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Humanitarian Activities | Dec 31 2007

SGI Youth Support Relief Efforts in Flooded Tabasco State, Mexico

In December 2007, SGI-Mexico youth members organized relief activities in Tabasco State, Mexico. The area was suffering from the worst flooding in 50 years caused by torrential rains that hit southeastern Mexico in October. Even two months after the flooding, many were still affected by the disaster and living at ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 29 2007

First SGI Conference on Central African Countries Held in Cameroon

On December 29, 2007, the first SGI Conference on Central African Countries was held in Edea City, Cameroon. Representatives gathered from Gabon, Cameroon, the Republic of the Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Republic of Zimbabwe, Equatorial Guinea and the Central African Republic. Sharing their grassroots activities for ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 29 2007

SGI-Cameroon Holds General Meeting

On December 29, 2007, some 800 SGI-Cameroon members gathered in Edea for a general meeting to usher in 2008, which the SGI has designated the "Year of Capable People and Development." The SGI-Cameroon membership has increased threefold from some 700 to 2,000 in the past four years. In a message, ... read more

Culture | Dec 16 2007

Min-On Cosponsors Annual Foreign Students Music Festival in Kyoto and Osaka

On November 18, 2007, the 19th Kyoto Foreign Students Music Festival was held at Kyoto Kaikan Hall in Kyoto City. Clad in beautiful national costumes some 133 foreign students from 20 countries studying in Kyoto performed dances and music of their respective cultures. This annual festival for foreign students, cosponsored ... read more

Culture | Dec 16 2007

Soka Renaissance Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps and Soka Gran Esperanza Flag Corps Win National Contest

On December 16, 2007, five Soka Gakkai drum and bugle corps participated in the 35th national All-Japan Marching Band and Baton Twirling Contest, sponsored by Japan Marching Band & Baton Twirling Association (JMBA) at the Saitama Super Arena. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Dec 11 2007

Dr. Jan Øberg Speaks on Conflict Resolution in Nagoya, Japan

On December 11, 2007, Dr. Jan Øberg, cofounder and director of the Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research (TFF), and visiting professor at the Graduate School of International Development at Nagoya University, was invited by the Soka Gakkai Chubu Youth Peace Committee to address a group of 80 local ... read more

Interfaith | Dec 10 2007

Director of Institute of Southeast Asian Studies Speaks on "Buddhism, Singapore and Interfaith Dialogue" at Annual Lecture

On December 10, 2007, the Singapore Soka Association (SSA) sponsored its seventh Daisaku Ikeda Annual Lecture at the SSA Headquarters in Singapore. Guest speaker Dr. K. Kesavapany, director of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) and Singapore's ambassador to Jordan, spoke on "Buddhism, Singapore and Interfaith Dialogue." Some 800 ... read more

Human Rights | Dec 7 2007

Conference of NGOs (CONGO) General Assembly Held in Geneva

December 5-7, 2007, CONGO, the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (UN), held its 23rd General Assembly at the International Conference Center in Geneva, Switzerland. CONGO is a membership association with more than 500 member NGOs from 74 countries, working to ensure that NGOs are present ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 5 2007

SGI-Hong Kong and SGI-Macau Hold General Meetings

On December 5, 2007, SGI-Hong Kong held its 40th general meeting at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium in Hong Kong. Some 3,800 members gathered to kick off 2008, which the SGI has designated the "Year of Capable People and Development." Newly appointed youth division (YD) leaders were announced at the meeting. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Dec 3 2007

New Pugwash President Visits Soka Gakkai

Dr. Jayantha Dhanapala, the newly elected president of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, visited the Soka Gakkai Headquarters on December 3, 2007, and met with Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada. A former Sri Lankan diplomat, Dr. Dhanapala was Director of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 2 2007

Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai Members Gather at Soka Bodhi Tree Garden

On December 2, 2007, Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai (BSG) held its 33rd general meeting at Soka Bodhi Tree Garden in a New Delhi suburb. SGI-Nepal and SGI-Sri Lanka representatives also attended the meeting together with some 1,300 BSG members from throughout India, making a fresh departure toward 2008, which the ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 29 2007

Soka Gakkai Holds Entrance Level Study Examination on Nichiren Buddhism

On November 25, 2007, approximately 135,000 Soka Gakkai members sat for a study department entrance level examination at 1,519 locations throughout Japan. The study material included three of Nichiren's major writings in the original classical Japanese--"Letter from Sado," "Persecution by Sword and Staff" and "Questions and Answers about Embracing the ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Nov 25 2007

Bolivian Ambassador to Japan Visits "Women and the Culture of Peace" Exhibition

On November 21, 2007, Ambassador of Bolivia to Japan Masakatsu Jaime Ashimine visited the "Women and the Culture of Peace" exhibition, created and sponsored by the Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee, at the Kawaguchi Civic Hall in Saitama Prefecture. The recently renewed exhibition, which conveys the message that women are ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Nov 24 2007

Soka Gakkai Malaysia in Sarawak Participates in Children's Art Festival

Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) Sarawak was invited by the Sarawak Department of Culture, Arts and Heritage to participate in the "Children's Art Festival" held on November 23-24, 2007, at the State Language Publishing Department. SGM sponsored "Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World," an SGI exhibition ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 22 2007

Soka Gakkai Members in Remote Japanese Villages Foster Friendships in the Community

Soka Gakkai members in remote villages are engaging in dialogue and fostering friendships in their communities in rural areas across mainland Japan. In Yasuoka Village, Nagano Prefecture, which has a spectacular view overlooking the Tenryu River, members have engaged in dialogue to increase understanding of the Soka Gakkai's activities and ... read more

Interfaith | Nov 22 2007

Soka Gakkai Malaysia and the Croatian Embassy Cosponsor Croatian Music

On November 22, 2007, Wisma Kebudayaan, the Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) Headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, was the venue for a Croatian music show starring tenor Giannni Stipanicev and soprano Barbara Othman along with the Croatian Radio and Television Tamburitza Orchestra. The audience was treated to classical, folk and pop songs ... read more

Culture | Nov 22 2007

Soka Gakkai Malaysia and the Croatian Embassy Cosponsor Croatian Music

On November 22, 2007, the Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) Grand Culture Center (Wisma Kebudayaan), in Kuala Lumpur, was the venue for a Croatian music show starring tenor Giannni Stipanicev and soprano Barbara Othman along with the Croatian Radio and Television Tamburitza Orchestra. The audience was treated to classical, folk ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Nov 20 2007

Soka Gakkai Student Division Hosts Talk on Nuclear Abolition and the Role of Youth

The Soka Gakkai student division hosted a lecture titled "The Challenge of Nuclear Abolition--the Role of Youth" by New Zealand peace activist Alyn Ware at the Toda International Center in Shinanomachi, Tokyo, on November 20, 2007. Mr. Ware is consultant for the Lawyers' Committee on Nuclear Policy (U.S.A.), outreach ... read more

Sustainable Development | Nov 18 2007

Daisaku and Kaneko Ikeda Cherry Tree Grove Dedicated in Southern California, USA

On November 18, 2007, a dedication ceremony took place for Daisaku and Kaneko Ikeda Cherry Tree Grove, within the City of Torrance's Columbia Park. The grove is made up of cherry trees given to the city by the SGI-USA on behalf of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and Mrs. Kaneko Ikeda. ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 17 2007

SGI Members Celebrate Soka Gakkai's Founding Day

On and around November 18, 2007, SGI members throughout the world gathered to celebrate Soka Gakkai's founding day (November 18, 1930) in their respective locales. On November 17, SGI-Nepal held its 13th general meeting at the SGI-Nepal Peace Center in Kathmandu. Three new districts were announced and members made a fresh ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 15 2007

SGI Representatives Make Courtesy Call on Micronesian President

On November 15, 2007, SGI representatives led by SGI-Oceania Chair Richard Sasaki and SGI-Micronesia Chapter Leader Ioanis Primo paid a courtesy call on President Emanuel Manny Mori of the Federated States of Micronesia at the president's office in the capital city of Palikir. President Mori expressed his respect for SGI ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 11 2007

SGI 2007 Autumn Training Course Held in Japan

On November 8, Soka Gakkai's monthly leaders' meeting, which commemorated November 18, Soka Gakkai's 77th anniversary, took place at Kansai Ikeda Auditorium in Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture. The meeting coincided with the 32nd SGI General Meeting and a Kansai general meeting. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, who was visiting Osaka for ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Nov 10 2007

Culture of Peace Exhibition in Dubai

The exhibition "Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World" was held at the Dubai Knowledge Village from November 2-10, 2007. The exhibition was held under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, UN Messenger of Peace and wife of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Nov 3 2007

Soka Gakkai Thailand Participates in Nonviolence Festival at Thammasat University

November 2-3, 2007, Soka Gakkai Thailand (SGT) participated in the second Nonviolence Festival at Thammasat University's Tha Prachan campus in Bangkok, Thailand. The Research Center for Peace Building at Mahidol University sponsored the event in collaboration with 25 organizations including the National Research Council of Thailand. Participants attended lectures, workshops ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 31 2007

SGI-USA Conducts Study Review Sessions; SGI-Canada Youth Hold First Study Exam

In October 2007, SGI-USA conducted its third annual "Buddhist Learning Review" throughout the nation with some 30,000 members participating. The review was available in eight languages: English, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, Korean, Portuguese, Thai and Cambodian, reflecting SGI-USA's ethnic diversity. Rather than a more formal exam, the unique style of the SGI-USA ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Oct 31 2007

SGI-USA Youth Participate in Wildfire Relief Efforts in Southern California, USA

From the inception of the wildfires, SGI-USA representatives in each locale worked to confirm the safety of SGI members and their neighbors. SGI-USA Vice General Director Cliff Sawyer, national Young Men's Division Leader Nathan Gauer and SGI youth volunteers mobilized in San Diego, which suffered the greatest damage. Many volunteers were ... read more

Culture | Oct 31 2007

SGI-Korea Men's Traditional Music Group Performs at Korean Music Festival

On October 23, 2007, Taegeuk Chitadae, SGI-Korea men's music group, specializing in traditional Korean music, participated in the 27th Korean Traditional Music Festival, at the Yeakdang Hall in the National Center for Korean Traditional Performing Arts (NCKTPA) in Seoul. The 71 members of Taegeuk Chitadae performed at the festival's opening. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 28 2007

SGI-Sri Lanka Sponsors Culture of Peace Exhibition

From October 25-28, 2008, the SGI exhibition "Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World" was shown at Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall in Colombo, Sri Lanka, the country's largest exhibition hall. Soka Gakkai Lanka Buddhist Association (SGI-Sri Lanka) sponsored the exhibition. Some 120 people attended the October ... read more

Interfaith | Oct 28 2007

SGI Representatives Attend Interfaith Conference in Macedonia

From October 26-28, 2007, around 300 scholars, activists and religious leaders representing religions and peace organizations from 96 countries gathered in Ohrid, Macedonia, to attend The World Conference on Dialogue Among Religions and Civilizations: "The Contribution of Religion and Culture to Peace, Mutual Respect and Cohabitation" [http://www.wcdarc-ohrid.org/]. As a crossroads ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 23 2007

The Lotus Sutra Published in Laotian

A Laotian edition of Burton Watson's translation of The Lotus Sutra (Columbia University Press, New York, 1993) was recently published by the Phalikhan Co. of the Lao People's Democratic Republic. The Lotus Sutra is widely considered to be the most important scripture of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition. The Soka Gakkai ... read more

Culture | Oct 23 2007

Soka Gakkai Thailand Brass Band Holds Music Fest

On October 23, 2007, the Soka Gakkai Thailand (SGT) brass band held two concerts at the SGT Thonburi Culture Center in Bangkok. Some 1,500 guests were treated to dynamic presentations of "Song of Comrades," "A Star Falls in the Autumn Wind on Wuchang Plain," (about the death of the great ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 22 2007

SGI-New Zealand Celebrates UN International Day of Peace

On September 23, 2007, a celebration of the declaration of the Auckland Peace City took place in Auckland, co-organized by the United Nations Association of New Zealand (UNANZ), the Auckland Inter-Faith Council and SGI-NZ. The declaration outlines the importance of engaging individuals and families to promote a safer Auckland and ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 21 2007

SGI Men from Benelux Meet at Villa Sachsen, Germany

On October 21, 2007, 120 SGI men of Benelux (Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg) met for their first men's division general meeting at the Villa Sachsen Culture Center in Bingen, Germany. Titled "Pillar of Society and the SGI," the meeting was a venue for the participants to discuss cultivating their ... read more

Culture | Oct 21 2007

SGI Members in Scotland Stage "The Lotus and Thistle"

The event commenced with the MC, wearing full Highland dress, welcoming everyone. SGI-UK General Director Robert Samuels then read a congratulatory message from SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, which was followed by a rousing performance of "Let's All Work Together" by the band. The two-part show began with a "journey" mapping the ... read more

Culture | Oct 21 2007

SGI President Meets All-China Youth Federation Delegates

On October 21, 2007, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and his wife Kaneko Ikeda met with a delegation from the All-China Youth Federation (ACYF) at the Soka University (SU) campus in Hachioji, Tokyo. The delegation was visiting Japan at the invitation of the Soka Gakkai youth division as part of an ... read more

Culture | Oct 19 2007

Min-On Commemorates 35th Anniversary of Sino-Japanese Friendship

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between China and Japan. To mark the occasion, the Min-On Concert Association is sponsoring a Japan tour by artists from the China National Acrobatic Troupe. Titled "Legends of the Dragon and the Phoenix," the production includes 114 performances ... read more

Sustainable Development | Oct 16 2007

"Seeds of Change" Exhibition Travels Throughout Northern India

Himachal Pradesh: In June, "Seeds of Change" was displayed at four venues in Shimla, capital of Himachal Pradesh State. The exhibition drew 18,000 visitors, ten percent of Shimla's population, including many students from 100 schools and institutes. Free transportation was provided for visitors from ashrams for the hearing impaired and ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 14 2007

SGI Members Challenge Study Department Exams in Brazil, Venezuela, Thailand and Nepal

SGI members throughout the world have been deepening their study and understanding of Nichiren Buddhism's humanistic philosophy, which is the foundation of faith and the key to accomplishing our human revolution and creating positive value for oneself and others. On September 30, 2007, 15,000 SGI-Brazil members took an intermediate-level exam ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 14 2007

Latin American Youth Gather for Peace Conference in Brazil

On October 12-14, 2007, 150 SGI youth representatives of six Latin American countries--Brazil, Peru, Paraguay, Argentina, Venezuela and Ecuador--attended a leadership training course in Brazil. On October 12, the group held a Latin America Youth Peace Conference at the SGI-Brazil Culture Center in São Paulo, where participants renewed their pledge ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 14 2007

SGI-Norway Holds Study Session

SGI-Norway held a youth study course titled, "The Oneness of Mentor and Disciple," for some 40 representatives on October 13-14, 2007 in Ål, a village of around 4,700 inhabitants on the Hardanger mountain plateau in central Norway. The participants studied the writings of Nichiren and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's speeches. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Oct 14 2007

SGI Members Participate in London Park Beautification

On October 14, 2007, 30 SGI-UK members of Lewisham West Chapter and their friends and families spent a day cleaning up Ladywell Fields, a local park in London undergoing major improvements. The volunteers first met at the park's educational center where the park warden spoke about the local ecology, in ... read more

Culture | Oct 14 2007

SGI-USA West Territory Youth Festival Celebrates Lives of "Unstoppable" Heroes

On October 14, 2007, more than 500 youth participated in the SGI-USA West Territory Youth Culture Festival, "Unstoppable--A Life of Victory," at the Vic Lopez Theater in Whittier, California. The festival--an original production presented twice before an audience of 4,000--celebrated the lives of five peace heroes whose efforts have illuminated the ... read more

Sustainable Development | Oct 13 2007

"Seeds of Change" Exhibits in Mexico

The "Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential" exhibition opened for the first time in Mexico, during the 2007 Universal Forum of Cultures in Monterrey, capital of Nuevo Leon State. The forum is a global event that occurs every four years, seeking to reunite citizens from a wide ... read more

Culture | Oct 9 2007

All-China Women's Federation Delegates Pay Homage to A-Bomb Victims in Hiroshima

On October 9, 2007, a delegation from the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF), led by secretariat member Wang Naikun, visited Hiroshima. The group is in Japan at the invitation of the Soka Gakkai Women's Division in commemoration of the 35th anniversary of the normalization of Sino-Japanese diplomatic relations. Following a guided ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 8 2007

SGI Members in Greece and the Czech Republic Attend Leadership Training Courses

On October 8, 2007, SGI-Greece held a training course on the Island of Evia facing the Aegean Sea. Some 100 members from major Greek cities including Athens and islands such as Tinos, Crete and Chios, as well as SGI members from the UK and neighboring Cyprus attended. SGI-Greece General Director ... read more