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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

Buddhism | Jun 26 2011

Student Group Meetings Held Across Canada

Student Group Meetings Held Across Canada

SGI-Canada's Student Group members held meetings throughout the country to celebrate the group's founding 54 years ago and to reaffirm the important role of students in creating a peaceful world on June 25 and 26. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Jun 26 2011

Soka Gakkai Members Plant Seeds of Hope in Earthquake Aftermath

Soka Gakkai Members Plant Seeds of Hope in Earthquake Aftermath

Mr. and Mrs. Izumi, together with a fellow member from the evacuation center, formed a volunteer group and started planting seeds and flowers throughout the city. ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 26 2011

SGI-Uruguay Women Hold Leaders Meeting

SGI-Uruguay Women Hold Leaders Meeting

On June 26, SGI-Uruguay women from all over the country attended a leaders meeting at the SGI-Uruguay Culture Center in Montevideo. At the meeting, participants studied one of Nichiren's writings, "The Dragon Gate," through which they learned about the spirit of "many in body but one in mind." ... read more

Culture | Jun 26 2011

SGI-New Zealand Brass Band Performs at Community Friendship Concert

SGI-New Zealand Brass Band Performs at Community Friendship Concert

SGI-New Zealand's Victorious March Brass Band appeared with the Manukau Concert Band for their 9th joint concert at the SGI-New Zealand Culture Centre in Auckland on June 26. ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 26 2011

Exchange Meeting Held in Haiti

Exchange Meeting Held in Haiti

An exchange meeting was held between SGI members from Haiti and the Dominican Republic in Juana Mendes, Haiti on June 26. ... read more

Culture | Jun 26 2011

SGI-Austria Celebrates 30th Anniversary

SGI-Austria Celebrates 30th Anniversary

SGI-Austria held a Friendship Meeting at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of SGI-Austria's formation on June 25. ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 26 2011

Fukushima Members Attend Prayer Meetings, "Phoenix Rallies"

Fukushima Members Attend Prayer Meetings, "Phoenix Rallies"

Following the Great East Japan Earthquake that struck March 11, memorial prayer meetings were held at Soka Gakkai centers in Tohoku and in Tokyo during the month of June. ... read more

Education | Jun 25 2011

Health and Beauty Fair in Panama

Health and Beauty Fair in Panama

Members of the SGI-Panama women's and young women's groups held a health and beauty fair at the SGI-Panama Culture Center Peace Auditorium, located in Panama City. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jun 23 2011

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Supports Nuclear Abolition Day

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Supports Nuclear Abolition Day

The SGI antinuclear weapons exhibition “From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit” (THS) was held at the SMJK Yu Hua school in Kajang, Malaysia, from June 21-23. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jun 23 2011

SGI-Italy's Antinuclear Campaign "Senzatomica" Hosts Nuclear Abolition Day Roundtable

SGI-Italy's Antinuclear Campaign "Senzatomica" Hosts Nuclear Abolition Day Roundtable

SGI-Italy's antinuclear campaign "Senzatomica" joined the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) in promoting Nuclear Abolition Day at a roundtable on June 23. ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 19 2011

SGI Members in Singapore Participate in Buddhist Study Exams

SGI Members in Singapore Participate in Buddhist Study Exams

Some 1,500 Singapore Soka Association (SSA) members sat for the SSA Study Department's elementary-level Buddhist study examination, which was administered at the Northland Secondary School in the town of Yishun on June 19. ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 19 2011

Founding of Soka Gakkai Women's Division Celebrated Worldwide

Founding of Soka Gakkai Women's Division Celebrated Worldwide

In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Soka Gakkai Women's Division, SGI members around the world held meetings to mark the occasion. ... read more

Culture | Jun 19 2011

Soka Gakkai Indonesia Contributes to Cultural Activities

Soka Gakkai Indonesia Contributes to Cultural Activities

Kongres Wanita Indonesia (KOWANI) sponsored an event in Jakarta, Indonesia, in conjunction with the 3rd ASEAN Confederation of Women's Organization (ACWO) Board Meeting. ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 18 2011

15th Anniversary of SGI-USA Florida Nature and Culture Center Celebrated

15th Anniversary of SGI-USA Florida Nature and Culture Center Celebrated

SGI-USA marked the 15th anniversary of the opening of the Florida Nature and Culture Center in Weston, Florida, and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's first visit to the center on June 18. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jun 16 2011

"Victory Over Violence" Events In South Africa

"Victory Over Violence" Events In South Africa

Youth members of SGI-South Africa held "Victory Over Violence" (VOV) events in Cape Town and Soweto to mark South Africa's Youth Day on June 16. ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 15 2011

Chinese and Spanish SGI Websites Renewed

Chinese and Spanish SGI Websites Renewed

The Spanish and Simplified and Traditional Chinese SGI websites have been renewed. In line with the renewal, the URLs for the sites have been changed to the following: ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 13 2011

SGI Women Hold Commemorative Meetings Throughout the World

SGI Women Hold Commemorative Meetings Throughout the World

During June, meetings were held worldwide in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the Soka Gakkai Women's Group. ... read more

Education | Jun 13 2011

Taiwan Soka Association Delegation Participates in Education Forum in China

Taiwan Soka Association Delegation Participates in Education Forum in China

Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) was one of the cosponsors of the Concern for the Growth of the Next Generation (CGNG) Cross-Straits Forum that was held from June 11 to 13 in Xiamen, Fujian Province, China. ... read more

Human Rights | Jun 11 2011

Human Rights Activist Addresses SGI-Kenya Women

Human Rights Activist Addresses SGI-Kenya Women

On June 11, SGI women members in Kenya and other countries in eastern Africa gathered at the University of Nairobi to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the Soka Gakkai's Women's Division. ... read more

Interfaith | Jun 11 2011

SGI-UK Participates in Interfaith Events

SGI-UK Participates in Interfaith Events

On May 29, SGI-UK's Glorious Life Chorus performed at a Wesak event, marking the 2,600th anniversary of Shakyamuni Buddha's enlightenment, held at the Hammersmith Town Hall in London. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Jun 11 2011

SGI-USA Members Engage in Relief Efforts in Tornado Aftermath

SGI-USA Members Engage in Relief Efforts in Tornado Aftermath

Following the devastation caused by the EF5 tornado which hit Joplin, Kansas, on May 22, a group of SGI members in Kansas City, Missouri, took the lead in providing relief aid to those in affected areas. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Jun 11 2011

Institute of Oriental Philosophy, UK, Hosts "Creative Awakening" Seminar

Institute of Oriental Philosophy, UK, Hosts "Creative Awakening" Seminar

The Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) UK held the third in a series of seminars titled "Creative Awakening" on humanity's relationship with nature on June 11 at the SGI-UK Taplow Court Grand Culture Centre. ... read more

Interfaith | Jun 9 2011

SGI-Australia Hosts Interfaith Dialogue

SGI-Australia Hosts Interfaith Dialogue

The first in a series of three interfaith dialogues titled "Embracing Difficult Conversations" was held at the SGI-Australia Culture Centre in Sydney on June 9. The theme of the meeting was "Conflict and Religion." ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Jun 9 2011

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Responds to Myanmar Earthquake

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Responds to Myanmar Earthquake

Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) donated RM$90,000 (US$30,447), collected from among its members nationwide, to the Malaysian Red Crescent Society in aid of the Myanmar earthquake victims. ... read more

Education | Jun 5 2011

Soka Gakkai Education Department Commemorates Makiguchi's Birth

Soka Gakkai Education Department Commemorates Makiguchi's Birth

In honor of the 140th anniversary of the birth of first Soka Gakkai president Tsunesaburo Makiguchi (June 6, 1871), the Soka Gakkai Education Department hosted a commemorative lecture at the Seikyo Shimbun head office on June 5. ... read more

Culture | Jun 5 2011

Russian Folk Ensemble Tours Taiwan

Russian Folk Ensemble Tours Taiwan

At the invitation of Taiwan Soka Association's (TSA) Chin Shuan Cultural and Educational Foundation, the Russian Folk Ensemble held six performances in the cities of Kaohsiung, Changhua and Taipei. ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 5 2011

Founding of Soka Gakkai Women's Group Celebrated in June

Founding of Soka Gakkai Women's Group Celebrated in June

Soka Gakkai held its monthly leaders meeting at the Soka International Friendship Center in Tokyo, Japan. The meeting commemorated the 60th anniversary of the establishment of Soka Gakkai's women's group. ... read more

Interfaith | Jun 4 2011

Interfaith Dialogue Held at SGI-Germany Culture Center

Interfaith Dialogue Held at SGI-Germany Culture Center

An interfaith event was held at the SGI-Germany Culture Center in Mörfelden-Walldorf, as part of an open day event at the center celebrating its 25th anniversary and the 20th anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's visit to the center on June 4. ... read more