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Press Releases | Jan 20 2010

SGI Organizations Support Haiti Relief Efforts

Tokyo, Japan: Soka Gakkai International (SGI) organizations around the world have made donations to assist the relief efforts in Haiti following the devastating earthquake which hit the country on January 12, 2010. On January 15, Soka Gakkai Japan Vice President Kenji Yoshigo visited Jean Claude Bordes, Charge d'Affaires at the ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jan 18 2010

SGI-USA Youth in So. California Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

SGI-USA Youth in So. California Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

On January 18, 2010, SGI-USA members of southern California, USA, participated in the Los Angeles Kingdom Day Parade. Some 700 youth marched in the parade, which commemorates the life of Martin Luther King Jr. every January. Prior to the parade, participants gathered at the SGI-USA Los Angeles Friendship Center in California. ... read more

Culture | Jan 17 2010

SGI-Hawaii Celebrates SGI's 35th Anniversary

SGI-Hawaii Celebrates SGI's 35th Anniversary

On January 17, 2010, SGI-USA Pacific Zone held a culture festival and general meeting at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. Some 3,000 converged to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the SGI and the 50th anniversary of SGI-USA's founding. In a message, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda expressed his appreciation ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 17 2010

SGI-Europe Holds Summit Meetings

SGI-Europe Holds Summit Meetings

From January 15-17, 2010, approximately 200 representatives from 28 European countries attended the SGI-European Summit at the SGI European Center in Trets, France. In a message, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and Mrs. Kaneko Ikeda encouraged the participants to have strong conviction, emphasizing the importance of resolute prayer in bringing about ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Jan 17 2010

Singapore Soka Assoc. Participates in Community Interfaith Activities

Singapore Soka Assoc. Participates in Community Interfaith Activities

On January 17, 2010, Singapore Soka Association (SSA), together with other faith-based organizations, participated in the annual recycling project, "Clean Up South West" at SSA's Soka Culture Center. The project, started by the South West Community Development Council (SWCDC) in 2006, aims to engage residents in a "trash-for-groceries" effort where ... read more

Sustainable Development | Jan 16 2010

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Participates in Community Cleanup

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Participates in Community Cleanup

On January 16, 2010, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) Selangor participated in a gotong-royong (mutual cooperation in a spirit of goodwill) community cleanup event in Jalan Berangan, Klang, Malaysia. Some 300 volunteers, including 20 SGM members, took part in the event organized by the Klang Municipal Council, in partnership with ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 16 2010

Guam Celebrates SGI's 35th Anniversary

Guam Celebrates SGI's 35th Anniversary

On January 16, 2010, SGI members from Guam, the U.S. mainland, Oceania and Japan gathered in Tamuning, Guam to mark the 35th anniversary of the establishment of SGI (January 26, 1975). Over 300 SGI-Guam members attended the event, as well as SGI General Director Yoshitaka Oba and SGI Women's ... read more

Culture | Jan 3 2010

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Holds Art Exhibitions

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Holds Art Exhibitions

From December 13-27, 2009, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) held the "Guangzhou Art Sensation: An Exhibition by Renowned Guanghzou Artists" at the Wisma Kebudayaan SGM Center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The exhibition celebrated the 35th anniversary of Sino-Malaysia diplomatic relations. It was jointly organized by SGM, the Embassy of the People's Republic ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 2 2010

SGI Members Around the World Celebrate the New Year

SGI Members Around the World Celebrate the New Year

From January 1-2, 2010, Soka Gakkai members throughout Japan held commemorative New Year meetings. 2010 marks the 80th year since the establishment of the Soka Gakkai on November 18, 1930, under the leadership of first Soka Gakkai President Tsunesaburo Makiguchi. Gatherings included the reading of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 2 2010

Singapore Soka Association Youth Hold General Meeting

Singapore Soka Association Youth Hold General Meeting

On January 2, 2010, Singapore Soka Association (SSA) youth members gathered at the SSA Headquarters for a general meeting. Some 1,200 attended. The meeting started with a performance by the Golden Lion Dance Troupe. In addition, the theme song for the upcoming SSA Youth Musical (SYM) "For Humanity, For You ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 1 2010

SGI Members in Kenya and Mauritius Celebrate the New Year

SGI Members in Kenya and Mauritius Celebrate the New Year

On January 1, 2010, SGI members in Africa celebrated the New Year. Gatherings were held in five venues throughout Mauritius. At the meetings, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's New Year's message was conveyed. Participants also read Nichiren's letter titled "New Year's Gosho" making fresh determinations for 2010. A commemorative meeting was also ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 1 2010

SGI President Conveys New Year's Message

SGI President Conveys New Year's Message

The year 2010 marks the 80th anniversary of the Soka Gakkai's founding (November 18, 1930) and the 35th anniversary of the SGI's establishment (January 26, 1975). In celebration of the New Year, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a message of encouragement to SGI members around the world, stating that the ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 26 2009

SGI-Gabon Establishes New District

On December 26, 2009, SGI members in Gabon established a new district and held a commemorative meeting in the city of Libreville. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a message for the meeting, calling on the members to advance world peace with unity based on a spirit of “many in ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 20 2009

SGI-Côte d'Ivoire Holds Commemorative Meetings

From December 19-20, 2009, SGI-Côte d'Ivoire members held meetings commemorating the start of the 80th year since the establishment of the Soka Gakkai on November 18, 1930. On December 20, a gathering took place in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, where approximately 1,700 representatives from throughout the country gathered. SGI-Côte d'Ivoire General Director ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 20 2009

SGI-Philippines Holds Nationwide Meeting

On December 20, 2009, approximately 700 leaders from SGI-Philippines attended a nationwide meeting at the SGI Philippines Culture Center in Manila. SGI-Philippines National Secretary Ronald Hernandez, Youth Leader Jeremias Zhel Cruz and Young Men's Leader Rodel Paul Sauza were newly appointed at the event. Representatives reported on activities in their ... read more

Sustainable Development | Dec 17 2009

Sustainable Development Exhibition Shown in Carrara, Italy

From December 9-17, 2009, SGI-Italy hosted the "Seeds of Change: Earth Charter and the Human Potential" exhibition in Carrara, Tuscany, Italy. The exhibition was co-sponsored by the province of Massa Carrara and Carrara City. More than 3,300 visited the exhibition, including students from elementary, junior high and high ... read more

Interfaith | Dec 15 2009

SGI Joins Workshop on Faith-Based Organizations and Development in Southeast Asia

From December 14-15, 2009, a representative from the SGI Office of Public Information attended a workshop on "Global Development and Institutions Inspired by Faith in Southeast Asia" co-organized by the Berkeley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs at Georgetown University, Washington D.C., and the World Faiths Development Dialogue ... read more

Human Rights | Dec 10 2009

SGI-Luxembourg Participates in International Day of Human Rights

On December 10, 2009, in celebration of the International Day of Human Rights, the Baha'i Center of Luxembourg City and the Organization for the Education of Adults invited representatives of various religious communities to attend an interreligious dialogue with the theme, "The Contribution of Religions to Human Rights." SGI-Luxembourg, a ... read more

Culture | Dec 10 2009

Min-On Concert Association Cosponsors Folk Dance Concert

On December 10, 2009, the Min-On Concert Association cosponsored the 2009 Mekong-Japan folk dance concert hosted by the Japan Asia Fine Arts Association. The event was held at the Tokyo International Forum in Chiyoda, Tokyo. Dance companies from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam performed traditional court and folk dances, as ... read more

Interfaith | Dec 9 2009

SGI Takes Part in Parliament of the World's Religions

On December 7, 2009, SGI representatives from Australia, Japan and the United States joined voices with Christian, Jewish and Muslim representatives on a panel titled "Nuclear Weapons Abolition: Response and Advocacy by Religious Communities" held during the Parliament of the World's Religions in Melbourne, Australia. The gathering called for ... read more

Press Releases | Dec 8 2009

Faiths Join to Stress Vital Challenge of Nuclear Abolition at Melbourne Parliament of World's Religions

Tokyo, Japan: Buddhist, Christian, Jewish and Muslim representatives joined voices during the Parliament of the World's Religions in Melbourne, Australia, on December 7, calling for moral leadership by the world's religions in the effort to abolish nuclear weapons. Dr. Sue Wareham, former president of the Medical Association for Prevention of ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 5 2009

SGI-UK Holds Volunteer Group Training Sessions at Taplow Court

On November 28, 2009, ninety-three SGI-UK young women from throughout the county and also members of the Lilac Group who provide support for local activities gathered at SGI-UK's Taplow Court Grand Culture Center. The meeting centered on the Buddhist concept of selfless dedication. SGI-UK National Lilac Group leaders Sonia ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Dec 3 2009

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Hosts Peace Exhibition and Forum

From November 30 to December 3, 2009, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) displayed the "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit" exhibition at the Multimedia University (MMU) campus in Cyberjaya, Malaysia. The exhibition was jointly organized by the MMU Chinese Language Society and SGM, ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 29 2009

Soka Gakkai Members Throughout Japan Take Elementary Level and Youth Study Exams

On November 29, 2009, 180,000 candidates at 1,669 venues throughout Japan took either the Elementary-Level Study Exam or the Level 3 Youth Study Exam. The exams aim to encourage members to broaden their understanding of Buddhism. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a message to all examinees and staff members ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 29 2009

SGI-Norway Appoints New Leaders

On November 29, 2009, SGI-Norway held a general meeting in Oslo, at which SGI-Norway General Director Aud Digernes, Women's Leader Trine Furu Berg and Women's Secretary-General Katarina Wilmot were newly appointed. Ms. Digernes shared her strong determination to devote herself to encouraging members and to work wholeheartedly towards creating ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 29 2009

Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai Members Hold General Meeting

On November 29, 2009, approximately 600 gathered for the 35th Bharat Soka Gakkai (BSG) General Meeting at the Soka Bodhi Tree Garden in New Delhi, India. East India General Area 1 chief Mr. Dipak Das spoke about the importance of building solidarity among friends and his own personal efforts to ... read more

Education | Nov 28 2009

Lecture on Mind-Body Connection and Medicine Held in Malaysia

On November 28, 2009, a lecture titled "Creating A Century of Life: The Significance of Mind-Body Interaction" was held at the Wisma Kebudayaan Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) Center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The event was hosted by Dr Amir Farid Isahak, chairman of the Interfaith Spiritual Fellowship (INSAF). Dr. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Nov 23 2009

Toda Institute Holds International Conference on the Power of Dialogue

From November 22-23, 2009, the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research held a conference on "The Power of Dialogue in a Time of Global Crisis" at Soka University in Hachioji, Tokyo. Scholars specializing in peace and environmental studies gathered to discuss how true intra- and inter-civilizational dialogue ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 22 2009

Brazil, Mexico and the Netherlands Celebrate Soka Gakkai Day

On November 15, 2009, SGI-Netherlands held a leaders meeting in Zeist, commemorating the anniversary of the establishment of the Soka Gakkai (November 18, 1930). A youth training session was attended by members from throughout the country, focusing on the themes of leadership, how to raise capable successors and the ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 15 2009

SGI Autumn Training Session Held in Tokyo, Japan

On November 12, 2009, 250 leaders from 60 countries and territories participated in the opening meeting of the 2009 SGI Autumn Training Session at the Soka International Friendship Hall in Sendagaya, Tokyo. In his message to the SGI members attending the training course, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda expressed his appreciation ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 15 2009

SGI-Korea Youth and Men Gather Throughout the Country

On November 15, 2009, SGI-Korea youth members attended general meetings based on a theme of realizing true victory in one's life through a lifelong spirit to learn from one's mentor. Meetings were held at 124 venues throughout South Korea. Over 10,000 young men and women participated, including many college students. ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 15 2009

SGI-UK Members Challenge Study Exam on Key Concepts of Nichiren Buddhism

On November 15, 2009, hundreds of SGI-UK members demonstrated their understanding of Nichiren Buddhism by taking the Level 1 study exam, held at 60 venues around the country. Examinees spent the last several months preparing by attending study sessions to supplement their own individual efforts. Over 3,000 members have ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 14 2009

Leaders from 60 Countries and Territories Gather in Japan for SGI General Meeting

On November 14, 2009, Soka Gakkai's monthly leaders meeting coincided with the SGI general meeting held at the Tokyo Makiguchi Memorial Hall in Hachioji, Japan, commemorating the Soka Gakkai's 79th anniversary (November 18, 1930). SGI President Daisaku Ikeda attended along with Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada, SGI General Director ... read more

Education | Nov 14 2009

Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue Holds Forum

On November 14, the Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue (formerly the Boston Research Center for the 21st Century) held its Sixth Annual Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue, titled "John Dewey, Daisaku Ikeda, and the Quest for a New Humanism." The forum marked the 150th anniversary of John Dewey's ... read more

Interfaith | Nov 14 2009

Three Faiths Community Education Conference Held in U.K.

On November 14, 2009, a "Three Faiths Community Education Conference" was held at the SGI-UK South London National Center by young Buddhists, Muslims and Christians. The event was an offshoot of the Three Faiths project which was initiated by SGI-UK in 2008 to address concerns about racial discrimination and ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Nov 12 2009

Taiwan Soka Association Wins National Civic Service Award

On November 12, 2009, the Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) received theNational Civic Service Award from the Premier of Taiwan, Wu Den-yih. The award ceremony took place at the Grand Hotel in Taipei, Taiwan. Created by the Federation of Non-Profit Associations under Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior, the National Civic ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Nov 11 2009

Dr. Jeffrey Boutwell of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs Speaks at SGI-USA's Culture of Peace Distinguished Speakers Series

On November 11, 2009, Dr. Jeffrey Boutwell, the executive director of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs for the last 10 years, spoke at the SGI-USA Washington, D.C., Culture Center before some 100 people. His talk marked the first anniversary of the Culture of Peace Distinguished Speakers ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Nov 8 2009

SGI-Sweden Join International Conference on Nuclear Disarmament

From November 6-8, 2009, SGI-Sweden participated in an international conference on nuclear disarmament together with 17 organizations including the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War and the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, in Stockholm, Sweden. The Sweden Pugwash Committee and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs ... read more

Education | Oct 31 2009

SGI-UK Educators Gather for Annual Meeting

On October 31, 2009, the annual SGI-UK Education Division meeting was held at the London Ikeda Peace Center. The title of this year's event was "Humanistic Education for a Peaceful Society and the Happiness of Humankind." Education Division Men's Leader Nigel Straker shared how his life as a teacher had changed ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Oct 31 2009

SGI-Philippines Members Assist with Typhoon Relief

During the months of September and October, 2009 SGI-Philippines members promptly organized a relief effort in response to the damage caused by tropical storm Ondoy that hit the city of Manila in the Philippines on September 26, dumping a reported 34 centimeters of rain – equivalent to a month's worth ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 30 2009

"Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World" Exhibition Opens in Guwahati, India

From October 10-16, 2009, the "Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World" exhibition was officially on show at the Pragjyoti ITA Centre for Performing Arts in Guwahati, India. The exhibit subsequently toured three other venues in the city until October 30. Governor of Meghalaya State, His ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 28 2009

"From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit" Exhibition Shown in Fukuoka, Japan

On October 28, 2009, the exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit" was shown at the Kyushu Auditorium in Fukuoka, Japan. This is the first time the exhibition has been shown in Japan. Among those attending the opening were several representative ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Oct 26 2009

Cultural Group from China Participates in Taiwan Soka Association Charity Concert

On September 25 and 26, 2009, Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) put on a charity concert to raise funds for reconstruction work in areas devastated by flooding in August this year. The event, held at the National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, featured the Chinese Ethnic Minority Culture and Art Association, ... read more

Education | Oct 26 2009

Singapore Soka Association Youth Participate in Educational Project in Mainland China

From October 11-26, 2009, twenty-one youth representatives from Singapore Soka Association (SSA) participated in the Youth Expedition Project organized by the Singapore National Youth Council. Participants in the initiative, named "Project Shine," traveled to the Changzhi Township, Shanxi Province, China, to help build facilities for a local school, Chang ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 26 2009

2009 SGI Youth Autumn Training Session in Tokyo

From October 22-26, 2009, 200 SGI youth members from 50 countries participated in an autumn leadership training course in Tokyo, Japan. The opening ceremony and welcome took place at the Soka International Friendship Hall in Sendagaya, on October 22. At the initial meeting, several appointments were made. Naoki Nishi was ... read more