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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

Interfaith | Jul 8 2010

SGI Representatives Attend Interfaith Conference in Cuba

SGI Representatives Attend Interfaith Conference in Cuba

From July 5-8, 2010, SGI-Mexico General Director Roberto Rios and SGI-Cuba General Director Joannet Delgado de la Guardia took part in the Sixth International Meeting on Socio-Religious Studies held by the Center for Psychological and Sociological Research (CIPS), an affiliate of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (CITMA), in ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 4 2010

SGI-Dominican Republic and Argentina Hold Leaders Meetings

SGI-Dominican Republic and Argentina Hold Leaders Meetings

On July 4, 2010, some 285 participated in a leaders meeting held at the SGI-Dominican Republic Culture Center in Santo Domingo. SGI-Dominican Republic General Director Pedro Familia attended and encouraged members to deepen their understanding of the shared commitment of mentor and disciple and to continue striving to achieve great personal ... read more

Sustainable Development | Jun 29 2010

SGI-Netherlands Displays "Seeds Of Hope" at Earth Charter +10 Event in the Netherlands

SGI-Netherlands Displays "Seeds Of Hope" at Earth Charter +10 Event in the Netherlands

On June 29, 2010, the "Seeds of Hope--Visions of Sustainability, Steps Toward Change" exhibition was on display during the "Earth Charter +10" celebrations and conference held at the Peace Palace Academy in The Hague in the Netherlands. Held ten years to the day after the launch of the Earth Charter at ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Jun 27 2010

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Youth Reach Out to Elderly

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Youth Reach Out to Elderly

On June 27, more than 50 Soka Gakkai Malaysia youth members visited the Ping Hua senior citizens center in Klang, Malaysia. The young people cleaned the facility. They also met with the center's director and discussed the need for society to support facilities for the elderly. Before they left, the ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 27 2010

SGI-Ecuador Holds Women's General Meetings

SGI-Ecuador Holds Women's General Meetings

On June 19 and 27, SGI-Ecuador held women's meetings in the cities of Quito and Guayaquil. At the meetings, women engaged in group discussions about how to live cheerfully and with vitality and watched a DVD celebrating women and mothers. SGI-Ecuador women's leader Chiemi Hanzawa encouraged participants to engage in heartfelt ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 27 2010

SGI-Argentina and Bolivia Hold Leaders Training Courses

SGI-Argentina and Bolivia Hold Leaders Training Courses

On June 26 and 27, 2010, some 360 gathered for an SGI-Argentina leaders training course held in Buenos Aires. During the meetings, SGI-Argentina General Director Yo Minagawa spoke about SGI-Argentina's development over the years and how participation at discussion meetings increased dramatically between 2007 and 2010. He attributed this growth to SGI-Argentina members' ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 26 2010

SGI-Czech Republic Women's General Meeting held in Prague

SGI-Czech Republic Women's General Meeting held in Prague

On June 26, 2010, SGI-Czech Republic women and young women gathered for a women's general meeting in Prague, Czech Republic. Included in the meeting was a presentation from a young woman who shared how she used her Buddhist practice to overcome her weak-heartedness and build a more solid foundation for her ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jun 25 2010

SGI-New Zealand Organizes "Victory Over Violence" Workshop for High School Students

SGI-New Zealand Organizes "Victory Over Violence" Workshop for High School Students

On June 25, 2010, SGI-New Zealand held a "Victory Over Violence" (VOV) workshop for 160 high school students from Reporoa College in New Zealand. The workshop, initiated by youth, helps young people identify and counteract the root causes of violence in their lives and their communities and is coupled with a ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 17 2010

SGI-Thailand Publishes Thai Language Version of <em>The Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra,</em> vol.3

SGI-Thailand Publishes Thai Language Version of The Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra, vol.3

Recently, SGI-Thailand published the Thai language version of The Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra--A Discussion on Religion in the Twenty-first Century, vol. 3, written by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda. Current translations of this book include, Chinese, Danish, English, French, German, Italian, Korean, Portuguese and Spanish. Volume 3 examines chapters 11 through ... read more

Culture | Jun 14 2010

"Victory Over Violence" Tours High Schools in USA with the International Committee of Artists for Peace

"Victory Over Violence" Tours High Schools in USA with the International Committee of Artists for Peace

From April 30 to May 14 and from June 1-14, 2010, the International Committee of Artists for Peace (ICAP), in partnership with "Victory Over Violence," presented the musical "iChoose" at junior and senior high schools throughout New York and New Jersey, USA. With an aim of empowering youth to make positive ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 13 2010

SGI-Switzerland Hosts Summer Training Course in France

SGI-Switzerland Hosts Summer Training Course in France

From June 10-13, 2010, some 150 participated in SGI-Switzerland's Summer Training Course held at the SGI-European Center in Trets, located in the south of France. The training course focused on the value of raising and encouraging capable leaders for the future, incorporating the concept of a shared spirit of mentor and ... read more

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