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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

Human Rights | Aug 14 2011

SGI-Panama Education Department Holds Human Rights Conference

SGI-Panama Education Department Holds Human Rights Conference

A conference titled "Human Rights: Value Education" was held at the SGI-Panama Culture Center Peace Auditorium on August 14. ... read more

Culture | Aug 14 2011

Seafarers' Photography Exhibition Shown at the "Hanse Sail Rostock" Festival

Seafarers' Photography Exhibition Shown at the "Hanse Sail Rostock" Festival

The exhibition "Beyond the Horizon," a collection of photographs taken by the Hato-kai--a group of SGI men involved in maritime occupations--was shown at the biggest maritime event, Hanse Sail Rostock, in Rostock City, Germany, from August 8-14. ... read more

Education | Aug 13 2011

SGI-Canada Members Support Youth Leadership Camps

SGI-Canada Members Support Youth Leadership Camps

Between July 31 and August 13, twelve SGI-Canada members helped to organize the annual "Take Action Academy" at the University of British Columbia. ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 13 2011

New SGI Center Opens in Melbourne, Australia

New SGI Center Opens in Melbourne, Australia

August 13 marked the opening of the SGI-Australia (SGIA) Victoria Community Centre in Melbourne, making it the fourth SGI center in Australia. Councillor Sarah Carter, mayor of Maribyrnong, where the building is located, officially opened the center. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 10 2011

In Response to Riots, SGI-UK Members Dialogue for Peace

In Response to Riots, SGI-UK Members Dialogue for Peace

Amidst the violence and turmoil of the recent riots that began on August 6, 2011, in Tottenham in the London Borough of Haringey, SGI-UK members deepened their determination to work towards the creation of a peaceful society through holding dialogues with people in their local communities. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 7 2011

Pugwash Chair Gives Talk at SGI-Denmark Training Session

Pugwash Chair Gives Talk at SGI-Denmark Training Session

SGI-Denmark held a training session in Helsingør from August 5-7 in celebration of the 50th anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's first visit to Denmark in October 1961. On August 6, as part of the training session, Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs Chair John Avery gave a lecture on abolishing war and nuclear weapons. ... read more

Press Releases | Aug 4 2011

Survey of Youth Attitudes to Nuclear Weapons, Nuclear Power

The Soka Gakkai Chugoku Student Peace Committee released on August 4 the results of its 16th annual survey on young people's attitudes to peace and nuclear weapons in the Hiroshima region, in advance of the August 6 anniversary of the atomic bombing of the city. ... read more

Interfaith | Jul 31 2011

Bharat Soka Gakkai Member Wins Tony Blair Interfaith Fellowship

Bharat Soka Gakkai Member Wins Tony Blair Interfaith Fellowship

Aparajita Bharti, a 21-year-old Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai (BSG) member, has been selected by the Tony Blair Faith Foundation for one of its Faiths Act Fellowships for 2011-12. Ms. Bharti, representing the Buddhist faith, was one of four Indians--2 Hindus, 1 Muslim and 1 Buddhist--selected. ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 31 2011

Anniversary of Soka Gakkai Youth Groups Celebrated in Uruguay

Anniversary of Soka Gakkai Youth Groups Celebrated in Uruguay

On July 30 and 31, SGI-Uruguay youth members celebrated the 60th anniversaries of the establishment of the Soka Gakkai Young Men's and Young Women’s Divisions in Japan in July 1951. ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 31 2011

A Celebration of Women in the Netherlands

A Celebration of Women in the Netherlands

In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Soka Gakkai Women's Division, SGI-Netherlands women members held meetings at 26 venues throughout the country from May to July, 2011. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jul 31 2011

SGI Antinuclear Weapons Exhibition Held in Nagano, Japan

SGI Antinuclear Weapons Exhibition Held in Nagano, Japan

From July 28-31, the SGI antinuclear weapons exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit" (THS) was shown at the Inoue Department Store in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jul 31 2011

Nagasaki Youth Peace Forum, Presentation of Cranes from SGI-Thailand

Nagasaki Youth Peace Forum, Presentation of Cranes from SGI-Thailand

On July 31, Soka Gakkai Nagasaki youth members held a peace forum at the Peace Hall of the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, to deepen their vow to achieve a world without nuclear weapons. Soka Gakkai youth representatives from Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Okinawa held their 20th youth peace summit at the Soka Gakkai Nagasaki Peace Hall in Nagasaki City on July 30. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Jul 31 2011

Tohoku Soka Gakkai Youth Members Hold "Rock the Heart" Music Festival

Tohoku Soka Gakkai Youth Members Hold "Rock the Heart" Music Festival

Soka Gakkai student members in Tohoku held a music festival titled "Rock the Heart" in Kotodai Park, Sendai City in Miyagi Prefecture, on July 31. The festival was organized to send a message of courage and hope to the many evacuees living in shelters and to those who, five months on, are still struggling in the aftermath of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 24 2011

Anniversary of Soka Youth Groups Celebrated in Paraguay

Anniversary of Soka Youth Groups Celebrated in Paraguay

On July 24, SGI-Paraguay youth members held a meeting at the SGI-Paraguay Culture Center in Asunción to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the Soka Gakkai's youth group which was formed in 1951. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jul 24 2011

Hiroshima Youth Host Lecture, Announce Survey Results on Nuclear Weapons and Nuclear Power

Hiroshima Youth Host Lecture, Announce Survey Results on Nuclear Weapons and Nuclear Power

On July 24, Soka Gakkai youth members in Hiroshima held the Hiroshima Youth Peace Meeting at the Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Ikeda Peace Hall. They also hosted the 145th in a series of lectures titled "Lectures on Hiroshima" at the same venue ... read more

Education | Jul 23 2011

SGI Representative Speaks on Peace and Dialogue at New Zealand Counselors Gathering

SGI Representative Speaks on Peace and Dialogue at New Zealand Counselors Gathering

From July 21-23, six representative SGI members attended a New Zealand Counselors Association (NZCA) training course held at the Whangarei Boys High School in Whangarei. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jul 23 2011

SGI-USA Men March Against Domestic Violence

SGI-USA Men March Against Domestic Violence

Men from SGI-USA in the Seattle, Washington, area marched in the "Men's March Against Domestic Violence" in the Renton River Days parade--a multi-day family festival and celebration of community pride on July 23. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jul 22 2011

Singapore Soka Association Youth Celebrate Racial Harmony Day

Singapore Soka Association Youth Celebrate Racial Harmony Day

Singapore Soka Association (SSA), in partnership with the People's Association that promotes racial harmony, organized the "GO! Carnival" celebrating Racial Harmony Day and celebrated on the anniversary of the race riots that occurred in Singapore on July 21, 1964 ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 18 2011

Study Lecture on Nichiren Buddhism Held in UK

Study Lecture on Nichiren Buddhism Held in UK

On July 18, SGI Study Department Chief Katsuji Saito delivered a Buddhist study lecture on Nichiren's writings to over 1,000 SGI-UK members at Friends House in London. ... read more

Education | Jul 17 2011

Taiwan Soka Association Organizes Educational Summer Camps

Taiwan Soka Association Organizes Educational Summer Camps

A team of Taiwan Soka Association student members from various universities organized TSA's Soka Joy Summer Camp at the Alishan Elementary School in Chiayi, Taiwan, on July 7 and 8. ... read more

Culture | Jul 17 2011

SGI-Philippines Hosts Youth Friendship Culture Festival

SGI-Philippines Hosts Youth Friendship Culture Festival

On July 17, SGI-Philippines held a Youth Friendship Culture Festival at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City near Manila, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the birth of José Rizal (1861-96) and the 20th anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda’s first visit to the Philippines. ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 17 2011

SGI-Cambodia Youth Hold Meetings

SGI-Cambodia Youth Hold Meetings

SGI-Cambodia young women members held their Phnom Penh Chapter General Meeting at the SGI-Cambodia Culture Center on July 10. The Young Men's Phnom Penh Chapter General Meeting was also held at the Cambodia Culture Center on July 17. ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 17 2011

Lectures on Nichiren Buddhism in Milan, Italy

Lectures on Nichiren Buddhism in Milan, Italy

Some 470 SGI members from 29 countries around Europe attended SGI-Europe's Nichiren Buddhism study session in Milan, Italy, from July 14-17. SGI Study Department Chief Katsuji Saito lectured on key writings of Nichiren such as "The True Aspect of All Phenomena" and on the mentor-disciple relationship, which he depicted as the essence of Nichiren Buddhism. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Jul 17 2011

SGI-South Africa's Community Outreach in Support of Mandela Day

SGI-South Africa's Community Outreach in Support of Mandela Day

Members of the Gauteng Chapter of SGI-South Africa delivered donations of food, toys, clothes and other items to the Ithlokomeleng Home and Sediba Sathuto Childcare Centre in Alexandra Township, a low-income residential area of Johannesburg, on July 17. ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 16 2011

New SGI Center Opens in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

New SGI Center Opens in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

On July 16, a new SGI center was opened in Charlotte, North Carolina. The two ceremonies marking the opening were attended by more than 320 members and guests, some of whom traveled for more than four hours from both North and South Carolina. ... read more

Culture | Jul 15 2011

Works from Beijing Palace Museum Exhibited in Hokkaido

Works from Beijing Palace Museum Exhibited in Hokkaido

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between Japan and China, the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum (TFAM) is exhibiting The Palace of Heaven on Earth: Works from the Palace Museum in Beijing, at the Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art. ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 9 2011

Monthly Soka Gakkai Leaders Meeting Celebrates Youth and Tohoku

Monthly Soka Gakkai Leaders Meeting Celebrates Youth and Tohoku

Soka Gakkai's July leaders meeting was held in conjunction with the New Tohoku General Meeting at the Tokyo Makiguchi Memorial Hall in Hachioji on July 9. ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 3 2011

SGI-Chile Celebrates the Month of July

SGI-Chile Celebrates the Month of July

On July 3, a prayer meeting commemorating the day of mentor and disciple was held at the SGI-Chile Culture Center in Santiago. ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 3 2011

Tohoku Youth Division General Meeting Held in Miyagi Prefecture

Tohoku Youth Division General Meeting Held in Miyagi Prefecture

Following the Great East Japan Earthquake, Soka Gakkai youth members in Tohoku gathered together on July 3, at the Soka Gakkai Aoba Culture Center in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, to celebrate the holding of the "New Generation First Tohoku Youth General Meeting." ... read more

Education | Jul 2 2011

Soka International Women’s Center Hosts Seminar on Communicating with Children

Soka International Women’s Center Hosts Seminar on Communicating with Children

Shigeyo Kondo of the Soka Gakkai Education Department gave a talk on the value of communication in drawing forth children's potential at the Soka International Women's Center in Tokyo on July 2. ... read more

Human Rights | Jul 1 2011

July Issue of SGI Quarterly "Finding Freedom" Now Online

July Issue of SGI Quarterly "Finding Freedom" Now Online

What is freedom? What does it mean to be free? The July issue of the SGI Quarterly, now online, takes a broad look at the meaning of freedom and the experiences of those who have struggled to achieve it. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Jun 30 2011

SGI Representatives Attend 2011 UNHCR Consultations with NGOs

SGI Representatives Attend 2011 UNHCR Consultations with NGOs

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, held its Annual Consultations with NGOs at the International Conference Center in Geneva, Switzerland from June 28-30. SGI representatives participated in the consultations. ... read more