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Buddhism | Jul 19 2009

SGI-Canada Youth Hold Commemorative Meetings

Throughout July 2009, SGI-Canada young women celebrated the Young Women's Group founding day, July 19, 1951. The many gatherings centered around the theme "Break Through: Unlock Your Potential." SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a message to the SGI-Canada youth, encouraging them to uphold faith in their inherent potential and ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 16 2009

Soka Gakkai Headquarters Leaders Meeting Held in Tokyo

On July 16, 2009, at Soka Gakkai's monthly leaders' meeting held at the Soka International Friendship Hall in Sendagaya, Tokyo, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda received an honorary doctorate from the Federal University of Rondônia in Brazil. University Rector José Januário de Oliveira Amaral, accompanied by Professor Célio José Borges, ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jul 12 2009

"Transforming the Human Spirit" Festival Held in West Hollywood, California, USA

On July 12, 2009, some 500 SGI-USA members and guests participated in a festival titled "Transforming the Human Spirit" at West Hollywood's Plummer Park. The local SGI-USA organization sponsored the daylong event that featured panel discussions and SGI-USA's exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming ... read more

Human Rights | Jul 11 2009

SGI-USA Santa Barbara, California, Participates in Pride Festival

On July 11, 2009, SGI-USA members participated in the Pacific Pride Festival at Chase Palm Park in Santa Barbara, California, marking the first time that the local SGI-USA organization took part in the event. Organized to celebrate the diversity of Santa Barbara's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, the ... read more

Culture | Jul 10 2009

SGI-Korea Choirs Win Awards at International Competition

From July 8-10, 2009, the World Choir Championships took place in Gyeongnam, South Korea. The INTERKULTUR Foundation and South Korea's Gyeongnam Province organized the event, in which 193 groups from 29 countries and territories participated. SGI-Korea Boys' and Girls' Sunrise Chorus received a silver diploma in the children's choir category. ... read more

Culture | Jul 5 2009

SGI Organizations in Hong Kong and Malaysia Hold Art Exhibitions

On June 5, 2009, the exhibition "Works by Masters of Chinese Painting and Calligraphy from Guangzhou" opened at the SGI-Hong Kong Culture Center. The event, cohosted by SGI-Hong Kong, the Guangzhou Federation of Literary and Art Circles and the Guangzhou People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, featured the paintings ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 5 2009

Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai Young Men Participate in Training Session

From July 4-5, 2009, some 110 Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai (BSG) young men from 15 cities in east India participated in a two-day training session held in Calcutta, India. On day one, based on the theme "with the heart of a lion king," participants deepened their understanding of Nichiren's Buddhism, ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 3 2009

New Soka Gakkai Indonesia Community Centers Open

On July 3, 2009, Soka Gakkai Indonesia opened a new community center in the City of Batam, in Riau Islands Province, Indonesia. Around 500 SGI-Indonesia members and local residents attended the official opening, during which youth members performed songs and dances. Participants at the meeting shared their determinations to ... read more

Education | Jul 2 2009

Taiwan Soka Association Sponsors Summer Camp

On July 1-2, 2009, the Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) sponsored Soka Joy Summer Camp at Gungguan Elementary School in Green Island, Taitung County, Taiwan. The school, located on one of Taiwan's remote islands, has limited educational resources. Some 30 TSA youth members who are college students volunteered their time as ... read more

Culture | Jun 27 2009

SGI-USA Hosts Southeast Asia Festival in Los Angeles, California

The occasion was the SGI-USA Southeast Asian Language Group's sixth Southeast Asian Youth and Family Festival. Live entertainment at the event included a piano performance and a magic act. Among several other performances was "Silamanee," a Thai dance that tells the story of a princess who is on a ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jun 21 2009

Kansai Soka Gakkai Students Hold Peace Symposium in Osaka, Japan

On June 21, 2009, the Kansai Soka Gakkai Student Division hosted an international peace symposium at the Soka Gakkai Kansai Culture Center in Osaka, Japan. The event included students from China and India who gave presentations about their respective countries. This was followed by group discussions among students, university ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jun 20 2009

Peace Activist Rev. James Lawson Speaks at SGI-USA's Culture of Peace Distinguished Speakers Series

On June 20, 2009, peace activist Rev. James Lawson gave a speech entitled "Striving to Create the Will to Peace" as part of SGI-USA's Culture of Peace Distinguished Speakers Series at the Culture of Peace Resource Center in Santa Monica, California. His talk focused on outlining the means of ... read more

Human Rights | Jun 16 2009

SGI-South Africa Youth Commemorate National Youth Day

On June 16, 2009, SGI-South Africa youth members, together with several thousand local residents, attended a celebration of South Africa's Youth Day in Johannesburg, South Africa. Youth Day is a public holiday in South Africa and commemorates the 1976 Soweto youth uprisings, which played a key role in the ... read more

Interfaith | Jun 14 2009

SGI Representatives Participate in Fourth Catalan Parliament of Religions

On June 14, 2009, the fourth Catalan Parliament of Religions took place at the University of Lleida (UdL: Universitat de Lleida) in Lleida, Catalonia, Spain, as a pre-event for the international Parliament of the World's Religions to be held in Melbourne, Australia, in December 2009. The UNESCO Association of Lleida ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 14 2009

SGI Women Around the World Celebrate Women's Division Day

SGI-Norway women   In Brazil, around 72,000 SGI-Brazil (BSGI) women assembled to celebrate June 10 at 6,000 venues across the country. On June 10, 2009, BSGI women representatives gathered to commemorate the Women's Division Day at BSGI's Peace Auditorium in São Paulo. BSGI Women's Leader Sueli Ogawa encouraged each participant to ... read more

Culture | Jun 10 2009

Taiwan Soka Association Hosts Cultural Exchange Conference

Panel speakers included Ming Hwa Yuan Director Chen Sheng-fu, Guo Guang President Chen Chao-hu and Minbunren Chairman Takeshi Niikura. Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) General Director Lin Chao, who chaired the discussion, spoke on SGI's efforts to promote peace, culture and education and described it as an organization dedicated to ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 7 2009

SGI-Panama's Women's Group Meets

During April 2009, younger members of the SGI-Panama Women's Division met at three venues in Panama. On April 28, some 130 gathered at SGI-Panama Culture Center to study Kaneko's Story, a book in which the wife of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda reminisces about her life and the insight she has ... read more

Interfaith | Jun 7 2009

SGI-Spain Members Attend Vesak Celebration

On June 7, 2009, several SGI-Spain members attended a Vesak celebration organized by the Buddhist Association Joint Committee of Catalonia (CCEB). Vesak (pronounced way-sak) is a traditional event that commemorates the Buddha's birth, death and enlightenment. In one of a series of presentations, SGI-Spain members explained Shakyamuni's teaching that all ... read more

Education | Jun 6 2009

Taiwan Soka Association Hosts Lecture on Value-creating Pedagogy

On June 6, 2009, Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) held a public lecture, "The Source and Development of the Pedagogy of Value Creation," and invited renowned Taiwanese psychologist and educator Professor Liu Kun-huei as the keynote speaker. Members of TSA's academics and educators groups as well as Ming Chuan University ... read more

Sustainable Development | Jun 6 2009

SGI-Canada Members in Vancouver Participate in Park Clean-up

On June 6, 2009, 24 volunteers, including 13 SGI-Canada members, participated in a park clean-up effort as part of the annual Keep Vancouver Spectacular project in Vancouver, Canada. Participants filled 14 bags of garbage in Vancouver's Grandview Park. Following the clean-up effort, a post-event celebration was held for participants. Keep ... read more

Sustainable Development | Jun 6 2009

Tree Planting Held in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

On June 6, 2009, municipal authorities and members of SGI-Mexico commemorated World Environment Day (June 5) by gathering at the Manuel J. Clouthier Park in San Miguel de Allende in central Mexico, and planted an ahuehuete tree (Montezuma Cypress)—native to Mexico and famous for living up to 400 years ... read more

Culture | Jun 5 2009

Exhibition Commemorating the Late Princess Galyani, Sister of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Held in Thailand

From May 4-13, 2009, an exhibition commemorating the late Princess Galyani Vadhana took place in Bangkok, Thailand. Soka Gakkai Thailand (SGT) supported the exhibition at the invitation of the Thai Ministry of Culture. Princess Galyani, who passed away in January 2008, and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda had met on ... read more

Sustainable Development | Jun 2 2009

Climate Change Specialist Dr. Habiba Gitay Speaks at SGI-USA's Culture of Peace Distinguished Speakers Series

In her lecture, Dr. Gitay emphasized that climate change produces consequences that affect everyone and spoke about how subtle changes, such as switching to more efficient heating and cooling systems, recycling, using public transportation and buying locally grown produce can make significant differences. Dr. Gitay also noted cases of ... read more

Buddhism | May 31 2009

SGI Young Women Inaugurate Leadership Training Groups

On April 25, SGI-Denmark also launched a young women's leadership training group, while SGI-Poland inaugurated a similar group on May 31. The SGI-Poland young women leaders held one-on-one dialogues with members and engaged in Buddhist study, deepening their sense of mission toward creating lasting world peace. SGI-Brazil's young women also ... read more

Education | May 31 2009

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Conducts Educators' Seminar 2009

On May 30 and 31, 2009, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) members gathered at their culture center in Cheras for their annual educators' seminar, titled the "Spirit of Mentor-Disciple and Education." SGM General Director Choo Kong Fei spoke about the mentor-disciple relationship as the prime point of Soka humanistic education. SGI President ... read more

Buddhism | May 30 2009

SGI-Russia Establishes New Districts

SGI-Russia members in Vladivostok SGI-Russia members in St. Petersburg Adding to its four districts in the capital city Moscow, SGI-Russia recently established new districts in St. Petersburg, Vladivostok ... read more

Education | May 29 2009

Study Material for High School Students in Taiwan References SGI's Antinuclear Exhibition

Recently, Nan-I Publishing Company, Taiwan, included a question related to the exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit" in one of their textbooks geared to helping high school students prepare for their civics examinations. The exhibition, created by SGI in 2007, has ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | May 29 2009

"From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit" Exhibition Held in Paraguay

From May 25-29, 2009, SGI's exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit" was shown at the General Andrés Rodríguez National School in Asunción, Paraguay founded by former Paraguayan President Andrés Rodríguez. School Principal Alberto Vila Maldonado proposed holding the exhibition based on ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | May 29 2009

"Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World" Exhibition Held in Florida, USA

From May 23-29, 2009, SGI's exhibition "Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World" was shown at the Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, Florida, USA. Prior to the show, three cities in Florida--Niceville, Fort Walton Beach and Crestview--declared May as "Culture of Peace Month" in ... read more

Sustainable Development | May 25 2009

"Seeds of Change" Exhibition Held in the Netherlands, Switzerland and Italy

"Seeds of Change" exhibition held in the Netherlands "Seeds of Change" exhibition held in Switzerland From April 21 to May 18, 2009, the "Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential" exhibition created by SGI and the Earth Charter Initiative was on view at the public library of Roosendaal ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | May 24 2009

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Johor Organizes Charity Sales Event

On May 24, 2009, members of Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) Johor organized a charity sales event in Johor's capital city, Johor Bahru, to raise funds for single mothers. The event took place during May to commemorate Mother's Day, held on the second Sunday in May. More than 4,000 people ... read more

Buddhism | May 24 2009

Korean Festival Held in Iowa, USA

On May 24, 2009, more than 200 SGI-USA members and guests attended the first SGI-USA Midwest Zone Korean Festival, held at the Iowa City Public Library, Iowa, USA. Some participants drove from Michigan--three states away--while several young men and women traveled from the neighboring states of Illinois, Nebraska and ... read more

Buddhism | May 24 2009

SGI-Argentina Holds Study Exam; Leaders Meet in Buenos Aires

On May 3, 2009, SGI-Argentina held an elementary-level study examination on Nichiren Buddhism at 31 venues throughout the country. The study material included two of Nichiren's letters to his followers--"Reply to Sairen-bo" and "Reply to Ueno." After the exam, a participant who recently began practicing Nichiren Buddhism commented, "I ... read more

Human Rights | May 24 2009

SGI Representative Lectures on Human Rights Education in Budapest

SGI representative to the United Nations, Geneva, Kazunari Fujii, gave a lecture at an Asia-Europe training session for youth leaders on "The Role of Human Rights Education in Intercultural Dialogue--an Asia-Europe perspective," held from May 17-24, 2009, at the Council of Europe European Youth Centre in Budapest, Hungary. The ... read more

Interfaith | May 23 2009

Singapore Soka Association Youth Participate in Interfaith Dialogue

On May 23, 2009, two Singapore Soka Association (SSA) Youth Division representatives, together with youth leaders from various religious traditions, engaged in an interfaith session organized by the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS) at the Harmony Centre. The special session was held in conjunction with a visit by ... read more

Buddhism | May 19 2009

SGI-Korea Holds Study Sessions on Nichiren Buddhism

From May 18-19, 2009, SGI-Korea held study sessions on Nichiren Buddhism at the SGI-Korea headquarters building in Seoul. Some 1,200 SGI-Korea representatives attended the conference. SGI Study Department Chief Katsuji Saito traveled from Japan and lectured on several of Nichiren's writings. On May 18, representative leaders from the Seoul metropolitan ... read more

Buddhism | May 17 2009

SGI-Paraguay Men Hold Training Session

On May 17, 2009, SGI-Paraguay men gathered for a training session at the SGI-Paraguay Culture Center in Asunción, Paraguay. SGI-Paraguay General Director Kaoru Kurita attended together with 64 representatives. Two participants shared how they have improved their circumstances based on their practice of Nichiren Buddhism. This was followed with study ... read more

Buddhism | May 17 2009

SGI-Belgium Appoints New Youth Leaders

On May 17, 2009, SGI-Belgium members gathered to make a fresh start with new national leaders at the SGI-Belgium Culture Center in Brussels, Belgium. The organization has recently developed into a general headquarters. SGI-Belgium consists of some 50 different ethnicities and nationalities, and one third of the membership is young ... read more

Buddhism | May 16 2009

Lotus Sutra Exhibition Held in Catalonia, Spain

The exhibition, held for the first time in Spain, was the opening event for the fourth Catalan Parliament of Religions scheduled for June 2009, a preparatory gathering ahead of the Parliament of the World's Religions to be held in Melbourne, Australia, in December 2009. The exhibition displayed facsimiles and romanized texts ... read more

Buddhism | May 16 2009

SGI-UK and SGI-Portugal Hold Leaders Training Sessions

From April 17-19, 2009, SGI-UK women gathered for leaders training sessions in Coventry, UK. Studying some of Nichiren's writings and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda’s recent speeches, participants deepened their understanding of the greatness of living a life based on the shared commitment and struggles of mentor and disciple. ... read more

Sustainable Development | May 16 2009

SGI-USA San Francisco, California, Participates in Renovated Park Celebrations

On May 16, 2009, a reopening celebration was held for Franklin Square Park, a 5.6-acre park in San Francisco, California, USA, bordering the SGI-USA San Francisco Culture Center. Once considered one of the worst city parks in northern California, Franklin Square Park was renovated with $1.2 million in grant money ... read more

Sustainable Development | May 14 2009

SGI-Canada Hosts Booth at World Environmental Education Congress

From May 10-14, 2009, SGI-Canada hosted an exhibition booth at the 5th World Environmental Education Congress, held in Montreal's Palais des Congrès. The annual congress is held in a different country each year, with educators, professors, university students, researchers and community leaders attending. Based on the theme "Earth, Our ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | May 12 2009

SGI Representatives Attend NPT PrepCom in New York

From May 3-12, 2009, an SGI delegation led by Hirotsugu Terasaki, Executive Director of the SGI Office of Peace Affairs, participated in the meetings held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York preparatory to the 2010 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference. The NPT is one of the most ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | May 11 2009

SGI Exhibition Opens at UNESCO Event in Eugene, Oregon, USA

The conference included a panel discussion, during which representatives from various religious and spiritual traditions, including the Muslim, Christian and Jewish faiths, exchanged views on how religious and spiritual communities can address the current ecological crisis. Throughout the weekend, hundreds of visitors viewed the exhibition which was first launched ... read more

Culture | May 10 2009

Tenth Anniversary of Korea-Japan Friendship Monument Celebrated; SGI-Korea Youth Convention Held

On May 10, 2009, Soka Gakkai representatives and Korean residents in Kyushu, Japan, gathered at the Soka Gakkai Fukuoka Training Center, Fukuoka Prefecture, for a commemorative meeting to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Korea-Japan Friendship Monument. Soka Gakkai Vice President Masaharu Sato announced that May 15, the day ... read more