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Peace and Disarmament | Sep 21 2013

Anti-nuclear Weapon Forums Held in USA, UK and Spain

Anti-nuclear Weapon Forums Held in USA, UK and Spain

In September, various SGI associations around the world organized events commemorating the 56th anniversary of second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda's Declaration Calling for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons (on September 8, 1957). ... read more

Culture | Sep 15 2013

SGI Centers in Europe Open on European Heritage Days

SGI Centers in Europe Open on European Heritage Days

In September SGI centers around Europe marked the European Heritage Days initiative, holding open days with a variety of cultural and recreational activities. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Sep 10 2013

Taiwan Soka Association Awarded as Outstanding Religious Organization

Taiwan Soka Association Awarded as Outstanding Religious Organization

On September 10, Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) presented Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) with the "Outstanding Religious Organization" award in a conferral ceremony held at the New Taipei City Government Multi-Purpose Hall. ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 9 2013

SGI Youth Training Course Held in Tokyo; Exchange Meetings in Kanagawa

SGI Youth Training Course Held in Tokyo; Exchange Meetings in Kanagawa

Some 250 SGI youth representatives from 60 countries and territories gathered in Tokyo to take part in the SGI Youth Training Course from September 5-9. ... read more

Interfaith | Sep 8 2013

SGI-UK Members Support Night of Interfaith Music and Food at Jewish Museum in London

SGI-UK Members Support Night of Interfaith Music and Food at Jewish Museum in London

On September 8, at the Jewish Museum in London, practitioners of different faith traditions came together for the World Jamboree, a night of interfaith music, food and art supported by members of SGI-UK in North West London. ... read more

Culture | Sep 8 2013

TSA Co-organizes Cross-Strait Exhibition of Children's Paintings

TSA Co-organizes Cross-Strait Exhibition of Children's Paintings

If adults tried to perceive the world through the eyes of children, the world would be a more peaceful and beautiful place. This is what Lai Wu-hsiung, senior instructor at the National Taiwan University of Arts, posited in his speech at the opening of "Treasure of the Future: A Children's Drawing Exhibition." ... read more

Culture | Sep 8 2013

Soka Gakkai Marks 45th Anniversary of Ikeda's Proposal for Normalization of Sino-Japanese Relations

Soka Gakkai Marks 45th Anniversary of Ikeda's Proposal for Normalization of Sino-Japanese Relations

On September 8, Chancellor Wang Wan of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China to Japan visited the Soka International Women's Center in Tokyo to give a lecture titled "Reflecting the Origins of China-Japan Friendship" to an audience of 200 women. ... read more

Press Releases | Sep 8 2013

Lectures and Launch of New Chinese Language Website Mark 45th Anniversary of Ikeda's Proposal for Normalization of Sino-Japanese Relations

On September 8, 2013, Wang Wan, Chancellor of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China to Japan and wife of Ambassador H.E. Cheng Yonghua, visited the Soka International Women's Center in Tokyo to give a lecture titled "Reflecting the Origins of China-Japan Friendship" to an audience of 200 women. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Sep 6 2013

IOP and SGI Join Symposium on Buddhist Environmentalism at USC

IOP and SGI Join Symposium on Buddhist Environmentalism at USC

On September 6, a one-day symposium on "Buddhist Environmentalism" was held at the University of Southern California (USC) Doheny Memorial Library. The symposium was jointly hosted by the Center for Japanese Religions and Culture at USC, the SGI-affiliated Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) and the Asia Society Southern California. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 28 2013

SGI-USA Culture of Peace Talk Commemorates 50th Anniversary of March on Washington

SGI-USA Culture of Peace Talk Commemorates 50th Anniversary of March on Washington

On August 28, SGI-USA hosted a talk by Lerone Bennett, Jr., a prominent African-American social historian and writer, at the SGI-USA Chicago Culture Center. ... read more

Culture | Aug 24 2013

SGI-Indonesia Holds Culture Festival Celebrating Indonesian Independence Day

SGI-Indonesia Holds Culture Festival Celebrating Indonesian Independence Day

On August 24, SGI-Indonesia held a culture festival on the island of Batam, Riau Islands Province, Indonesia, in celebration of Indonesia's 68th Independence Day (August 17). ... read more

Interfaith | Aug 18 2013

SGI-UK Hosts Conference on Role of Buddhist Philosophy in Transforming Conflict

SGI-UK Hosts Conference on Role of Buddhist Philosophy in Transforming Conflict

From August 16-18, SGI-UK hosted a conference titled "Transforming conflict: Buddhist inspired ideas for personal and social change" at its Taplow Court center outside London. ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 18 2013

First SGI East Africa General Meeting Held in Kenya

First SGI East Africa General Meeting Held in Kenya

On August 18, the first SGI East Africa General Meeting was held at the University of Nairobi in Kenya, attended by representatives from Kenya and neighboring countries. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 16 2013

Commemorating Hiroshima Day: "Everything You Treasure" Anti-Nuclear Exhibition Shown in New Zealand

Commemorating Hiroshima Day: "Everything You Treasure" Anti-Nuclear Exhibition Shown in New Zealand

On August 5, commemorating the 68th anniversary of Hiroshima Day (August 6), the exhibition "Everything You Treasure--For a World Free From Nuclear Weapons" (EYT) opened at Otago University in Dunedin, New Zealand. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 15 2013

Soka Gakkai Youth of Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Okinawa Hold Annual Peace Summit

Soka Gakkai Youth of Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Okinawa Hold Annual Peace Summit

On August 3, some 50 Soka Gakkai youth representatives from Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Okinawa held their 22nd annual youth peace summit at the Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Ikeda Peace Hall. ... read more

Press Releases | Aug 14 2013

Soka Gakkai Youth Delegation Visits China for Friendship Exchange

20 Soka Gakkai youth members from Japan visited China from August 8-13, hosted by the All-China Youth Federation (ACYF), continuing a tradition of exchange that began in 1979. ... read more

Culture | Aug 13 2013

Soka Gakkai Japan Youth Delegation Visits China for Friendship Exchange

Soka Gakkai Japan Youth Delegation Visits China for Friendship Exchange

Continuing a tradition of exchange that began in 1979 and despite high levels of tension in official relations between the two countries, a group of 20 Soka Gakkai youth members from Japan visited China from August 8-13, hosted by the All-China Youth Federation (ACYF). ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 11 2013

First SGI West Africa General Meeting Held in Ghana

First SGI West Africa General Meeting Held in Ghana

On August 11, the first SGI West Africa General Meeting was held at the National Theatre in Accra, Republic of Ghana. The meeting was attended by some 2,200 members from Ghana and 13 other countries in the region. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Aug 11 2013

Singapore Soka Association Holds Family Fun Day and Fundraiser for Quake Victims

Singapore Soka Association Holds Family Fun Day and Fundraiser for Quake Victims

On August 11, in celebration of its 46th anniversary, Singapore Soka Association (SSA) held a "Family Fun Day" at its headquarters and at the Senja Soka Centre, bringing together some 8,200 people, including SSA members, their families, friends and local residents. ... read more

Culture | Jul 29 2013

SGI-Korea Youth Band Performs at International Junior Art Festival

SGI-Korea Youth Band Performs at International Junior Art Festival

SGI-Korea's Arirang Fife-and-Drum Corps performed at the 12th Gangneung International Junior Art Festival (IJAF) from July 26-29. ... read more

Interfaith | Jul 20 2013

SGI-Philippines Youth Participate in Ramadan Forum

SGI-Philippines Youth Participate in Ramadan Forum

On July 20, youth members from SGI-Philippines in Davao, representing the Buddhist community, participated in a forum on Ramadan sponsored by the Bishops-Ulama Conference, an interreligious partnership promoting dialogue and mutual understanding between faith communities in the Philippines since 1996. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Jul 20 2013

SGI-South Africa Celebrates Mandela Day

SGI-South Africa Celebrates Mandela Day

On July 20, members of SGI-South Africa (SGI-SA) from Johannesburg commemorated Mandela Day 2013 with visits to the Itlhokomeleng Association for Aged and Disabled and the adjacent Sediba sa Thuto (Well of Learning) Childcare Centre in the Alexandra township. ... read more

Education | Jul 16 2013

Taiwan Soka Association Participates in Education Forum and Youth Events in China

Taiwan Soka Association Participates in Education Forum and Youth Events in China

From June 14-17, Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) co-organized and participated in the Concern for the Growth of the Next Generation (CGNG) Cross-Straits Forum held in Xiamen, Fujian Province, China. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Jul 13 2013

"Seeds of Hope" Exhibition Shown in Venezuela and Chile

"Seeds of Hope" Exhibition Shown in Venezuela and Chile

From May to July, SGI and the Earth Charter International's joint exhibition "Seeds of Hope: Visions of sustainability, steps toward change" (SOH) was shown at five educational institutions in Venezuela and Chile. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jul 12 2013

Anti-nuclear Exhibition "Everything You Treasure" Shown at Ecumenical Centre in Geneva

Anti-nuclear Exhibition "Everything You Treasure" Shown at Ecumenical Centre in Geneva

From June 26 to July 12, the anti-nuclear exhibition "Everything You Treasure: For a World Free From Nuclear Weapons" was shown at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva, Switzerland. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Jul 7 2013

"One Kiss of the Eternal" Photography Exhibition Highlights Poverty and Dignity

"One Kiss of the Eternal" Photography Exhibition Highlights Poverty and Dignity

From June 29 to July 7, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) and the Photographic Society of Malaysia organized an exhibition of works by Singaporean photographer Teo Bee Yen, titled "One Kiss of the Eternal--Social Documentary Photography" at SGM's Wisma Kebudayaan center in Kuala Lumpur. ... read more

Education | Jul 7 2013

Taiwan Soka Association Hosts Annual Summer Camps for Children in Remote Areas

Taiwan Soka Association Hosts Annual Summer Camps for Children in Remote Areas

From July 6-7, a team of 40 Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) student members from various universities volunteered as camp counselors and helped organize a summer camp for some 60 children mainly from the Atayal and Seediq indigenous communities at Hu Chu Elementary School in the mountainous region of Nantou County. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Jul 5 2013

SGI-Sweden Organizes Seminar on Nuclear Weapons and the Environment at Almedalen Week

SGI-Sweden Organizes Seminar on Nuclear Weapons and the Environment at Almedalen Week

On July 5, SGI-Sweden held a seminar titled "Earth, Water, Air, Fire and Nuclear Weapons: A Different Seminar on Environmental Problems" at Almedalen Week 2013. ... read more

Human Rights | Jul 2 2013

"Path to Dignity" Screened at Human Rights Education Conference in Russia

"Path to Dignity" Screened at Human Rights Education Conference in Russia

On July 2, SGI participated in an international conference titled "Human Rights Education in Russia: Status and Challenges" held at the Congress Complex in St. Petersburg. ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 29 2013

SGI Meetings Held in Croatia and Russia

SGI Meetings Held in Croatia and Russia

On June 16, SGI-Croatia held its second General Meeting in Zagreb. SGI-Russia also held a meeting that commemorated July 3, mentor and disciple day, in Moscow on June 29. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Jun 26 2013

SGI Joins Gathering of Faith-Based Groups on Development Effectiveness

SGI Joins Gathering of Faith-Based Groups on Development Effectiveness

From June 25-26, SGI participated in "The First Global Consultation of Faith Based Development Organizations on Participation in the Civil Society Partnership for Development Effectiveness." ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Jun 16 2013

Hope in Action: SSA Students Hold Online Photo Documentary Challenge

Hope in Action: SSA Students Hold Online Photo Documentary Challenge

For its annual June project, Singapore Soka Association (SSA)'s student group members organized a 30-day photo documentary initiative titled "30 Days of Human Revolution (HR30)" calling for participants to create and document expressions of hope in action in their local communities. ... read more

Culture | Jun 15 2013

Taiwan Soka Association Brings Art to Schools and Cosponsors Capa Exhibition

Taiwan Soka Association Brings Art to Schools and Cosponsors Capa Exhibition

Beginning in March, volunteer guides from Taiwan Soka Association's (TSA) art and culture centers have been travelling to schools in urban and remote rural areas throughout the island to introduce children to the world of Taiwanese art. ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 9 2013

SGI Members in Taiwan, Spain, Singapore and Argentina Deepen Faith Through Study

SGI Members in Taiwan, Spain, Singapore and Argentina Deepen Faith Through Study

In May and June, SGI members in Taiwan, Spain and Singapore took Buddhist study exams as a way of deepening their understanding of Nichiren Buddhism. SGI-Argentina members also held Buddhist study seminars on the concept of karma. ... read more

Education | Jun 8 2013

SGI-Spain Hosts Conference on Education

SGI-Spain Hosts Conference on Education

On June 8, at its culture center in Rivas-Vaciamadrid, SGI-Spain sponsored its first conference on education, commemorating the 142nd anniversary of the birth, on June 6, 1871, of educator and first Soka Gakkai president Tsunesaburo Makiguchi. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jun 7 2013

SGI's Anti-nuclear Weapons Exhibition Shown in La Paz, Mexico

SGI's Anti-nuclear Weapons Exhibition Shown in La Paz, Mexico

From May 24-June 7, SGI's anti-nuclear weapons exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit" (THS) was on display at the Autonomous University of Baja California Sur (UABCS) in La Paz, Mexico. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jun 3 2013

SGI-USA Culture of Peace Lectures on Women and Human Security

SGI-USA Culture of Peace Lectures on Women and Human Security

In May and June SGI-USA organized two lectures focusing on women's experiences of war and their roles in conflict prevention and peace-building in its Culture of Peace Distinguished Speaker Series. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Jun 2 2013

SGI-Brazil Co-organizes Hip Hop Benefit Concert

SGI-Brazil Co-organizes Hip Hop Benefit Concert

On June 2, at the start of the winter season in Brazil, youth gathered for an annual hip hop benefit concert titled "Dance and Get Warm" at the Símon Bolívar Auditorium of the Latin America Memorial in São Paulo to help collect winter clothing for society's most vulnerable people. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jun 1 2013

SGI-Korea Students Show Peace Exhibition at 150 Universities

SGI-Korea Students Show Peace Exhibition at 150 Universities

From May 5 to June 1, SGI-Korea's student group sponsored peace activities at 182 venues including 150 universities across the country. A specially created exhibition titled "Harmonious Coexistence: Building Peace Together" was shown, accompanied by discussions and seminars based on SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's annual peace proposals. ... read more

Education | May 27 2013

SGI-Philippines Youth Present Donated School Supplies

SGI-Philippines Youth Present Donated School Supplies

On May 27, SGI-Philippines youth members presented donated English books, notepads and school supplies to Paaralang Pantao (School for Humanity) located at the foot of a massive garbage dump in Payatas, Quezon City, Metro Manila. ... read more

Buddhism | May 26 2013

SGI-Indonesia Celebrates Women's Day

SGI-Indonesia Celebrates Women's Day

During the month of May, commemorative events and meetings marking May 14, SGI-Indonesia Women's Day, were held throughout Indonesia. On May 26, SGI women in the province of West Java co-organized an event titled "The World is Yours to Change" with the local government of Karawang. ... read more

Buddhism | May 26 2013

Lotus Sutra Exhibition Held in Sri Lanka

Lotus Sutra Exhibition Held in Sri Lanka

From May 25-26, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) and SGI-Sri Lanka sponsored the exhibition "Lotus Sutra--A Message of Peace and Harmonious Coexistence" at the Royal College in Colombo, Sri Lanka. ... read more

Buddhism | May 26 2013

SGI Youth in Eastern Europe Gather for Training Course in Vienna

SGI Youth in Eastern Europe Gather for Training Course in Vienna

From May 24-26, SGI youth in Eastern Europe came together for a training course at the SGI-Austria Culture Center in Vienna. ... read more

Interfaith | May 22 2013

SGI-Canada Participates in Multifaith Dialogue on Adversity

SGI-Canada Participates in Multifaith Dialogue on Adversity

On May 22, SGI-Canada participated in the fifth dialogue in a series of seven titled "The Power of Spirit: A Multifaith Exploration of Triumph Over Adversity." ... read more

Culture | May 15 2013

SGI-Spain Hosts Arts Festival

SGI-Spain Hosts Arts Festival

On May 15, SGI-Spain hosted an arts festival at its culture center in Rivas-Vaciamadrid aimed at deepening friendship with the local community. The festival featured performances ranging from Spanish dance, opera vignettes and theatrical skits to piano pieces and poetry. ... read more