Thai Flood Relief

SGI Organizations Support Thai Flood Relief

In response to the heavy flooding which has devastated many areas of Thailand, the SGI-Thailand mobilized its youth members to deliver relief goods, and opened its centers in Nonthaburi, Thonburi and Pattaya for use as shelters for displaced people. ... read more

Press Releases | Nov 1 2011

SGI Buddhist Association Supports Thai Flood Relief

In response to the heavy flooding which has devastated many parts of the country, the Soka Gakkai International Thailand (SGI-Thailand) Buddhist association has mobilized its youth members to deliver relief goods, and opened its centers in Nonthaburi, Thonburi and Pattaya for use as shelters for displaced people. ... read more

Education | Oct 30 2011

Educators Discuss Applying Humanistic Education

Educators Discuss Applying Humanistic Education

In conjunction with the 50th anniversary of its founding, the Soka Gakkai Education Department, consisting of professional educators from various schools, hosted its 34th "All Japan Rally on Practical Application of Humanistic Education" at Funabashi City Culture Hall in Chiba Prefecture, on October 30. ... read more

Interfaith | Oct 29 2011

Conference on Environmental Issues Held in California

Conference on Environmental Issues Held in California

Soka Gakkai was a cosponsor of a two-day interfaith conference titled "Brave New Planet--Imagining Ecological Communities" that was put together by Progressive Christians Uniting (PCU), Southern California, at Claremont Presbyterian Church in Claremont, California, from October 28-29. ... read more

Education | Oct 25 2011

Singapore Soka Association Youth Form Bonds of Friendship in China

Singapore Soka Association Youth Form Bonds of Friendship in China

From October 9-25, some 16 Singapore Soka Association (SSA) youth members took part in "Project Shine 2011," organized by the Youth Expedition Project, and traveled to China's Shanxi Province, where they spent 17 days with the 800 students of He Di Junior High School in He Di Township. ... read more

Interfaith | Oct 23 2011

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Takes Part in Televised Interfaith Forum

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Takes Part in Televised Interfaith Forum

On October 23, representing Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) Perak, Mr. Tan Sai Hoi and Ms. Fung Poh Chee took part in a forum broadcast by Malaysia's TV Al-Hijrah titled "Dialogue On Harmony Among Religions." ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 23 2011

SGI-Canada Youth Take Buddhist Study Exam

SGI-Canada Youth Take Buddhist Study Exam

On October 23, the SGI-Canada Study Department advanced level Buddhist study exam for youth was taken by 87 young people across Canada. ... read more

Education | Oct 22 2011

SGI-UK's Education Division Discusses Humanistic Education

SGI-UK's Education Division Discusses Humanistic Education

The focus of the SGI-UK's Education Division meeting, held at the London Ikeda Peace Center on October 22, was on the many facets of humanistic education, and the steps required for putting it into practice. ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 22 2011

SGI Europe Anniversary Celebrated in Italy and Denmark

In October 1961, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda made his first visit to Europe for the purpose of encouraging the handful of practitioners of Nichiren Buddhism throughout Europe and sharing the ideals of Buddhism with as many people as possible. ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 22 2011

European Members Celebrate 50th Anniversary

SGI members in Europe have been celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first visit to the continent by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda in 1961, a date taken to commemorate the start of the movement for the propagation of Buddhism in Europe. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 19 2011

Public Forum "From Hiroshima to Fukushima" held in Australia

Public Forum "From Hiroshima to Fukushima" held in Australia

On October 19, the SGI-Australia Community Centre in Melbourne, Victoria, hosted "From Hiroshima to Fukushima: Paths to a Nuclear-Free Future," an International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) public forum event. ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 19 2011

The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin Published in French

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's first visit to Europe in 1961, the first volume of The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin has been translated into French and published by Verlag Herder GmbH in cooperation with Soka Gakkai Japan. ... read more

Culture | Oct 19 2011

"Jamaica Rocks!" Tour of Japan Showcases Rich Musical Culture

"Jamaica Rocks!" Tour of Japan Showcases Rich Musical Culture

The Min-On Concert Association invited a group of musicians and dancers from Jamaica to showcase the island's culture in "Jamaica Rocks!"--a show which toured 24 cities in Japan between September 9 and October 19. ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 17 2011

New Centers Open in Spain, Portugal and the Netherlands

SGI-Spain held the opening ceremony for its first official center on October 15 in the city of Rivas-Vaciamadrid. The opening coincided with celebrations on the 50th anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's first visit to Europe in 1961. ... read more