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Humanitarian Activities | Mar 16 2011

Taiwan Soka Association, SGI-Macau and SGI-Hong Kong Donate Toward Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief

Taiwan Soka Association, SGI-Macau and SGI-Hong Kong Donate Toward Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief

On March 16, in response to the massive earthquake that has caused serious destruction across the Tohoku region of Japan, Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) General Director Lin Chao visited Taiwanese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Timothy Yang Chin-Tien, to present a donation equivalent to US$126,400. TSA was the first organization to donate funds in support of the government's relief efforts to the Ministry. ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 16 2011

Relief Efforts Continue in Japan, SGI Members Hold Prayer Meetings, SGI President's March 16 Message

Relief Efforts Continue in Japan, SGI Members Hold Prayer Meetings, SGI President's March 16 Message

March 16 is a symbolic day for Soka Gakkai and SGI members, as it commemorates Kosen-rufu Day--a day when individuals deepen their vow to work for the sake of world peace and the happiness and well-being of all humanity. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Mar 16 2011

Contact Reestablished with Soka Gakkai Centers in Coastal Areas; Assistance Provided

Contact Reestablished with Soka Gakkai Centers in Coastal Areas; Assistance Provided

In the wake of the earthquake that hit Japan on March 11, Mr. Kazuo Nirasawa, the regional leader of Soka Gakkai in Tohoku, and Mr. Akihiko Morishima, Miyagi prefectural leader, met with Miyagi Prefectural Governor Yoshihiro Murai on March 15 to report on the assistance being provided to 3,000 people now seeking refuge at Soka Gakkai centers in Miyagi Prefecture alone. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Mar 15 2011

Soka Gakkai Continues Relief Efforts in Tohoku and Shin'etsu Regions

Soka Gakkai Continues Relief Efforts in Tohoku and Shin'etsu Regions

The Soka Gakkai central emergency communications center at the Tokyo Headquarters, together with Soka Gakkai community centers serving as emergency centers throughout the affected Tohoku region, continue to provide relief to those affected by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. The organization is also providing emergency assistance to those affected ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Mar 14 2011

Soka Gakkai Relief Activities Continue in Northeastern Japan

Soka Gakkai Relief Activities Continue in Northeastern Japan

In response to the devastation caused by the March 11 earthquake and tsunamis, Soka Gakkai's relief efforts continue throughout the affected region. ... read more

Interfaith | Mar 13 2011

SGI-Luxembourg Participates in Interfaith Concert

SGI-Luxembourg Participates in Interfaith Concert

On March 13, SGI-Luxembourg joined the second Interfaith Concert at the Protestant Church of Luxembourg in the center of Luxembourg City. The concert was organized by Action Groupe Inter-Religions (AGIR) of which SGI Luxembourg has been a member for two years. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Mar 13 2011

Soka Gakkai Relief Activities, SGI President's Message

Soka Gakkai Relief Activities, SGI President's Message

In response to the massive earthquake and subsequent tsunamis which devastated parts of northern Japan on March 11, the Soka Gakkai central emergency communications center at the Soka Gakkai Headquarters in Tokyo is coordinating closely with local emergency centers set up by Soka Gakkai in the prefectures concerned to gather information, contact those in affected areas and initiate relief efforts. ... read more

Culture | Mar 12 2011

Exhibition on Life and Work of Chinese Writer Xie Bingxin Opens in Taiwan

Exhibition on Life and Work of Chinese Writer Xie Bingxin Opens in Taiwan

An exhibition showcasing the life and works of renowned Chinese writer Xie Bingxin (1900-99) opened at Taiwan Soka Association's Zhi Shan Culture Center in Taipei on March 12. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Mar 12 2011

Japan Earthquake Initial Response

At 2:46pm (Japan time) on Friday March 11 an earthquake of 8.8 magnitude hit the northeastern coast of Japan, followed by aftershocks and a series of tsunamis. ... read more

Interfaith | Mar 10 2011

Canada Participates in Interfaith Dialogue Project

Two SGI-Canada members participated in the Burnaby Inter-Faith Dialogue Project Forum held in Burnaby, British Columbia. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Mar 8 2011

SGI Participates in Rio +20 Preparatory Process

SGI Participates in Rio +20 Preparatory Process

The UN Conference on Environment and Development, popularly known as the Earth Summit, convened in 1992 in Rio de Janeiro, was the first international conference to discuss the issue of sustainable development, resulting in the creation of "Agenda 21." ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 7 2011

High School Students in Iceland Learn About Buddhism

High School Students in Iceland Learn About Buddhism

On March 7, SGI-Iceland representative Eyglo Jónsdóttir gave a talk on Buddhism to some 40 students at Menntaskólinn á Akureyri High School in Akureyri in northern Iceland, as part of its guest speaker series. Every year for two days in the spring semester all classes stop and the school invites various people to give talks or organize educational workshops on different themes for the students. ... read more

Culture | Mar 7 2011

SGI-Argentina Holds Culture Festival

SGI-Argentina Holds Culture Festival

On March 5-7, SGI-Argentina held a Soka Youth Peace Culture Festival at the SGI-Argentina Peace Auditorium in Buenos Aires. The event commemorated March 16, a day within the SGI that symbolizes the mentor entrusting his disciples with the task of working for world peace. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Mar 7 2011

Environmental Theologian Speaks on "Journey of the Universe" in New York

Environmental Theologian Speaks on "Journey of the Universe" in New York

"On March 7, Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker, adjunct professor at Yale University's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and the Divinity School, delivered a lecture at the SGI-USA New York Culture Center as part of the organization's Culture of Peace Lecture Series." ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 6 2011

SGI-Chile Anniversary Commemorated

SGI-Chile Anniversary Commemorated

On March 6, SGI members in Chile commemorated the 18th anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's February 1993 visit to the country at the SGI-Chile Culture Center in Santiago. ... read more

Education | Mar 4 2011

SGI Promotes Empowerment at the UN Commission on the Status of Women

SGI Promotes Empowerment at the UN Commission on the Status of Women

The 55th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) took place from February 22 to March 4 at the UN Headquarters in New York with the priority theme "Access and participation of women and girls in education, training, science and technology, including for the promotion of women's equal access to full employment and decent work." ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Mar 2 2011

SGI's Antinuclear Exhibition Shown at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

SGI's Antinuclear Exhibition Shown at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

From February 27 to March 2, Applied Nichiren Buddhism, the SGI-USA student campus group at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), sponsored a showing of SGI's anti-nuclear exhibition, "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit" (THS) at the university. Nearly 100 members of the ... read more

Interfaith | Mar 2 2011

Culture of Peace Lecture Series Hosts Buddhist-Islamic Dialogue

Culture of Peace Lecture Series Hosts Buddhist-Islamic Dialogue

Former Pakistani Ambassador to the UK, Akbar Ahmed, spoke about the role of compassion in fostering dialogue among religions at the SGI-USA Washington, DC, Centers. ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 28 2011

Discussion Meetings in SGI-Italy

Discussion Meetings in SGI-Italy

Discussion meetings have been the driving source for the advancement of SGI-Italy. These meetings, held twice a month at 4,400 locations throughout Italy--mostly in members' homes--enable participants to deepen their understanding of Buddhism through study and share their personal experiences in faith. ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 27 2011

Bharat Soka Gakkai Holds Study Sessions

Bharat Soka Gakkai Holds Study Sessions

From February 26-27, Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai members from 36 cities in India attended study sessions held at the Siri Fort Auditorium and at the Soka Bodhi Tree Garden in New Delhi. ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 26 2011

Soka Gakkai Holds Monthly Leaders Meeting in Tokyo

Soka Gakkai Holds Monthly Leaders Meeting in Tokyo

On February 26, Soka Gakkai held its monthly leaders meeting at the Soka International Friendship Hall in Tokyo, Japan. The meeting also functioned as a gathering of national youth leaders and men's leaders and the Soka Gakkai Artists Division. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Feb 22 2011

"Building a Culture of Peace" Exhibition Shown in Nashik, India

"Building a Culture of Peace" Exhibition Shown in Nashik, India

Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai (BSG) has held two showings of the exhibition "Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World" in Delhi, at the BYK College of Commerce from February 18-20 and at St. Lawrence High School from February 21-22. Over 2,700 viewed the exhibition in total. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Feb 17 2011

"Transforming the Human Spirit" Shown at Mexico's Ministry of Foreign Affairs

"Transforming the Human Spirit" Shown at Mexico's Ministry of Foreign Affairs

From February 11-17, the SGI exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit" (THS), was shown at Mexico's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 16 2011

Anniversary of Nichiren's Birth Celebrated

Anniversary of Nichiren's Birth Celebrated

On February 16, Soka Gakkai members in Japan and SGI members around the world held prayer services commemorating the anniversary of the birth of Nichiren, who established the Buddhist practice followed by SGI members (February 16, 1222). ... read more

Sustainable Development | Feb 14 2011

"Seeds of Hope" Exhibition Shown in Alberta and Ontario, Canada

"Seeds of Hope" Exhibition Shown in Alberta and Ontario, Canada

SGI-Canada members in Edmonton, Alberta, co-organized a showing of the SGI's "Seeds of Hope: Visions of sustainability, steps toward change" (SOH) exhibition at Grant MacEwan University from January 31 to February 14. ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 13 2011

SGI-Dominican Republic Holds Commemorative Meeting

SGI-Dominican Republic Holds Commemorative Meeting

2011 marks the 24th anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's first visit (February 8, 1987) to the Dominican Republic. On February 13, SGI-Dominican Republic members held a commemorative meeting in the spirit of sharing the importance of the mentor and disciple relationship to future generations. ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 13 2011

SGI Europe Youth Take Initiative for World Peace

SGI Europe Youth Take Initiative for World Peace

SGI members throughout Europe have been commemorating the 50th anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's first visit to Europe in 1961 with meetings in local areas. ... read more

Culture | Feb 12 2011

Singapore Soka Association Members Join Chinese New Year Parade

Singapore Soka Association Members Join Chinese New Year Parade

On February 12, Singapore Soka Association (SSA) members performed in the 2011 Chinese New Year Chingay Parade at Singapore's Marina Bay. S. R. Nathan, President of Singapore, attended the event.Spearheading the procession was a dragon dance display consisting of a pair of 88-meter long dragons, manned by dancers from Xi'an, China. ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 9 2011

SGI-Thailand Leaders Commemorate 50th Anniversary

On February 9, SGI leaders met at the SGI-Thailand Thonburi Center in Bangkok to commemorate 50 years of SGI in Thailand. ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 5 2011

Representatives from IOP Attend Seminar on Buddhist Scholar Kumārajīva

Representatives from IOP Attend Seminar on Buddhist Scholar Kumārajīva

Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) representatives attended an international seminar titled "Kumārajīva: Philosopher and Seer" in New Delhi from February 3-5. The seminar, organized by the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, introduced the most current research on Kumārajīva (344-413)--the Buddhist scholar responsible for translating many key Buddhist scriptures from Sanskrit into Chinese. ... read more

Interfaith | Feb 5 2011

"Global Visioning" Conference held in Morocco

"Global Visioning" Conference held in Morocco

The Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research held an international conference titled "Global Visioning for a Common Future: Hopes, Challenges and Solutions" in Rabat, Morocco, on February 4 and 5. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Feb 4 2011

Scholars Attend SGI-UK's Peace Proposal Symposium

Scholars Attend SGI-UK's Peace Proposal Symposium

On February 4, academics from institutions across the country were invited to SGI-UK's second Peace Proposal Symposium held in conjunction with Goldsmiths College, London, UK. ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 31 2011

Founding of SGI Commemorated in Micronesia

Founding of SGI Commemorated in Micronesia

In January, SGI members in the Federated States of Micronesia held a meeting commemorating the 19th anniversary of the establishment of the first group of SGI members in the city of Kolonia on the Island of Pohnpei. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Jan 31 2011

SGI-Venezuela Hosts "Seeds of Hope" Exhibition

SGI-Venezuela Hosts "Seeds of Hope" Exhibition

SGI's exhibition "Seeds of Hope: Visions of sustainability, steps toward change" (SOH), produced in cooperation with the Earth Charter International, was shown at the Science Museum of Caracas, Venezuela, from November 21, 2010, to January 31, 2011. ... read more

Culture | Jan 30 2011

Celebrating "The Transformative Power of Jazz" in Boston

Celebrating "The Transformative Power of Jazz" in Boston

On January 30, SGI-USA members in Boston, Massachusetts, held an event titled "The Transformative Power of Jazz," at the SGI-USA Culture Center in Boston. ... read more

Culture | Jan 30 2011

3, 500 SGI-Hong Kong Youth Perform in Culture Festival

3, 500 SGI-Hong Kong Youth Perform in Culture Festival

From January 29-30, SGI-Hong Kong held a culture festival at AsiaWorld-Expo in Hong Kong. Guests totaled 30,000 and included Jao Tsung-I, emeritus professor of Chinese Language and Literature at the Chinese University of Hong Kong; Yang Wu, vice chairman of the Standing Committee of the People's Congress of Guangzhou Municipality and representatives from universities in Hong Kong and Guangzhou. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jan 29 2011

Peace Scholars Discuss SGI President's 2010 Peace Proposal in Kathmandu

Peace Scholars Discuss SGI President's 2010 Peace Proposal in Kathmandu

On January 29, SGI-Nepal members celebrated the 36th anniversary of the SGI's founding with a symposium on SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's 2010 Peace Proposal, "Toward a New Era of Value Creation." ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 26 2011

SGI's Founding Commemorated with Prayer Services

SGI's Founding Commemorated with Prayer Services

On January 26, the 36th anniversary of SGI's founding (January 26, 1975), SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and Mrs. Kaneko Ikeda visited the Soka Gakkai Mentor and Disciple Memorial Hall in Shinjuku Ward in Tokyo, Japan. ... read more

Press Releases | Jan 26 2011

Buddhist Leader Calls for Progress on Abolition of Nuclear Weapons, Building Global Human Rights Culture

In a proposal released on Jan. 26, "Toward a World of Dignity for All: The Triumph of the Creative Life," Soka Gakkai International (SGI) President Daisaku Ikeda calls for global civil society to take the lead in resolving two key challenges of our time: abolishing nuclear weapons and building a global culture of human rights. ... read more

Interfaith | Jan 24 2011

SGI-UK Youth Take Part in Multi-Faith Awareness Week

SGI-UK Youth Take Part in Multi-Faith Awareness Week

On January 24, SGI-UK youth members were invited to Croydon College of Further Education in South London to join the Multi-Faith Awareness Week for youth aged 16-19. This was the first time that SGI members have taken part in this event. Representatives from different faiths including Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism and ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jan 24 2011

"Transforming the Human Spirit" Shown at Roehampton University, UK

"Transforming the Human Spirit" Shown at Roehampton University, UK

The SGI exhibition, "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit" (THS) was shown at Roehampton University from January 22-24. The event was organized by the university's Human Rights Society and SGI-UK's Youth Peace Committee, with the support of local SGI-UK members. Nearly 400 ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 24 2011

SGI Members from the Americas Study Nichiren's Writings

SGI Members from the Americas Study Nichiren's Writings

From January 21-24, Soka Gakkai Study Department Leader Masaaki Morinaka led a leaders' study conference at the SGI-USA Florida Nature and Culture Center in Florida, USA. ... read more

Culture | Jan 23 2011

SGI-Macau Commemorates 20th anniversary of SGI President's Visit

SGI-Macau Commemorates 20th anniversary of SGI President's Visit

On January 23, SGI-Macau held a culture festival at the Macao Polytechnic Institute (MPI) auditorium marking the 11th anniversary of Hong Kong's return of sovereignty to China. ... read more

Culture | Jan 22 2011

"Beethoven Festa" held at SGI-Austria Culture Center

"Beethoven Festa" held at SGI-Austria Culture Center

On January 22, SGI-Austria hosted a "Beethoven Festa" at the SGI-Austria Culture Center. Over 100 were treated to a piano concert of Ludwig van Beethoven's (1770-1827) works performed by various musicians and accompanied by dance. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jan 17 2011

SGI-USA Members Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

SGI-USA Members Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

SGI-USA members in Oklahoma united with church members, elected officials, high school bands and community organizations for Oklahoma City's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade on January 15. ... read more