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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

Buddhism | Feb 7 2010

SGI-Dominican Republic Holds General Meeting

SGI-Dominican Republic Holds General Meeting

On February 7, 2010, SGI-Dominican Republic members held a general meeting at the SGI-Dominican Republic Culture Center in Santo Domingo to commemorate the 23rd anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's first visit to their country on February 8, 1987. The SGI movement in the Dominican Republic was launched by Japanese ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 7 2010

SGI-Sweden Holds General Meetings

SGI-Sweden Holds General Meetings

On January 31, 2010, SGI-Sweden held a general meeting in Stockholm at its SGI-Sweden Culture Center. Members gathered from throughout the country, with some travelling from as far away as Gotland Island, Sweden. During the event, SGI-Sweden Women's Leader Marion Lindblom and Youth Leader Anna-Carin Joelsson spoke about the ... read more

Sustainable Development | Feb 7 2010

Taiwan Soka Association Members Clean Up Public Park

Taiwan Soka Association Members Clean Up Public Park

On February 7, 2010, more than 100 Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) members turned out for one of TSA's regular clean-ups at Hsiushui Park in Changhua County, Taiwan. In 2004, TSA adopted the public park located next to TSA's Changhua Culture Center and assumed responsibility for maintaining it and keeping ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Feb 7 2010

SGI-Philippines Hosts "Transforming the Human Spirit" Exhibition

From January 23 to February 7, 2010, the exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit" was on display at the SGI-Philippines Culture Center in Manila. The show was co-hosted by SGI-Philippines and the Order of the Knights of Rizal, a Philippine civic ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Feb 5 2010

Transforming the Human Spirit Exhibition Shown in Malaysia

Transforming the Human Spirit Exhibition Shown in Malaysia

From January 25 to February 5, 2010, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) co-organized the exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit" with Museum of Asian Art and the Department of Chinese Studies, University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur. More than 600 viewed ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Feb 1 2010

Soka Gakkai Youth Hold Lecture on Nuclear Abolition

Soka Gakkai Youth Hold Lecture on Nuclear Abolition

On February 1, 2010, Soka Gakkai youth members held one of a series of peace lectures at the Josei Toda International Center in Tokyo, Japan, titled, "Toward Nuclear Abolition: Now Is the Time for Us to Stand Up for Peace." In her remarks, guest lecturer and Peace Depot Secretary-General ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 31 2010

SGI-Switzerland Holds General Meeting in Lucerne

SGI-Switzerland Holds General Meeting in Lucerne

On January 31, 2010, approximately 200 SGI-Switzerland members gathered for a general meeting in the city of Lucerne. SGI-Switzerland Young Women's Leader Tae Takahashi reported on recent activities carried out by the young women. General Director Massimo Marazii and Women's Leader Mitsue Takahashi encouraged everyone to make 2010—the 80th ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jan 31 2010

SGI-South Africa Receives Gandhi Remembrance Organization Award

On January 31, 2010, the Gandhi Remembrance Organization commended SGI South-Africa for its contributions to the community. The Gandhi Remembrance Award was presented at a ceremony held at Tolstoy Farm, in southern Johannesburg, where Gandhi lived in the early 1900s. Gandhi named the farm after Leo Tolstoy in recognition of their ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 30 2010

SGI-Ireland Hosts First Annual Chapter Meeting

SGI-Ireland Hosts First Annual Chapter Meeting

On January 30, 2010, some 55 SGI-Ireland members from throughout the country gathered at University College Cork in Cork, Ireland, for their first annual chapter meeting. SGI-Ireland Vice Young Men's Leader Gavin Pullen and Robbie Fry, men's leader of South and South East Chapter, Ireland, reported on a recent ... read more

Education | Jan 30 2010

Education Conference Held at Taiwan Soka Association's Center

Education Conference Held at Taiwan Soka Association's Center

On January 31, 2010, Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) brought together professional educators from Taiwan and China for an educational conference on character building in education. The event, cosponsored by the National Planners' Association and the Peace Angels from Mainland China, was held at TSA's Zhi Shan Culture Center in Taipei. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Jan 30 2010

"Seeds of Change" Displayed in Stoke Newington, UK

"Seeds of Change" Displayed in Stoke Newington, UK

On January 30, 2010, the SGI and Earth Charter Initiative joint exhibition "Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential" was displayed at Stoke Newington Town Hall in England. Over 200 residents, including Vice Chancellor of London Metropolitan University Professor Malcolm Gillies, attended. Visitors wrote pledges on seeds and leaves ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jan 28 2010

"Transforming the Human Spirit" Exhibition Shown in Canada

"Transforming the Human Spirit" Exhibition Shown in Canada

From January 26-28, 2010, SGI-Canada organized the exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit," at Windsor Public Library in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. On January 26, an opening event was held commemorating the 35th anniversary of the founding of the SGI as well ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jan 27 2010

SGI-UK and University of London Cohost Peace Symposium

SGI-UK and University of London Cohost Peace Symposium

On January 27, 2010, SGI-UK cohosted a peace symposium with the Development Education Research Centre of the Institute of Education, University of London, at SGI-UK's Taplow Court Grand Culture Center. The symposium focused on humanitarian competition and global perspectives, based on SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's 2009 Peace Proposal titled ... read more

Press Releases | Jan 26 2010

SGI President Calls for Accelerated Action toward Nuclear Abolition

Tokyo, Japan: In a proposal released on Jan. 26, "Toward a New Era of Value Creation," Soka Gakkai International (SGI) President Daisaku Ikeda calls for accelerated moves toward the realization of a world without nuclear weapons. He also urges concrete steps toward generating meaningful employment opportunities in the current ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jan 26 2010

SGI President's 2010 Peace Proposal Released

SGI President's 2010 Peace Proposal Released

On January 26, 2010, a peace proposal titled "Toward a New Era of Value Creation" was released, in which SGI President Ikeda calls for accelerated moves toward the realization of a world without nuclear weapons. He also urges concrete steps toward generating meaningful employment opportunities in the current economic downturn ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 26 2010

Soka Gakkai International Celebrates SGI Day

Soka Gakkai International Celebrates SGI Day

On January 26, 2010, a prayer meeting commemorating the 35th anniversary of SGI's founding was held at the Josei Toda International Center in Shinjuku ward, Tokyo, Japan. Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada attended the event. In his remarks, Mr. Harada spoke about the significance of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's 2010 ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 25 2010

SGI-USA Holds SGI Leaders Study Conference

SGI-USA Holds SGI Leaders Study Conference

From January 22-25, SGI-USA hosted a SGI Leaders Study Conference at the Florida Nature and Culture Center in Weston, Florida. Some 190 representatives from North, Central and South America converged at the conference center, together with Soka Gakkai Study Department Leader Masakki Morninaka. During the four-day conference, Mr. Morinaka lectured ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 24 2010

SGI-Haiti Holds First District Meeting in Wake of Earthquake

SGI-Haiti Holds First District Meeting in Wake of Earthquake

On January 24, 2010, the first district discussion meeting was held in Port-au-Prince, Haiti since the deadly earthquake that hit on January 12. The meeting included prayers for the repose of the victims of the earthquake and for the speedy recovery of the injured. In a message to the SGI ... read more

Education | Jan 24 2010

SGI-Korea Educators Meet throughout South Korea

SGI-Korea Educators Meet throughout South Korea

On January 24, 2010, the SGI-Korea Educator's Group held meetings for its members at five venues throughout South Korea. Participants exchanged reports on practical applications of humanistic education within their classrooms. One meeting took place at the SGI-Korea headquarters building in Seoul at which some 600 gathered from surrounding cities, ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 23 2010

Youth Hold General Meeting in Nepal

Youth Hold General Meeting in Nepal

On January 16, 2010, SGI-Nepal youth held a general meeting at the SGI-Nepal Peace Center in Kathmandu. From January 20-23, SGI-Nepal young member's group advisor Navin Manandhar and SGI-Nepal Young Men's Group Vice Leader Rajendra Maharjan spent the week in Pokara, Nepal, approximately 150 km from Kathmandu, meeting with ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jan 22 2010

Culture of Peace Exhibition Opens in Hiroshima

Culture of Peace Exhibition Opens in Hiroshima

On January 22, 2010, the exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit" opened at the Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Peace Center in Hiroshima, Japan. To date, the exhibition has been shown in 21 countries and territories and in over 50 cities. On ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Jan 22 2010

SGI Organizations Support Haiti Relief Efforts

SGI Organizations Support Haiti Relief Efforts

On January 15, 2010, Soka Gakkai Vice President Kenji Yoshigo visited Jean Claude Bordes, Charge d'Affaires at the Embassy of the Republic of Haiti in Tokyo, Japan, to pledge a contribution of 3 million yen (US$32,900) toward government-organized relief activities for the earthquake that hit Haiti on Tuesday January 12, ... read more

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