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Press Releases | Oct 5 2010

Exhibition on Nuclear Disarmament and Human Security Opens in Vienna

TOKYO, Oct 5: An antinuclear exhibition created by Buddhist association Soka GakkaiInternational (SGI), "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit," opened on October 4 at the Rotunda of the Vienna International Centre, the UN headquarters in the city, in cooperation with the NGO Committee ... read more

Education | Oct 5 2010

Nobel Peace Laureates Attend SGI-USA Book Donation Ceremony and ICAP Exhibition

Nobel Peace Laureates Attend SGI-USA Book Donation Ceremony and ICAP Exhibition

SGI-USA sponsored a book donation ceremony at the International Studies Academy (ISA) in San Francisco, California, on October 5. SGI donated 300 books on peace and human rights to ISA's library, including works by Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Dr. Shirin Ebadi and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda. SGI ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 3 2010

"Children and a Culture of Peace" Exhibition Shown Throughout Japan

"Children and a Culture of Peace" Exhibition Shown Throughout Japan

The exhibition "Children and a Culture of Peace: For the Sake of Children's Happiness," created and sponsored by the Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee (WPC), opened at Stadium Place Aoyama in Tokyo, Japan, on September 20 and showed through September 25.  Emiko Mimura, president of the WPC Executive Committee, and Soka ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 2 2010

SGI World Peace Day Celebrated Around the World

SGI World Peace Day Celebrated Around the World

On October 2, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and Mrs. Kaneko Ikeda attended a ceremony in Tokyo to pay tribute to their mentors Tsunesaburo Makiguchi (first president of Soka Gakkai) and Josei Toda (second president of Soka Gakkai). Mr. and Mrs. Ikeda also offered prayers for the well-being of SGI members ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 2 2010

Millennium Peace Circle in Hawaii Commemorates SGI's Movement for Peace

Millennium Peace Circle in Hawaii Commemorates SGI's Movement for Peace

Milestone--SGI-USA members, community leaders, scholars and state representatives officially open the Daisaku and Kaneko Ikeda Millennium Peace Circle at Honolulu's Diamond Head On October 2, some 100 SGI-USA members and distinguished guests gathered at the foot of Diamond Head--Hawaii's famed volcanic crater--to open the Daisaku and Kaneko Ikeda Millennium Peace Circle. The ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 2 2010

Peace Seminar Held in Panama

Peace Seminar Held in Panama

On October 2, SGI-Panama's student group members organized a forum titled "Peace Founded on Value" at the SGI-Panama Culture Center in Panama City. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Oct 1 2010

"Seeds of Change" Exhibition Held in Peru

"Seeds of Change" Exhibition Held in Peru

The joint SGI and Earth Charter exhibition "Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential" opened at the Continental University of Science and Technology in Huancayo, Peru, from September 25 to October 1. The exhibition was cosponsored by the university and SGI-Peru. The opening ceremony on September 25 was attended ... read more

Education | Sep 26 2010

SGI-Canada Participates in Annual "Word On The Street" Festival

SGI-Canada Participates in Annual "Word On The Street" Festival

On September 26, SGI-Canada participated in the 21st annual "Word On The Street" book and magazine festival in downtown Toronto. This national event was held in Toronto, Saskatoon, Vancouver, Halifax and Kitchener-Waterloo.In Toronto, around 200,000 visited the event where over 250 local and national book and magazine publishers, booksellers, literacy ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 25 2010

"Victory Over Violence" Exhibition Shown at SGI-Cambodia General Meeting

"Victory Over Violence" Exhibition Shown at SGI-Cambodia General Meeting

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

Sustainable Development | Sep 25 2010

SGI-Canada Youth Plant 325 Trees

SGI-Canada Youth Plant 325 Trees

On September 25, sixty-two SGI-Canada youth members drove to Acton, Ontario, to participate in an annual tree planting activity with the Credit Valley Conservation (CVC). Carrying shovels, gloves and pots, the youth trekked onto the CVC property to an open area where they began to plant 325 trees. These trees will ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Sep 25 2010

Singapore Soka Association Holds First Community Mental Health Symposium

Singapore Soka Association Holds First Community Mental Health Symposium

On September 25, Singapore Soka Association (SSA) held its inaugural Community Mental Health Symposium at the SSA Headquarters. The event was co-organized with Silver Ribbon Singapore and the World Federation for Mental Health. Approximately 400 attended the event. The symposium presented a series of talks and workshops addressing issues such as ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 25 2010

Argentina's Association of Citizens' Movements Honors SGI-Argentina

Argentina's Association of Citizens' Movements Honors SGI-Argentina

Argentina's Association of Citizens' Movements, consisting of members of the National Congress, presented an award to SGI-Argentina for their activities promoting peace, culture and education, on September 14, 2010, at the National Legislative Building in Buenos Aires.  Gustavo Gabriel Canteros, representing the Association of Citizens' Movements, presented SGI-Argentina General Director Yo ... read more

Sustainable Development | Sep 19 2010

1,800 Mangrove Trees Planted in Malaysia

1,800 Mangrove Trees Planted in Malaysia

On September 19, close to 200 Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) Selangor members of all ages planted more than 1,800 mangrove tree saplings in the Kuala Selangor Nature Park's mangrove forest. The event was part of the Beautiful Earth Campaign 2010 organized by Estée Lauder Companies. SGM Selangor co-organized the tree ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 19 2010

"Building a Culture of Peace" Exhibition Shown in India

"Building a Culture of Peace" Exhibition Shown in India

On September 16, SGI's exhibition "Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World" opened at the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) center's auditorium in Lodhi Estate, India. The exhibition highlights the small but significant steps that a single individual can take to contribute to advancing peace. The ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 19 2010

Local Grassroots Meetings Held in Japan

Local Grassroots Meetings Held in Japan

Soka Gakkai members in Japan held discussion meetings in their local areas from September 13-19, 2010. The small monthly gatherings provide a venue for members and guests to study and discuss the life philosophy of Buddhism, share how their Buddhist practice relates to their personal challenges and goals, and encourage ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 18 2010

SGI Members in Russia Hold General Meetings

SGI Members in Russia Hold General Meetings

SGI members in Russia held general meetings throughout the nation in the third week of September, in the cities of Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Nizhniy Novgorod, Ufa, Perm and Voronezh to commemorate the 36th anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's first visit to Russia (September 8, 1974). Discussions at the meetings were focused on ... read more

Sustainable Development | Sep 18 2010

SGI-Australia Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary of Earth Charter

SGI-Australia Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary of Earth Charter

In August, 2010, SGI-Australia participated in celebrating 10 years since the launch of the Earth Charter, a declaration of fundamental principles for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful global society in the 21st century.  Spanning three days, the Australia Pacific Earth Charter+10 Festival, with the theme "It Starts With One: Dialogue ... read more

Culture | Sep 12 2010

SGI-Germany's Villa Sachsen Holds Open Day Event

SGI-Germany's Villa Sachsen Holds Open Day Event

In celebration of Heritage Day in Europe, SGI-Germany's Villa Sachsen Grand Culture Center in Bingen held an Open Day on September 12. The event attracted over 1,200 visitors. Originally built in 1843, Villa Sachsen has changed ownership several times over the course of its 167-year history. It was renovated and re-opened ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 12 2010

SGI-Dominican Republic Holds Leaders Meeting

SGI-Dominican Republic Holds Leaders Meeting

On September 12, SGI-Dominican Republic held a leaders meeting at the SGI-Dominican Republic Culture Center in Santo Domingo. About 380 attended the meeting which included events such as a dance performance and the sharing of a faith-based experience by one member. At the meeting SGI-Dominican Republic General Director Pedro Familia ... read more

Press Releases | Sep 9 2010

Women, Peace and Security Seminar Highlights Women's Contributions to Peacebuilding

Women, Peace and Security Seminar Highlights Women's Contributions to Peacebuilding

TOKYO, Sep 9: The United Nations University (UNU) hosted a seminar entitled "Women Making Peace: Where Are We Now? Maximizing the Impact of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, 10 Years On" on September 8, 2010, assessing global progress toward implementation of the groundbreaking resolution which calls for increased recognition of ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 8 2010

Seminar on SGI President Ikeda's 2010 Peace Proposal Held in India

Seminar on SGI President Ikeda's 2010 Peace Proposal Held in India

A seminar based on SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's 2010 Peace Proposal, "Toward a New Era of Value Creation," was jointly organized by Bharat Soka Gakkai (BSG) and the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) at the IGNCA Lecture Hall in New Delhi, India, on September 8, 2010.  The event ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 8 2010

Women, Peace and Security Seminar Held at the United Nations University, Tokyo, Japan

Women, Peace and Security Seminar Held at the United Nations University, Tokyo, Japan

A seminar entitled "Women Making Peace: Where Are We Now? Maximizing the Impact of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, 10 Years On" was co-organized by Global Action to Prevent War, the United Nations University (UNU), SGI and the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security (NGOWG), and held at ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 8 2010

Toda Peace Memorial Hall Reaches 1,000,000 Visitors

Toda Peace Memorial Hall Reaches 1,000,000 Visitors

September 8, 2010 marks the 53th year since second president of the Soka Gakkai made his "Declaration for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons" at Mitsuzawa Stadium in Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. Every year, people visit Soka Gakkai's Toda Peace Memorial Hall in Yokohama which is a historical building that ... read more

Culture | Sep 7 2010

SGI-Brazil Brass Bands and Fife-and-Drum Corps Celebrate Brazil Independence Day

SGI-Brazil Brass Bands and Fife-and-Drum Corps Celebrate Brazil Independence Day

To commemorate 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 parades throughout the country on September 7. ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 6 2010

SGI Youth Leaders Participate in Training Course and Cultural Exchanges in Japan

SGI Youth Leaders Participate in Training Course and Cultural Exchanges in Japan

To commemorate the Soka Gakkai's 80th anniversary, 250 youth representatives from 60 countries and territories gathered for an SGI Youth Training Course in Japan, from September 2-6, 2010. Yumiko Kumazawa was appointed SGI Young Women's Leader at the opening session held on September 2 at the Soka International Friendship Hall in ... read more

Education | Sep 5 2010

Soka Gakkai Education Department Holds Conference

Members of the Soka Gakkai Education Department held a conference at the Tokyo Toda Memorial Hall on September 5. Soka Gakkai Education Department Chief Hajime Miyamoto shared his hope that the educators would take the lead in promoting a society that values education. Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada conveyed his ... read more

Culture | Sep 5 2010

Folk Instruments Exhibition Held at Min-On Concert Association

Folk Instruments Exhibition Held at Min-On Concert Association

From July 18 to September 5, 2010, the Min-On Concert Association in Tokyo, Japan, opened an exhibition showcasing various folk instruments from around the world. Consisting of approximately 100 instruments and panels describing the origins and characteristics of the instruments, the exhibition aimed to educate children and their parents about world ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 4 2010

Hiroshima Peace Day Commemorated in the UK

Hiroshima Peace Day Commemorated in the UK

Some 250 SGI-UK members gathered on September 4, 2010, at the SGI-UK Grand Culture Center, Taplow Court, in Berkshire, for a Hiroshima Peace Day event in commemoration of all those who have suffered as the result of the use of nuclear weapons. The event also marked the anniversary of second ... read more

Education | Sep 1 2010

Taiwan Soka Association Establishes Education Counseling Centers

Taiwan Soka Association Establishes Education Counseling Centers

Starting September 1, Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) established education counseling centers at many of its community centers throughout Taiwan. The counseling centers were created for the purpose of providing a venue for young people to receive encouragement, develop ideals and gain hope for the future. Services are currently provided to TSA ... read more

Culture | Aug 29 2010

Guitars Galore at SGI-UK's Taplow Court

Guitars Galore at SGI-UK's Taplow Court

The year's second Guitars Galore concert was held at the Ikeda New Century Hall at SGI-UK's Taplow Court Grand Culture Center in Berkshire, UK, on August 29, 2010. Approximately 400 SGI-UK members, guests and visitors attended. The concert included 19 performances ranging from solo classical pieces to rock and jazz. Performers ... read more

Culture | Aug 29 2010

Soka Gakkai Japan-China Youth Friendship Delegation Visits China

Soka Gakkai Japan-China Youth Friendship Delegation Visits China

From August 23-29, 2010, a Soka Gakkai Japan-China Youth Friendship Delegation visited China, marking the 25th year of these exchanges between the two countries. ... read more

Interfaith | Aug 26 2010

SGI Representatives Participate in Interfaith Dialogue in Thailand

SGI Representatives Participate in Interfaith Dialogue in Thailand

From August 22-26, SGI representatives participated in an interfaith dialogue between Buddhists and Christians, sponsored by the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the World Council of Churches (WCC), at Payap University in Chiang Mai, Thailand. At the international conference, 30 representatives from both faiths, including experts from the field of economics, ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 26 2010

SGI Youth Support Summer Youth Olympic Games in Singapore

SGI Youth Support Summer Youth Olympic Games in Singapore

From August 14-26, 2010, some 600 Singapore Soka Association (SSA) youth members performed in the opening ceremony of Singapore's 2010 Summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG) at the Float at Marina Bay--the world's largest floating stage. Approximately 3,600 athletes between the ages of 14 and 18 from 204 National Olympic Councils gathered ... read more

Sustainable Development | Aug 23 2010

"Seeds of Hope" Shown During Singapore 2010 Event

"Seeds of Hope" Shown During Singapore 2010 Event

The exhibition, "Seeds of Hope: Visions of sustainability, steps toward change," a joint initiative of SGI and Earth Charter International, opened on August 9 at the Singapore Soka Association (SSA) Headquarters. The exhibition was also displayed at Scape Youth Park from August 15-23 during the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games. [Adapted ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Aug 23 2010

SGI-Hong Kong and SGI-Macau Make Financial Donations for Mudslide Relief in China

SGI-Hong Kong and SGI-Macau Make Financial Donations for Mudslide Relief in China

On February 20, 2010, SGI-El Salvador youth members visited a nursing home in El Salvador City as part of their annual community out-reach efforts. ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 22 2010

Photo Story: SGI-Bolivia

Photo Story: SGI-Bolivia

SGI-Bolivia Men's Group members gathered in La Paz for a general meeting on August 22. ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 22 2010

35th SGI-Europe Summer Sessions Held at Trets, France

35th SGI-Europe Summer Sessions Held at Trets, France

In the months of July and August 2010, SGI-Europe held summer training sessions at the SGI European Center in Trets, southern France. Courses were held for Men's and Women's Group members from July 29 to August 2, followed by the Student Group from August 7-10. Youth Group members gathered from ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 22 2010

Soka Gakkai Youth in Hiroshima Organize Lecture by Peace Scholar Johan Galtung

Soka Gakkai Youth in Hiroshima Organize Lecture by Peace Scholar Johan Galtung

On August 22, 2010, Soka Gakkai youth in Hiroshima, Japan, organized the 138th "Hiroshima Study Lecture Series" at the Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Peace Center. Peace scholar Johan Galtung, also known as the "father of peace studies," talked about the necessity of nuclear abolition and the role of religion. During his lecture ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 15 2010

Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Victims Remembered

Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Victims Remembered

On August 6, 2010, a service in solemn tribute to war victims was conducted at the Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Peace Memorial Hall, Japan. The event commemorated the 65th anniversary of the dropping of the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima City. Soka Gakkai representatives attended together with atomic bomb survivors (hibakusha), ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 13 2010

Lotus Sutra Exhibition Shown in Nepal and India

Lotus Sutra Exhibition Shown in Nepal and India

The Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP), together with SGI-Nepal, cosponsored the exhibition "Lotus Sutra, A Message of Peace and Harmonious Coexistence" at three venues in Kathmandu, Nepal, from July 31 to August 4, 2010. This was the exhibition's first showing in Nepal, the birthplace of Shakyamuni, the historical Buddha. The official ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Aug 11 2010

Taiwan Soka Association Supports Local Charitable Organizations

Taiwan Soka Association Supports Local Charitable Organizations

Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) purchased NT$100,000 (approximately US$3,145) worth of mooncakes--a festive pastry originally eaten around the time of the autumn equinox in Mandarin-speaking countries and regions, including China, Taiwan and Hong Kong--from several charitable organizations in Taiwan, in support of their efforts. The mooncakes were produced by social welfare groups ... read more

Culture | Aug 9 2010

Singapore Soka Association Members Perform in National Day Parade

Singapore Soka Association Members Perform in National Day Parade

On August 9, 2010, members of the Singapore Soka Association (SSA) performed in the 2010 National Day Parade commemorating the 45th year of national independence. Some 27,000 spectators, including Singapore President S.R. Nathan, attended the festival held at Padang Park in downtown Singapore. The 660 SSA women who performed in the ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 8 2010

Pugwash Chairman Speaks at SGI-Denmark's Summer Training Session

Pugwash Chairman Speaks at SGI-Denmark's Summer Training Session

From August 6-8, 2010, over 300 SGI-Denmark members attended a training session in Helsingør, Denmark. The course, focused on the Buddhist term "Boddhisattvas of the Earth," offered participants an opportunity to deepen their understanding of Buddhism through the study of Nichiren's writings. A series of study lectures were given by SGI-Denmark ... read more

Sustainable Development | Aug 8 2010

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Members Launch Mud Balls for the Environment

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Members Launch Mud Balls for the Environment

Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) members converged at the Sungai Keluang River in Penang State for the launch of "A Million Apologies to Mother Earth." The event included some 20,000 effective microorganism (EM) mud balls being thrown into the river in the town of Bayan Lepas as part of an effort ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Aug 1 2010

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Supports Humanitarian Activities

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Supports Humanitarian Activities

Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) regularly sponsors charity events to raise funds for causes such as local orphanages, hearing- and sight-impaired treatment centers and clinics for the treatment of patients with kidney and heart disease. For the past eight years, SGM members have been collecting newspapers every third Sunday of the month ... read more