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Press Releases | Nov 10 2006

Minoru Harada Appointed as Soka Gakkai President

Tokyo, Japan: Minoru Harada, 65, was elected sixth president of the Soka Gakkai lay Buddhist association on November 9, following Einosuke Akiya's decision to resign from the post in order to make way for new leadership. Akiya, 76, had led the organization for 25 years. Harada, formerly vice general director, was ... read more

Culture | Nov 10 2006

Daisaku Ikeda Photo Exhibition Opens in Moscow, Russia

On November 8, "My Universe (Moya Vselennaya)," an exhibition of some 180 nature and scenic photographs taken by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, opened at the Central House of Artists in Moscow, Russia. The exhibition, scheduled for November 8-21, commemorates the 50th anniversary of the normalization of Russo-Japan diplomatic relations. Aleksander ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 9 2006

SOKANET Japanese Site Relaunched with New URL

Commemorating November 18, Soka Gakkai Founding Day, Soka Gakkai's official Japanese language web site was relaunched on November 9. To respond to the needs and requests of users, the contents have been refreshed. Besides a "Feature" section, major sections with titles such as "I want to know more about Soka ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Nov 9 2006

"Daisaku Ikeda Corner on Culture of Peace" Opens at Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts

The Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) designated a special area of their library for publications on a culture of peace, dedicating it to SGI President Daisaku Ikeda in recognition of his efforts to spread Mahatma Gandhi's philosophy of nonviolence. On October 28, Dr. N. Radhakrishnan, chair of ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 30 2006

"Building a Culture of Peace Exhibition" Shown at Five Venues in Sabah State, Malaysia

From May through October 2006, "Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World" showed at five venues in Sabah State, Malaysia, including Sandakan and Kota Kinabalu, the capital. Originally shown at the United Nations Headquarters in New York in 2004, the exhibition was created by SGI-USA in ... read more

Human Rights | Oct 27 2006

"A Message for Humanity 2006" Opens in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo

On November 26, "A Message for Humanity 2006--Let's Begin with Courage," sponsored by Soka Gakkai's youth division and young men's graphic artists group, Hakuho-kai, opened at the Tokyo International Forum in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. On display are some 70 graphic works in the form of poster art, animation and photography, submitted ... read more

Culture | Oct 27 2006

Seafarers' Photography Exhibition Opens in Tianjin, China

"Beyond the Horizon," an exhibition of photographs taken by the "Hato-kai," a group of SGI men's and young men's division members involved in maritime occupations, opened at the Tianjin University of Technology (TJUT) in Tianjin, China. The exhibition, shown from October 23 through 25, was cosponsored by TJUT, Tianjin Institute ... read more

Sustainable Development | Oct 25 2006

"Seeds of Change" Exhibition in Lugano, Switzerland

From October 12 through 15, "Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential," a touring exhibition created by SGI, showed in Lugano, a picturesque city in southern Switzerland. More than 700 residents viewed the exhibition. Lugano has named October as the "Month of Culture" and more than 130 groups and ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 24 2006

Italian Buddhist Dictionary Released

Esperia, a Milan-based publisher, recently released Dizionario del Buddismo, an Italian translation of The Soka Gakkai Dictionary of Buddhism, an English dictionary of Buddhist terms, published in 2002. This new publication will serve as a useful guide for the study of the previously published Italian translation of the The Writings ... read more

Education | Oct 22 2006

SGI-Hong Kong Hosts Education Symposium on Early Childhood Education and Parents' Role

On October 21, 2006, the SGI-Hong Kong Culture Center hosted an education symposium organized by the Hong Kong Institute of Education's Department of Early Childhood Education (DECE) and sponsored by the Quality Education Fund. DECE researchers Zi Juan Cheng and Wong So Yuk, also Hong Kong Soka Kindergarten principal, spoke ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 20 2006

SGI-Mexico Representatives Speak on Buddhist View of Happiness at Enrique Díaz de León Vocational College, Guadalajara, Mexico

On September 29, SGI-Mexico representatives spoke on "Buddhist View of Happiness" at Enrique Díaz de León Vocational College, a private institute in Guadalajara, Mexico. Rector Hector Robles and Principal Marco Robles of the affiliated high school attended, together with 400 high school students. SGI-Mexico Youth Division Leader Daisuke Inoue and ... read more

Sustainable Development | Oct 20 2006

Peru Hosts "Seeds of Change" Environment Exhibition

"Seeds of Change--the Earth Charter and Human Potential," an exhibit highlighting the Earth Charter as a "map" pointing toward sustainable living and environmental preservation, was displayed at Santa National University (Universidad Nacional del Santa) in Chimbote, Peru, from October 13-20, 2006. The exhibit, a collaboration between the SGI and the ... read more

Education | Oct 18 2006

1,000 Participate in Second Bolivia Women's Summit

On October 7 and 8, SGI-Bolivia held its Second Bolivia Women's Summit, commemorating the ten-year anniversary of the SGI-Bolivia Women's Peace Committee, at the Santa Cruz Convention Center. Some 1,000 women, including friends, guests and SGI representatives, participated in the forum titled "Ode to Peace and Humanism." Women leaders from ... read more

Interfaith | Oct 16 2006

Institute of Oriental Philosophy and Russian Oriental Studies Institute Cosponsor Symposium in St. Petersburg

The Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) and the St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences (IOS-RAS) cosponsored a symposium at the IOP Russian Center in St. Petersburg on October 3-4 in commemoration of the tenth anniversary of the formal academic exchange agreement. In 1997, ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 15 2006

SGI Members Hold Friendship Exchanges at 58 Venues in Aichi Prefecture

SGI-Korea members attend exchange meeting at West Nagoya Culture Center On October 14, SGI members from around the world, in Japan for an autumn training session, traveled to Aichi Prefecture for friendship exchange meetings at 58 venues. SGI members from Malaysia, Thailand and India received a warm welcome from local members ... read more

Press Releases | Oct 10 2006

SGI President Awarded 200th Academic Honor, Calls For Stronger Japan-China Cooperation On Environment

Tokyo, Japan: In a ceremony at Soka University on October 7, Daisaku Ikeda, president of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) lay Buddhist organization, was awarded an honorary professorship from Beijing Normal University, bringing to 200 the number of honorary doctorates, professorships and equivalent honors given in recognition of his efforts ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Oct 8 2006

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Members Contribute to Local Communities

Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) members regularly visit children and the elderly in special care facilities, providing cheer and encouragement to residents. On October 8, 2006, SGM volunteers from Kulai and Saleng cities in Johor State visited residents at the Saleng Handicapped and Mentally Disabled Children Association, located in Johor Bahru. ... read more

Culture | Oct 8 2006

Beijing Normal University Names Daisaku Ikeda Honorary Professor

On October 7, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda was awarded an honorary professorship from Beijing Normal University, bringing to 200 the number of honorary doctorates, professorships and equivalent honors given in recognition of his efforts to promote peace through dialogue, citizen diplomacy and cross-Cultural Activities. Established in 1902, Beijing Normal University is ... read more

Sustainable Development | Oct 7 2006

"21st Century Environment Exhibition" Opens in Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture

On October 6, the "21st Century Environment Exhibition--The Future is in Our Hearts," which supports the UN's "Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014)," opened at the Higashi Nippon International University-Iwaki Junior College campus in Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture. Dr. Yoshitaka Abe, director of Aquamarine Fukushima, underscored the importance of ... read more

Sustainable Development | Oct 7 2006

Earth Charter Events Held in San Diego, California, and Columbus, Ohio, USA

The San Diego Earth Charter organization held its second annual Earth Charter Summit on October 6-7, 2006 at Mira Costa College, Oceanside Campus, in North San Diego County, California, USA. The event's highlight was keynote speaker Helen Caldicott, cofounder of Physicians for Social Responsibility and founder and president of the ... read more

Culture | Oct 7 2006

Music Festival Celebrates SGI-Hong Kong's 45th Anniversary

On September 16 and 17, SGI-Hong Kong No. 1 Headquarters hosted a music festival at the SGI-Hong Kong Culture Center, commemorating SGI-Hong Kong's 45th anniversary. A total of 3,000 guests enjoyed the multi-cultural show that included a Chinese lion dance, kung-fu, ethnic dances, a musical number, contemporary dances, opera and ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 5 2006

"Children and a Culture of Peace" Exhibition Opens at Soka International Women's Center

"Children and a Culture of Peace Exhibition: For the Sake of Children's Happiness," created and sponsored by the Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee (WPC), debuted October 4 at the Soka International Women's Center in Shinanomachi, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. WPC Chair Akemi Tsukiji expressed hopes for creating an era filled with ... read more

Sustainable Development | Oct 5 2006

SGI-Paraguay Holds "Seeds of Change" Cultural Show

On September 24, SGI-Paraguay hosted a cultural show and gathering titled "Seeds of Change" commemorating the 45th anniversary of the first SGI-Paraguay district, as well as the 13th anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's visit to Paraguay. "Seeds of Change" was held at the sports culture center at University Americana ... read more

Interfaith | Oct 5 2006

SGI Participates in Fourth World Public Forum Dialogue of Civilizations in Rhodes, Greece

The World Public Forum (WPF) held its fourth general meeting of "Dialogue of Civilizations" in Rhodes, Greece, from September 27 through October 1, 2006. Representatives of SGI and the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP), an affiliate organization, joined over 600 scholars and researchers from 62 countries, at WPF's invitation. The ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 4 2006

SGI-USA Members in New Orleans Hold "Victory Rally" on Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

SGI-USA New Orleans members celebrate their "victory" over the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, one year later On September 23, SGI-USA members in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, held a "Victory Rally," just over one year after their area was devastated by Hurricane Katrina, one of the most destructive storms in U.S. history. ... read more

Education | Oct 4 2006

BRC Hosts Third Annual Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue--"Emerson and the Power of the Imagination"

On September 30, the Boston Research Center for the 21st Century (BRC) hosted its third Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue. This year's forum, titled "Emerson and the Power of the Imagination," was held at BRC's Cambridge, Massachusetts center. Quoting from the BRC's website, "Ralph Waldo Emerson once observed that imagination ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 3 2006

SGI-Taiwan Recognized as Excellent Community Organization for 14th Consecutive Year

The Interior Ministry of Taiwan has chosen SGI-Taiwan as an Excellent Community Organization for 2005. SGI-Taiwan was one of 17 chosen from among 6,965 organizations to have contributed the most to Taiwanese society during the year. The organization has been recognized for 14 consecutive years since 1991, one year following ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 3 2006

SGI-Germany's Villa Sachsen Celebrates Heritage Day

On September 9, 2006, SGI-Germany's Villa Sachsen Grand Culture Center (Villa Sachsen) opened its doors to the public in celebration of Heritage Day (Sept. 14). SGI-Germany's Green Hill Orchestra serenaded the 2,000 local residents attending with well-loved classics. The audience was also treated to a guitar solo by a renowned ... read more

Sustainable Development | Oct 3 2006

SGI-Taiwan Recognized as Excellent Community Organization for 14th Consecutive Year

The Interior Ministry of Taiwan has chosen SGI-Taiwan as an Excellent Community Organization for 2005. SGI-Taiwan was one of 17 chosen from among 6,965 organizations to have contributed the most to Taiwanese society during the year. The organization has been recognized for 14 consecutive years since 1991, one year following ... read more

Culture | Oct 3 2006

SGI-Germany's Villa Sachsen Celebrates Heritage Day

On September 9, 2006, SGI-Germany's Villa Sachsen Grand Culture Center (Villa Sachsen) opened its doors to the public in celebration of Heritage Day (Sept. 14). SGI-Germany's Green Hill Orchestra serenaded the 2,000 local residents attending with well-loved classics. The audience was also treated to a guitar solo by a renowned ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 1 2006

Bronze Statues Dedicated to SGI-Korea Women Pioneers

On September 21, two bronze statues titled "Mothers of Kosen-rufu," were unveiled at the Peace Garden in front of the SGI-Korea Headquarters building. SGI Women's Leader Kayoko Asano was among the 130 representatives present. Standing 3 meters tall, the statues are of a woman holding SGI-Korea's organizational newspaper conversing with ... read more

Culture | Oct 1 2006

Finnish Artist's "Four Seasons" Exhibition in Malaysia

The artwork of Lasse Kempas, a contemporary Finnish painter working in watercolor and gouache whose subject is nature and the changing seasons, was exhibited in Malaysia from September 24 to October 1, 2006. The Embassy of Finland and Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) organized the exhibition, which has also toured Singapore ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 30 2006

Palau Hosts SGI's "Building a Culture of Peace" Exhibition

Palauan President Tommy E. Remengesau (4th from left) participates in ribbon-cutting with other guests On September 11, "Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World," an exhibition created by the SGI-USA to appeal for the values of peace and nonviolence, opened at Palau Community College. The exhibition was ... read more

Sustainable Development | Sep 30 2006

"21st Century Environment Exhibition" Opens in Konan City, Aichi Prefecture

On September 29, the "21st Century Environment Exhibition," which supports the UN's "Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014)," opened at the Suitopia Konan in Konan, Aichi Prefecture. Kazunobu Onogawa, director of the UN Center for Regional Development, expressed his appreciation for the exhibition and shared his concerns about the ... read more

Culture | Sep 30 2006

China's Ambassador to Japan and SGI President Discuss Sino-Japanese Friendship

On September 29, Chinese Ambassador to Japan Wang Yi, accompanied by Councilor Xiong Bo and First Secretary Yang Yu, received a warm welcome from SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and Soka Gakkai representatives at the Soka International Friendship Center in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo. The day happened to be the 34th anniversary ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 28 2006

New SGI-Europe District Established in Ísafjördur, Iceland

A new district was established in Ísafjördur, Iceland, making it SGI-Europe's northernmost district. With a latitude of 66 degrees, Ísafjördur is located on Vestfjarda Peninsula, overlooking Ísa Fjord. The town serves as a principal fishing port in northwestern Iceland, as well as a tourist destination with its tall, precipitous mountain ... read more

Education | Sep 25 2006

Soka Gakkai Educators Report on Applying Humanistic Education in the Classroom

The Soka Gakkai Education Department sponsored its 29th "All Japan Rally on Practical Application of Humanistic Education" in Morioka City, Iwate Prefecture, on September 24. Some 1,300 educators and guests attended the rally, titled "With Education from the Heart, Let's Ensure a Future Where Children Can Shine--Aiming for a Society ... read more

Culture | Sep 24 2006

SGI-Brazil Fife-and-Drum Corps and Brass Bands Participate in Independence Day Parades

SGI-Brazil's young men's Taiyo (Sun) Brass Bands and young women's Nova Era (New Era) Fife-and-Drum Corps participated in 20 Independence Day events throughout the country on September 7 in the cities of Riberão Preto, Belem, Manaus, Salvador and Belo Horizonte, among others. At the attraction held at the Samba Stadium ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 23 2006

SGI-Italy Holds Summer Buddhist Study Session in Fiuggi, Italy

From August 31 through September 3, over 2,500 SGI-Italy representatives met in Fiuggi, located some 80 kilometers south of Rome, for a summer study session. The city is long known for its medicinal mineral hot springs, reputed to cure a wide scope of urinary tract and liver diseases. Artist Michelangelo ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 20 2006

SGI-Russia Members Gather for General Meetings

September 8 commemorated the 32nd anniversary of SGI President Ikeda's first visit to Russia (then the USSR) in September 1974. SGI-Russia members gathered in their respective areas for general meetings on or around September 8. At five venues in Moscow, 80 gathered, including members from Krasnodar, 1,200 kilometers from Moscow, ... read more

Culture | Sep 17 2006

Chinese Literary Association Honors SGI President

The Chaozhou Federation of Literary and Art Circles of Chaozhou City, China, presented SGI President Daisaku Ikeda with its Literature and Arts Contribution Award for his efforts to strengthen world peace and Sino-Japanese friendship and his contributions to the advancement of culture and education in Chaozhou. On September 16, Chaozhou ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 16 2006

SGI Fiji Island Members Gather Family-style

On August 19, SGI members of the Republic of the Fiji Islands met in Lautoka, the second largest city, for a family-style district general meeting of 80 members and guests. This was the group's second general meeting following their first last year. New men's division member Nirmao Singh and women's ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 15 2006

SGI Youth in Ghana and Nigeria Hold Training Sessions

From August 25 to 27, SGI-Ghana youth held a training session at Bunso Cocoa College in Bunso, a suburb of Accra. Some 150 youth leaders gathered to strengthen their bonds of friendship as well as the spirit of mentor and disciple. The group studied SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's lecture on ... read more

Sustainable Development | Sep 15 2006

Exhibition Supporting the UN's Decade of Education for Sustainable Development Opens in Ibaraki

The "21st Century Environment Exhibition," which supports the UN's "Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014)," opened September 14 at the Tsukubamirai City General Athletic Park in Ibaraki Prefecture. The Ibaraki Newspaper Company and the Ibaraki Broadcasting Company are supporting the exhibition, created and organized by Soka Gakkai. The SGI ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 14 2006

SGI-UK Young Men Participate in Summer Course

From September 1 to 3, SGI-UK young men's division (YMD) members who have shown unprecedented growth and development, met in Slough for a summer study session. Members from Scotland and Northern Ireland joined the session, which included experiences of challenging difficulties with the practice of Nichiren Buddhism, sports events and ... read more