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Culture | May 2 2014

Taiwan Soka Association Hosts International Conference on Social Impact of Museums

Taiwan Soka Association Hosts International Conference on Social Impact of Museums

On May 2, Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) hosted one day of a multi-venue conference on "The Social Impact of Museums" at its Zhi Shan Culture Center. An exhibition created by TSA titled "Museums in Action" that explores the mission and role of museums in the service of society and as agents of social change was on display. ... read more

Culture | Apr 30 2014

SGI-UK Organize Second International Jazz Day Concert, "Ode to the Human Spirit"

SGI-UK Organize Second International Jazz Day Concert, "Ode to the Human Spirit"

"Ode to The Human Spirit," a sold-out evening of jazz organized by SGI-UK at London's Kings Place on April 30 to mark UNESCO International Jazz Day 2014, brought together a great array of jazz talent, including U.S. multireedist, composer and SGI-USA member Bennie Maupin, best known for his work on "Bitches Brew" with Miles Davis and "Head Hunters" with Herbie Hancock. ... read more

Interfaith | Apr 30 2014

Faith Groups Unite on Nuclear Weapons Abolition and Issue Joint Statement

Faith Groups Unite on Nuclear Weapons Abolition and Issue Joint Statement

On April 24, SGI sponsored a one-day interfaith symposium titled "Making a Difference--Faith Communities and the Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear Weapons" at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) in Washington DC. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Apr 27 2014

SGI-Chile Members Respond to Disasters

SGI-Chile Members Respond to Disasters

On April 1, a magnitude-8.2 earthquake hit the northern coast of Chile causing landslides, power outages, interruptions in water supplies and triggering a tsunami. ... read more

Press Releases | Apr 25 2014

US Faith Groups Unite to Call for Nuclear Weapons Abolition, Stressing Devastating Humanitarian Impact

Washington DC: On April 24, 2014, Buddhist association Soka Gakkai International (SGI) sponsored "Making a Difference--Faith Communities and the Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear Weapons," a one-day interfaith symposium held at the US Institute of Peace in Washington DC. ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 22 2014

SGI Latin America Study Training Course Held in Brazil and Argentina

SGI Latin America Study Training Course Held in Brazil and Argentina

A Latin America study training course was held in Brazil from April 18-20 and in Argentina from April 21-22. The course brought together a total of some 4,000 SGI members from across Latin America including Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Venezuela and Colombia. ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 22 2014

Soka Gakkai Publishes 16th in Lotus Sutra Manuscript Series

Soka Gakkai Publishes 16th in Lotus Sutra Manuscript Series

In collaboration with the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP), the Soka Gakkai recently published the 16th part in its Lotus Sutra Manuscript Series, the Sanskrit Lotus Sutra Manuscript from the Asiatic Society, Kolkata (No.4079), Romanized Text. ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 21 2014

2014 SGI Spring Training Course Held

2014 SGI Spring Training Course Held

Some 270 SGI members from 60 countries and territories gathered in Tokyo to take part in the 2014 SGI Spring Training Course. The week-long course, starting on April 17 with an opening ceremony held at the Soka International Friendship Hall in Sendagaya, Tokyo, ran until April 21. ... read more

Interfaith | Apr 12 2014

SGI-Spain Hosts Interfaith Symposium, Lecture on Media and Religion

SGI-Spain Hosts Interfaith Symposium, Lecture on Media and Religion

On March 29, SGI-Spain hosted an interfaith symposium organized by the Madrid Community Interfaith Dialogue Association (ADIM). The symposium, held at the SGI-Spain Culture Center in Rivas-Vaciamadrid, near Madrid, was attended by some 100 people including representatives from the Bahá'í faith, Brahma Kumaris, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, Tibetan Buddhism and SGI-Spain. ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 30 2014

Brazil SGI Men's Division Members Attend Exchange Meetings in Remote Areas

Brazil SGI Men's Division Members Attend Exchange Meetings in Remote Areas

From March 28-30, a group of volunteers from Brazil SGI (BSGI) Men's Division from São Paulo travelled to 137 venues across the country to attend exchange meetings with fellow BSGI members. ... read more

Interfaith | Mar 29 2014

SSA Strengthens Interfaith Ties

SSA Strengthens Interfaith Ties

In March, in line with their commitment to deepen mutual understanding and tolerance in a racially and religiously diverse society, Singapore Soka Association (SSA) participated in two interfaith events and co-organized a seminar on parenting with other faith-based organizations in March. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Mar 29 2014

SGI-Nepal Joins Bagmati River Cleaning Program and Opens "Lotusbari" Garden

SGI-Nepal Joins Bagmati River Cleaning Program and Opens "Lotusbari" Garden

As part of the Bagmati Cleaning Program to improve the environment of the Bagmati River that runs through the city of Kathmandu, SGI-Nepal members have initiated the "Lotusbari" project to create a small garden on the banks of the river. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Mar 29 2014

Soka Gakkai Japan Releases Survey on March 11 Disaster

Soka Gakkai Japan Releases Survey on March 11 Disaster

On March 29, the student division of Soka Gakkai Japan hosted a reconstruction symposium at the Hitachi Systems Hall Sendai in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture, as part of their nationwide SOKA Global Action initiative. ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 25 2014

SOKA Global Action Youth Delegates From Japan Visit U.S.

SOKA Global Action Youth Delegates From Japan Visit U.S.

From March 18-25, as part of the Soka Gakkai youth-led peace campaign "SOKA Global Action" launched in January, a delegation of eight Soka Gakkai youth leaders from Japan visited the U.S. ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 23 2014

New SGI Center Opens in Singapore

New SGI Center Opens in Singapore

On March 23, Singapore Soka Association (SSA) opened its new Singapore Soka Peace Center which includes a permanent display on the history of the SGI. The opening ceremony was attended by SGI General Director Yoshitaka Oba, SGI Asia Women's Leader Yumiko Kasanuki and SGI representatives from countries including India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Mar 23 2014

SGI's Anti-nuclear Weapons Exhibition "Everything You Treasure" Shown in New Zealand and Okinawa

SGI's Anti-nuclear Weapons Exhibition "Everything You Treasure" Shown in New Zealand and Okinawa

The exhibition "Everything You Treasure--A World Free From Nuclear Weapons," jointly created by SGI and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN),was shown in Hastings, New Zealand, from February 18 to March 11 and in Okinawa, Japan, from March 13-23. ... read more

Human Rights | Mar 21 2014

SGI Organizes Events on Women's Leadership at CSW58

SGI Organizes Events on Women's Leadership at CSW58

The 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW58) took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from March 10-21. ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 17 2014

New SGI Center Opens in Mumbai, India

New SGI Center Opens in Mumbai, India

The opening ceremony of Bharat Soka Gakkai (BSG)'s Mumbai Culture Centre was held on March 17, amidst national celebrations of Holi, India's spring festival of colors. The new center has three floors including a main prayer room and library and will serve as the main meeting place for SGI members in Mumbai. ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 11 2014

Soka Gakkai Holds March 11 Memorial Services

Soka Gakkai Holds March 11 Memorial Services

Marking the third anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake that struck the Tohoku region of northeastern Japan on March 11, 2011, Soka Gakkai members held memorial services in 40 culture centers encompassing the Tohoku region, including Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima Prefectures. ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 22 2014

SGI in Uruguay and Argentina Hold Commemorative Meetings

SGI in Uruguay and Argentina Hold Commemorative Meetings

On February 18, commemorating the 30th anniversary of the formation of its first chapter in 1984, SGI-Uruguay held an annual general meeting at its Montevideo culture center. Former First Lady of Uruguay Maria de las Mercedes Menafra Rodríguez and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent congratulatory messages. ... read more

Press Releases | Feb 21 2014

Compilation of 30 Years of Buddhist Leader’s Proposals for Peace Launched at UN Headquarters: Daisaku Ikeda's Key Ideas on Peace Now in One Volume

NEW YORK: On February 20, 2014, A Forum for Peace: Daisaku Ikeda's Proposals to the UN, a unique collection of 30 years of peace proposals by the president of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Buddhist association, was launched in a high profile event held at the UN Headquarters. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Feb 20 2014

A Forum for Peace: Compilation of 30 years of SGI President Ikeda's Peace Proposals Launched at UN HQ

A Forum for Peace: Compilation of 30 years of SGI President Ikeda's Peace Proposals Launched at UN HQ

On February 20, A Forum for Peace: Daisaku Ikeda's Proposals to the UN, a collection of key excerpts from 30 years of peace proposals by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, was launched in a high profile event held at the UN Headquarters. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Feb 16 2014

30th Anniversary of SGI President's Visit Marked, Brazil SGI Students Hold Human Security Conference

30th Anniversary of SGI President's Visit Marked, Brazil SGI Students Hold Human Security Conference

On February 15, some 3,200 Brazil SGI (BSGI) members gathered to celebrate the anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's historic third visit to Brazil in 1984 by holding a Culture Festival and General Meeting at Brasilia Théatre Pedro Calmon and, on February 16, a commemorative gongyo meeting attended by over 3,000 people was held at the BSGI Peace Auditorium in São Paulo. ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 16 2014

Lotus Sutra Exhibition Debuts in Malaysia

Lotus Sutra Exhibition Debuts in Malaysia

On February 16, "The Lotus Sutra–A Message of Peace and Harmonious Coexistence" exhibition created by the SGI-affiliated Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) opened for the first time in Malaysia at Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM)'s Wisma Kebudayaan culture center in Kuala Lumpur. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Feb 15 2014

SGI Joins Second Conference on Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons

SGI Joins Second Conference on Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons

From February 13-14, SGI delegates participated in the Second Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons, hosted by the Mexican Government and held in Nuevo Vallarta in the state of Nayarit. ... read more

Education | Feb 5 2014

Forty Years of Soka Gakkai Book Donations Celebrated

Forty Years of Soka Gakkai Book Donations Celebrated

In commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the start of the Soka Gakkai's elementary and junior high school book donation initiative, Soka Gakkai donated 300 books each to 3 schools in Okinawa Prefecture. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Feb 4 2014

SGI Participates in Earth Charter International Conference on Education for Sustainable Development

SGI Participates in Earth Charter International Conference on Education for Sustainable Development

On January 31, SGI representatives joined the inauguration of the new Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development on the University for Peace (UPEACE) campus in San José, Costa Rica. ... read more

Interfaith | Feb 1 2014

SGI-Canada Joins World Interfaith Harmony Week Events

SGI-Canada Joins World Interfaith Harmony Week Events

SGI-Canada members in British Columbia took part in two events funded by the provincial government in support of the UN's World Interfaith Harmony Week marked during the first week of February. ... read more

Press Releases | Jan 27 2014

SGI President Calls for Regional Cooperation in Response to Natural Disasters, Youth Summit on Nuclear Weapons Abolition

TOKYO: In his annual peace proposal, "Value Creation for Global Change: Building Resilient and Sustainable Societies," released on January 26, Daisaku Ikeda, president of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Buddhist association, calls for increased regional cooperation in response to extreme weather events and natural disasters. ... read more

Human Rights | Jan 26 2014

Child Rights Campaign Launched by Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee

Child Rights Campaign Launched by Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee

In January, the Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee launched a campaign titled "Building a Culture of Peace Together With Children," to raise awareness of children’s rights and to commemorate the upcoming 25th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) by the UN General Assembly on November 20, 1989. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jan 26 2014

Soka Gakkai Youth Launch "SOKA Global Action" Peace Campaign

Soka Gakkai Youth Launch "SOKA Global Action" Peace Campaign

At the start of January, Soka Gakkai youth in Japan launched a new peace campaign titled "SOKA Global Action." The campaign has three key aims: (1) to contribute to building a culture of peace and work together with SGI youth around the world toward the abolition of nuclear weapons, (2) to promote goodwill and build ties of friendship through cultural exchanges within Asia, and (3) to assist and support reconstruction efforts following the March 11, 2011, Great East Japan Earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster which devastated parts of the Tohoku region. ... read more

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