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Peace and Disarmament | Jan 20 2014

SGI-USA Cohosts Martin Luther King Jr. Day Events in Santa Monica

SGI-USA Cohosts Martin Luther King Jr. Day Events in Santa Monica

SGI-USA celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 20 with a festival themed "Unity in Community." SGI-USA cohosted the festival, held at its World Peace Ikeda Auditorium in Santa Monica, California, together with The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Westside Coalition and others including the City of Santa Monica and Santa Monica College Associates. ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 19 2014

SGI European Summit Held at New Center in Milan, Italy

SGI European Summit Held at New Center in Milan, Italy

From January 17-19, SGI-Europe held a leaders' summit at the newly opened Milan Ikeda Peace Culture Center, located in Corsico, on the outskirts of Milan. Some 200 leaders from 31 countries across Europe attended. ... read more

Human Rights | Jan 11 2014

SGI-USA Cosponsors UN Women Assembly on Making LA a Safer City

SGI-USA Cosponsors UN Women Assembly on Making LA a Safer City

On January 11, SGI-USA cosponsored the Second Annual Special Assembly of the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the US National Committee for UN Women at its Culture of Peace Resource Center in Santa Monica, California. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Jan 5 2014

SGI-Hong Kong Members Take Part in Fund-raising Walk

SGI-Hong Kong Members Take Part in Fund-raising Walk

On January 5, some 200 SGI-Hong Kong (SGI-HK) members participated in the "Hong Kong and Kowloon Walk for Millions." The walk is an annual fund-raising event organized by The Community Chest of Hong Kong, an NGO that provides financial support to a wide range of welfare services and initiatives working with vulnerable groups in Hong Kong. ... read more

Culture | Dec 27 2013

Impressionism Exhibition Shown at Tokyo Fuji Art Museum

Impressionism Exhibition Shown at Tokyo Fuji Art Museum

On October 22, the exhibition "Impressionists at the Waterside--Depicting Urban Resorts: Paris, the Seine, and Normandy" opened at the SGI-affiliated Tokyo Fuji Art Museum (TFAM) in Hachioji, Japan, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the museum's founding in 1983. ... read more

Interfaith | Dec 22 2013

SGI-Italy Hosts Interfaith Discussion on Religion's Role in Peacebuilding

SGI-Italy Hosts Interfaith Discussion on Religion's Role in Peacebuilding

On December 15, as part of its Senzatomica nuclear disarmament campaign, SGI-Italy sponsored an interfaith roundtable discussion titled "The Power of the Human Spirit is Stronger Than the Atomic Bomb." ... read more

Education | Dec 21 2013

"Has Schooling Interfered with My Education?" Lecture Held in Singapore

"Has Schooling Interfered with My Education?" Lecture Held in Singapore

On December 21, as part of their annual Student Peace Lecture series, Singapore Soka Association (SSA)'s student members invited Betsy Lim, a senior lecturer at the National Institute of Education, to speak on the topic "Has schooling interfered with my education?" ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 16 2013

SGI-South Africa Holds Memorial Prayer Meetings for Mandela and Participates in Day of Reconciliation

SGI-South Africa Holds Memorial Prayer Meetings for Mandela and Participates in Day of Reconciliation

On the evening of December 6, following news of the passing of former South African President Nelson Mandela the previous day, SGI-South Africa (SGI-SA) held a prayer meeting at its national center in Johannesburg. ... read more

Education | Dec 12 2013

New Website Features Animated Children's Stories by SGI President

New Website Features Animated Children's Stories by SGI President

On December 12, a new website titled "Treasures of the Heart" featuring animated adaptions of children's stories by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda was launched. ... read more

Culture | Dec 8 2013

Min-On Commemorates 50th Anniversary with Power of Music Symposium Series

Min-On Commemorates 50th Anniversary with Power of Music Symposium Series

On October 22, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of its founding by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda on October 18, 1963, the Min-On Concert Association launched "The Power of Music" symposium series with a special lecture held at Tsuda Hall in Tokyo. ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 8 2013

Soka Gakkai Headquarters Leaders Meeting Held in Okinawa

Soka Gakkai Headquarters Leaders Meeting Held in Okinawa

On December 8, in conjunction with the Soka Gakkai Okinawa General Meeting, the second Soka Gakkai Headquarters Leaders Meeting of the New Era of Worldwide Kosen-rufu was held in the grounds of the Soka Gakkai Okinawa Training Center, a former missile launch site. ... read more

Press Releases | Dec 6 2013

SGI President's Comment on Passing of Former South African President Nelson Mandela

In response to a request from the Japanese media, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda made the following comment today in tribute to former South African President Nelson Mandela: ... read more

Interfaith | Dec 1 2013

Interfaith Conferences Held in France on Values Needed to Reform Economy

Interfaith Conferences Held in France on Values Needed to Reform Economy

Between September and December, the Soka movement in France held a series of interfaith conferences titled "The Economy in Question: The contributions of spiritual and religious perspectives," focusing on generating the kinds of human values needed to rebuild the economy, at a time when liberal economics is being widely criticized for its excesses. ... read more

Human Rights | Nov 29 2013

SGI Participates in Events in Japan and Italy Calling for Abolition of the Death Penalty

SGI Participates in Events in Japan and Italy Calling for Abolition of the Death Penalty

On October 29, an event calling for the abolition of the death penalty in Japan was held at the Italian Institute of Culture in Tokyo. Sponsored by the Community of Sant'Egidio, a Christian lay movement based in Italy, and the European Commission, the event was organized as part of the Community of Sant'Egidio's "No Justice Without Life" campaign to raise public awareness against the death penalty around the world. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Nov 26 2013

SGI-Philippines' Relief Efforts for Typhoon Victims in the Philippines

SGI-Philippines' Relief Efforts for Typhoon Victims in the Philippines

On November 8, Super Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda), the most powerful typhoon to ever hit land, wreaked havoc across central Philippines, killing more than 5,000 people and leaving nearly one million people displaced. ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 18 2013

Opening of Soka Gakkai Headquarters Building Symbolizes Renewed Dedication to Peace

Opening of Soka Gakkai Headquarters Building Symbolizes Renewed Dedication to Peace

The Hall of the Great Vow for Kosen-rufu located in Shinanomachi, Tokyo, officially opened on November 18 to commemorate the founding of the Soka Gakkai in 1930 and the 69th anniversary of the passing of first Soka Gakkai President Tsunesaburo Makiguchi. This new building will serve as a focal point of SGI's global movement for kosen-rufu, or world peace. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Nov 17 2013

First Tohoku Restoration Youth Speech Conference Held

First Tohoku Restoration Youth Speech Conference Held

On November 17, Soka Gakkai youth in Tohoku organized the first Tohoku Restoration Youth Speech Conference in Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture, an area devastated by the March 11, 2011, Great East Japan Earthquake. Speakers included Kunio Sunou, president of the Ishinomaki Fish Market and three Soka Gakkai youth members. All shared their experiences of overcoming difficulties in the aftermath of the earthquake with hope and courage. ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 17 2013

Lecture on Religious Leadership at SGI-New Zealand Commemorative Event

Lecture on Religious Leadership at SGI-New Zealand Commemorative Event

To commemorate the anniversary of the founding of the Soka Gakkai in Japan on November 18, 1930, Soka Gakkai International New Zealand (SGINZ) hosted a special lecture by Peter J. Lineham, professor of history at Massey University, at its Auckland culture center on November 17. ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 17 2013

SGI-Netherlands Holds Soka Peace Festival

SGI-Netherlands Holds Soka Peace Festival

On November 17, 2013, in commemoration of the founding of the Soka Gakkai (on November 18, 1930), SGI-Netherlands held a peace festival at the World Forum International conference center in The Hague. Some 1,600 people participated. ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 27 2013

SGI-Canada Celebrates 20th Anniversary of SGI President's Visit

SGI-Canada Celebrates 20th Anniversary of SGI President's Visit

Between October 5 and 27, marking the 20th anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's visit to Canada in October 1993, SGI-Canada held celebratory meetings in 17 cities including Vancouver, Quebec, Ottawa and Calgary. ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 27 2013

Buddhist Study Exams Held in Japan, Hong Kong, Macau and Thailand

Buddhist Study Exams Held in Japan, Hong Kong, Macau and Thailand

During September and October, study exams centering on the core principles of Nichiren Buddhism were held in Japan, Hong Kong, Macau and Thailand. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Oct 17 2013

First Showing of Seeds of Hope in Argentina

First Showing of Seeds of Hope in Argentina

From September 30 to October 17, the exhibition "Seeds of Hope: Visions of sustainability, steps toward change" was shown at the Instituto de Formación Docente Continua de El Bolsón (IFDC) in El Bolsón, Río Negro Province. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Oct 16 2013

SGI-Korea Develops Friendship in Community Through Environment Protection Activities

SGI-Korea Develops Friendship in Community Through Environment Protection Activities

This autumn, SGI-Korea members participated in various cleanup activities and created a unique environmental exhibition. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 13 2013

Brazil SGI Sponsors Seminar on Communication for Peace

Brazil SGI Sponsors Seminar on Communication for Peace

On October 13, the Department of Communication of Brazil SGI (BSGI) held its first Seminar on Communication for Peace, examining the role and use of nonviolent communication in building a more humane world. The seminar was held at the BSGI Ikeda Culture Center in São Paulo and attended by some 450 people including journalists and students. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 11 2013

Seminars on Ikeda's 2013 Peace Proposal held in India, Panama and Guatemala

Seminars on Ikeda's 2013 Peace Proposal held in India, Panama and Guatemala

From August to October, seminars and workshops on SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's 2013 peace proposal, "Compassion, Wisdom and Courage: Building a Global Society of Peace and Creative Coexistence," were held in India, Panama and Guatemala, in collaboration with local partners. ... read more

Culture | Oct 11 2013

Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra Performs at SGI-Venezuela Celebration

Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra Performs at SGI-Venezuela Celebration

On October 11, the world renowned Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra was invited to perform at a concert celebrating the 40th anniversary of SGI-Venezuela (SGIV)'s founding at the Center for Social Action Through Music in Caracas. The concert was open to the public. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Oct 5 2013

SGI Members Plant Trees in Canada, Venezuela and the Philippines

SGI Members Plant Trees in Canada, Venezuela and the Philippines

In September and October SGI members in Venezuela, Canada and the Philippines took part in environmental activities to promote sustainability together with local conservation organizations. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 29 2013

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Month of Peace Activities

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Month of Peace Activities

Inspired by Josei Toda's September 8, 1957, Declaration Calling for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) celebrated September as its Month of Peace by holding events to raise awareness toward peace with the Run for Peace as the key activity. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 21 2013

Anti-nuclear Weapon Forums Held in USA, UK and Spain

Anti-nuclear Weapon Forums Held in USA, UK and Spain

In September, various SGI associations around the world organized events commemorating the 56th anniversary of second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda's Declaration Calling for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons (on September 8, 1957). ... read more

Culture | Sep 15 2013

SGI Centers in Europe Open on European Heritage Days

SGI Centers in Europe Open on European Heritage Days

In September SGI centers around Europe marked the European Heritage Days initiative, holding open days with a variety of cultural and recreational activities. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Sep 10 2013

Taiwan Soka Association Awarded as Outstanding Religious Organization

Taiwan Soka Association Awarded as Outstanding Religious Organization

On September 10, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) presented Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) with the "Outstanding Religious Organization" award in a conferral ceremony held at the New Taipei City Government Multi-Purpose Hall. ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 9 2013

SGI Youth Training Course Held in Tokyo; Exchange Meetings in Kanagawa

SGI Youth Training Course Held in Tokyo; Exchange Meetings in Kanagawa

Some 250 SGI youth representatives from 60 countries and territories gathered in Tokyo to take part in the SGI Youth Training Course from September 5-9. ... read more

Interfaith | Sep 8 2013

SGI-UK Members Support Night of Interfaith Music and Food at Jewish Museum in London

SGI-UK Members Support Night of Interfaith Music and Food at Jewish Museum in London

On September 8, at the Jewish Museum in London, practitioners of different faith traditions came together for the World Jamboree, a night of interfaith music, food and art supported by members of SGI-UK in North West London. ... read more

Culture | Sep 8 2013

TSA Co-organizes Cross-Strait Exhibition of Children's Paintings

TSA Co-organizes Cross-Strait Exhibition of Children's Paintings

If adults tried to perceive the world through the eyes of children, the world would be a more peaceful and beautiful place. This is what Lai Wu-hsiung, senior instructor at the National Taiwan University of Arts, posited in his speech at the opening of "Treasure of the Future: A Children's Drawing Exhibition." ... read more

Culture | Sep 8 2013

Soka Gakkai Marks 45th Anniversary of Ikeda's Proposal for Normalization of Sino-Japanese Relations

Soka Gakkai Marks 45th Anniversary of Ikeda's Proposal for Normalization of Sino-Japanese Relations

On September 8, Chancellor Wang Wan of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China to Japan visited the Soka International Women's Center in Tokyo to give a lecture titled "Reflecting the Origins of China-Japan Friendship" to an audience of 200 women. ... read more

Press Releases | Sep 8 2013

Lectures and Launch of New Chinese Language Website Mark 45th Anniversary of Ikeda's Proposal for Normalization of Sino-Japanese Relations

On September 8, 2013, Wang Wan, Chancellor of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China to Japan and wife of Ambassador H.E. Cheng Yonghua, visited the Soka International Women's Center in Tokyo to give a lecture titled "Reflecting the Origins of China-Japan Friendship" to an audience of 200 women. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Sep 6 2013

IOP and SGI Join Symposium on Buddhist Environmentalism at USC

IOP and SGI Join Symposium on Buddhist Environmentalism at USC

On September 6, a one-day symposium on "Buddhist Environmentalism" was held at the University of Southern California (USC) Doheny Memorial Library. The symposium was jointly hosted by the Center for Japanese Religions and Culture at USC, the SGI-affiliated Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) and the Asia Society Southern California. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 28 2013

SGI-USA Culture of Peace Talk Commemorates 50th Anniversary of March on Washington

SGI-USA Culture of Peace Talk Commemorates 50th Anniversary of March on Washington

On August 28, SGI-USA hosted a talk by Lerone Bennett, Jr., a prominent African-American social historian and writer, at the SGI-USA Chicago Culture Center. ... read more

Culture | Aug 24 2013

SGI-Indonesia Holds Culture Festival Celebrating Indonesian Independence Day

SGI-Indonesia Holds Culture Festival Celebrating Indonesian Independence Day

On August 24, SGI-Indonesia held a culture festival on the island of Batam, Riau Islands Province, Indonesia, in celebration of Indonesia's 68th Independence Day (August 17). ... read more

Interfaith | Aug 18 2013

SGI-UK Hosts Conference on Role of Buddhist Philosophy in Transforming Conflict

SGI-UK Hosts Conference on Role of Buddhist Philosophy in Transforming Conflict

From August 16-18, SGI-UK hosted a conference titled "Transforming conflict: Buddhist inspired ideas for personal and social change" at its Taplow Court center outside London. ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 18 2013

First SGI East Africa General Meeting Held in Kenya

First SGI East Africa General Meeting Held in Kenya

On August 18, the first SGI East Africa General Meeting was held at the University of Nairobi in Kenya, attended by representatives from Kenya and neighboring countries. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 16 2013

Commemorating Hiroshima Day: "Everything You Treasure" Anti-Nuclear Exhibition Shown in New Zealand

Commemorating Hiroshima Day: "Everything You Treasure" Anti-Nuclear Exhibition Shown in New Zealand

On August 5, commemorating the 68th anniversary of Hiroshima Day (August 6), the exhibition "Everything You Treasure--For a World Free From Nuclear Weapons" (EYT) opened at Otago University in Dunedin, New Zealand. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 15 2013

Soka Gakkai Youth of Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Okinawa Hold Annual Peace Summit

Soka Gakkai Youth of Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Okinawa Hold Annual Peace Summit

On August 3, some 50 Soka Gakkai youth representatives from Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Okinawa held their 22nd annual youth peace summit at the Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Ikeda Peace Hall. ... read more

Press Releases | Aug 14 2013

Soka Gakkai Youth Delegation Visits China for Friendship Exchange

20 Soka Gakkai youth members from Japan visited China from August 8-13, hosted by the All-China Youth Federation (ACYF), continuing a tradition of exchange that began in 1979. ... read more

Culture | Aug 13 2013

Soka Gakkai Japan Youth Delegation Visits China for Friendship Exchange

Soka Gakkai Japan Youth Delegation Visits China for Friendship Exchange

Continuing a tradition of exchange that began in 1979 and despite high levels of tension in official relations between the two countries, a group of 20 Soka Gakkai youth members from Japan visited China from August 8-13, hosted by the All-China Youth Federation (ACYF). ... read more