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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

Buddhism | Oct 24 2009

Soka Gakkai Holds Monthly Leaders Meeting in Tokyo

On October 24, 2009, Soka Gakkai held its monthly leaders meeting at the Soka Gakkai International Friendship Hall in Sendagaya, Tokyo. In the spirit of youth united in a shared commitment with their mentor, the meeting was held in conjunction with the 1st Nationwide Youth Division Leaders Meeting. SGI President ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 22 2009

Lotus Sutra Exhibition Held in Bangalore, India

The exhibition was co-organized by the Institute of Oriental Philosophy and Bharat Soka Gakkai (BSG), supported by the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the International Academy of Indian Culture. The show displays rare manuscripts, microfilms, facsimile editions, romanized texts and panels depicting parables from ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 20 2009

Exhibition on Nuclear Abolition Shown in USA, Hong Kong and Canada

On October 5, 2009, the SGI exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit" opened at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies in New Haven, Connecticut, USA. The 36-panel exhibition addresses the dangers of nuclear weapons and the role that ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Oct 19 2009

SGI-Hong Kong Donates Money to UNICEF to Assist Humanitarian Efforts in the Philippines

On October 19, 2009, SGI-Hong Kong General Director John Ng Chor Yuk and several representatives presented a check for the amount of HKD 79,719.40 (US$14,199) to the UNICEF Hong Kong Committee in response to the damage caused by tropical Storm Ketsana that struck the Philippines in September 2009. Tropical Storm Ketsana ... read more

Education | Oct 18 2009

Forums on Humanistic Education Held in Japan

On October 18, 2009, Soka Gakkai educators sponsored a "Forum on Humanistic Education 2009" at Kimitsu Civic Cultural Hall in Chiba Prefecture, Japan. Soka Gakkai Education Group Chief Hajime Miyamoto and representatives from a local Soka Gakkai educators group in Chiba participated in the event. Sho Takakura, professor emeritus ... read more

Culture | Oct 18 2009

Soka Gakkai Orchestras Win Gold Medals at All-Japan Band Competition

On October 18, 2009, two Soka Gakkai Brass Band music groups entered the "Company and Community Bands" section at the 57th All-Japan Band Competition, held at the Nagoya Congress Center in Nagoya, Japan. The Soka Gakkai Kansai Wind Orchestra from the Kansai region won a gold medal for the twelfth ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Oct 18 2009

Singapore Soka Association Supports Mercy Relief's Humanitarian Efforts

On October 18, 2009, at Singapore's Senja Soka Center, Singapore Soka Association (SSA) General Director Mr. Ong Bong Chai presented a check to Mercy Relief Vice Chairman Professor Abdul Wahab bin Abdul Rahman in the amount of S$25,292 (US$18,206). The donation was made in support of Mercy Relief's mission to ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 16 2009

Poet of the Amazon Lectures on SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's Peace Proposals

On October 16, 2009, the renowned Brazilian poet Amedeu Thiago de Mello gave a lecture on SGI President Ikeda's peace proposals at the SGI-Brazil Ikeda Culture Center in São Paulo. Having dedicated himself to the preservation of the Amazon rain forest, Mr. Thiago de Mello expressed his appreciation for Mr. ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 14 2009

Symposium on Society and Religion Held at Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

From October 13-14, 2009, a symposium on society and religion was sponsored by the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) and the Institute of World Religions of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences(CASS)in Beijing, China. Renowned Buddhist scholar and professor at Peking University Lou Yulie participated in the symposium. More ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 14 2009

Soka Gakkai Young Women's International Group Celebrates Anniversary

On October 14, 2009, Soka Gakkai Japan young women along with SGI members living in Japan commemorated the 30th anniversary of the establishment of Soka Gakkai Young Women's International Group at the Soka Young Women's Center in Shinanomachi, Tokyo. This group was established on October 24, 1979, made up ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 13 2009

Soka Gakkai Holds Memorial Services on the Anniversary of Nichiren's Passing

Memorial services took place throughout Japan on the anniversary of Nichiren's passing (October 13, 1282). The services also commemorated October 12, 1279, the day Nichiren inscribed the Dai-Gohonzon, the object of devotion in Nichiren Buddhism, for all humanity. [Dai means great. Go is an honorific prefix, and honzon means ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 11 2009

SGI-Panama Senior Citizens Group Hold General Meeting

On October 11, 2009, SGI-Panama senior citizen group members met for a general meeting at the SGI-Panama Culture Center in Panama City. About 400 members participated in the meeting which focused on how to maintain a youthful spirit even as one ages. The ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 11 2009

SGI Portugal Creates New Chapters and Young Men's Support Group

On October 10, 2009, SGI-Portugal held a national training session for leaders in Lisbon, Portugal. Some 130 participated, including members who traveled from the Portuguese archipelago of Azores. The formation of Lisbon and Vale do Tejo Norte Chapters was announced at the meeting as well as new appointments of area ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 11 2009

SGI-UK Youth Leaders Meet at Taplow Court

On October 11, 2009, SGI-UK held its 3rd National Youth Leaders' Training Session at SGI-UK's Taplow Court Grand Culture Centre. The event included discussion of youth activities for 2010. Youth Leader Moni Shrestha shared a passage from Nichiren's writing "The Three Obstacles and Four Devils" which states, "the wise will ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 10 2009

SGI-USA Chicago Promotes Peace Through Art

On October 10, 2009, nearly 500 SGI-USA members and guests filled the hallways and conference rooms of the SGI-USA Chicago Culture Center to take part in "Inspiring a Culture of Peace: A Day of Artful Action and Creativity." SGI-USA Chicago's Think Peace Take Action Committee and the International Committee ... read more

Human Rights | Oct 10 2009

Singapore Soka Association Supports World Mental Health Day

From October 1-4, 2009, members from the Singapore Soka Association's (SSA) Soka Volunteer Group joined hands with interns from the Silver Ribbon Singapore (SRS) organization to pack 10,000 information and support packages to combat the stigma of mental illness. The packages were created to help raise people's awareness of mental ... read more

Culture | Oct 7 2009

China National Peking Opera Company Commences Japan Tour

On October 7, 2009, commemorating the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, China National Peking Opera Company (CNPOC) launched its third Japan tour at Aichi Prefecture Performing Arts Theater located in Nagoya. Organized by the Min-On Concert Association, CNPOC will perform its new production ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 6 2009

SGI-Argentina Opens New Center in Buenos Aires

On October 6, 2009, SGI-Argentina's South Community Center opened in Temperley, Buenos Aires, Argentina. SGI-Argentina members celebrated the opening of the center which is anticipated to become a center of activities for members living in Southern Argentina. Many distinguished guests participated in the opening ceremony, including former Vice Rector of ... read more

Sustainable Development | Oct 2 2009

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Hosts "Seeds of Change" Exhibition

During the months of September and October 2009, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) Perak showed the "Seeds of Change: Earth Charter and the Human Potential" exhibition in several locations throughout Malaysia. The showings coincided with the United Nations International Day of Peace (September 21, 2009) and served to promote greater ... read more

Culture | Oct 2 2009

Soka Gakkai Thailand Commended for Cultural Contributions

On October 2, 2009, Soka Gakkai Thailand (SGT) was commended by the Ministry of Culture of the Kingdom of Thailand for their longstanding contributions to cultural enhancement and the arts. SGT received a plaque and certificate at the ceremony which commemorated the 7th anniversary of the establishment of the Ministry ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 1 2009

Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research Announces New Appointments

On October 1, 2009, Professor Kevin Clements was appointed Secretary General of the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research. Dr. Clements will work closely with current director of the institute, Dr. Olivier Urbain. Dr. Satoko Takahashi, with experience organizing international conferences and supporting research activities at the ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 30 2009

SGI-Peru Appoints New General Director, Creates Executive Guidance Committee

On September 30, 2009, SGI-Peru held a leaders meeting at the SGI-Peru Culture Center in Lima, Peru. SGI General Director Yoshitaka Oba and SGI Women's Chief Kayoko Asano, both visiting from Japan, participated together with some 500 members. During the gathering, José Juárez Salazar was newly appointed as SGI-Peru ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 27 2009

SGI-Sri Lanka Women Hold General Meeting

On September 27, 2009, SGI-Sri Lanka women met at the SGI-Sri Lanka Culture Center in Colombo. The general meeting centered around the theme of building a foundation for happiness within the family. Ms. Mendis, wife of former governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, attended the gathering. One woman ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 27 2009

SGI Meetings Held in Southern Africa

The three-day event included sharing of experiences, study and dialogue sessions. Participants were encouraged to strengthen their resolve to realize their own personal victories and share the humanistic ideals of Nichiren Buddhism with others. On August 30, SGI-Zambia held a general meeting at the SGI-Zambia Grand Culture Center located in ... read more

Culture | Sep 26 2009

SGI-Bolivia Fife-and-Drum Corps Celebrates 45th Anniversary

On September 26, 2009, the SGI-Bolivia Fife-and-Drum Corps held a festival commemorating the 45th anniversary of its establishment. Formed in 1964, the Fife-and-Drum Corps began with 17 members and has now grown to a membership of 200. The music corps performs at events and ceremonies throughout Bolivia and South ... read more

Culture | Sep 26 2009

Children's Art Exhibitions Open in Brazil and Mongolia

On September 1, 2009, the SGI-Brazil sponsored "Boys and Girls Art Exhibition," featuring art by children from Brazil and around the world, opened at the Victor Brecheret Convention Center in Atibaia, São Paulo State, Brazil. The exhibition ran through September 26. Among those attending the opening was Atibaia's Vice Mayor ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 26 2009

SGI-Canada Contributes to Annual Ottawa Peace Festival

On September 26, 2009, approximately 80 people attended an event titled "Buddhism in Action–A Proposal for Peace," held at the SGI-Canada Ottawa Community Center as part of a 13-day annual Ottawa Peace Festival held in Ottawa, Canada. The festival, organized by the Canadian Department of Peace Initiative, the United ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 22 2009

SGI-USA Members Participate in International Day of Peace in San Diego, California

On September 22, 2009, SGI-USA San Diego North Region members participated in the International Day of Peace celebration at the Garden of the Sky Plaza in San Diego, California. The event was hosted by the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice at the University of San Diego. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 20 2009

SGI-Canada Members Join Peace Pole Event in Calgary

On September 20, 2009, SGI-Canada members from the Calgary area joined with a host of other groups and organizations to celebrate a collective statement for peace in the heart of Calgary's Peace Park. The event included representation from 16 nongovernmental organizations, 15 cultural groups, 15 faith-based groups and denominations, ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 20 2009

SGI-Russia Commemorates 35th Anniversary of SGI President's Visit

During September 2009, SGI-Russia held general meetings in Moscow and other places throughout Russia to commemorate the 35th anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's first visit to the Soviet Union on September 8, 1974. On September 20, 108 SGI-Russia members including representatives from far-flung regions such as Voronezh, Perm and Ufa, ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 19 2009

Peace Activist Betty Williams Speaks at SGI-USA Hawaii Culture Center

On September 19, 2009, more than 700 SGI-USA members, teachers, local officials and guests gathered at the SGI-USA Hawaii Culture Center for a talk given by peace activist Betty Williams. The event was a part of Hawaii's third annual "Peace Day Hawaii: Uniting with Aloha." Ms. Williams, the founder of ... read more

Interfaith | Sep 19 2009

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Participates in Interfaith Prayer Event

On September 19, 2009, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) Perak representatives participated in an interfaith prayer event with the theme "Unity in Diversity in 1 Malaysia" organized by the Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST) at Ipoh City Hall in Ipoh, Malaysia. The event was ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 13 2009

SGI-Italy Marche Community Center Opens in Falconara Marittima

From September 12-13, 2009, opening ceremonies for the SGI-Italy Marche Community Center were held in the municipality of Falconara Marittima in the Marche region of Italy. On September 12, Falconara Marittima Mayor Goffredo Brandoni attended the official opening and expressed his hope that the new center would become a place ... read more

Culture | Sep 13 2009

Min-On Sponsors Japan Tour of Haitian Music Group

On August 20, 2009, the Min-On Concert Association hosted a concert by the Haitian group the Mini All Stars at the Nakano Sun Plaza Hall in Tokyo, Japan, as part of its new concert series "The Caribbean Musical Cruise." This was the first Japan tour by the group. The ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 13 2009

SGI-Germany's Villa Sachsen Celebrates Heritage Day

On September 13, 2009, SGI-Germany's Villa Sachsen Grand Culture Center, located in Bingen, Germany, held its annual open house in celebration of Heritage Day (September 14). More than 1,700 people took part in the festivities, whose highlights included performances from SGI-Germany's Green Hill Orchestra and a jazz band, as well as ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 13 2009

Dewey Scholar Speaks at SGI-USA's Culture of Peace Distinguished Speaker's Lecture Series

On September 13, 2009, Dr. Larry Hickman, professor of philosophy at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and the director of the Center for Dewey Studies, spoke at the SGI-USA Chicago Culture Center as part of the ongoing Culture of Peace Distinguished Speakers Series. Dr. Hickman, a former president of the ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 11 2009

SGI Delegation Attends United Nations NGO Conference in Mexico City, Mexico

From September 9-11, 2009, an SGI delegation led by Hirotsugu Terasaki, Executive Director for Peace Affairs, attended the 62nd annual conference for NGOs associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) in Mexico City, Mexico. This was only the second time in the history of this conference, ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 10 2009

Importance of Courageous Action Emphasized at Soka Gakkai Headquarters Leaders Meeting Held in Tokyo

On September 10, 2009, the monthly Soka Gakkai Headquarters Leaders Meeting was held at the Makiguchi Memorial Hall in Hachioji, Tokyo. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada attended the meeting together with representative members including 74 SGI members from 12 countries and territories. In his ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 10 2009

Conflict Resolution Expert Dr. Fathali Moghaddam Speaks at SGI-USA's Culture of Peace Distinguished Speakers Series

On September 10, 2009—the eve of the eighth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks—150 people gathered at the SGI-USA Washington, D.C. Culture Center to hear a lecture on the themes of peace and violence by Fathali Moghaddam, a professor in the department of psychology and the director of the ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 10 2009

SGI President Ikeda Issues Nuclear Abolition Proposal

On September 8, 2009, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda issued a proposal outlining concrete steps toward nuclear abolition, in commemoration of the 52nd anniversary of second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda's antinuclear declaration. Mr. Ikeda's proposal, titled "Building Global Solidarity Toward Nuclear Abolition," outlines five key steps: 1. The five declared nuclear-weapon states ... read more

Culture | Sep 10 2009

"Beyond the Horizon" Photo Exhibition Held in Accra, Ghana

From September 7-10, 2009, "Beyond the Horizon," an exhibition of photographs taken by the Hato-kai, a group of Soka Gakkai members working on ocean-going vessels, was shown at the Regional Maritime University (RMU) in Accra, Ghana. RMU is a specialized organ of the Maritime Organization of West and Central ... read more