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Culture | Apr 1 2011

SGI-Panama Hosts Photo Contest

SGI-Panama Hosts Photo Contest

On March 31, a photo contest with the theme "Flowers of Panama" was held at the SGI-Panama Peace Auditorium in Panama City. The contest, inspired by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's February 1987 poem dedicated to SGI-Panama members, aimed to promote appreciation for the beauty of Panamanian flowers and respect for the environment. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Apr 1 2011

The April Issue of the SGI Quarterly "On Communication"

The April Issue of the SGI Quarterly "On Communication"

The April 2011 issue of the SGI Quarterly is now available online. The theme of this issue is communication. The way we communicate-our habitual ways of speaking, listening and responding-can promote good relations and increase mutual understanding, or create discomfort and tension, even violence. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Apr 1 2011

Soka Gakkai and SGI Organizations Continue Earthquake Relief Donations

Soka Gakkai and SGI Organizations Continue Earthquake Relief Donations

In the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunamis that hit the Northeastern coast of Japan on March 11, Soka Gakkai and SGI organizations around the world continue to make donations in support of relief efforts. ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 31 2011

SGI President Publishes New Series of Gosho Commentaries

SGI President Publishes New Series of Gosho Commentaries

Following the devastating earthquake and tsunamis that hit Japan on March 11, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda began publishing a series of words of encouragement in the Soka Gakkai organ newspaper, the Seikyo Shimbun. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Mar 30 2011

David Krieger Speaks at Claremont McKenna College Student Buddhist Club

David Krieger Speaks at Claremont McKenna College Student Buddhist Club

On March 30, David Krieger, president of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, spoke at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California, USA, as part of a "Lunch and Lecture Series" sponsored by the school's 7Cs Buddhist Club. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Mar 29 2011

Local Soka Gakkai Members Engage in Relief Activities

Local Soka Gakkai Members Engage in Relief Activities

More than two weeks after the earthquake and tsunami disaster which devastated northeastern Japan, despite being victims themselves, local Soka Gakkai members continue to make strenuous effort for disaster relief and the recovery of affected areas. ... read more

Press Releases | Mar 28 2011

Soka Gakkai Earthquake Relief Efforts to Date

Starting on March 11, the day the earthquake and tsunamis devastated the Tohoku Region, the Soka Gakkai Buddhist association, which has a large grassroots network and local community centers throughout Japan, created emergency task forces at its headquarters in Tokyo and throughout the affected region. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Mar 27 2011

"Seeds of Hope" Exhibition Tours Three Malaysian States

"Seeds of Hope" Exhibition Tours Three Malaysian States

During March, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) arranged for the "Seeds of Hope: Visions of Sustainability, Steps toward Change" (SOH) exhibition to tour three states--Perak, Negeri Sembilan and Penang. ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 27 2011

New Zealand Members Pray for Christchurch and Tohoku Quake Victims

New Zealand Members Pray for Christchurch and Tohoku Quake Victims

During March, SGI-New Zealand members held special prayer meetings for lives lost in the Christchurch earthquake that hit New Zealand on February 22, as well as for victims of the Tohoku-Kanto earthquake in Japan on March 11 and for the fast and safe recovery of the affected regions. ... read more

Education | Mar 26 2011

Soka Education Explored at Parker School Symposium

Soka Education Explored at Parker School Symposium

On March 26, a symposium titled "Reuniting Parker, Dewey, Makiguchi and Ikeda: Education for Community and Citizenship Across Language and Culture" was held at the Francis W. Parker School in Chicago, USA. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Mar 26 2011

SGI-Italy Campaigns for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons

SGI-Italy Campaigns for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons

SGI-Italy organized the multimedia initiative "Senzatomica" ("Without Nuclear ") at the Conference Hall of Rome's Palazzo Marini, the House of Deputies, on February 1. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Mar 25 2011

SGI Organizations Give Donations for Japan Earthquake Relief

SGI Organizations Give Donations for Japan Earthquake Relief

In response to the 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunamis which devastated parts of northeastern Japan on March 11, SGI organizations throughout the world have been making donations to various NGOs to aid in relief activities. ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 21 2011

Soka Gakkai Conducts Spring Equinox Memorial Prayers

Soka Gakkai Conducts Spring Equinox Memorial Prayers

On March 21, the day of the spring equinox, Soka Gakkai held memorial services to pray for the peaceful repose of deceased family members and friends at Soka Gakkai centers and memorial parks throughout Japan. ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 20 2011

SGI-Spain Kicks off 50th Anniversary Celebrations

SGI-Spain youth members held a meeting in Zaragoza City, Spain, on March 19-20 to kick off celebrations of the 50th anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's first visit to the country and SGI-Spain's establishment in 1961. Participants gathered from throughout the country, including from the cities of Madrid and Barcelona. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Mar 19 2011

SGI-Cameroon Youth Plant 60 Trees

SGI-Cameroon Youth Plant 60 Trees

In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Young Men's and Young Women's groups within the Soka Gakkai, SGI-Cameroon youth members held a tree-planting in the Douala. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Mar 17 2011

Soka Gakkai President Visits Evacuees in Sendai, Relief Efforts Continue

Soka Gakkai President Visits Evacuees in Sendai, Relief Efforts Continue

Efforts by Soka Gakkai to provide emergency relief and encourage those sheltered at Soka Gakkai centers throughout the Tohoku region continue in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunamis that hit the region on March 11. ... read more

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