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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

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 1 2010

Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Okinawa Youth Hold Peace Summit

Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Okinawa Youth Hold Peace Summit

On July 31, 2010, Soka Gakkai youth representatives from Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Okinawa held their 19th youth peace summit at the Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Ikeda Peace Hall in Hiroshima City, commemorating the 65th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. After remarks from Soka Gakkai Youth Peace Conference Chair ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Jul 31 2010

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Participates in Hospis Malaysia's Charity Bazaar

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Participates in Hospis Malaysia's Charity Bazaar

Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) members were invited to volunteer for Hospis Malaysia's annual charity bazaar held on July 31. SGM Kuala Lumpur members from around Cheras worked at a food stall and sold bazaar coupons.   Cik Rosehayati Noordin, general manager of Hospis Malaysia, stated that events such as the charity ... read more

Education | Jul 29 2010

Taiwan Soka Association Holds Annual Summer Camp for Schools in Rural Areas

Taiwan Soka Association Holds Annual Summer Camp for Schools in Rural Areas

Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) sponsored its annual Soka Joy Summer Camp at Alishan Junior High and Elementary School in Chiayi, Taiwan, on July 28 and 29. University students from throughout the country volunteered as camp counselors and organized a series of activities, which included athletic events, science workshops, theater, dance and ... read more

Sustainable Development | Jul 27 2010

Malaysian Students Learn About "Seeds of Hope"

Malaysian Students Learn About "Seeds of Hope"

 The SGI exhibition "Seeds of Hope: Visions of sustainability, steps toward change" was held in three secondary schools in the states of Perak and Selangor, Malaysia, during July 2010. Jointly initiated by SGI and the Earth Charter International, "Seeds of Hope" stresses the interconnectedness of all life and the importance of ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 25 2010

SGI Members in Africa Hold Training Sessions

SGI Members in Africa Hold Training Sessions

SGI members in Mozambique gathered for the first training session held in their country in the city of Namaacha, from July 3-4. SGI-South Africa General Director Loren Braithwaite attended to support this historic meeting, in which participants deepened their understanding of the Buddhist perspective on the mentor disciple relationship and ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 25 2010

SGI Young Women's Day Celebrated in Uruguay and Canada

SGI Young Women's Day Celebrated in Uruguay and Canada

During the month of July, young women throughout Canada also celebrated the founding of the SGI Young Women's Group. Meetings were held in several cities, including Ontario, Toronto and Vancouver. Approximately 300 participated. On July 11 and 24, young women held meetings in Quebec City and Montreal. Both meetings focused on ... read more

Culture | Jul 25 2010

"Rock the Era" Festivals

"Rock the Era" Festivals

The festival at the Long Beach Arena was attended by some 16,000 SGI-USA members and guests, while 8,000 came from 20 states to join that held at the University of Illinois at Chicago Pavilion. Temple University’s Liacouras Center hosted some 11,700 people in Philadelphia, and 2,600 converged at the Neal ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jul 21 2010

Seminar on SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's Peace Proposals Held at University in Mexico

Seminar on SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's Peace Proposals Held at University in Mexico

From June 28-29 and on July 5 and 21, 2010, SGI-Mexico and the Metropolitan Autonomous University (UAM) in Azcapotzalco, Mexico, cosponsored a series of seminars titled "Ikeda Seminar: For Sustainable Peace and Human Rights" at the university. The ongoing series, first started in 2008, provides students with an opportunity to study ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 19 2010

South America Celebrates Founding of Youth Groups

South America Celebrates Founding of Youth Groups

The month of July marks the anniversaries of the founding of the Young Men's Group (July 11, 1952) and Young Women's Group (July 19, 1951), and youth throughout the world held commemorative meetings to celebrate the dates. Josei Toda, second president of the Soka Gakkai, who created the youth groups, ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 18 2010

SGI-Sierra Leone Members Vow to Create Peace

SGI-Sierra Leone Members Vow to Create Peace

On July 18, 2010, a commemorative district meeting was held in Freetown, Sierra Leone. The event included a presentation on the life of Nichiren and one of his closest disciples, Nikko, as well as on second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda and his disciple Daisaku Ikeda. Members also shared their own ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jul 17 2010

ICAP Awards Betty Williams

ICAP Awards Betty Williams

The International Committee of Artists for Peace (ICAP) presented Betty Williams, 1976 Nobel Peace Prize laureate and founder of World Centers of Compassion for Children International, with its Humanity in the Arts Peace Award at the world-renowned Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland on July 16. Festival founder and past ICAP award ... read more

Interfaith | Jul 17 2010

SGI-Australia Youth Leaders Participate in Interfaith Exchange

SGI-Australia Youth Leaders Participate in Interfaith Exchange

On July 17, 2010, twenty-eight SGI-Australia (SGIA) youth leaders of the newly formed SGIA Peace Culture Education Department (PCE) joined twenty-six Muslim counterparts from La Trobe University Center for Dialogue Young Muslim Leadership Program for an interfaith exchange titled "Celebrating the Dignity of Life." This was the third such dialogue ... read more

Culture | Jul 11 2010

Lijian River School Paintings Shown in Hong Kong and Macau

Lijian River School Paintings Shown in Hong Kong and Macau

From June 11-20, 2010, a painting exhibition containing work from the Lijian River School, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China, was shown at the SGI-Hong Kong Culture Center. The show was co-organized and sponsored by the Guangxi Art Institute, Lijian Painting Style Promotion Association and SGI-Hong Kong. The paintings depict scenes of ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jul 10 2010

SGI-Australia and Toda Institute Participate in IPRA Conference

SGI-Australia and Toda Institute Participate in IPRA Conference

On July 7, 2010, in conjunction with the International Peace Research Association (IPRA), SGI-Australia sponsored a workshop with peace scholar Johan Galtung in Sydney, Australia. The workshop was held at Customs House, one of the city's historic landmarks. Professor Galtung, the founder of modern international peace studies and of IPRA, shared ... read more