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Humanitarian Activities | Dec 31 2008

Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai Supports Nutrition and Education Project in Southern India

Following the devastation caused by the tsunami which struck the coast of India on December 26, 2004, Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai (BSG), looked for ways to address the nutrition and education-related needs of children living in Nagapattinam, one of the worst-hit areas in Tamil Nadu, south of Chennai City, ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 28 2008

SGI-Hong Kong Members Meet

On December 28, 2008, some 3,500 SGI-Hong Kong members gathered for an annual meeting at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium in Hong Kong. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a message, in which he praised the members' dedication to building trust and friendship in society, and encouraged them to continue to ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 21 2008

Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai Members Gather for Annual Meeting

On December 21, 2008, some 600 Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai (BSG) members met for their annual meeting at the Soka Bodhi Tree Garden in a New Delhi suburb. In a message, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda first expressed his heartfelt condolences for the victims of the recent terror attack in Mumbai, ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Dec 20 2008

Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee Celebrates the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee (WPC) hosted a peace forum on December 20, 2008, at the Soka Gakkai Josei Toda International Center in Shinjuku, Tokyo. Adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 10, 1948, the ... read more

Culture | Dec 14 2008

Min-On Sponsors Annual International Student Festivals in Kyoto and Osaka

The 20th Kyoto Foreign Students Music Festival was held at Kyoto Kaikan Hall on November 30, 2008. At this year's event, some 102 students from 17 countries and territories studying at universities and colleges in the greater Kyoto area presented traditional dances, songs and music of their respective cultures in ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 13 2008

Soka Gakkai Holds Final Monthly Leaders Meeting for 2008

SGI-Netherlands Young Women's Leader Eva Gjaltema reported that the young women in her country are endeavoring to study and apply the hope-filled life philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism, each determined to positively transform her life and become a person who can inspire and encourage others. Mr. Harada thanked the many volunteers ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Dec 11 2008

UNHCR Representative in Japan Visits Soka Gakkai Headquarters

On December 11, 2008, Johan Cels, representative of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Japan, visited Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada and Executive Director of the SGI Office of Public Information Hirotsugu Terasaki, at the Soka Gakkai Headquarters in Shinanomachi, Tokyo. Mr. Cels ... read more

Sustainable Development | Dec 7 2008

Netherlands Earth Charter Activities

On display at the venue were panels in Dutch from the "Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and the Human Potential" exhibition created by SGI and the Earth Charter Initiative, which had been adapted for a project of the Netherlands National Committee for International Cooperation and Sustainable Development (NCDO) ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 7 2008

SGI-Paraguay Members Meet

On December 7, 2008, SGI-Paraguay members met at their culture center in Asunción. Some 500 attended. SGI-Paraguay Young Men's Leader Samuel Medina and Young Women's Leader Chieko Nagasawa each expressed their resolve toward 2009, designated by the SGI as "Year of Youth and Victory." SGI-Paraguay's fife-and-drum corps performed and representatives ... read more

Culture | Dec 7 2008

SGI-Brazil Holds Culture Festivals in São Paulo

On November 9, 16, and December 7, 2008, SGI-Brazil (BSGI) members in the metropolitan area of São Paulo held "Soka Humanism Culture Festivals" at three venues. Youth members presented gymnastics, music and dance performances. Some 32,000 BSGI members participated in the festivals as either performers, staff or spectators. SGI President ... read more

Education | Dec 6 2008

Soka Gakkai Education Department Publishes Booklet

Soka Gakkai Education Department has recently published a booklet, Heiwa no seiki e--kodomo no shiawase wo mezashite (Toward a century of peace--aiming for the happiness of children, tentative translation). This follows its first booklet Kagayaku kodomo to ningen kyoiku--kyoiku no tame no shakai e (Children and humanistic education--for building ... read more

Culture | Dec 5 2008

Min-On Sponsors Japan Tour of Jordanian Folklore Group

On November 17, 2008, the National Folklore Group of Jordan began its Japan tour at a culture center in Chiba City, Chiba Prefecture, at the invitation of the Min-On Concert Association. The tour commemorats Min-On's 45th anniversary. The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is the 100th country with which Min-On ... read more

Education | Dec 5 2008

SERTV Channel 11 in Panama Airs Animation Series

Channel 11 General Manager Carlos Aguilar said he and the station managers had been impressed by the quality of the films as well as the positive messages they convey. "The contribution that SGI-Panama has made to our station's children's programming is significant. The fourteen stories provide good entertainment as ... read more

Human Rights | Dec 2 2008

Interfaith Human Rights Celebration in Washington DC, USA

A ceremony that brought together representatives from ten faith traditions celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at the new SGI-USA Washington DC Culture Center on December 2, 2008. The Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington, the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area and ... read more

Education | Nov 30 2008

SSA Promotes Health Awareness and Volunteerism

Over the years, Singapore Soka Association (SSA) has promoted awareness of health issues among its membership, sponsoring lectures by SSA members and outside experts in the medical field. In particular, SSA has collaborated with Silver Ribbon (Singapore) on promoting mental health among the general public. On October 4, 2008, together with ... read more

Sustainable Development | Nov 27 2008

"Seeds of Change" Exhibition Shows in Mexico

SGI-Mexico has been cohosting showings of the SGI's “Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential” exhibition in various locations. From October 6 to November 7, 2008, the exhibition was installed at the School of Architecture of the Autonomous University of Yucatan (Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán) in Merida, with ... read more

Culture | Nov 23 2008

SGI-Philippines Hosts Youth Culture Festival in Mindanao

On November 23, 2008, SGI-Philippines put on the "Mindanao Youth Culture Festival" at the Capitol University on Mindanao Island, the Philippines. Capitol University President Casimiro B. Juarez Jr. and his wife, Dr. Fe Rosales Juarez, attended the festival together with some 3,000 SGI-Philippines members. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Nov 23 2008

Culture of Peace Exhibition Held in South Delhi, India

Kiran Segal, a leading Odissi classical dancer, was the guest of honor and cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony. Ms. Segal remarked that the exhibition offers "Straightforward ways to overcome the animosity that exists amongst us today." She was moved by the messages on the panels such as, ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Nov 23 2008

Nuclear Abolition and Human Security Exhibition Tours Universities in Taiwan

Attendees at the NTU opening on November 15 included: NTU Vice Presidents Bau Tzong-ho and George Chen Tai-Jen, Dean of Student Affairs Joyce Feng Yen, Dean of Social Science College Zhao Yong-mao, President of Legislative Yuan Wang Jin-pyng and Legislator Chang Chia-Chun. Mr. Wang commented that presenting the exhibition ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 22 2008

SGI-USA Opens Centers in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and North Dallas, Texas

On October 26, 2008, more than 250 members gathered to officially open the new SGI-USA activity center in Gaithersburg. In a congratulatory message, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda expressed his hopes that the center would serve as a forum for friendship and dialogue in the community. Miko Stirlen, a pioneer ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 22 2008

SGI-Nigeria Celebrates 25th Anniversary, Members Gather Throughout Africa

On October 25, 2008, SGI-Nigeria members from throughout the country gathered in Abuja, Nigeria's capital, to celebrate the organization's 25th anniversary. SGI-Nigeria now has eighteen local districts with around 500 members. The annual general meeting was titled "Becoming Capable People to Create the Century of Africa." The gathering featured ... read more

Sustainable Development | Nov 19 2008

SGI-Hong Kong Cohosts Exhibition and Lecture on Global Warming

To raise awareness on the seriousness of global warming and climate change, SGI-Hong Kong and China Polar Museum Foundation Limited (CPMF) coorganized a photo exhibition titled “A Call from Global Warming” at SGI-Hong Kong’s East Culture Center from October 17 to November 19, 2008. CPMF Managing Director and Founder Dr. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Nov 18 2008

SGI-USA Culture of Peace Resource Center Opens in USA Capital

On November 18, 2008, an SGI-USA Culture of Peace Resource Center opened in Washington, D.C., USA, which is set to play a role in championing the principles of peace and cooperation that underpin the SGI. The latest peace resource center is located inside the new SGI-USA center located on ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 18 2008

Soka Gakkai Commemorates 78th Anniversary

SGI President Daisaku Ikeda led a service at the Soka Gakkai Headquarters in Shinanomachi, Tokyo, together with representative Soka Gakkai leaders and offered prayers for the happiness, good health and safety of people everywhere as well as for lasting world peace. He presented four poems he had written to ... read more

Culture | Nov 18 2008

Veracruz, Mexico, Holds Arts Festival Celebrating Soka Gakkai Day

Performances at the festival SGI-Mexico members in Veracruz SGI-Mexico’s fife-and-drum corps and dance group as well as eight other local choirs and folk dance ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 18 2008

SGI Members Celebrate Soka Gakkai's Founding Day

On and around November 18, 2008, SGI members throughout the world gathered to celebrate Soka Gakkai's founding day (November 18, 1930) in their respective locales. SGI-Ecuador members SGI-USA members in Santa Monica SGI-Philippines ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Nov 18 2008

Mercy Relief in Singapore Commends Daisaku Ikeda; SSA Presents Goodwill Award

On November 18, 2008, Mercy Relief, a humanitarian organization in Singapore, commended Daisaku Ikeda, SGI president, for his longstanding contributions to the betterment of humanity through activities advancing peace, culture and education. Singapore Soka Association (SSA) General Director Ong Bon Chai received the commendation on Mr. Ikeda's behalf from ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Nov 17 2008

SGI-Denmark and Pugwash Conference Cosponsor Antinuclear Symposium

On November 17, 2008, a symposium titled "Strengthening the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)" was held at Christiansborg Palace, which houses the Danish Parliament, in Copenhagen. SGI-Denmark and the Danish Committee of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs (Pugwash Denmark) cosponsored ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 16 2008

New SGI Center Opens in Wellington, New Zealand

On November 16, 2008, the SGI-New Zealand Wellington Center opened in Wellington, New Zealand's capital. SGI-New Zealand General Director Jimi Wallace, SGI-Oceania Chair Richard Sasaki and some 200 members attended the opening ceremony, which also commemorated November 18, Soka Gakkai Founding Day. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 16 2008

Study Exams on Nichiren Buddhism Held in Canada and 21 Countries in Europe

On October 26, 2008, approximately 300 SGI-Canada youth sat for a study exam at 20 venues across Canada, such as Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and Ottawa. Study materials for the young people included basic concepts of Nichiren Buddhism, the history of the Soka Gakkai and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda’s lecture ... read more

Culture | Nov 7 2008

World Boys and Girls Art Exhibition in Belgium

The World Boys and Girls Art Exhibition was held at the Espace Maurice Carême in Brussels, Belgium, from October 29 to November 7, 2008. Some 120 guests, local residents and SGI-Belgium members attended the opening on October 28. Over 100 paintings by children from around the ... read more

Culture | Nov 4 2008

SGI-Panama Youth Participate in Independence Celebration Parade

On November 3, 2008, SGI-Panama’s musical band and fife-and-drum corps, Banda Musical Gloria, marched in a parade in Panama City, celebrating the 105th anniversary of the Republic of Panama's independence. Panama's Ministry of Education sponsored the annual parade. Some 64 band members performed many songs, including Marcha Panama. This ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 1 2008

SGI President's Interview with Tricycle Magazine Available Online

The winter 2008 edition of Tricycle, a leading U.S.-based magazine on Buddhism in the West, carries an interview with SGI President Daisaku Ikeda. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 30 2008

Bharat Soka Gakkai and IFUNA Observe UN Day in New Delhi, India

On October 30, 2008, the Indian Federation of United Nations Associations (IFUNA) and Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai (BSG) organized a seminar on "Environmental Sustainability: An Essential Tool for Poverty Alleviation" at the VK Krishna Menon Bhawan in New Delhi, India. Some 200 attended the event, which celebrated the 63rd anniversary ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 30 2008

SGI President's 2008 Peace Proposal Discussed at Round Table on Peace in Los Angeles, USA

The gathering featured a panel of experts, including Douglas Becker, acting director of the USC Peace and Conflict Studies program, and Lawrence E. Carter Sr., dean of the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College in Atlanta. Christopher Queen, lecturer on the Study of Religion at Harvard ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 28 2008

Monthly Leaders Meeting in Japan Commemorates Soka Gakkai Founding Day

Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada, referring to the present worldwide economic turmoil, asked everyone to support society by engaging in genuine dialogue brimming with conviction that inspires people with hope and reassurance. He stated that having a youthful spirit means to uphold justice and speak out against corruption. Young ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 26 2008

SGI-USA Hosts "Daniel Pearl World Music Days" Concert

The concerts, which take place each October, honor the life of Mr. Pearl, an American journalist who was kidnapped and murdered in Pakistan by terrorists in February 2002. According to the Daniel Pearl World Music Days website, after Danny's funeral in August 2002, in the spirit of his love ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 25 2008

"Victory Over Violence" Exhibition Held at Mississauga Youth Festival, Canada

On October 25, SGI-USA's "Victory Over Violence" exhibition was displayed at the Youth Arts Against Violence (YAAV) Festival in Mississauga near Toronto, Canada. The local community event featured youth speaking out against violence through various art mediums. Rapport Youth & Family Services, a non-profit charitable agency run by SGI-Canada ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 25 2008

3,500 SGI-Germany Members Gather in Berlin

On October 25, 2008, some 3,500 SGI-Germany members gathered from throughout the country at the Tempodrom concert hall in Berlin. Forty-seven pioneer SGI members from 17 European countries also attended the meeting. Dr. Horst-Eberhard Richter, co-founder and honorary board member for the German Chapter of International Physicians for the Prevention ... read more

Culture | Oct 24 2008

SGI-Hong Kong Hosts Lecture on Art and the Museum

Prof. Tang focused on the significance of Hong Kong Museum of Art, referring to Hong Kong's geographical and historical background that has generated a blend of Chinese and Western cultures. He stressed that promoting art among the general public is the museum's primary objective and introduced a memorable exhibition ... read more

Sustainable Development | Oct 24 2008

SGI-Paraguay Hosts “Seeds of Change” Environment Exhibition

From October 20-24, 2008, “Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential,” an exhibit highlighting the Earth Charter as a guideline for sustainable living and environmental preservation, was shown at the Amambay Department Office in Pedro Juan Caballero City, Paraguay. Some 200 attended the opening, including many local ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 24 2008

SGI-Haiti Leader is Guest Speaker on National Radio Program

On September 26, 2008, SGI-Haiti Chapter Leader Niaud Pierre appeared on “Eduquer la Cite,” a radio program run by the National Radio of Haiti (Radio Nationale d’Haiti), at the request of the program's host Aristide Vauban. Mr. Pierre was asked to introduce how the SGI and its members view ... read more

Human Rights | Oct 24 2008

SGI-USA Hosts Human Rights Film Festival in Santa Monica, California

On October 24, 2008, the SGI-USA Santa Monica Culture of Peace Resource Center hosted the opening of the Eighth Annual Human Rights Film Festival in Santa Monica, California. The goal of the festival, curated by the Echo Park Film Center, was to highlight social justice issues too often ignored by ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 22 2008

SGI-USA Exhibition Supports "Alternatives to Violence" Project

On October 22, 2008, SGI-USA representatives participated in the Alternatives to Violence Project that introduces experiential workshops to empower people to lead more peaceful lives. The Ventura County Interfaith Community hosted the event in Westlake Village, California, USA. The organization promotes open dialogue and understanding among various religious traditions ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 21 2008

Symposium on Interfaith Dialogue Held at Wellesley College, Massachusetts, USA

The symposium was divided into three sessions and themes: religion and conflict; religion, women and society; and religion and the environment. In session one, Dr. David Bernat, expert on Judaism at Wellesley College, stressed the importance of interpreting sacred scriptures from a humanistic perspective. Dr. Hiroshi Kanno, IOP senior research ... read more