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Buddhism | Jan 17 2011

Soka Gakkai Holds Memorial Services for Victims of the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake

Soka Gakkai Holds Memorial Services for Victims of the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake

On the 16th anniversary of the Great Hanshin Earthquake (January 17, 1995) in Japan, Soka Gakkai held memorial services on January 17, in remembrance of those who lost their lives. ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 16 2011

Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai Unveils World Peace Monument

Commemorating the 50th anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's visit to India, some 1,000 Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai members from throughout India unveiled a World Peace Monument at the Soka Bodhi Tree Garden in New Delhi. ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 16 2011

SGI-Europe Leaders hold Summit Meeting in Trets, France

SGI-Europe Leaders hold Summit Meeting in Trets, France

2011 marks the 50th anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's first visit to Europe in October 1961. ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 16 2011

SGI Members Kickoff 2011 Activities in Philippines and Bolivia

SGI Members Kickoff 2011 Activities in Philippines and Bolivia

SGI-Philippines members met January 15-16 at the SGI-Philippines Culture Center in Quezon, Manila. With 2011 marking the 20th anniversary (April 1991) of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's first visit to the Philippines, SGI-Philippines youth members will hold a youth culture festival during the summer to commemorate the anniversary. ... read more

Culture | Jan 15 2011

Collected Paintings of Liu Yu Shown at Taiwan Soka Association Headquarters

Collected Paintings of Liu Yu Shown at Taiwan Soka Association Headquarters

The opening ceremony for an exhibition of the collected paintings of the renowned Taiwanese painter Liu Yu took place at Taiwan Soka Association's (TSA) headquarters, Zhi Shan Culture Center, in Taipei on January 15. More than 30 students and friends of Professor Liu attended the opening ceremony. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jan 15 2011

Former Soldier Gives SGI-USA Culture of Peace Lecture

Former Soldier Gives SGI-USA Culture of Peace Lecture

On January 15, Paul Chappell, a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in New York and author of the book Will War Ever End? A Soldier's Vision of Peace for the 21st Century, spoke as part of the Culture of Peace Distinguished Speakers Series at the SGI-USA Culture of Peace Resource Center in Santa Monica, California. ... read more

Culture | Jan 15 2011

Exhibition on Franz Liszt and the Romantic Era Shown at Min-On Concert Association

Exhibition on Franz Liszt and the Romantic Era Shown at Min-On Concert Association

The Min-On Concert Association in Tokyo, Japan, is displaying an exhibition on music from the Romantic era, in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of Franz Liszt (1811-1886). ... read more

Culture | Jan 9 2011

"Boys and Girls Art of Hope Exhibition" Shown in Tokyo

"Boys and Girls Art of Hope Exhibition" Shown in Tokyo

The 25th "Boys and Girls Art of Hope Exhibition" was on display from December 23 to January 9, 2011, at the Josei Toda International Center in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo, Japan. ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 8 2011

Soka Gakkai Holds First Monthly Leaders Meeting of 2011 in Japan

Soka Gakkai Holds First Monthly Leaders Meeting of 2011 in Japan

On January 8, Soka Gakkai held its monthly leaders meeting, which commemorated the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the Young Men's Group (July 11, 1951) and Young Women's Group (July 19, 1951). ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jan 5 2011

SGI-Canada Hosts Evening with Director of Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research

SGI-Canada Hosts Evening with Director of Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research

On January 4, SGI-Canada hosted an evening with Olivier Urbain, director of the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research, at the SGI Culture Centre in Toronto. Dr. Urbain highlighted points from his recently published book on SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, titled Daisaku Ikeda's Philosophy of Peace. Dr. Urbain explained ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 2 2011

SGI Africa Members Celebrate the New Year

SGI Africa Members Celebrate the New Year

On January 2, SGI members in Zambia, South Africa, Nigeria, Madagascar and Côte d'Ivoire celebrated the New Year by holding commemorative meetings in their respective countries. ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 2 2011

SGI Members Around the World Celebrate the New Year

SGI Members Around the World Celebrate the New Year

SGI members around the world celebrated the New Year by holding commemorative meetings in their local areas. ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 2 2011

Members in Japan Celebrate Start of 2011

Members in Japan Celebrate Start of 2011

New Year's meetings to celebrate the start of 2011 were held in Soka Gakkai centers throughout Japan on January 1 and 2. On January 1, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and Soka Gakkai representative leaders performed gongyo at the Soka Gakkai Headquarters in Shinanomachi, Shinjuku, Tokyo, to pray for the good health, ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jan 1 2011

Latest SGI Quarterly Highlights Contributions of Women to Peacebuilding

Latest SGI Quarterly Highlights Contributions of Women to Peacebuilding

The January 2011 SGI Quarterly, on the theme "Women Building Peace," has been published and is now available. ... read more

Education | Dec 27 2010

Soka Gakkai Educational Counseling Centers in Review

Soka Gakkai Educational Counseling Centers in Review

During 2010, more than 7,000 people visited the Soka Gakkai Educational Counseling Centers (SGECC) run by the Soka Gakkai Education Department. Since the establishment of its first center in 1968, more than 360,000 individuals, including students and their parents, have received counseling. The centers were started at the suggestion of SGI President ... read more

Culture | Dec 19 2010

Soka Renaissance Vanguard Wins National Competition

Soka Renaissance Vanguard Wins National Competition

From December 18-19, five Soka Gakkai drum and bugle corps participated in the 38th All-Japan Marching Band and Baton Twirling Contest, sponsored by the Japan Marching Band & Baton Twirling Association at the Saitama Super Arena. The Soka Renaissance Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps won the Prime Minister's Cup (top ... read more

Sustainable Development | Dec 18 2010

"Seeds of Change" Shown in Brighton, UK

"Seeds of Change" Shown in Brighton, UK

At the request of Alicia Jimenez, the project coordinator of the Earth Charter International Secretariat in Costa Rica, SGI-UK organized a showing of the joint SGI and Earth Charter exhibition "Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential" at the University of Brighton, UK, from December 16-18. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Dec 15 2010

"Transforming the Human Spirit" Shown at School of Medicine in Mexico

"Transforming the Human Spirit" Shown at School of Medicine in Mexico

The SGI exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit" (THS) was on display at Mexico's National Polytechnic Institute's (IPN) School of Medicine from December 1-15. The opening ceremony took place on December 1, in conjunction with a conference with Mexico's Ministry of Health ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 12 2010

SGI-Peru Holds Fifth National Leaders Meeting

SGI-Peru Holds Fifth National Leaders Meeting

SGI-Peru held its fifth national leaders meeting at the Peru Culture Center in Lima on December 12. Some 800 attended the gathering, at which SGI-Peru's young men's brass band and young women's fife-and-drum corps performed. An SGI-Peru youth shared his resolution to support his peers in developing their capability. Several SGI-Peru ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 5 2010

New Commemorative Hall Opens at Soka Gakkai Malaysia's Grand Culture Centre

New Commemorative Hall Opens at Soka Gakkai Malaysia's Grand Culture Centre

Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) held a festival commemorating the 80th anniversary of Soka Gakkai's founding on December 5, at the SGM Headquarters in Cheras, Selangor. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a message congratulating members on their meeting and shared his hope that SGM members always value a spirit of creating harmony. SGI ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 4 2010

Soka Gakkai Academic Department Hosts Symposium on History of SGI

Soka Gakkai Academic Department Hosts Symposium on History of SGI

The Soka Gakkai Academic Department hosted a symposium at the Japan Youth Hall on December 4, in Tokyo, Japan. Presentations at the event focused on how SGI's various activities are perceived around the world. Among the scholars who spoke were Dr. Daisuke Inoue from Soka University of Japan, Professor Akira Kawabata ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 3 2010

Symposium on "Modern Civilization and Philosophy" and Lotus Sutra Exhibition Held in Brazil

Symposium on "Modern Civilization and Philosophy" and Lotus Sutra Exhibition Held in Brazil

The Brazilian Academy of Philosophy and the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) held a joint symposium on "Modern Civilization and Philosophy" at the Brazilian Academy of Philosophy of Rio de Janeiro on December 1-2, 2010. Guests at the opening ceremony included Academy President João Ricardo Moderno and former Minister of Culture ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 30 2010

Buddhist Meetings Held in Africa

Buddhist Meetings Held in Africa

On September 25, SGI-Cambodia held its 10th General Meeting at the National Institute of Education in Phnom Penh. ... read more

Culture | Nov 30 2010

SGI-Togo Members Hold Cultural Festival

SGI-Togo Members Hold Cultural Festival

During November, SGI-Togo youth, who make up more than half of the organization's membership, held a culture festival at the SGI-Togo Center in Lome. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Nov 28 2010

SGI Representatives Visit the Amazon Ecological Conservation Center in Manaus, Brazil

SGI Representatives Visit the Amazon Ecological Conservation Center in Manaus, Brazil

A ceremony was held on the grounds of the SGI-Brazil (BSGI) Amazon Ecological Conservation Center (AECC) in Manaus, Brazil, on November 27, to commemorate BSGI's movement for peace over the past 50 years. The event included seed plantings of Brazil's national flower, the Ipê-amarelo. Guests included Brazilian poet Amedeu Thiago ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Nov 28 2010

SGI-Cambodia Youth Organize Peace Seminar and "Victory Over Violence" Exhibition at Local High School

SGI-Cambodia Youth Organize Peace Seminar and "Victory Over Violence" Exhibition at Local High School

SGI-Cambodia youth organized a seminar devoted to peace at the Jayavarman VII High School in Kandal Province on November 28. ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 28 2010

Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai Holds General Meeting

Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai Holds General Meeting

On November 28, Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai (BSG) members held a general meeting at the Soka Bodhi Tree Garden outside New Delhi, India. In all, 1,300 gathered, including SGI members from Nepal and Sri Lanka. Representing all the youth, BSG youth leaders shared their determination to deepen their understanding of Nichiren's ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 28 2010

SGI-Russia Young Women Commemorate the Founding of Soka Gakkai

SGI-Russia Young Women Commemorate the Founding of Soka Gakkai

In commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the Soka Gakkai's founding, young women from SGI-Russia held a commemorative meeting in Moscow on November 28. At the meeting the women refreshed their determinations to work for the peace and happiness of humanity. [Adapted from an article in the December 26, 2010, issue ... read more

Culture | Nov 28 2010

Culture Festivals Held in Panama and Chile

Culture Festivals Held in Panama and Chile

Over two days on November 20 and 21, SGI-Panama members put on a culture festival celebrating the 80th anniversary of Soka Gakkai's founding, at the SGI-Panama Culture Center in Panama City. Some 2,400 gathered from surrounding provinces such as Chiriquí and Veragaus and from the city of Colón. The festival ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 28 2010

SGI Members in the UK and Japan Take Buddhist Study Exams

SGI Members in the UK and Japan Take Buddhist Study Exams

On November 14, hundreds of SGI-UK members participated in Buddhist study exams at SGI-UK centers and local venues throughout the country. Every year, the SGI-UK Buddhist Study Exam offers participants opportunities to study Nichiren's writings in depth and deepen their understanding of Buddhism. This year marked the seventh year of such ... read more

Sustainable Development | Nov 27 2010

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Joins "Green Consumers" Campaign

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Joins "Green Consumers" Campaign

Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) Johor, in collaboration with the Johor state Economic Planning Unit and the Ministry of Tourism in Malaysia, organized a "Green Consumers" campaign on November 27 at the SGM Johor Culture Center. The event was created to raise awareness on the issue of environmental protection in the community. ... read more

Education | Nov 23 2010

SGI Takes Part in Frankfurt Book Fair and Organizes Book Exhibition in Japan

SGI Takes Part in Frankfurt Book Fair and Organizes Book Exhibition in Japan

SGI took part in the world's oldest and largest book fair in Frankfurt, Germany, from October 6-10. This year marks SGI's eighth year of participation in the event. Over 7,500 publishing companies from 111 countries set up stands, and visitors totaled approximately 280,000. The book fair features a "guest of honor" ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 23 2010

Institute of Oriental Philosophy UK Hosts Lotus Sutra Event at the British Library

Institute of Oriental Philosophy UK Hosts Lotus Sutra Event at the British Library

On November 23, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy, UK, hosted a special event at the British Library to mark the publication of a facsimile edition of a Sanskrit Lotus Sutra Manuscript, which is held in the library's archives. Originating from Nepal, this document was used for collating the first critical ... read more

Press Releases | Nov 22 2010

SGI President Awarded 300th Academic Honor from University of Massachusetts Boston

TOKYO, Nov 22: Daisaku Ikeda, president of the Soka Gakkai International Buddhist association and founder of Soka University, was awarded the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, from the University of Massachusetts Boston at a ceremony held in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward on November 21. This brings to 300 the total ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 21 2010

Soka Gakkai's Anniversary Celebrated at University of Hamburg

Soka Gakkai's Anniversary Celebrated at University of Hamburg

In celebration of Soka Gakkai's 80th anniversary, 1,500 SGI-Germany members gathered at the University of Hamburg on November 21. Professor Ulrich Dehn, a religious scholar at the university, spoke at the event, as well as Goethe scholar Manfred Osten from the Weimar Goethe Institute, Germany. [Dr. Osten and SGI President ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 21 2010

SGI Members Around the World Celebrate Soka Gakkai's Founding

SGI Members Around the World Celebrate Soka Gakkai's Founding

In commemoration of the 80th anniversary of Soka Gakkai's founding (November 18, 1930), SGI-Kenya held a meeting in the city of Kisumu from November 20-21. Guests included SGI members who had traveled all the way from Uganda. In Sierra Leone, some 150 SGI members commemorated the day by hosting a discussion ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Nov 19 2010

SGI-USA Cosponsors Lecture by Former UN Under-Secretary-General Chowdhury at Lehigh University

SGI-USA Cosponsors Lecture by Former UN Under-Secretary-General Chowdhury at Lehigh University

On November 16, former United Nations Under-Secretary-General Anwarul K. Chowdhury spoke as part of Lehigh University's Distinguished Lecture Series in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The event was cosponsored by SGI-USA along with several other peace organizations. In conjunction with the lecture, the SGI antinuclear exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 18 2010

Ikeda Hall Opens in Seoul, Korea

Ikeda Hall Opens in Seoul, Korea

SGI-Korea's new center, named Ikeda Hall, opened on November 18 in Seoul, South Korea. The building's debut coincided with the 80th anniversary of the Soka Gakkai's founding. The new structure's main hall can seat 2,500 and in addition to offices, has rooms suited for exhibitions and conferences. Special multi-purpose rooms ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 14 2010

SGI-Austria Hosts Youth Friendship Meeting in Vienna

SGI-Austria Hosts Youth Friendship Meeting in Vienna

On November 14, SGI-Austria youth members welcomed guests to their youth friendship general meeting held at the SGI-Austria Culture Center in Vienna. Some 150 attended. The gathering included a visual presentation of SGI's history and its various movements to promote peace, culture and education, as well as a choir performance. [Adapted from ... read more

Culture | Nov 14 2010

Culture Festivals Held in Luxembourg and Belgium

Culture Festivals Held in Luxembourg and Belgium

In commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the Soka Gakkai, SGI-Luxembourg and Belgium held culture festivals in November. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Nov 14 2010

Nobel Peace Laureates Speak at Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Lecture Series

Nobel Peace Laureates Speak at Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Lecture Series

Soka Gakkai Hiroshima youth members sponsored a Hiroshima Study Lecture Series on November 13 and 14 at the Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Ikeda Peace Memorial Hall. Three lectures were held in conjunction with the 11th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates which took place at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park from ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 13 2010

SGI General Meetings Held on Portuguese Islands

SGI General Meetings Held on Portuguese Islands

On November 13, SGI members from the city of Funchal on Madeira Island, Portugal, held their first general meeting, which also commemorated the 80th anniversary of Soka Gakkai's founding. SGI-Portugal Young Women's Leader Joana Craveiro gave a presentation on SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's series of books titled The New Human ... read more

Culture | Nov 13 2010

Soka Gakkai Women Take Part in Cultural Exchanges in China

Soka Gakkai Women Take Part in Cultural Exchanges in China

The All-China Women's Federation (ACWF) invited representative Soka Gakkai women to attend China-Japan cultural exchanges in Beijing, Tianjin, Dalian and Shanghai from November 7-13. The visit marked the sixth such exchange between Soka Gakkai and ACWF. On November 8, the Soka Gakkai representatives visited ACWF headquarters where they met with Zou ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Nov 6 2010

Ikeda Forum Explores the Development of the Democratic Spirit

Ikeda Forum Explores the Development of the Democratic Spirit

On November 6, the Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, held its seventh Ikeda Forum, on how to further develop the democratic spirit. Drawing inspiration from SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's remarks on democracy, found in his message commemorating the first Commencement ceremony of Soka University of ... read more

Culture | Nov 6 2010

Cultural Festival Commemorating 80th Anniversary Held in Japan

Cultural Festival Commemorating 80th Anniversary Held in Japan

Celebrating the 80th anniversary of Soka Gakkai's founding, a cultural festival was held in conjunction with an SGI General Meeting at the monthly Soka Gakkai Headquarters Leaders Meeting at the Soka University Memorial Auditorium in Hachioji, Tokyo, on November 3. The festival included a video presentation of Soka Gakkai's 80-year movement ... read more