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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

Buddhism | Nov 4 2010

Representative SGI Members from Africa Meet in Tokyo

Representative SGI Members from Africa Meet in Tokyo

On November 4, nineteen SGI-members from 12 African countries, who were visiting Japan for the annual SGI Fall Training Session, held a conference with Soka Gakkai representatives at the Soka Culture Center in Shinanomachi, Tokyo. Representative leaders from Japan included Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada, SGI General Director Yoshitaka Oba ... read more

Press Releases | Nov 4 2010

Soka Gakkai Buddhist Association Celebrates 80 Years of Empowerment for Peace

  TOKYO, Nov. 4: The Soka Gakkai Buddhist association celebrated its 80th anniversary with a commemorative meeting in Tokyo, Japan, on November 3, 2010, attended by around 5,000 people, including 250 members of Soka Gakkai International (SGI) representing 65 countries and territories. At the meeting, orchestral, choral and other musical performances were ... read more

Sustainable Development | Nov 3 2010

"Seeds of Hope" Exhibition Shown at Earth Charter +10 Conference in India

"Seeds of Hope" Exhibition Shown at Earth Charter +10 Conference in India

SGI representatives from Japan and India joined a conference on an "Ethical Framework for a Sustainable World" in Ahmedabad, India, from November 1-3. The event, held at the headquarters of India's renowned Centre for Environmental Education (CEE), attracted 500 participants from around India and the world to celebrate the 10th ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Nov 2 2010

Culture of Peace Exhibition Shown in Hokkaido, Miyagi and Kanagawa

Culture of Peace Exhibition Shown in Hokkaido, Miyagi and Kanagawa

Soka Gakkai's "Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World" exhibition opened in Hokkaido, Miyagi and Kanagawa, Japan, on October 29. In Miyagi, the exhibition was shown in the town of Wakayanagi until October 31. Midori Miura, executive chair of the exhibition committee, and Chieko Sugawara, president of ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 2 2010

Founding of Soka Activity Support Groups Commemorated

Founding of Soka Activity Support Groups Commemorated

SGI-Canada members held meetings in their respective areas in commemoration of the November 2, 1976, founding of the SGI's Soka Group--a young men's activity support group. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a heartfelt message asking the youthful Soka Group members in Canada to always maintain a "Never Be Defeated" spirit. Soka ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Nov 1 2010

SGI's People's Decade Website Given New Design and Expanded

SGI's People's Decade Website Given New Design and Expanded

The People's Decade for Nuclear Abolition campaign website has been renewed recently. The campaign, launched by SGI in 2007, aims to build a global solidarity within civil society working for abolition of nuclear weapons. The purpose of this renewal is to facilitate ease of access, learning and participation. Some of the ... read more

Human Rights | Oct 31 2010

"21st Century Human Rights Exhibition of Hope" Shown in Yamanashi and Shiga Prefectures, Japan

"21st Century Human Rights Exhibition of Hope" Shown in Yamanashi and Shiga Prefectures, Japan

Soka Gakkai's "21st Century Human Rights Exhibition of Hope--You Are Invaluable" was shown in Yamanashi Prefecture from September 29 to October 3, and in Shiga Prefecture from October 26-31. On display were original autographed documents and letters written by human rights pioneers such as Eleanor Roosevelt, renowned first lady of the ... read more

Education | Oct 28 2010

Campinas City Honors SGI-Brazil

Campinas City Honors SGI-Brazil

Campinas City, Brazil, honored SGI-Brazil with its Diploma of Merit for the organization's contributions to advancing peace and promoting human rights. At an awards ceremony held on October 28, SGI-Brazil also received the Darcy Ribeiro Educational Merit Award on behalf of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda for his efforts to promote ... read more

Education | Oct 28 2010

The Institute of Oriental Philosophy Holds Lecture on Mind-Body Relationship

The Institute of Oriental Philosophy hosted its first lecture in a new series titled "Key Issues in Modern Science-Life, the Brain and the Mind" at the Japan Youth Center's International Hall in Tokyo, on October 15. Professor Yoshimichi Saito from Keio University spoke about the mind-brain relationship from a phenomenological perspective. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 26 2010

School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, Hosts SGI Peace Exhibition

School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, Hosts SGI Peace Exhibition

The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, hosted SGI's anti-nuclear weapons exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit" on October 25 and 26. The exhibition coincided with the 5th London Conference on a Middle East Weapons of Mass ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Oct 26 2010

Soka Gakkai Members Participate in Relief Activities in Amami, Japan

Soka Gakkai Members Participate in Relief Activities in Amami, Japan

Record rainfall hit the Amami islands in Kagoshima Prefecture, Kyushu, Japan, starting October 20, causing extensive damage to the area. In response, over 100 Soka Gakkai members from Amami and throughout Kyushu gathered at the Soka Gakkai Amami Oshima Culture Center to organize volunteer efforts. In addition to helping clean ... read more

Education | Oct 26 2010

Singapore Soka Association Youth Volunteer at Chinese Primary Schools

Singapore Soka Association Youth Volunteer at Chinese Primary Schools

From October 10-26, a team of 17 Singapore Soka Association (SSA) youth volunteers took part in a 17-day Youth Expedition Project (YEP), in collaboration with Mercy Relief in Singapore, providing aid to the Changzhi Primary and Xi Jiao Primary Schools of the Changzhi Township in Shanxi Province, China. Named "Project Shine ... read more

Culture | Oct 24 2010

SGI-Paraguay Holds Culture Festival

SGI-Paraguay Holds Culture Festival

On October 24, in the city of Asunción, SGI-Paraguay held a culture festival full of dance, folk songs and drum performances in commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the Soka Gakkai's establishment (November 18, 1930). The festival drew some 2,000 and included guests such as Dr. Roberto Elías Canese, rector ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 24 2010

SGI-Denmark Young Women Hold Training Course

SGI-Denmark Young Women Hold Training Course

Young women of SGI-Denmark held a training session in Asnas, Denmark, from October 22-24, where they were able to further their understanding of Buddhism. In particular, study and discussion focused on the concept of "true benefit" as expounded in Nichiren Buddhism. Participants left the session expressing their determination to live ... read more

Education | Oct 24 2010

Soka Gakkai Educators Discuss Applying Humanistic Education in the Classroom

Soka Gakkai Educators Discuss Applying Humanistic Education in the Classroom

Commemorating the 80th anniversary of the founding of Soka Education, the Soka Gakkai Education Department hosted its 33rd "All Japan Rally on Practical Application of Humanistic Education" at Tohoku University's Centennial Hall in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, on October 24. Over 1,200 educators and guests attended the event, which was cosponsored ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 24 2010

SGI-USA Celebrates 65th Anniversary of United Nations

SGI-USA Celebrates 65th Anniversary of United Nations

On October 24, SGI-USA held an event at SGI-USA San Francisco Culture Center's Ikeda Auditorium to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the United Nations, which is celebrated every year on October 24. David Krieger, founder and president of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, attended the event as guest speaker. Gesturing to ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 23 2010

SGI Members in Europe Engage in Buddhist Study

SGI Members in Europe Engage in Buddhist Study

SGI-Greece held a general meeting in Eretria, Evia Island, from October 7-10. Along with members of Athens, more than 100 members gathered from throughout the country. ... read more

Culture | Oct 22 2010

Seafarers' Photography Exhibition Shown in China

Seafarers' Photography Exhibition Shown in China

"Beyond the Horizon," an exhibition of photographs taken by "Hato-kai," a group of SGI men involved in maritime occupations, was shown at the Shanghai Maritime University Library from October 20-22. Some 1,500 viewed the exhibition, which was organized by Hato-kai and co-hosted by Shanghai Maritime University. The exhibition, renamed "Sino-Japan Photo ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Oct 21 2010

Taiwan Soka Association Provides Assistance to Flood Victims

Taiwan Soka Association Provides Assistance to Flood Victims

In the wake of Typhoon Fanapi that swept across Taiwan on September 19 and caused severe flooding in areas around Kaohsiung and Pingtung, Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) members worked together with volunteers from other organizations to provide relief activities in affected areas. In Gangshan on September 20, TSA  members gathered  to ... read more

Culture | Oct 17 2010

"Beyond the Horizon" Photo Exhibition Held in Yokohama

"Beyond the Horizon" Photo Exhibition Held in Yokohama

"Beyond the Horizon," an exhibition of photographs taken by Hato-kai, a group of SGI members involved in maritime occupations, was displayed in Yamashita Park in Yokohama, Japan, from October 8-17. The show included 80 photographs of the ocean's natural beauty, bustling port scenes and rural life, as captured by seafarers ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 15 2010

SGI Exhibition on Nuclear Abolition Shown in Vienna

SGI Exhibition on Nuclear Abolition Shown in Vienna

The exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit" opened at the Vienna International Centre, home to leading UN agencies confronting the challenges of nuclear weapons on October 4. The exhibition was cosponsored by SGI and the NGO Committee on Peace, Vienna, and ... read more

Culture | Oct 14 2010

Cote d'Ivoire Honors SGI

Fifty years ago on October 14, 1960, then Soka Gakkai President Daisaku Ikeda visited the United Nations Headquarters in New York, during its 15th General Assembly session. During that session, 17 nations, including Cameroon, Togo and Madagascar, were admitted as members. Mr. Ikeda, seeing the new youthful leaders of Africa ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Oct 14 2010

Taiwan Soka Association Choruses Perform in Nursing Homes

Taiwan Soka Association Choruses Perform in Nursing Homes

To commemorate Taiwan's Respect the Elderly Day, on September 9, members of the Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) choruses performed for residents in nursing homes throughout the country. This is part of TSA's annual community service activity. On October 12, TSA's Grand Earth and White Cloud choruses held a concert for more ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 13 2010

Islamic Perspective on Peace Discussed at Soka Gakkai Peace Lecture in Hiroshima

Islamic Perspective on Peace Discussed at Soka Gakkai Peace Lecture in Hiroshima

The 140th lecture in the "Hiroshima Study Lecture Series," sponsored by Soka Gakkai Hiroshima youth members, was held at the Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Ikeda Peace Center in Japan, on October 13. As guest speakers, Dr. Mohammad Lezan and Dr. Soo Khin Wah from the University of Malaya offered Islamic perspectives ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 13 2010

Soka Gakkai Holds Memorial Services on Anniversary of Nichiren's Passing

Soka Gakkai Holds Memorial Services on Anniversary of Nichiren's Passing

Soka Gakkai held memorial services throughout Japan on October 13 to mark the anniversary of Nichiren's passing (October 13, 1282). ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Oct 12 2010

Taiwan Soka Association Named Excellent Community Organization for 16th Consecutive Year

Taiwan Soka Association Named Excellent Community Organization for 16th Consecutive Year

On October 12, Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) was given the Excellent Community Organization award by the Interior Ministry of Taiwan. TSA was among several organizations chosen from over 9,000 and the only organization to have been honored for 16 consecutive years. The ceremony was held at the Civil Service Development Institute, ... read more

Sustainable Development | Oct 11 2010

"21st Century Environment Exhibition" Opens in Japan

"21st Century Environment Exhibition" Opens in Japan

From October 3-7, the "21st Century Environment Exhibition," was displayed at Galleria Kameoka in Kyoto, Japan. It was also shown at Akiruno Rupia Hall in Akiruno City from October 7-11. The Soka Gakkai created the exhibition in support of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (UNDESD). [Adapted from articles ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 10 2010

SGI Members in Hong Kong Take Buddhist Study Exams

SGI Members in Hong Kong Take Buddhist Study Exams

On October 10, more than 1,000 SGI-Hong Kong members participated in the Intermediate Buddhist Study Exam organized by SGI-Hong Kong. The exams were held in four locations throughout Hong Kong, including the SGI-Hong Kong Culture Center and the Tuen Mun Culture Center. Exam questions were based on SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 10 2010

Throughout Europe SGI Members Vow to Work for Peace

Throughout Europe SGI Members Vow to Work for Peace

SGI-Germany young women members attended training sessions at the Villa Sachsen Grand Culture Center in Bingen, Germany, from October 8-10. Participants deepened their understanding of Buddhism through studying Nichiren's writings and also through sharing with one another their experiences of applying Buddhism in their daily lives. At the meeting, women ... read more

Sustainable Development | Oct 10 2010

SGI-South Africa Members Join 10/10/10 Global Climate Change Work Party

SGI-South Africa Members Join 10/10/10 Global Climate Change Work Party

On October 10, SGI-South Africa members in Cape Town joined the global 10/10/10 Global Climate Change Work Party campaign, coordinated by 350.org, by planting trees in a local nature reserve in Muizenberg, Cape Town. Participants in 188 countries, at over 7,300 events, mobilized for the Global Work Party, taking part ... read more

Sustainable Development | Oct 9 2010

SGI-Italy Sponsors Lecture on Biodiversity

SGI-Italy Sponsors Lecture on Biodiversity

SGI-Italy members in Sardinia sponsored a lecture on biodiversity in Cagliari on October 9. Professor Giovanni Onore from the Otonga Foundation in Ecuador--an organization that aims to protect and preserve the forests of the Andes--emphasized that protecting biodiversity is of the utmost importance for human beings. He also spoke about ... read more

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