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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

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 8 2009

Symposiums on SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's 2009 Peace Proposal Held in Thiruvananthapuram and New Delhi, India

On August 1, 2009, a discussion of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's 2009 Peace Proposal, "Toward Humanitarian Competition: A New Current in History," took place in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, in southern India. Dr. N. Radhakrishnan, a prominent social activist and chair of the Indian Council of Gandhian Studies, New Delhi, organized ... read more

Press Releases | Sep 8 2009

SGI President Issues Five-Point Plan Toward Nuclear Abolition

Tokyo, Japan: Daisaku Ikeda, president of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Buddhist association, issued a proposal Sept. 8 outlining concrete steps toward the abolition of nuclear weapons. A vocal opponent of these inhumane weapons for more than 50 years, he stresses that we now have a unique opportunity to ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 6 2009

Taiwan Soka Association Holds Study Examination

On September 6, 2009, Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) held study examinations at 31 venues throughout Taiwan for those who had previously passed entrance-level examinations. Some 4,000 candidates were tested on their knowledge and understanding of Buddhist history, the Lotus Sutra, concepts and core beliefs relating to Nichiren Buddhism and ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 5 2009

SGI-Fiji Holds District General Meeting

On September 5, 2009, SGI-Fiji members gathered for their fourth district general meeting in Lautoka City, Fiji. The district was first established in 2005. During the annual gathering, members shared experiences, including one woman who talked about using her Buddhist practice to overcome difficulties at work and transform her workplace ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Aug 31 2009

Taiwan Soka Association Members Volunteer for Typhoon Relief

On August 9, the Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) created temporary emergency centers in five of its community centers in the cities of Tainan, Chiayi and Kaohsiung Cities, located in the disaster area. Local TSA ... read more

Education | Aug 29 2009

SGI-Chile Youth Hold Seminar on Science and Buddhism

On August 29, 2009, SGI-Chile youth members held a seminar on science and Buddhism at the SGI-Chile Culture Center in Santiago, and welcomed astronomer Faviola Molina as a guest speaker. Prof. Molina received her Bachelors Degree in Physics from the Universidad de Los Andes in Mérida, Venezuela, acquiring her Masters ... read more

Education | Aug 27 2009

SGI-Bolivia Hosts Education Seminars

On August 27, 2009, SGI-Bolivia conducted a youth education seminar at the Guadalupe Secondary School in the municipality of Concepción, Bolivia. Approximately 350 students attended. After reading Daisaku Ikeda's book Conversations with Youth and learning about SGI's contributions to peace, culture and education, Guadalupe Secondary School principal Sister Elvy Cortez ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Aug 26 2009

Taiwan Soka Association Aids In Singapore's Mercy Relief Efforts

On August 7 and 8, 2009, Typhoon Morakot brought massive devastation to the southern regions of Taiwan. Floods caused huge loss of life and isolated many towns and villages. In response, Mercy Relief, a humanitarian organization based in Singapore, donated water purification devices to disaster victims in Taiwan. Taiwan ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Aug 23 2009

SGI-Canada Youth Volunteer at Benefit Concert for Free the Children

On August 23, 2009, SGI-Canada youth participated as volunteers at the Free the Children benefit concert held at the Segal Centre for the Performing Arts in Montreal, Canada. Free the Children, an organization dedicated to upholding the rights of children around the world, sponsored the concert to raise funds for ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 23 2009

SGI-Sierra Leone Hosts Buddhist Seminar

On August 23, 2009, SGI members in Freetown, the Republic of Sierra Leone, hosted a seminar on Nichiren Buddhism. This was the second seminar conducted this year. Local members invited their friends, enabling them to gain a deeper understanding of the SGI and Nichiren Buddhism. A question and answer session was ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 23 2009

Annual SGI-Europe Summer Courses Held in Southern France and Denmark

From July 30 to August 3, 2009, men and women attended their respective annual summer courses at the SGI European Center in Trets, southern France. A session for college and university students followed from August 8-11 and one for youth members was held from August 19-23. Some 500 people ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 23 2009

SGI-USA Las Vegas Community Center Opens In Nevada

From August 21-23, 2009, more than 1,200 people came together to commemorate the opening of the newly built SGI-USA Las Vegas Community Center in Nevada. Four celebrations were held over a period of three days. Youth members commemorated the opening by creating a time capsule containing personal goals and determinations ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 22 2009

Brasil Seikyo Celebrates Its 2,000th Issue

On August 22, 2009, the 2,000th issue of the Brasil Seikyo, SGI-Brazil's weekly paper, was published. The publication was launched on May 3, 1965, as a monthly periodical called Nova Era, and was subsequently renamed Brasil Seikyo on April 15, 1966. The newspaper is subscribed to throughout Brazil as ... read more

Sustainable Development | Aug 22 2009

SGI-Canada Youth Support Tree Planting

On August 22, 2009, approximately 60 SGI-Canada youth members and friends participated in an annual tree planting activity held in Alton, Ontario, in collaboration with the Credit Valley Conservation (CVC). Some 400 trees were planted on the CVC site within a few hours. A CVC coordinator commented that it would ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 16 2009

SGI-Ghana Members Gather for General Meeting and Youth Culture Festival

From August 15-16, 2009, SGI-Ghana held a general meeting and the third Youth Culture Festival in Sunyani, Ghana. Some 120 SGI-Ghana members and friends participated in the events together with representatives from Nigeria and Togo. Traditional dances and songs, gymnastics and other performances were part of the festival on August ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 15 2009

SGI-Uganda Holds Annual General Meeting

On August 15, 2009, SGI-Uganda members held their annual general meeting in Kampala, Uganda. The theme for this year's meeting was "Youth and Victory: Taking the First Step." Participants studied Nichiren's writing "Letter to Niike," in which he encourages his followers to maintain a diligent practice throughout their lives. ... read more

Culture | Aug 15 2009

SGI-Brazil's Ikeda Symphony of Humanism Holds Concert in Araraquara

On August 15, 2009, SGI-Brazil's Ikeda Symphony of Humanism held a concert celebrating the 192nd anniversary of incorporation for the city of Araraquara at the Mayor Benedito de Oliveira amphitheatre in Araraquara, in southeast Brazil. The 75 symphony orchestra members performed 10 compositions, followed by an encore and a ... read more

Culture | Aug 9 2009

Singapore Soka Association Participates in 44th National Day Parade

On August 9, 2009, Singapore Soka Association (SSA) members participated in the country's annual National Day Parade, commemorating the 44th year of Singapore's independence. Approximately 680 SSA women members took part in the event. The parade was broadcast live throughout the country and watched by millions. Performances included digital projections, ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 9 2009

Soka Gakkai Holds Memorial Services for Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Victims

On August 6, 2009, commemorating the 64th anniversary of the dropping of the first atomic bomb, a service in solemn tribute to war victims was conducted at the Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Peace Memorial Hall. Soka Gakkai representatives attended the ceremony together with atomic bomb survivors (hibakusha), bereaved families and ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 9 2009

Soka Gakkai Holds Memorial Services for Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Victims

On August 6, 2009, commemorating the 64th anniversary of the dropping of the first atomic bomb, a service in solemn tribute to war victims was conducted at the Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Peace Memorial Hall. Soka Gakkai representatives attended the ceremony together with atomic bomb survivors (hibakusha), bereaved families and ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jul 29 2009

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Selangor Organizes Forum on SGI President's Peace Proposal

On July 29, 2009, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) Selangor organized a forum to present key points from SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's 2009 peace proposal entitled "Toward Humanitarian Competition: A New Current in History." Student representatives from SGM Selangor presented at the event. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jul 26 2009

Spanish-Language "Victory Over Violence" Exhibition Shown in California, USA

On July 26, 2009, SGI-USA members in Los Angeles, California, hosted a Spanish-language version of the "Victory Over Violence" (VOV) exhibition at the "Peru Comes to You" festival. Thousands attended the daylong festival celebrating the 188th anniversary of Peru's independence from Spanish rule with traditional Peruvian dance and art. Consul ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 26 2009

Lectures on Nichiren Buddhism Held Throughout Europe

From July 17-20, 2009, 461 SGI members from 28 countries in Europe gathered for an SGI-Europe summer study session in a suburb of Milan, Italy. SGI Study Department Chief Katsuji Saito lectured and answered questions on key concepts in Nichiren Buddhism. The lectures were based on Nichiren's writings "Lessening One's ... read more

Sustainable Development | Jul 26 2009

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Johor Organizes Environmental Preservation Lecture on Seahorses

On July 26, 2009, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) Johor organized an environmental awareness lecture on the preservation of seahorses. Mr. Choo Chee Kuang, a marine science lecturer at the Faculty of Maritime Studies and Marine Science, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu was the guest lecturer. ... read more