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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

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