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Buddhism | Apr 4 2010

Latin America Study Session Held in Brazil

Latin America Study Session Held in Brazil

From April 2-4, 2010, the fifth Latin America Study Session on Nichiren Buddhism was held at the SGI-Brazil (BSGI) Dr. Daisaku Ikeda Culture Center and BSGI Peace Auditorium in São Paulo, Brazil. Some 2,000 gathered from 12 countries throughout Central and South America, including, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Mar 30 2010

SGI-Canada Hosts Exhibitions on Peace and Sustainability

SGI-Canada Hosts Exhibitions on Peace and Sustainability

From March 1-6, 2010, the SGI Buddhist Student Club at York University in Toronto, Canada, displayed the exhibition "Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World" on the York University campus, in conjunction with York University's Centre for Human Rights. On March 4, the club also ... read more

Culture | Mar 24 2010

Taiwan Soka Assoc. Donates Books to Taiwan Council of Cultural Affairs

Taiwan Soka Assoc. Donates Books to Taiwan Council of Cultural Affairs

On March 24, 2010, Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) representatives received a certificate of appreciation from the Taiwan Council of Cultural Affairs for donating to the council 600 copies of the book, The Official Fine Arts Exhibition in Taiwan (1927-1943) during the Japanese Occupation. The Arts and Literature Center Committee of TSA ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 21 2010

Memorial Equinox Services Held at Soka Gakkai Centers and Memorial Parks

Memorial Equinox Services Held at Soka Gakkai Centers and Memorial Parks

On March 21, 2010, the day of the spring equinox, Soka Gakkai centers and memorial parks throughout Japan held prayer services for the repose of deceased family members and friends. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda led a solemn service at the Tokyo Makiguchi Memorial Hall in Hachioji. On the same day, ... read more

Culture | Mar 21 2010

SGI-USA Youth Hold Culture Festival at Columbine High School, Colorado

SGI-USA Youth Hold Culture Festival at Columbine High School, Colorado

On March 21, 2010, more than 1,000 SGI-USA members and guests gathered at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, for a culture festival titled "1 World: The Power of Youth." SGI-USA youth from Colorado, Utah and Wyoming converged at the school for an event featuring a variety of dances, a rock ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 21 2010

SGI members in Sierra Leone Organize Buddhist Seminars

SGI members in Sierra Leone Organize Buddhist Seminars

From March 20-21, 2010, SGI members in Kenema, Sierra Leone, held a seminar on Nichiren Buddhism, with some participants traveling by bus for six hours from as far away as the capital, Freetown. The meeting included a question and answer session that provided participants with opportunities to ask about ... read more

Culture | Mar 21 2010

SGI-Kenya Youth Organize Community Festival

SGI-Kenya Youth Organize Community Festival

On March 21, 2010, SGI-Kenya youth members in Nairobi organized a community friendship festival at a public venue in the city. The event included performances by SGI youth along with young people from local cultural and educational organizations. The festivities, which included dancing, singing and drumming, lasted over ... read more

Interfaith | Mar 21 2010

SGI-Luxembourg Participates in Interfaith Concert

SGI-Luxembourg Participates in Interfaith Concert

On March 14, 2010, the interfaith organization Action Groupe Inter-Religions (AGIR) sponsored an interfaith concert at the Protestant Church of Luxembourg in the center of Luxembourg City. SGI-Luxembourg members were among the performers. More than 200 representatives of various local faith-based communities attended. The concert showcased a variety of performances ... read more

Sustainable Development | Mar 20 2010

Environmentalist Speaks at Institute of Oriental Philosophy Symposium

Environmentalist Speaks at Institute of Oriental Philosophy Symposium

From March 19 - 20, 2010, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) held its 26th academic symposium in Tokyo, Japan. On March 20, environmentalist Ernst von Weizsäcker, nephew of former German President Richard von Weizsäcker and a member of the Club of Rome, spoke at the symposium held at the ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 20 2010

SGI-Poland Holds General Meeting

On March 20, 2010, over 100 SGI-Poland members gathered for a general meeting in Warsaw. SGI-Europe Chair Hideaki Takahashi attended and congratulated SGI-Poland on its growth. New leadership appointments announced included: SGI-Poland Area Men's Leader Antonio Angotti; Area Women's Leader Maria Markiewicz; Secretary General Tsuruko Haga Sajecka; Youth Leader Cristiano ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Mar 18 2010

Youth Conference on Global Issues Held at Taplow Court

Youth Conference on Global Issues Held at Taplow Court

On March 18, 2010, a conference on pressing global issues, titled "Inter-Change," was held at the SGI-UK Taplow Court Grand Culture Center. The conference was organized by Creative Junction and brought together 200 young delegates from diverse social and geographical backgrounds, which included schools, community support groups and volunteer ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Mar 17 2010

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Makes Donations for Haiti Earthquake Relief

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Makes Donations for Haiti Earthquake Relief

On March 16, 2010, in response to the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti in January 2010, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) donated RM (Ringgit Malaysia) 10,000 (US$ 3,138) to the United Nations Children's Fund's (UNICEF) 2010 Haiti Earthquake Children's Appeal. ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 14 2010

SGI-Belgium Youth Commemorate March 16

SGI-Belgium Youth Commemorate March 16

On March 14, 2010, SGI-Belgium youth held a general meeting commemorating March 16, the day when second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda bequeathed the goal of realizing lasting peace and happiness, based on the humanistic philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism, to a gathering of 6,000 Soka Gakkai young men and women. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Mar 14 2010

SGI-USA Members Plant Cherry Trees in Southern California Park

SGI-USA Members Plant Cherry Trees in Southern California Park

On March 14, 2010, some 100 participants, including SGI-USA members and guests, celebrated the planting of 10 cherry trees at De Portola Park in Torrance, California. Among the guests were Torrance City Council Members Gene Barnett and Cliff Numark. The trees were donated by SGI President Daisaku and Mrs. ... read more

Human Rights | Mar 10 2010

SGI-Iceland Youth Support Europe-wide "Action Week Against Racism"

SGI-Iceland Youth Support Europe-wide "Action Week Against Racism"

On March 10, 2010, eleven SGI-Iceland youth members collaborated with the Red Cross of Iceland and the national Human Rights office, in an activity to raise awareness about racism. The event was part of the annual Europe-wide "Action Week Against Racism," a campaign inspired by the United Nations General Assembly's ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Mar 9 2010

Soka Gakkai Youth Organize Lecture by Marshall Islands Ambassador

Soka Gakkai Youth Organize Lecture by Marshall Islands Ambassador

On March 9, 2010, Soka Gakkai youth members hosted one of a series of lectures titled "Toward World Peace and Human Security: A Statement Against War and Weapons of Mass Destruction" at the Josei Toda International Center in Tokyo, Japan. Republic of the Marshall Islands Ambassador Jiba B. Kabua was ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 8 2010

SGI Spring Training Session Concludes

SGI Spring Training Session Concludes

On March 8, 2010, participants of SGI's Spring Training Session concluded their activities in Japan at the Soka International Friendship Hall in Sendagaya, Tokyo, with a lecture on Nichiren's writing "The Opening of the Eyes" delivered by SGI Study Department Leader Katsuji Saito. Mr. Saito spoke about how a ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 7 2010

SGI Members Attend Spring Training Session in Japan

SGI Members Attend Spring Training Session in Japan

On March 6, 2010, a Headquarters Leaders Meeting took place at the Tokyo Makiguchi Memorial Hall in Hachioji, Tokyo, in conjunction with the SGI Spring Training Session. Over 250 SGI members from 60 countries and territories attended. In his speech to participants, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda encouraged everyone to become ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 6 2010

Soka Gakkai Holds Monthly Leaders Meeting in Tokyo

Soka Gakkai Holds Monthly Leaders Meeting in Tokyo

On March 6, 2010, Soka Gakkai held its monthly leaders meeting in conjunction with a commemorative Soka Gakkai Men's Leaders' Meeting at the Tokyo Makiguchi Memorial Hall. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda attended, together with Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada, SGI General Director Yoshitaka Oba and SGI Women's Leader Kayoko Asano. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Mar 6 2010

Ikeda Center Hosts Book Launch for Into Full Flower

Ikeda Center Hosts Book Launch for Into Full Flower

On March 6, 2010, the Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, hosted a book launch for the newly published dialogue between Elise Boulding and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, titled Into Full Flower: Making Peace Cultures Happen. More than 80 attended the event which celebrated the longstanding ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Mar 5 2010

"Transforming the Human Spirit" at the Chinese University of Hong Kong

"Transforming the Human Spirit" at the Chinese University of Hong Kong

From February 28 to March 5, 2010, the exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit" was shown at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). SGI-Hong Kong's student group and CUHK's Office of Student Affairs cosponsored the event. This was the exhibition's ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 4 2010

SGI Spring Training Session Commences in Japan

SGI Spring Training Session Commences in Japan

On March 4, 2010, the opening ceremony for the SGI Spring Training Session took place at the Soka International Friendship Hall in Sendagaya, Tokyo, Japan. Approximately 250 people from 60 countries gathered. The ceremony commenced with a message from SGI President Daisaku Ikeda to participants, followed by words from ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Mar 3 2010

Carla Koppell at SGI-USA Culture of Peace Distinguished Speaker Series

Carla Koppell at SGI-USA Culture of Peace Distinguished Speaker Series

On March 3, 2010, SGI-USA members and guests welcomed Carla Koppell as part of the ongoing Culture of Peace Distinguished Speakers Series at the Washington DC Culture Center on Embassy Row. Ms. Koppell, director of The Institute for Inclusive Security—which uses research, training and advocacy to promote the inclusion of women ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 1 2010

SGI-Korea Holds General Meetings for Men's, Women's and Student Groups

SGI-Korea Holds General Meetings for Men's, Women's and Student Groups

On February 28, 2010, SGI-Korea men gathered for a general meeting at the Daejeon Culture Center in Daejeon, South Korea. Approximately 1,200 attended. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda conveyed a message to participants, calling on them to become "golden pillars of trust and security" in their communities. The event included formal ... read more

Education | Feb 28 2010

City of San Carlos Commends SGI-Bolivia's Contributions to Society

City of San Carlos Commends SGI-Bolivia's Contributions to Society

On February 28, 2010, the City of San Carlos, in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, honored both SGI-Bolivia and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda for their contributions to civil society. The award ceremony took place at the city's Central Park. On the same day, Santa Rosa del Sara City Board of Education, ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Feb 28 2010

Transforming the Human Spirit Exhibition Shown in Bangkok, Thailand

Transforming the Human Spirit Exhibition Shown in Bangkok, Thailand

From February 20-28, 2010, SGI-Thailand, in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, hosted the exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit" in Bangkok. Some 500 visited the show, which was on the second floor of the Paragon Shopping Center. Minister of Culture ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Feb 27 2010

"Women and a Culture of Peace" Forum Held in Japan

"Women and a Culture of Peace" Forum Held in Japan

On February, 27, 2010, the Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee (WPC) hosted a Culture of Peace Forum titled "Women and a Culture of Peace" at the Soka International Women's Center in Tokyo, Japan. The event observed the 10th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Feb 27 2010

SGI-Argentina Hosts Peace Festival

SGI-Argentina Hosts Peace Festival

On February 27, 2010, SGI-Argentina held a culture festival at a stadium in Buenos Aires to commemorate Argentina's bicentennial and the Soka Gakkai's 80th anniversary. Over 10,000 attended the festival, including Dr. Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, 1980 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate; Presidency Under-Secretary- General Gustavo López; and Minister of Education Alberto Sileoni. ... read more

Culture | Feb 25 2010

Min-On Concert Association Hosts Chinese Acrobatics Troupe Performance

Min-On Concert Association Hosts Chinese Acrobatics Troupe Performance

On February 25, 2010, the Min-On Concert Association hosted a performance of the China National Acrobatic Troupe at Act City in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Founded in 1950 under Premier Zhou Enlai, the China National Acrobatic Troupe is the first troupe of its kind created after the establishment of the ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Feb 23 2010

Peace Exhibition Held at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, Japan

Peace Exhibition Held at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, Japan

On February 23, 2010, the exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit" was shown at the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, Nagasaki, Japan. Approximately 60 guests attended, including past mayors of Nagasaki, Journal Nagasaki Executive Director Tadahiro Motomura and Nagasaki Bureau Chief ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Feb 23 2010

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Continues Partnership with SMART Program

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Continues Partnership with SMART Program

On February 23, 2010, the Tan Sri Tan Chin Tuan Foundation presented RM (Ringgit Malaysia) 120,000 (US$ 36,171) to Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) Johor. Since 2007, SGM has been overseeing distribution of financial aid, books, stationary, uniforms and various other items to needy students, as part of the ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 22 2010

SGI-Russia Members Attend Training Course in Austria

SGI-Russia Members Attend Training Course in Austria

From February 21-22, 2010, SGI-Russia members gathered at the SGI-Austria Culture Center in Vienna, Austria, for a conference on putting the teachings of the Lotus Sutra into practice in one's daily life. Some 44 SGI-Russia members from Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Vladivostok attended. During the two day course, SGI-Russia ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 21 2010

SGI-Haiti and Dominican Republic Members Attend Joint Meeting in Haiti

SGI-Haiti and Dominican Republic Members Attend Joint Meeting in Haiti

On February 21, 2010, SGI members from Haiti and the Dominican Republic held a joint discussion meeting in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. In spite of the incredible destruction caused by the recent earthquake in Haiti, SGI-Haiti members expressed their determination not to be defeated and to transform their suffering into joy. ... read more

Education | Feb 21 2010

Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee Hosts Lecture on Protection of Youth

Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee Hosts Lecture on Protection of Youth

On February 21, 2010, the Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee hosted a lecture on protecting youth from violence and drugs. The lecture at the Soka International Women's Center in Shinanomachi, Tokyo, Japan, marked the 35th event organized by the committee. The guest lecturer, Mr. Osamu Mizutani, is a volunteer late-night watchman ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Feb 20 2010

SGI-El Salvador Youth Members Visit Nursing Home

SGI-El Salvador Youth Members Visit Nursing Home

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. The young people performed music and dance for the elderly residents. The visit was reported on a national TV network in El Salvador. As part of ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Feb 18 2010

Victory Over Violence Exhibition Tours High Schools in Hawaii

Victory Over Violence Exhibition Tours High Schools in Hawaii

From January 20 to February 18, 2010, the International Committee of Artists for Peace (ICAP) in partnership with Victory Over Violence (VOV) presented a three-part program at 10 high schools in Hawaii with an aim to empower youth to make positive choices to counteract violence. The program included "iChoose," a short ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 16 2010

Anniversary of Nichiren's Birth Celebrated

Anniversary of Nichiren's Birth Celebrated

On February 16, 2010, Soka Gakkai members in Japan together with SGI members around the world held prayer meetings commemorating the anniversary of Nichiren's birth (February 16, 1222). SGI President Daisaku Ikeda attended a service with representative leaders at the Soka Gakkai Headquarters No. 2 Annex in Shinanomachi, Tokyo. ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 16 2010

SGI to Offer Study Exams on Nichiren Buddhism in 46 Countries During 2010

SGI to Offer Study Exams on Nichiren Buddhism in 46 Countries During 2010

This year, constituent SGI organizations will hold study exams on Nichiren Buddhism, representing 46 countries. Approximately 120,000 SGI members plan to participate. In the United States, an elementary-level exam will be held in several languages, including Chinese and Japanese. Study materials will be derived from SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's lecture titled, ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 14 2010

SGI-UK Members Gather for Buddhist Study Seminars

SGI-UK Members Gather for Buddhist Study Seminars

On February 13, 2010, SGI-UK members gathered at SGI-UK's Taplow Court Grand Culture Center to take part in a Buddhist study seminar. Participants deepened their understanding of the humanistic philosophy of Nichiren and the insights of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, in particular how to apply the philosophy in daily ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 14 2010

Buddhist Study Seminars Held in India

Buddhist Study Seminars Held in India

From February 13-14, 2010, Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai (BSG) held study seminars on Nichiren Buddhism at two locations in India. SGI Study Department Chief Katsuji Saito attended as a guest lecturer. On February 13, two sessions were held at the National Cooperative Union of India in New Delhi. Some 600 ... read more

Education | Feb 11 2010

Soka Gakkai Education Counseling Centers Hold Conference

On February 11, 2010, the Soka Gakkai Educational Counseling Center (SGECC) of the Soka Gakkai Education Department held a conference at the Shinanomachi Culture Center in Tokyo, Japan. At the conference, Yoshinori Ito, Shinsaku Ohira and Shige Yamaguchi were newly appointed as directors of respective SGECC centers in Matsudo, Chiba and ... read more

Interfaith | Feb 11 2010

Singapore Soka Association Engages in Interfaith Dialogues

Singapore Soka Association Engages in Interfaith Dialogues

On February 6, 2010, Singapore Soka Association (SSA) youth members attended an interfaith forum titled "Religious Boundaries and Common Space," organized by the Tampines West Inter-Racial and Religious Confidence Circle (IRCC), held at the Tampines West Community Club. Attendees included Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Education and Home Affairs Masagos Zulkifli, ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Feb 10 2010

SGI-Thailand Makes Donation in Support of Haitian Relief Efforts

SGI-Thailand Makes Donation in Support of Haitian Relief Efforts

On February 10, 2010, SGI-Thailand (SGT) made a donation in the amount of THB 1,274,691 (approximately US$38,342) to assist relief efforts in Haiti in the wake of the devastating earthquake almost one month earlier in January. Several SGT representatives, including Executive Chair Somsak Likijariyanon, notified Culture Minister Teera Slukpetch at ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Feb 8 2010

Soka Gakkai Youth in Japan, Host Lecture on Nuclear Weapons Abolition

Soka Gakkai Youth in Japan, Host Lecture on Nuclear Weapons Abolition

On February 8, 2010, Soka Gakkai youth members in Nagasaki, Japan, hosted a lecture on peace to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the establishment of the Soka Gakkai International (January 26, 1975). David Krieger, president of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and the keynote speaker, delivered a lecture titled "A Message ... read more

Culture | Feb 7 2010

Culture Festival Held in Korea

Culture Festival Held in Korea

On February 7, 2010, SGI-Korea young women's Culture Department held a festival at the SGI-Korea headquarters in Seoul, South Korea. Including families and friends, some 400 attended the event. A number of performing groups make up the Culture Department, the SGI-Korea Arirang Fife-and-Drum Corps and Puroonvit Chorus, which won ... read more