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Buddhism | Jul 7 2005

SGI Members in Mauritius Start Afresh

On June 28, in the island country of Mauritius located east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean, SGI-Mauritius members gathered for their chapter meeting in a suburb of Port Louis, the country's capital. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a congratulatory message and SGI-Africa Chief Tadashi Minai and SGI-Africa Advisor Takemi ... read more

Culture | Jul 7 2005

Selangor State, Malaysia, Commends Soka Gakkai Malaysia for Cultural Contributions

The State Government of Selangor, Malaysia, recently commended SGI-Malaysia (SGM) in recognition of its contributions to the arts and culture. The conferral took place on July 4 at the State Youth Culture Center in Shah Alam, capital of Selangor. SGM Vice General Director and Selangor Area Chief Ng Teck Sim ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 4 2005

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Youth Participate in National Event

On July 2, at the invitation of the Ministry of Tourism, some 1,000 Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) youth participated in the official launch of Citrawarna Malaysia (Colors of Malaysia) 2005 at Stadium Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur. The SGM youth, dressed in colorful native costumes, performed in the opening number titled ... read more

Culture | Jul 4 2005

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Youth Participate in National Event

On July 2, at the invitation of the Ministry of Tourism, some 1,000 Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) youth participated in the official launch of Citrawarna Malaysia (Colors of Malaysia) 2005 at Stadium Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur. The SGM youth, dressed in colorful native costumes, performed in the opening number titled ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 1 2005

SSA Youth Division Awarded Highest Youth Accolade in Singapore

The Singapore Soka Association (SSA) Youth Division as a team won the Singapore Youth Award (SYA) 2005 in the Community and Youth Services category, for excellence in and commitment to community service and youth development. Launched in 1975, the SYA is the highest national youth accolade honoring young people, as ... read more

Interfaith | Jul 1 2005

SSA Youth Division Awarded Highest Youth Accolade in Singapore

The Singapore Soka Association (SSA) Youth Division as a team won the Singapore Youth Award (SYA) 2005 in the Community and Youth Services category, for excellence in and commitment to community service and youth development. Launched in 1975, the SYA is the highest national youth accolade honoring young people, as ... read more

Interfaith | Jun 30 2005

Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations Appoints SGI UN Representative as President

The Committee of Religious NGOs at the UN has appointed Hiro Sakurai, from SGI's UN Liaison Office in New York, as committee president. Mr. Sakurai joined the committee in 1999 and has served as interim president since June 2004. His appointment was made official at the committee's annual business meeting ... read more

Interfaith | Jun 30 2005

Conference on Interfaith Cooperation Held at UN Headquarters in New York, New York, USA; SGI UN Representative Speaks

The Conference on Interfaith Cooperation for Peace was held on June 22 at the UN Headquarters and brought together more than 400 representatives from the UN, governments, and civil society. Convened by 17 Member States, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, UNESCO, the World Bank, and the Committee ... read more

Sustainable Development | Jun 29 2005

SGI-Canada Vancouver Youth Earth Charter Committee Wins Mayor's 2005 Environmental Achievement Award

The SGI-Canada Vancouver Youth Earth Charter Committee was among the winners of the 2005 Mayor's Environmental Achievement Award. The seventh annual awards ceremony took place at the Vancouver Public Library on June 8, commemorating Clean Air Day and Environment Week, during Sustainability Fair 2005, presented by the City of Vancouver ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jun 27 2005

Southeast Asian Foundation for Children's Television Commends SGI President for Children's Animation Series

A delegation from Southeast Asian Foundation for Children's Television (SEAFCTV), headed by President Edgardo C. Roces, traveled to Japan to present SGI President Daisaku Ikeda with its Anak TV Broadcasters' Award. Mr. Ikeda was recognized for his contributions to Philippine broadcasting through the animation series, titled Happy Tales, based on ... read more

Sustainable Development | Jun 26 2005

Swedish Peace Scholar Speaks on Earth Charter at University of Siena, Italy

On June 10, Swedish peace scholar Jan Øberg, executive director of Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research, based in Lund, Sweden, spoke on the Earth Charter, at the University of Siena in Siena, Italy. SGI-Italy sponsored the lecture to promote the Earth Charter, in collaboration with four major universities ... read more

Interfaith | Jun 24 2005

Second Installment of Dialogue Series between European Academy of Sciences and Arts President Dr. H. C. Felix Unger and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda Will Appear Soon in The Journal of Oriental Studies

The second installment of dialogues between European Academy of Sciences and Arts (EASA) President Dr. H. C. Felix Unger and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda will appear in issue No. 1, Vol. 44, of The Journal of Oriental Studies, a biannual journal published by the Institute of Oriental Philosophy. Their dialogue ... read more

Education | Jun 23 2005

SGI-USA Educators and Students at Columbia University Cohost Symposium

On June 10, the SGI-USA Educators Division and Student Division at Columbia University cohosted a symposium at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, USA. Some 76 educators and students attended the event, which commemorated the ninth anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's lecture on "Education for Global Citizenship" at the ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 22 2005

SGI-Europe Youth Representatives from 30 Countries Will Gather for General Meeting in July

SGI representatives from 30 European countries will gather for a general meeting on July 6, at the SGI European Center in Trets, southern France. The gathering commemorates the SGI's 30th anniversary as well as the 30th anniversary of the SGI European Center. Earlier this year, SGI-Europe established the SGI-Europe Youth ... read more

Sustainable Development | Jun 20 2005

SGI Supports Release of Six-Language Version of Earth Council's A Quiet Revolution DVD

SGI has supported the creation and recent release of a six-language version of A Quiet Revolution, a film about individuals taking charge to protect and heal their natural environment, produced by the Earth Council in collaboration with UN bodies. The DVD release promotes the "Decade of Education for Sustainable Development ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 19 2005

SGI-Korea Opens New Center in Taebaek, Gangwon Province

On June 4, SGI-Korea opened a new center in Taebaek, Gangwon (Kangwon) Province, South Korea. The building has two stories above ground and one basement floor, and features a 3,000-seat lecture hall. Surrounded by the Taebaek Mountains, Taebaek City is a renowned alpine resort and the origin of the Han ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 19 2005

SGI-Sri Lanka Women Hold Second General Meeting

On June 12, SGI-Sri Lanka women held their second general meeting at their center in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Six months ago a devastating tsunami struck 250 kilometers southeast of Sumatra Island, Indonesia and left tens of thousands dead in Sri Lanka. Since then, the SGI-Sri Lanka women have worked hard ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 19 2005

Soka Gakkai Indonesia Members Sit for Study Exams

On May 29, approximately 520 Soka Gakkai Indonesia members, in their teens through seventies, sat for a study department entrance examination at 18 venues throughout the country. The examinees spent two months studying and preparing for the exam, that included questions about Soka Gakkai's history and three of Nichiren's letters ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 16 2005

SGI Women in Nepal, Paraguay and the Philippines Commemorate Women's Division Day

SGI-Nepal women celebrate Women's Division day SGI women throughout the world are celebrating June 10, Women's Division (WD) Day, in their respective countries and locales. In Nepal, SGI members gathered on June 11 at the SGI-Nepal Peace Center in Kathmandu for their ninth commemorative meeting. Some 200, including 70 WD members, ... read more

Culture | Jun 15 2005

Art Exhibition by Renowned Chinese Painters Lai Ming and Wong Wing Yin Opens in Hong Kong

"Cherry, Plum, Peach and Damson--Art Exhibition of Lai Ming and Wong Wing Yin" opened on June 9 at the SGI-Hong Kong Culture Center in Hong Kong. The show displayed some 160 works by Lai Ming and Wong Wing Yin, husband and wife and disciples of the great master of Chinese ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 12 2005

SGI-USA Queens Center Opens in New York City, USA

SGI-USA recently opened a new center in Queens, New York City, USA. Local SGI-USA members gathered for the opening on May 14 and 15. Commemorating the center's opening, New York State representatives, New York City council members and the Queens County District Attorney proclaimed May 14 "SGI Day," respectively. The ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 10 2005

West Chester Township, Ohio, USA, Dedicates Toda Friendship Circle in Voice of America Park

West Chester Township, Ohio, USA, dedicated Toda Friendship Circle, in honor of second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda, around the Daisaku Ikeda Tree Grove in the Voice of America Park, West Chester. The dedication ceremony took place on May 21. Some 100 attended, including Township Mayor José Alvarez, SGI-USA representatives ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 7 2005

Mineral Area College, USA, Awards Mrs. Kaneko Ikeda an Honorary Professorship

Mineral Area College (MAC), Missouri, USA, appointed Mrs. Kaneko Ikeda an honorary professor in humanities, in recognition of her contributions to people's happiness through her unparalleled support of her husband, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda. Founded in 1922, MAC is the fourth oldest community college in Missouri. In February 2004, MAC ... read more

Education | Jun 6 2005

Himeji Dokkyo University Law Department Dean Speaks at Soka Gakkai Education Department Commemorative Lecture

On June 5 in Yamaguchi City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, the Soka Gakkai Education Department hosted a lecture commemorating June 6, the 134th birth anniversary of educator and first Soka Gakkai President Tsunesaburo Makiguchi (1871-1944). Professor Masaji Ie, Law Department dean at Himeji Dokkyo University, Hyogo Prefecture, spoke on "The Light of ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jun 5 2005

Culture of Peace Resource Center Opens in SGI-USA Headquarters Building in Santa Monica; United Nations Association USA Pacific-Los Angeles Chapter Commends SGI President

On May 23, the Culture of Peace Resource Center opened in the SGI-USA headquarters building in Santa Monica, California. The center will be a hub for expanding an informational network and civil education to support the UN's culture of peace project based on the UN International Decade for a Culture ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 4 2005

Kinokuniya Publishes Video and DVD on Educator and First Soka Gakkai President Tsunesaburo Makiguchi

Kinokuniya Co., Ltd. recently released Makiguchi Tsunesaburo--kodomotachi no shiawase no tameni (Tsunesaburo Makiguchi--For the Happiness of Children), a 43-minute video and DVD introducing the philosophy of educator and first Soka Gakkai President Tsunesaburo Makiguchi. This is the 33rd volume of Kinokuniya's visual critical biography series, titled "Gakumon to jonetsu (Erudition ... read more

Education | Jun 4 2005

Kinokuniya Publishes Video and DVD on Educator and First Soka Gakkai President Tsunesaburo Makiguchi

Kinokuniya Co., Ltd. recently released Makiguchi Tsunesaburo--kodomotachi no shiawase no tameni (Tsunesaburo Makiguchi--For the Happiness of Children), a 43-minute video and DVD introducing the philosophy of educator and first Soka Gakkai President Tsunesaburo Makiguchi. This is the 33rd volume of Kinokuniya's visual critical biography series, titled "Gakumon to jonetsu (Erudition ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | May 31 2005

Toda Institute Sponsors P.E.A.C.E. Project International Conference in Madrid, Spain

On May 25-27, the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research sponsored its ninth annual international conference at the headquarters of the Economic and Social Council of Spain in Madrid, Spain. Confederación Iberoamericana de Fundaciones (Confederation of Iberian-American Foundation, CIF) and the Spanish Chapter of the Club of Rome ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | May 31 2005

SGI-Canada Youth Division Hosts Peace Event in Vancouver

At the forum, three panel discussions were held: "Educating for Sustainability--Is there an Impact?"; "Profit versus Sustainability--Where is the Balance?" and "Rethinking Civilization: Communication and Terror in the Global Village." Keynote speakers for each panel were: Kevin Millsip, co-founder of Check Your Head, a youth organization in Vancouver; Simon Fraser ... read more

Buddhism | May 30 2005

SGI-USA Youth Center Opens; Los Angeles County Supervisor Commends SGI President and Mrs. Ikeda

On May 23, a new SGI-USA Youth Center opened in the SGI-USA headquarters building in Santa Monica, California. SGI Vice President Hiromasa Ikeda, who is currently visiting the U.S., attended the opening. The center will serve as a hub for SGI-USA youth activities, seats some 200 and has exhibition and ... read more

Education | May 25 2005

Soka University of America, Aliso Viejo, Holds Historic First Commencement

On May 22, Soka University of America (SUA), Aliso Viejo, California, held its historic first commencement ceremony. Approximately 2,300 SUA faculty and staff, parents, friends and local residents attended, including SUA President Daniel Habuki and Soka University Trustee Hiromasa Ikeda, on behalf of his father, SUA founder Daisaku Ikeda, to ... read more

Buddhism | May 24 2005

SGI-Luxembourg Members Meet; Soka Gakkai Malaysia Youth Engage in Social Activities

SGI-Luxembourg "family" gathering in Junglinster On May 1, SGI-Luxembourg members and their family gathered for a "family" meeting in Junglinster, Luxembourg. Representatives shared their experiences of practicing Nichiren Buddhism and SGI-Luxembourg Women's Division Chief Claudine Ries and Headquarters Chief Chizuko Asanuma Breden encouraged everyone. SGI-Malaysia youth In Malaysia, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) youth ... read more

Buddhism | May 22 2005

SGI-Africa Celebrates May 3

SGI-Africa members, determined to contribute to their respective societies and make the 21st century "Century of Africa," celebrated May 3, Soka Gakkai Day throughout the African continent. SGI-Côte d'Ivoire members meet at Cultural Palace in Abidjan, May 8 SGI members in Uganda meet at a home in Kampala In Côte d'Ivoire, 4,000 gathered ... read more

Education | May 22 2005

Dewey Expert Dr. Larry A. Hickman Speaks on Dewey's Educational Philosophy

On May 21, 2005, Dr. Larry A. Hickman, director of the Center for Dewey Studies at Southern Illinois University in Illinois, USA, spoke on John Dewey's educational philosophy in a lecture, titled "Creating Value with Democracy and Education," at the Sankei Plaza in Otemachi, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo. The Institute of ... read more

Buddhism | May 21 2005

100,000 Youth Participate in SGI-Korea's Youth Festival

A parade of flags of countries worldwide On May 15, SGI-Korea (KSGI) youth hosted a festival expressing pride in their home country, at the Olympic Stadium in Seoul, South Korea. Some 100,000 KSGI youth division members and their friends gathered from throughout the country. Approximately 1,000 guests attended. Yonhap News Agency's ... read more

Buddhism | May 21 2005

SGI Members in Martinique, Guadeloupe and French Guiana Hold Spring Training Courses; SGI-France Members in Corsica Meet

SGI members in Guadeloupe SGI-France supports overseas departments in Martinique, Guadeloupe, French Guiana, where SGI members are contributing to peace and happiness of their respective societies, based on the humanistic philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism. In March, SGI members in these regions gathered for a spring training course, respectively. In French Guiana, ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | May 21 2005

"Drawings of the Okinawa War" Exhibition Opens in Okinawa

On May 20, "Drawings of the Okinawa War: Heartbreaking Remembrances of the Shimanchu ('Islander,' in Okinawan)" opened at a gallery located in Tenbusu Naha in Naha City, Okinawa Prefecture. The Soka Gakkai Okinawa Peace Committee, the Women's Peace and Culture Conference and the Student Division Peace Committee organized and created ... read more

Buddhism | May 19 2005

SGI-Poland Holds Study Session

On May 13-15, SGI-Poland held a study session in Poznan, a suburb of west Poland. Some 110 SGI-Poland members gathered from seven major cities in Poland, such as Poland's capital Warsaw and the ancient city of Krakow. SGI-Poland was officially registered in October 2004, as a social and cultural organization ... read more

Press Releases | May 18 2005

Fighting for Peace, Poems by Daisaku Ikeda, Finalist for Benjamin Franklin Award

Sonoma, California, U.S.A.: Fighting for Peace, a collection of poems by Buddhist philosopher Daisaku Ikeda (Dunhill Publishing), has been selected as one of three finalists for the Publishers Marketing Association's 2005 Benjamin Franklin Award in the poetry category. The winner will be announced at a ceremony in New York City ... read more

Interfaith | May 18 2005

SGI-Hong Kong Hosts Interfaith Seminar

On May 16, SGI-Hong Kong hosted an interfaith seminar, titled "Unity and Diversity: How I accommodate other religious traditions in my own beliefs," at the SGI-Hong Kong Culture Center in Hong Kong. Representatives of Christian, Buddhist, Muslim and Jewish organizations spoke about their organizations' ideals and engagement with society. SGI-Hong ... read more

Buddhism | May 16 2005

SGI-Uruguay Appoints New National Leaders

SGI-Uruguay introduced new national leaders at a leaders' meeting at their culture center in Montevideo on April 17. Newly appointed are: SGI-Uruguay General Director Hiroyuki Kaetsu; Women's Division Chief Pilar Ortíz; Young Men's Division Chief Ubaldo Rodríguez; and Young Women's Chief Silvia Gómez. Former General Director Tadashi Tanaka was appointed ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | May 16 2005

SGI-Mexico Representatives Participate in Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zones Conference in Mexico

On April 26-28, a Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zones (NWFZ) Conference was held in Mexico City, Mexico. Representatives from some 90 member nations of the world's four NWFZ--Latin America and the Caribbean, the South Pacific, Southeast Asia and Africa--participated. Sixteen non-governmental organization representatives also attended, including SGI-Mexico General Director Roberto Rios. Participants discussed ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | May 15 2005

Currents of the Spiritual Age, Collection of SGI President's Proposals a Bestseller in Singapore

According to Ming Pao, a leading Chinese daily, and Asiaweek, a leading Chinese weekly magazine, Currents of the Spiritual Age (tentative translation), a collection of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's peace proposals in the Chinese language, is a bestseller in Singapore. Ming Pao reported that the book placed second in the ... read more

Sustainable Development | May 15 2005

SGI-USA Members in Denver, Colorado, USA, Plant 1,000 Cherry Trees in 16 Years

In various scenic spots in Denver, Colorado, USA, cherry trees donated and planted by local SGI-USA members are currently in full bloom. The tradition of planting cherry trees along Cherry Creek and Denver's city parks began in 1989 to commemorate the opening of the SGI-USA Denver Culture Center. This was ... read more

Sustainable Development | May 15 2005

"Seeds of Change" Environmental Exhibit Opens at National University of Technology in Lima, Peru

From April 21 through May 6, "Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential," an exhibit highlighting the Earth Charter as a "map" pointing the way toward sustainable living and environmental preservation, showed at the Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria (UNI) (National University of Technology), Lima, Peru. Guests included: UNI ... read more