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Human Rights | Mar 1 2008

Human Rights Education Activities in Budapest and New York

From February 13-20, 2008, SGI's Geneva-based UN Liaison Officer Kazunari Fujii was invited to participate as an expert adviser in an evaluation seminar for the two-year Advanced Compass Training course in Human Rights Education (ACT-HRE) held at the Council of Europe's European Youth Centre in Budapest, Hungary. The seminar brought ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Feb 28 2008

Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research Publishes Research Results

I. B. Tauris, U.K. recently published Challenges to Global Security: Geopolitics and Power in an Age of Transition, edited by Hussein Solomon. The book is part of a series on global peace and policy by the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research. The publication is a result ... read more

Interfaith | Feb 27 2008

BRC Public Event Pursues Deeper Understanding of Death, Greater Appreciation for Living

In 1993, at a lecture given at Harvard University, Boston Research Center for the 21st Century (BRC) founder Daisaku Ikeda raised the following questions, based on a philosophy of humanistic Buddhism: "What does it mean for death to be more than 'the absence of life'?" "Is it possible to experience ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 24 2008

Soka Gakkai Agriculture and Fishery Departments of Hokkaido Hold Annual Gatherings

Wataru Takahashi, head of Japan Agricultural Cooperatives (JA) Taikicho, who attended the rally as a guest, expressed his hope that the participants would continue their efforts in agricultural work for the flourishing of their communities. On February 24, some 600 Soka Gakkai members engaged in fishery in Hokkaido gathered for ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 24 2008

SGI-Poland Members Celebrate 16th Anniversary; SGI-Croatia Members Meet

In January 2008, SGI-Poland members gathered at their respective locales to celebrate the 16th anniversary of the establishment of SGI-Poland Chapter. SGI-Poland Young Women's Leader Tsuruko Haga attended a meeting in Krakow on January 20. On February 16, a prayer service commemorating Nichiren's birth anniversary was held in Warsaw with ... read more

Sustainable Development | Feb 23 2008

"Youth Can Move the World Event" in Canada

On February 23, 2008, SGI-Canada youth representatives participated in the "Youth Can Move the World" symposium at the HJA Brown Education Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. Around 300 people joined the event, which was open to students aged 15-25 from the Regional Municipality of Peel. Inspired by the United Nations' declaration ... read more

Culture | Feb 22 2008

Visit by State Councilor Tang Jiaxuan of China

On Feburary 22, 2008, State Councilor Tang Jiaxuan of the People's Republic of China and his party were welcomed by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and Soka Gakkai youth at the Seikyo Press building in Shinanomachi, Tokyo. The two first met in 1974 on Mr. Ikeda's first trip to China, when ... read more

Culture | Feb 21 2008

Brazil Tourism Minister Speaks on Japanese Immigrants' Contributions to Brazil

On February 21, 2008, some 1,000 BSGI members and their friends attended a lecture by Brazil's Minister of Tourism Marta Suplicy at the SGI-Brazil (BSGI) Culture Center in São Paulo. To commemorate the Japan-Brazil Exchange Year (2008) and the centennial of Japanese immigration to Brazil, Ms. Suplicy spoke on Japanese ... read more

Culture | Feb 18 2008

SGI President Awarded Russian Federation Order of Friendship

On February 18, 2008, Russian Ambassador to Tokyo Mikhail M. Bely presented the Russian Federation Order of Friendship to SGI President Daisaku Ikeda at the Russian Embassy in Tokyo. Mr. Ikeda was recognized for his wide-ranging contributions to the development of Russo-Japanese relations and bilateral exchange for over 30 years. ... read more

Press Releases | Feb 18 2008

SGI President Awarded Russian Federation Order of Friendship

Tokyo, Japan: At a ceremony at the Russian Embassy in Tokyo, Mr. Daisaku Ikeda, president of the Soka Gakkai International Buddhist association, was today conferred with the Order of Friendship on behalf of the Russian Federation by Ambassador Mikhail M. Bely. Presenting the award in recognition of Mr. Ikeda's wide-ranging contributions ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 16 2008

Nichiren's Birth Commemorated

Around February 16, 2008, SGI members in 190 countries worldwide, including Soka Gakkai members in Japan, held services to commemorate the birth anniversary of Nichiren born on February 16, 1222. In Japan, meetings were held at Soka Gakkai centers throughout the country on February 15. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda conducted ... read more

Interfaith | Feb 13 2008

Interfaith Roundtable in New Zealand

Chaired by Professor Paul Morris, head of Religious Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, the panel also included Mervin Singham, director of the Office of Ethnic Affairs; Rehanna Ali, regional representative of the Islamic Women's Council of New Zealand; Ghazala Anwar, representative of the Peace Foundation; and the Honorable Russell ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 11 2008

SGI-USA Arts Division Conference at FNCC

From February 8-11, 2008, SGI-USA held an Arts Division Conference at the Florida Nature and Culture Center in a suburb of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. Some 180 members from throughout the country participated in the event, together with Arts Division leaders Kay Yoshikawa and Carmella Menchaka, vice leader Aeyung Park ... read more

Interfaith | Feb 11 2008

SGI-Spain Representatives Participate in Interfaith Symposium in Barcelona

On February 11, 2008, a series of symposiums titled "Crossroads of Religious Beliefs 2007-2008--The Future of Planet Earth" was held at the SGI-Spain Culture Center in Barcelona. The Interreligious Center of Barcelona (CIB), affiliated with the Barcelona City Council, organized the event in support of the United Nations' 2008 International ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 10 2008

SGI-Dominican Republic Members Gather in Santo Domingo

On February 10, 2008, over 1,000 SGI-Dominican Republic members gathered for a general meeting at the main auditorium of the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo (UASD) in Santo Domingo, the country's capital. The event commemorated the 21st anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's first visit to the country. On January ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Feb 10 2008

Workshop in Australia: Toward the Eradication of Armed Conflict

From February 8-10, 2008, SGI's representative to the United Nations in New York Hiro Sakurai attended a Workshop on the Eradication of Armed Conflict held at the Australian Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (ACPACS) at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, organized by Global Action to Prevent War (GAPW). Mr. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Feb 9 2008

Club of Budapest International President Talks with SGI-USA Members

On February 9, 2008, the Club of Budapest U.S.A. and the SGI-USA Marin Earth Charter Committee cosponsored an evening with Ervin Laszlo, generally recognized as the founder of systems philosophy and general evolution theory. Dr. Laszlo, a Nobel Peace Prize nominee, is president of the Club of Budapest International and ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 7 2008

SGI Study Department Leaders' Conference Held in Tokyo

From February 4-7, 2008, the Second SGI Study Department Leaders' Conference was held at the Josei Toda International Center in Shinjuku, Tokyo. Attendees included SGI Study Department Leader Katsuji Saito, Soka Gakkai Study Department Leader Masaaki Morinaka and representative SGI study department leaders. Participants discussed the development of the study ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Feb 7 2008

SGI-Bolivia Participates in Relief Activities for Flood Victims

In Bolivia, torrential rains that have persisted for three months have led to the most devastating floods to hit the country in 25 years, resulting in numerous landslides, impassable roads and vast agricultural areas under water. The damage is expected to increase. Together with the government, SGI-Bolivia initiated relief activities ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 6 2008

SGI President Speaks on Role of Women, Importance of Grassroots Dialogues and Attributes of Exemplary Leadership at Monthly Leaders Meeting

On February 6, 2008, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda attended the Soka Gakkai's monthly leaders meeting in Tokyo, where he addressed Soka Gakkai members and SGI representatives from some 20 countries. In his speech, Mr. Ikeda discussed the qualities of good leadership and talked about the importance of women's contributions in shaping ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Feb 6 2008

SGI-Macau Contributes Monetary Aid for Snow Disaster Victims in China

In January 2008, heavy snowstorms caused serious damage to about 20 provinces and cities in southern and central China, among the worst in 50 years. Blackouts and water shortages lasted for weeks and cold-related illnesses were rampant. More than a hundred million people were affected. SGI-Macau donated MOP230,000 (approximately US$29,170) to ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Feb 5 2008

Soka Gakkai Youth in Hiroshima, Japan, Sponsor Lecture by Make-A-Wish Japan General Manager

On February 5, 2008, Soka Gakkai youth members in Hiroshima sponsored the 123rd in a series of "Lectures on Hiroshima" at the Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Ikeda Peace Hall in Hiroshima City. Guest lecturer Hisako Ohno, general manager of Make-A-Wish Japan (MAWJ), spoke on the power of a wish to give ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Feb 4 2008

SGI-Hong Kong Contributes Money for Relief Efforts in China

On February 4, 2008, SGI-Hong Kong General Director Lee Kong Sau visited the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region to donate HK$200,000 (approximately 2.8 million yen), in the wake of severe damage to parts of central and southern China resulting from heavy ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 3 2008

Soka Religious Council of Nichiren Buddhism Established in France

Le Consistoire Soka du Bouddhisme de Nichiren (the Soka Religious Council of Nichiren Buddhism) was recently established in France. This was announced at a meeting held in Paris on February 2, 2008. Soka Gakkai Executive Guidance Chief Einosuke Akiya and other representatives from Japan attended. The Religious Council will serve ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Feb 2 2008

SGI-USA Opens Fourth Culture of Peace Resource Center in Chicago, Illinois

On February 2, 2008, some 700 SGI members and guests gathered to celebrate the opening of the Chicago Culture of Peace Resource Center located in the SGI-USA Chicago Culture Center. Previously, SGI-USA opened similar centers in New York (2004), Los Angeles (2004) and Hawaii (2007). The purpose of the centers ... read more

Culture | Feb 1 2008

Russian Federation to Present Order of Friendship to SGI President

Since his first visit in 1974 during the Cold War, Mr. Ikeda has visited the former USSR and Russia six times to exchange views with Russian leaders and cultural figures. He has also promoted educational and Cultural Activitiess on a grassroots level through educational, academic and cultural institutions he has ... read more

Culture | Jan 31 2008

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Promotes Local Artists

Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) collaborated with several art societies to introduce the works of local artists at its SGM Perak Culture Center from January 24-31, 2008. The "Chinese Art, Poetry & Calligraphy" exhibition displayed 135 works by 30 local artists, poets and calligraphers. The Shan Cheng Poets Society of Ipoh, ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 30 2008

US Embassy Minister-Counselor Visits Soka Gakkai

On January 30, 2008, Minister-Counselor for Political Affairs W. Michael Meserve and his deputy Mark Napper of the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo visited the Soka Gakkai headquarters and met with Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada and Vice President Kenji Yoshigo at the Seikyo Press building in Shinanomachi, Tokyo. They discussed ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 30 2008

SGI-Europe Youth Prepare for 50th Anniversary of March 16, 1958

This year marks the 50th anniversary of March 16, 1958, a significant day in SGI's history when second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda met with 6,000 Soka Gakkai youth to bequeath to them his deeply held mission of creating lasting peace and individual happiness based on the humanistic life philosophy ... read more

Sustainable Development | Jan 28 2008

"Seeds of Change" Exhibition in Cercado de Lima, Peru

"Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential," an exhibition on sustainable development, the role of education and the Earth Charter Initiative, opened on January 28, 2008 at the Ramón Castilla Clinic, a health clinic in Cercado de Lima, Peru. The exhibition was shown through February 2 as part ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 26 2008

SGI-Côte d'Ivoire Commemorates SGI Day

On January 26, 2008, some 1,500 SGI-Côte d'Ivoire members gathered for a general meeting in Abidjan to celebrate the 33rd anniversary of the SGI's founding (January 26, 1975) and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's 80th birthday (January 2, 1928). In his message, Mr. Ikeda lauded the SGI-Côte d'Ivoire members for providing ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 26 2008

SGI-Brazil Members Gather Throughout January to Celebrate SGI Day

On January 26, 2008, some 1,500 SGI-Brazil (BSGI) members met at two venues in the São Paulo metropolitan area to celebrate the 33rd anniversary of the SGI's founding (January 26, 1975). BSGI's Ikeda Philharmonic Orchestra of Humanism performed during the meeting at the BSGI Culture Center in São ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jan 26 2008

SGI President Releases 2008 Peace Proposal--"Humanizing Religion, Creating Peace"

In his 2008 peace proposal issued today (January 26, 2008) to commemorate the anniversary of the SGI's founding in 1975, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda calls for the humanization of religion as one path toward peace. Commenting that the current trend towards fundamentalism is found not only in the religious sphere, but ... read more

Education | Jan 26 2008

Sri Lanka National Public TV Airs Animated Adaptations of SGI President's Children's Books

On January 26, 2008, Sri Lanka Rupawahini Corporation (SLRC), Sri Lanka's national television, aired Kanta and the Deer, the first of an animated series in Sinhalese based on original children's stories by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda. A total of 17 stories will be aired every Saturday throughout the nation. On ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 25 2008

SGI Delegation Presents Flowers in Tribute to Thailand's Late Princess Galyani

SGI delegation from Japan offering flowers in remembrance of the late Princess Galyani Vadhana of Thailand On January 25, 2008, an SGI delegation from Japan offered flowers on behalf of the SGI and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda in tribute to the late Princess Galyani Vadhana (84), the sister of His Majesty ... read more

Press Releases | Jan 25 2008

SGI President Calls for Humanization of Religion as a Basis for Peace

Tokyo, Japan: In his 2008 peace proposal, to be issued on January 26 to commemorate the anniversary of the founding of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Buddhist association in 1975, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda calls for the humanization of religion as one path toward peace. Commenting that the current trend towards ... read more

Culture | Jan 24 2008

State Russian Museum Collection Shown at Tokyo Fuji Art Museum, Japan

On January 24, 2008, the "Masterpieces of the State Russian Museum from the Late 18th Century to the Early 20th Century" exhibition opened at the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum (TFAM) in Hachioji, Japan, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of TFAM's founding in 1983. Since its launch in April 2007 in ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jan 24 2008

The End of Poverty Author Professor Jeffrey Sachs Speaks at Culture of Peace Lecture Series in New York City

On January 24, 2008, some 700 people attended SGI-USA's Culture of Peace Distinguished Speakers Series with Columbia University Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs at the SGI-USA New York Culture Center. Dr. Sachs is widely known for his bestselling book, The End of Poverty. SGI-USA's Culture of Peace Resource Centers in New ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 23 2008

Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai Leaders Meet in New Delhi for Training Course

From the left, Dr. S. L. Gandhi, BSG Vice Chair Akash Ouchi and Dr. Gulab Kothari at the conferral in Jaipur On the occasion, Anuvrat Global Organisation (ANUVIBHA) and Rajasthan Patrika Ltd. of Jaipur, Rajasthan State in northwestern India, presented commendations to SGI President Daisaku Ikeda in celebration of his 80th ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 20 2008

New SGI Culture Center Opens in Davao City, Philippines

On January 20, 2008, the new SGI-Philippines Davao Culture Center opened in Davao City, the largest city on Mindanao Island in the Philippines. The SGI organization in southern Mindanao began with just a few individuals 40 years ago and has now grown into three chapters and one general chapter. Local ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 20 2008

SGI-Taiwan Holds Study Department Exams

On January 20, 2008, SGI-Taiwan held a level three examination for study department lecturers at 28 venues in Taiwan. The candidates were tested on their knowledge and understanding of Nichiren Buddhism. The ongoing development of lecturers is aimed at deepening and enhancing the study of Nichiren Buddhism at local discussion ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 13 2008

Soka Gakkai Women Launch Annual General Meetings Throughout Japan

In January 2008, Soka Gakkai women launched their annual general meetings throughout Japan. Members will meet mostly in small groups, inviting their families and friends. In a message, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda introduced the words of an American religious scholar who said the dialogues Soka Gakkai women engage in are ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 13 2008

SGI-Europe Representatives Meet at Trets, France

January 11-13, 2008, some 180 SGI representatives from 27 European countries attended an SGI-Europe Peace Summit at the SGI-European Center in Trets, southern France. Activities for 2008 were announced, including an SGI-Europe Youth General Meeting, annual summer sessions at Trets and a study program on Nichiren Buddhism. SGI-Europe Chair Hideaki ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 12 2008

Soka Gakkai Indonesia Holds Youth Study Session

On January 11 and 12, 2008, Soka Gakkai Indonesia (SGI-Indonesia) held its Second National Youth Study Session in Lembang, a suburb of Bandung City in West Java State. Some 240 youth--college students and junior and senior high school students--attended. With a theme of "Winning in Life," participants studied the ten ... read more