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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

Buddhism | Oct 16 2011

SGI Youth from West Africa Attend Training Course in Togo

SGI Youth from West Africa Attend Training Course in Togo

SGI's West Africa Youth Training Course was held in Lome, Togo, from October 15-16. Some 400 youth members from Togo, including youth from Ghana, Benin, Nigeria and Burkina Faso attended. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 16 2011

Antinuclear Exhibition Shows at Urania, Berlin, Germany

Antinuclear Exhibition Shows at Urania, Berlin, Germany

The exhibition “From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit" (THS), which highlights the devastating effects of nuclear weapons and calls for a move from arms-based security to human security, was shown at Berlin’s Urania conference venue from October 7 to 16. ... read more

Human Rights | Oct 15 2011

SGI Quarterly October Issue Explores Human Rights Education

SGI Quarterly October Issue Explores Human Rights Education

The October 2011 issue of the SGI Quarterly magazine, "Human Rights Education Today," has now been published. The October issue celebrates this milestone, featuring the insights and experiences of a number of remarkable scholars and activists from around the world who are working to bring a culture of human rights to life. ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 9 2011

Fall Seminar Held in the Czech Republic

Fall Seminar Held in the Czech Republic

SGI members in the Czech Republic organized a Fall Seminar in Prague from October 8-9. At the meeting, one SGI member shared her story of practicing Buddhism and another read a poem she wrote about the mentor and disciple relationship. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Oct 5 2011

SGI-Canada Youth Participate in Benefit Concert Organized By Free the Children

SGI-Canada Youth Participate in Benefit Concert Organized By Free the Children

On October 5, SGI-Canada youth members who are active in the REACH program in Montreal sang in a benefit concert organized by Free the Children at the Segal Centre for Performing Arts in Montreal, formerly known as the Saidye-Bronfman Centre for the Arts. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Oct 2 2011

"Seeds of Hope" Exhibition Flourishes in New Delhi

"Seeds of Hope" Exhibition Flourishes in New Delhi

Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai organized a tour of the "Seeds of Hope: Visions of sustainability, steps toward change" (SOH) exhibition, created by SGI and the Earth Charter International, throughout Delhi from July to October of this year. There were several showings in Delhi. ... read more

Education | Oct 2 2011

Supporting World Mental Health Day

Supporting World Mental Health Day

Some 300 Singapore Soka Association (SSA) members helped to establish a new record Silver Ribbon Human Chain on October 2 at a Mental Wellness Carnival marking World Mental Health Day, held near Paya Lebar MRT station. ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 2 2011

Celebrating SGI's World Peace Day

Celebrating SGI's World Peace Day

This year marks the 51st anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's first visit overseas on October 2, 1960, in an effort to help share the teachings of Nichiren Buddhism with people around the world and thereby contribute to building lasting peace. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 2 2011

"Voices of Peace" in Malaysia

"Voices of Peace" in Malaysia

"Voices of Peace: The Creative Way of Life" was the theme of a series of events organized by Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) during September, their first Month of Peace, which will be held annually in September. ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 2 2011

Buddhist Study Exams in Japan, Brazil, Taiwan

Buddhist Study Exams in Japan, Brazil, Taiwan

Every year, SGI holds Buddhist study exams for members in various countries. This year, exams were held in Brazil, Japan and Taiwan in the month of October. On October 2, the advanced level youth Buddhist study exam was administered in over 400 venues throughout Japan. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 1 2011

SGI Members in Hawaii Hold World Peace Festival Held on Coconut Island

SGI Members in Hawaii Hold World Peace Festival Held on Coconut Island

On October 1, SGI members in Hilo, Hawaii hosted their second World Peace Festival on a small island in Hilo Bay called Coconut Island, along with more than 1,000 participants. The festival included an array of cultural performances and cuisines. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 1 2011

SGI-Panama Holds Youth Forum

SGI-Panama Holds Youth Forum

On October 1, SGI-Panama youth members hosted a forum titled "A Valiant Spirit for a Life with Hope" at the SGI-Panama Culture Center where they discussed current social issues in Panama and how to create a peaceful and just society. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 29 2011

Ikeda Center Seminar Honors 20th Anniversary of SGI President's Harvard Address, "The Age of Soft Power"

Ikeda Center Seminar Honors 20th Anniversary of SGI President's Harvard Address, "The Age of Soft Power"

A seminar exploring themes from SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's September 1991 Harvard University address, "The Age of Soft Power," was held at the Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue on September 29. ... read more

Interfaith | Sep 27 2011

Bharat Soka Gakkai Participates in Interfaith Conference

Bharat Soka Gakkai Participates in Interfaith Conference

On September 27, Naveena Reddi and Dr. Akash K. Ouchi, deputy chairpersons of Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai (BSG), participated in an interfaith conference in New Delhi organized by the Tony Blair Faith Foundation. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 25 2011

SGI President's 2011 Peace Proposal Discussed at Ottawa Peace Festival in Canada

SGI President's 2011 Peace Proposal Discussed at Ottawa Peace Festival in Canada

"No force can match that of a fundamental transformation in the human spirit." These are the words of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda in his 2011 peace proposal "Toward a World of Dignity for All: The Triumph of the Creative Life." ... read more

Sustainable Development | Sep 24 2011

SGI-Canada Youth Plant Trees for the Future

SGI-Canada Youth Plant Trees for the Future

On September 24, over 70 SGI-Canada youth joined Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) located in Ontario, in its youth tree planting initiative. ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 17 2011

SGI-Russia Celebrates Anniversary of SGI President Ikeda's First Visit

SGI-Russia Celebrates Anniversary of SGI President Ikeda's First Visit

In celebration of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's first visit to Russia on September 8, 1974, SGI-Russia members from throughout the country, including from the cities of St. Petersburg and Nizhniy Novgorod, gathered in Moscow for a festive meeting on September 17. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 16 2011

Power of Dialogue Highlighted at SGI-UK Peace Proposal Symposium

Power of Dialogue Highlighted at SGI-UK Peace Proposal Symposium

On September 16, eighteen social scientists from universities around the UK gathered at SGI-UK's Taplow Court Grand Culture Centre to discuss themes stimulated by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's 2011 peace proposal titled "Toward a World of Dignity for All: The Triumph of the Human Spirit." ... read more

Press Releases | Sep 15 2011

Survey of Japanese Students Shows Changes in Attitudes, Outlook Since March Disaster

A survey carried out by members of the Soka Gakkai student division in the Tohoku region of northern Japan shows significant shifts in young people's attitudes since the March 11, 2011, "triple disaster" of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident. ... read more

Interfaith | Sep 11 2011

Singapore Soka Association Holds Interfaith Event in Commemoration of 9/11

Singapore Soka Association Holds Interfaith Event in Commemoration of 9/11

On September 11, 2011, religious leaders of the 6 main faiths in Singapore--Christian, Muslim, Sikh, Taoist, Hindu and Buddhist--led a minute of silence in memory of those who died in the terrorist attacks in New York ten years earlier. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 11 2011

Youth Campaign "Our New Clear Future" Sets Vision Toward Nuclear Abolition by 2030

Youth Campaign "Our New Clear Future" Sets Vision Toward Nuclear Abolition by 2030

"Our New Clear Future" is a student-led dialogue campaign for nuclear abolition launched by SGI-USA in September 2011. The campaign was inspired by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's 2009 nuclear abolition proposal "Building Global Solidarity Toward Nuclear Abolition" and has two main aims. ... read more

Culture | Sep 11 2011

Open Day Held at SGI-Germany's Villa Sachsen Grand Culture Center

Open Day Held at SGI-Germany's Villa Sachsen Grand Culture Center

In celebration of European Heritage Days, SGI-Germany's Villa Sachsen Grand Culture Center in Bingen held an Open Day on September 11. The villa, designated an important historic and cultural monument in the city, attracted over 1,300 visitors. ... read more

Interfaith | Sep 11 2011

SGI-USA Commemorates 10th Anniversary of September 11 Attacks

SGI-USA Commemorates 10th Anniversary of September 11 Attacks

On September 11, more than 350 people participated in a memorial service at the SGI-USA New York Culture Center marking the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks. ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 11 2011

SGI Youth Participate in Exchange Meetings in Japan

SGI Youth Participate in Exchange Meetings in Japan

On September 8, some 250 SGI youth from over 55 countries attended the opening ceremony of the SGI Youth Training Session at the Soka International Friendship Center in Tokyo. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Sep 8 2011

New Soka Gakkai Exhibition on Sustainable Development

New Soka Gakkai Exhibition on Sustainable Development

On September 1, a new Soka Gakkai exhibition titled "The Earth and I" was opened at the Takashimaya Department Store in Okayama City in Okayama Prefecture, Japan, where it ran until September 8. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 8 2011

SGI President's Peace Proposal Discussed in India

SGI President's Peace Proposal Discussed in India

A seminar based on the 2011 Peace Proposal by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda was held at Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi, on September 8. Referring to Mr. Ikeda's proposal, Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Member of Parliament, remarked, "At the UN, I often found myself talking about the need for talking. ... read more

Culture | Sep 7 2011

SGI-Brazil Youth Celebrate Brazil's Independence Day

SGI-Brazil Youth Celebrate Brazil's Independence Day

SGI-Brazil's young men's Taiyo (Sun) Brass Band and young women's Nova Era (New Era) Fife-and-Drum Corps participated in Brazil's Independence Day celebrations throughout the country on September 7. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Sep 5 2011

SGI Joins Preparations for Rio Plus 20 at UN DPI/NGO Conference on Sustainability

SGI Joins Preparations for Rio Plus 20 at UN DPI/NGO Conference on Sustainability

From September 3-5, SGI representatives attended the 64th Annual United Nations Department of Public Information Non-Governmental Organizations (UNDPI/NGO) Conference, held at the Maritim Hotel in Bonn, Germany. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Sep 5 2011

Taiwan Soka Association Chorus Performs in Prison, Organization Recognized for Community Service

Taiwan Soka Association Chorus Performs in Prison, Organization Recognized for Community Service

On September 4, the Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) Chorus, consisting of members from TSA's Women’s Division, performed eight songs at the Taoyuan Women's Prison, as part of TSA's efforts to contribute to the wellbeing of the community. ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 4 2011

Bharat Soka Gakkai Members Take Buddhist Study Exam

Bharat Soka Gakkai Members Take Buddhist Study Exam

On September 4, Bharat Soka Gakkai (BSG) held an elementary level Buddhist study exam in 90 cities throughout India, including New Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata. Some 8,000 people took the voluntary exam, which was administered at over 130 venues. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 3 2011

Hiroshima Peace Day Event Held in UK

Hiroshima Peace Day Event Held in UK

On September 3, a Hiroshima Peace Day meeting promoting the abolition of nuclear weapons was held at SGI-UK's Taplow Court Grand Culture Centre in Berkshire. More than 300 people attended. ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 1 2011

SGI Ireland Summer Course

SGI Ireland Summer Course

SGI-Ireland's 2011 Summer Course was held for the first time at the SGI European Center in Trets, France, from September 1-4. ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 28 2011

SGI Leaders Attend North America and Oceania Study Conference

SGI Leaders Attend North America and Oceania Study Conference

From August 24-28, the 2011 SGI Leaders North America and Oceania Study Conference was held in Santa Monica, California. Over 250 people attended from across the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Palau and Canada. ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 28 2011

SGI Celebrates Men's Division Day Around the World

SGI Celebrates Men's Division Day Around the World

SGI men around the world celebrated Soka Gakkai Men's Division Day on August 24--the day SGI President Daisaku Ikeda joined the Soka Gakkai at the age of 19. The Men's Division itself was founded on March 5, 1966. ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 27 2011

SGI Men Strengthen Commitment to Promoting Peace

SGI Men Strengthen Commitment to Promoting Peace

On August 12, more than 70 SGI-USA Men's Division members from Atlanta, Georgia, traveled over 600 miles--55 by a specially chartered bus--to attend the SGI-USA Men's Conference at the Florida Nature and Culture Center (FNCC). For the year leading up to the conference, the men focused on the theme of raising ... read more

Culture | Aug 15 2011

Singapore Soka Association Performs in National Day Parade

Singapore Soka Association Performs in National Day Parade

On August 9, the Singapore Soka Association (SSA) participated in Singapore's National Day Parade (NDP) 2011, at Marina Bay--an event attended by some 30,000 people. The event marked the country's 46th year of independence. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 14 2011

Women in South Africa Reach Out for Peace

Women in South Africa Reach Out for Peace

Representatives of organizations dedicated to peace were brought together on August 14 by SGI-South Africa (SGI-SA) women members in Cape Town for an event that focused on the construction of a peaceful society, the prevalence of violence, and the history of nuclear weapons in South Africa. ... read more