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Buddhism | Jun 13 2010

SGI-Finland Holds Summer Training Course

SGI-Finland Holds Summer Training Course

On June 12 and 13, 2010, SGI-Finland held a Summer Training Course in the city of Espoo. A total of 87 attended. The training course consisted of a study session on "Lessening One's Karmic Retribution" from SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's study lecture series "Learning from the Gosho: The Hope-Filled Writings of ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jun 13 2010

SGI-Argentina Youth Organize Exhibitions

SGI-Argentina Youth Organize Exhibitions

From June 1-11, 2010, SGI-Argentina youth members organized the showing of the SGI and Earth Charter's joint initiative exhibition "Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential" in Allen, Rio Negro, Argentina, in conjunction with the city's 100th anniversary. On the exhibition's opening day, guests included José Luis Ulloa Larenas, ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jun 13 2010

SGI-Spain Youth Organize Peace Forum, Exhibition and Concert

SGI-Spain Youth Organize Peace Forum, Exhibition and Concert

On May 12, 2010, SGI-Spain youth members sponsored a forum focusing on peace and based on A Dialogue Between East and West: Looking to a Human Revolution, a dialogue between Ricardo Díez-Hochleitner, Club of Rome honorary president, and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda. The event was held at the Can Fabra ... read more

Sustainable Development | Jun 10 2010

"Seeds of Change" Exhibition Shown in Dubai

"Seeds of Change" Exhibition Shown in Dubai

From June 6-10, 2010, the SGI and Earth Charter joint exhibition "Seeds of Change" was displayed at the Emirates Group's headquarters in Dubai to raise awareness among staff and visitors about environmental issues. The exhibition was part of the celebrations centered around World Environment Day on June 5. After viewing the ... read more

Sustainable Development | Jun 9 2010

"Seeds of Change" Exhibition Shown in São Paulo, Brazil

"Seeds of Change" Exhibition Shown in São Paulo, Brazil

From May 20 to June 9, 2010, the SGI and Earth Charter joint exhibition "Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential" (SOC) was displayed at the Open University of Environment and a Culture of Peace (UMAPAZ) in São Paulo, Brazil. The exhibition was shown as part of UMAPAZ's ... read more

Culture | Jun 6 2010

40th International Children's Painting Exhibition Shown in Malaysia

40th International Children's Painting Exhibition Shown in Malaysia

From May 30 to June 6, 2010, an exhibition entitled "The 40th Taiwanese Travelling Exhibition of International Children's Paintings" was held at the Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) Selangor Culture Center in Klang, Malaysia. The exhibition featured 150 paintings by children from 54 countries. Co-organizers of the exhibition were SGM Selangor, ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 6 2010

SGI-Venezuela Celebrates SGI Women's Day

SGI-Venezuela Celebrates SGI Women's Day

On June 6, 2010, SGI-Venezuela held a commemorative SGI Women's Day meeting in Caracas, Venezuela. SGI-Venezuela General Director Lydia Salas attended, offering words of encouragement to the women. Meetings based on a theme of "Women Who Create Hope" were held concurrently throughout the country at 69 venues. Some 3,000 women participated. At ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jun 6 2010

SGI-Korea Student Members Host Nuclear Disarmament Exhibition

SGI-Korea Student Members Host Nuclear Disarmament Exhibition

From May 3 to June 6, 2010, SGI-Korea Student Group members throughout the country organized the thirteenth "Campus Peace Culture Activity," which displayed "A World Without Nuclear Weapons" an exhibition the group members created for 173 venues at 154 universities in South Korea. Based on SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's 2010 Peace ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 6 2010

SGI-Greece Holds General Meetings

SGI-Greece Holds General Meetings

On June 5, 2010, SGI-Greece young women held a general meeting in Athens, Greece. Within the context of Greece's recent economic crisis, which has affected all of Europe, the young women were encouraged to become beacons of hope in the face of indifference and resignation within society. Participants studied and discussed ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 6 2010

SGI-Norway Holds Commemorative Women's General Meetings

SGI-Norway Holds Commemorative Women's General Meetings

SGI-Norway women met for a commemorative women's general meeting celebrating SGI Women's Day (June 10) at the SGI-Norway Center in Oslo on June 6, 2010. At the meeting, representatives shared how their practice of Nichiren Buddhism has positively changed their lives. SGI-Norway General Director Aud Digernes encouraged the attendees to ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 5 2010

SGI-UK Volunteer Groups Celebrate Entrance and Graduation Ceremonies

On June 5, 2010, at SGI-UK's Taplow Court Grand Culture Center, SGI-UK honored volunteers who have worked behind-the-scenes to ensure the safe operation of SGI centers during meetings and events. For some people, this marked the end of their time with the volunteers groups, while other people were joining the ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 3 2010

SGI-Germany Holds Headquarters Leaders Meeting and Buddhist Seminar

SGI-Germany Holds Headquarters Leaders Meeting and Buddhist Seminar

On June 3, 2010, SGI-Germany held a headquarters leaders meeting at the SGI-Germany Düsseldorf center. At the meeting, participants studied SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's guidance and had opportunities to share and discuss their thoughts in small group discussions. An SGI-Germany Men's Leader, Kazuyoshi Oishi, shared his experience of using his Buddhist ... read more

Culture | May 30 2010

SGI-USA Members Take Part in Parade in San Francisco, California

From May 29-30, 2010, behind a banner which read "Waves of Brilliant Sunshine," more than 40 SGI-USA San Francisco members danced and drummed down San Francisco's Mission Street to the beat of the samba at the 2010 Carnival Festival and Grand Parade. The two-day event, which bills itself as California's largest ... read more

Culture | May 30 2010

SGI-New Zealand's Brass Band Holds Annual Concert

SGI-New Zealand's Brass Band Holds Annual Concert

On May 30, 2010, SGI-New Zealand's Victorious March Brass Band held its eighth annual concert together with New Zealand's Manukau City Concert Band at the SGI-New Zealand Culture Center in Auckland. Approximately 380 attended. The Victorious March Brass Band performed the "Alvamar Overture" by James Barnes. The Manukau City Concert Band ... read more

Education | May 28 2010

SGI-Cambodia Youth Host Seminar for High School Students

SGI-Cambodia Youth Host Seminar for High School Students

On May 28, 2010, SGI-Cambodia youth members sponsored a seminar titled "I Have A Mission" at a high school in Kandal Province. The seminar, based on SGI's core activities of promoting peace, culture and education, is the fourth of its kind to be held by SGI-Cambodia. Approximately 200 students and ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | May 28 2010

SGI-USA Hosts Nuclear Abolition Event

SGI-USA Hosts Nuclear Abolition Event

On May 11, 2010, Soka Gakkai Youth Peace Conference representatives presented Sergio Duarte, UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, and Leslie B. Gatan, advisor to the president of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference, with more than 2.2 million signatures from youth calling for the adoption of a Nuclear ... read more

Sustainable Development | May 20 2010

"Seeds of Change" Exhibition Shown in Mexico

"Seeds of Change" Exhibition Shown in Mexico

From April 20 to May 20, 2010, "Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential" (SOC), an exhibition jointly created by the SGI and the Earth Charter Initiative, was shown at the Guanajuato City Culture Center in Mexico. The exhibition, which was opened by Mayor Nicéforo Guerrero Reynoso, was ... read more

Buddhism | May 18 2010

SGI-Korea Members Study Nichiren's Writings

SGI-Korea Members Study Nichiren's Writings

From May 17-18, 2010, representative SGI-Korea members participated in a study session at the SGI-Korea headquarters building in Seoul, South Korea. SGI Study Department Leader Katsuji Saito lectured on two of Nichiren's most important writings, "The Opening of the Eyes" and "The Heritage of the Ultimate Law of Life," and ... read more

Education | May 18 2010

Children's Animation Series Airs in Cuba

Children's Animation Series Airs in Cuba

From April 6 to May 18, 2010, animated adaptations of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's original children's stories were aired in Cuba by the state-run broadcasting station, Cubavisión. This is the first time the series has been broadcast in Cuba. Seven stories—"The Princess of the Desert Kingdom," "Rainbow Mountain," "The Cherry Tree," ... read more

Sustainable Development | May 16 2010

"Seeds of Hope" Exhibition Held in Taiwan

"Seeds of Hope" Exhibition Held in Taiwan

From May 16-29, 2010, a new environmental exhibition "Seeds of Hope: Visions of sustainability, steps towards change," created by SGI and the Earth Charter International, is being shown in Chinese at 36 of Taiwan Soka Association's (TSA) culture centers and venues around Taiwan. Hundreds of people from local communities have been ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | May 16 2010

SGI-Iceland Members Volunteer in Aftermath of Volcanic Eruption

SGI-Iceland Members Volunteer in Aftermath of Volcanic Eruption

On May 16, 2010, SGI-Iceland officially participated in a clean-up effort to help residents in the town of Vík which was affected by the volcanic eruption on April 14 near Eyjafjallajoekull Glacier in Iceland. Wearing protective goggles and masks, SGI-Iceland General Director Eygló Jónsdóttir and members swept ash from streets, homes and ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | May 16 2010

Soka Gakkai Indonesia Holds Fourth Women's Peace Conference

Soka Gakkai Indonesia Holds Fourth Women's Peace Conference

From May 15-16, 2010, SGI-Indonesia women and young women members sponsored the fourth Women's Peace Conference at the SGI-Indonesia Headquarters Building in Jakarta. The event was also held in commemoration of "SGI-Indonesia Women's Day" on May 14. On May 15, Linda Amalia Sari Gumelar, from Indonesia's Ministry of Women Empowerment & ... read more

Buddhism | May 16 2010

SGI-Hungary Holds Training Session

SGI-Hungary Holds Training Session

From May 15-16, 2010, SGI-Hungary held a training session in Budapest that some 50 members attended. During the two day event, representatives from the young women and young men's groups shared how their Buddhist practice had resulted in advancements in their daily lives. The meeting also included a performance of ... read more

Culture | May 15 2010

SGI-Canada Holds "Youth Fest 2010" in Toronto

SGI-Canada Holds "Youth Fest 2010" in Toronto

On May 15, 2010, SGI-Canada held a festival titled "Youth Fest 2010" at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto, Canada. The show included a multimedia, bilingual show titled "Your Victory is My Victory" that explored how to achieve a more meaningful and rich life through challenging and overcoming difficulties. Song, dance ... read more

Education | May 13 2010

SGI-Paraguay Receives Letter of Appreciation from Community Education Center

SGI-Paraguay Receives Letter of Appreciation from Community Education Center

On May 13, 2010, SGI-Paraguay received a letter of appreciation from the General Patricio Escobar Community Education Center in Encarnación, Paraguay, for its contributions to promote peace education. The letter was presented during the official opening of SGI's exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming ... read more

Press Releases | May 13 2010

SGI President Awarded Honorary Professorship from Tsinghua University, China

TOKYO, May 13: Daisaku Ikeda, president of the Soka Gakkai International lay Buddhist organization, was awarded the title of honorary professor from Tsinghua University*, China, at a ceremony held in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward on May 13. Tsinghua University President Gu Binglin headed a delegation that included Deputy Secretary-General Wang ... read more

Press Releases | May 12 2010

Two Million Youth Call for Nuclear Weapon-Free World

NEW YORK, May 12: On May 11, a petition of 2,276,167 signatures from youth calling for the adoption of a Nuclear Weapons Convention which would comprehensively ban nuclear weapons was presented to Ambassador Leslie B. Gatan, adviser to the president of the ongoing Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference, ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | May 11 2010

SGI Youth in Eight Countries Conduct Survey on Nuclear Abolition

SGI Youth in Eight Countries Conduct Survey on Nuclear Abolition

From January to March 2010, youth members of SGI in eight countries conducted surveys of their peers’ attitudes toward nuclear weapons and their abolition in advance of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference (from May 3-28) in New York. A total of 4,475 interview surveys were conducted of people from ... read more

Sustainable Development | May 8 2010

Chairman of Taiwan Institute for Sustainable Energy Speaks at Taiwan Soka Association Center

Chairman of Taiwan Institute for Sustainable Energy Speaks at Taiwan Soka Association Center

On May 8, 2010, Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) invited Dr. Eugene Chien Y.H., chairman of the Taiwan Institute for Sustainable Energy (TISE), to speak at its Banciao Culture Center. More than 300 attended the lecture entitled, "The Significance Behind this Age of Climate Change." Dr. Chien, former director of Taiwan's Environmental ... read more

Buddhism | May 2 2010

SGI-Dominican Republic Appoints New General Director

SGI-Dominican Republic Appoints New General Director

On May 2, 2010, SGI Dominican Republic held a leaders' meeting at its culture center in Santo Domingo. At the meeting, Pedro Familia was appointed the new general director of SGI-Dominican Republic and former General Director Takashi Nishio became director of the SGI-Dominican Republic's Executive Guidance Council. Mr. Familia began ... read more

Interfaith | May 2 2010

SSA Promotes Interfaith Exchange

SSA Promotes Interfaith Exchange

On May 2, 2010, Singapore Soka Association (SSA) held the inaugural event for its public lecture series titled "Living Buddhism" at the Hall of Trust located in the OnePeople.sg Center in Singapore. OnePeople.sg is an organization that champions racial harmony initiatives in Singapore. SSA members delivered the presentation entitled "Transforming ... read more

Buddhism | May 2 2010

SGI Commemorates May 3

SGI Commemorates May 3

On May 2, 2010, commemorative general meetings were held at various locations throughout the world to celebrate the 50th anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's inauguration as the third Soka Gakkai president on May 3, 1960. A meeting held at the Panama Culture Center in Panama City included festive ... read more

Sustainable Development | May 2 2010

"Seeds of Change" Shown in United Arab Emirates, Canada and India

"Seeds of Change" Shown in United Arab Emirates, Canada and India

On May 2, 2010, SGI members residing in the Persian Gulf organized a showing of the environmental exhibition "Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter & Human Potential" at the head office of Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Several members of ENOC senior management attended ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 28 2010

Establishment of Nichiren Buddhism Celebrated

Establishment of Nichiren Buddhism Celebrated

On April 28, 2010, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda attended a commemorative service to mark the 757th anniversary (April 28, 1253) of the establishment of Nichiren Buddhism, at the Soka Gakkai Headquarters Annex 2 in Shinanomachi, Tokyo. Together with Soka Gakkai representative leaders, he paid deep tribute to Nichiren's lifetime ... read more

Press Releases | Apr 28 2010

Youth Reject Nuclear Weapons, SGI Survey Shows

TOKYO, Apr. 28: From January to March 2010, youth members of Soka Gakkai International (SGI) in six countries conducted surveys of their peers' attitudes toward nuclear weapons and their abolition in advance of the upcoming NPT Review Conference. A total of 4,362 interview surveys were conducted of people from their teens ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Apr 26 2010

THS Exhibition Shown in Australia

THS Exhibition Shown in Australia

From April 12-26, 2010, SGI-Australia cohosted the "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit" (THS) exhibition at the Gosford City Library located in the Erina Fair shopping center in Gosford, Australia. Cosponsoring organizations for the exhibition included the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Apr 25 2010

SGI-USA Publishes Voices for a Culture of Peace

SGI-USA Publishes Voices for a Culture of Peace

SGI-USA is publishing a compendium of lectures from its Culture of Peace Distinguished Speakers Series in a book titled Voices for a Culture of Peace: Volume 1. Featuring 14 speakers—scholars, practitioners and activists with diverse backgrounds—the book presents an array of thoughts on how to create and foster a global culture ... read more

Sustainable Development | Apr 25 2010

Cherry Tree Planting Held in Denver, Colorado, USA

Cherry Tree Planting Held in Denver, Colorado, USA

On April 25, 2010, SGI-USA members in Denver, Colorado, planted 40 yoshino and yae cherry trees at City Park and Washington Park in Denver. The event was cosponsored by the Japanese Firms Association of Colorado (JFA). Approximately 350 people gathered, including SGI-USA members, JFA staff and their families, students from ... read more

Sustainable Development | Apr 17 2010

Earth Day Celebrated in Kansas, USA

Earth Day Celebrated in Kansas, USA

On April 17, 2010, SGI-USA members in Kansas participated in the 10th Annual Earth Day Celebration for the City of Lawrence, Kansas. Hundreds of Earth Day supporters attended the event, which provided a venue for community members to learn about their impact on the natural environment and engage in dialogue ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 17 2010

Soka Gakkai Day Commemorated at Soka Gakkai Monthly Leaders' Meeting

Soka Gakkai Day Commemorated at Soka Gakkai Monthly Leaders' Meeting

On April 17, 2010, a total of 152 SGI members from 24 countries and territories attended the monthly leaders' meeting in Japan held at the Tokyo Makiguchi Memorial Hall in Hachioji. The event commemorated May 3, Soka Gakkai Day, and also celebrated the 50th anniversary of SGI President Daisaku ... read more

Human Rights | Apr 16 2010

SGI Representative to the UN Speaks at the Council of Europe

SGI Representative to the UN Speaks at the Council of Europe

On April 15, 2010, the SGI's representative to the UN in Geneva Kazunari Fujii gave a speech at a conference on Learning and Living Democracy For All, held at the Council of Europe headquarters in Strasbourg, France. The conference, which ended on April 16, brought together representatives of the States Parties ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Apr 15 2010

Culture of Peace Exhibition Shown in Mexico

Culture of Peace Exhibition Shown in Mexico

On April 15, 2010, the SGI exhibition, "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit" (THS) officially opened at the Sciences Museum of the National Autonomous University of Mexico. This marked the debut of the Spanish-language version of the THS exhibition in Mexico. Guests ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 7 2010

Soka Gakkai Publishes the Tenth in its Series of Sanskrit Lotus Sutra Manuscripts

Soka Gakkai Publishes the Tenth in its Series of Sanskrit Lotus Sutra Manuscripts

Recently, the Soka Gakkai published Sanskrit Lotus Sutra Manuscript from Cambridge University Library (Add. 1684), Romanized Text. This constitutes the tenth in a series of facsimiles and romanized texts of Lotus Sutra (Skt Saddharma-pundarika-sutra) manuscripts published by the Soka Gakkai. The project is supervised by the Institute of Oriental ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 4 2010

SGI-Cambodia Appoints New General Director

SGI-Cambodia Appoints New General Director

On April 4, 2010, SGI-Cambodia held its 36th Headquarters Leaders Meeting at the SGI-Cambodia Culture Center in Phnom Penh. The meeting included the appointment of Pang Vandeth as the new SGI-Cambodia General Director as well as a Q&A session with SGI-Thailand Executive Chair Somsak Likitjariyanon and Kazuhiko Banno, advisors to ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 4 2010

SGI-Chile Holds Prayer Service for Earthquake Victims

SGI-Chile Holds Prayer Service for Earthquake Victims

On April 4, 2010, SGI-Chile held a prayer service at the SGI-Chile Culture Center in Santiago for the victims of the massive earthquake that occurred on February 27. Participants offered prayers for the quick recovery of those affected by the quake and for the peace and security of the ... read more