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Education | Oct 24 2010

Soka Gakkai Educators Discuss Applying Humanistic Education in the Classroom

Soka Gakkai Educators Discuss Applying Humanistic Education in the Classroom

Commemorating the 80th anniversary of the founding of Soka Education, the Soka Gakkai Education Department hosted its 33rd "All Japan Rally on Practical Application of Humanistic Education" at Tohoku University's Centennial Hall in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, on October 24. Over 1,200 educators and guests attended the event, which was cosponsored ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 24 2010

SGI-USA Celebrates 65th Anniversary of United Nations

SGI-USA Celebrates 65th Anniversary of United Nations

On October 24, SGI-USA held an event at SGI-USA San Francisco Culture Center's Ikeda Auditorium to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the United Nations, which is celebrated every year on October 24. David Krieger, founder and president of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, attended the event as guest speaker. Gesturing to ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 23 2010

SGI Members in Europe Engage in Buddhist Study

SGI Members in Europe Engage in Buddhist Study

SGI-Greece held a general meeting in Eretria, Evia Island, from October 7-10. Along with members of Athens, more than 100 members gathered from throughout the country. ... read more

Culture | Oct 22 2010

Seafarers' Photography Exhibition Shown in China

Seafarers' Photography Exhibition Shown in China

"Beyond the Horizon," an exhibition of photographs taken by "Hato-kai," a group of SGI men involved in maritime occupations, was shown at the Shanghai Maritime University Library from October 20-22. Some 1,500 viewed the exhibition, which was organized by Hato-kai and co-hosted by Shanghai Maritime University. The exhibition, renamed "Sino-Japan Photo ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Oct 21 2010

Taiwan Soka Association Provides Assistance to Flood Victims

Taiwan Soka Association Provides Assistance to Flood Victims

In the wake of Typhoon Fanapi that swept across Taiwan on September 19 and caused severe flooding in areas around Kaohsiung and Pingtung, Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) members worked together with volunteers from other organizations to provide relief activities in affected areas. In Gangshan on September 20, TSA  members gathered  to ... read more

Culture | Oct 17 2010

"Beyond the Horizon" Photo Exhibition Held in Yokohama

"Beyond the Horizon" Photo Exhibition Held in Yokohama

"Beyond the Horizon," an exhibition of photographs taken by Hato-kai, a group of SGI members involved in maritime occupations, was displayed in Yamashita Park in Yokohama, Japan, from October 8-17. The show included 80 photographs of the ocean's natural beauty, bustling port scenes and rural life, as captured by seafarers ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 15 2010

SGI Exhibition on Nuclear Abolition Shown in Vienna

SGI Exhibition on Nuclear Abolition Shown in Vienna

The exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit" opened at the Vienna International Centre, home to leading UN agencies confronting the challenges of nuclear weapons on October 4. The exhibition was cosponsored by SGI and the NGO Committee on Peace, Vienna, and ... read more

Culture | Oct 14 2010

Cote d'Ivoire Honors SGI

Fifty years ago on October 14, 1960, then Soka Gakkai President Daisaku Ikeda visited the United Nations Headquarters in New York, during its 15th General Assembly session. During that session, 17 nations, including Cameroon, Togo and Madagascar, were admitted as members. Mr. Ikeda, seeing the new youthful leaders of Africa ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Oct 14 2010

Taiwan Soka Association Choruses Perform in Nursing Homes

Taiwan Soka Association Choruses Perform in Nursing Homes

To commemorate Taiwan's Respect the Elderly Day, on September 9, members of the Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) choruses performed for residents in nursing homes throughout the country. This is part of TSA's annual community service activity. On October 12, TSA's Grand Earth and White Cloud choruses held a concert for more ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 13 2010

Islamic Perspective on Peace Discussed at Soka Gakkai Peace Lecture in Hiroshima

Islamic Perspective on Peace Discussed at Soka Gakkai Peace Lecture in Hiroshima

The 140th lecture in the "Hiroshima Study Lecture Series," sponsored by Soka Gakkai Hiroshima youth members, was held at the Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Ikeda Peace Center in Japan, on October 13. As guest speakers, Dr. Mohammad Lezan and Dr. Soo Khin Wah from the University of Malaya offered Islamic perspectives ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 13 2010

Soka Gakkai Holds Memorial Services on Anniversary of Nichiren's Passing

Soka Gakkai Holds Memorial Services on Anniversary of Nichiren's Passing

Soka Gakkai held memorial services throughout Japan on October 13 to mark the anniversary of Nichiren's passing (October 13, 1282). ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Oct 12 2010

Taiwan Soka Association Named Excellent Community Organization for 16th Consecutive Year

Taiwan Soka Association Named Excellent Community Organization for 16th Consecutive Year

On October 12, Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) was given the Excellent Community Organization award by the Interior Ministry of Taiwan. TSA was among several organizations chosen from over 9,000 and the only organization to have been honored for 16 consecutive years. The ceremony was held at the Civil Service Development Institute, ... read more

Sustainable Development | Oct 11 2010

"21st Century Environment Exhibition" Opens in Japan

"21st Century Environment Exhibition" Opens in Japan

From October 3-7, the "21st Century Environment Exhibition," was displayed at Galleria Kameoka in Kyoto, Japan. It was also shown at Akiruno Rupia Hall in Akiruno City from October 7-11. The Soka Gakkai created the exhibition in support of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (UNDESD). [Adapted from articles ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 10 2010

SGI Members in Hong Kong Take Buddhist Study Exams

SGI Members in Hong Kong Take Buddhist Study Exams

On October 10, more than 1,000 SGI-Hong Kong members participated in the Intermediate Buddhist Study Exam organized by SGI-Hong Kong. The exams were held in four locations throughout Hong Kong, including the SGI-Hong Kong Culture Center and the Tuen Mun Culture Center. Exam questions were based on SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 10 2010

Throughout Europe SGI Members Vow to Work for Peace

Throughout Europe SGI Members Vow to Work for Peace

SGI-Germany young women members attended training sessions at the Villa Sachsen Grand Culture Center in Bingen, Germany, from October 8-10. Participants deepened their understanding of Buddhism through studying Nichiren's writings and also through sharing with one another their experiences of applying Buddhism in their daily lives. At the meeting, women ... read more

Sustainable Development | Oct 10 2010

SGI-South Africa Members Join 10/10/10 Global Climate Change Work Party

SGI-South Africa Members Join 10/10/10 Global Climate Change Work Party

On October 10, SGI-South Africa members in Cape Town joined the global 10/10/10 Global Climate Change Work Party campaign, coordinated by 350.org, by planting trees in a local nature reserve in Muizenberg, Cape Town. Participants in 188 countries, at over 7,300 events, mobilized for the Global Work Party, taking part ... read more

Sustainable Development | Oct 9 2010

SGI-Italy Sponsors Lecture on Biodiversity

SGI-Italy Sponsors Lecture on Biodiversity

SGI-Italy members in Sardinia sponsored a lecture on biodiversity in Cagliari on October 9. Professor Giovanni Onore from the Otonga Foundation in Ecuador--an organization that aims to protect and preserve the forests of the Andes--emphasized that protecting biodiversity is of the utmost importance for human beings. He also spoke about ... read more

Press Releases | Oct 5 2010

Exhibition on Nuclear Disarmament and Human Security Opens in Vienna

TOKYO, Oct 5: An antinuclear exhibition created by Buddhist association Soka GakkaiInternational (SGI), "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit," opened on October 4 at the Rotunda of the Vienna International Centre, the UN headquarters in the city, in cooperation with the NGO Committee ... read more

Education | Oct 5 2010

Nobel Peace Laureates Attend SGI-USA Book Donation Ceremony and ICAP Exhibition

Nobel Peace Laureates Attend SGI-USA Book Donation Ceremony and ICAP Exhibition

SGI-USA sponsored a book donation ceremony at the International Studies Academy (ISA) in San Francisco, California, on October 5. SGI donated 300 books on peace and human rights to ISA's library, including works by Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Dr. Shirin Ebadi and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda. SGI ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 3 2010

"Children and a Culture of Peace" Exhibition Shown Throughout Japan

"Children and a Culture of Peace" Exhibition Shown Throughout Japan

The exhibition "Children and a Culture of Peace: For the Sake of Children's Happiness," created and sponsored by the Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee (WPC), opened at Stadium Place Aoyama in Tokyo, Japan, on September 20 and showed through September 25.  Emiko Mimura, president of the WPC Executive Committee, and Soka ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 2 2010

SGI World Peace Day Celebrated Around the World

SGI World Peace Day Celebrated Around the World

On October 2, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and Mrs. Kaneko Ikeda attended a ceremony in Tokyo to pay tribute to their mentors Tsunesaburo Makiguchi (first president of Soka Gakkai) and Josei Toda (second president of Soka Gakkai). Mr. and Mrs. Ikeda also offered prayers for the well-being of SGI members ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 2 2010

Millennium Peace Circle in Hawaii Commemorates SGI's Movement for Peace

Millennium Peace Circle in Hawaii Commemorates SGI's Movement for Peace

Milestone--SGI-USA members, community leaders, scholars and state representatives officially open the Daisaku and Kaneko Ikeda Millennium Peace Circle at Honolulu's Diamond Head On October 2, some 100 SGI-USA members and distinguished guests gathered at the foot of Diamond Head--Hawaii's famed volcanic crater--to open the Daisaku and Kaneko Ikeda Millennium Peace Circle. The ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 2 2010

Peace Seminar Held in Panama

Peace Seminar Held in Panama

On October 2, SGI-Panama's student group members organized a forum titled "Peace Founded on Value" at the SGI-Panama Culture Center in Panama City. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Oct 1 2010

"Seeds of Change" Exhibition Held in Peru

"Seeds of Change" Exhibition Held in Peru

The joint SGI and Earth Charter exhibition "Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential" opened at the Continental University of Science and Technology in Huancayo, Peru, from September 25 to October 1. The exhibition was cosponsored by the university and SGI-Peru. The opening ceremony on September 25 was attended ... read more

Education | Sep 26 2010

SGI-Canada Participates in Annual "Word On The Street" Festival

SGI-Canada Participates in Annual "Word On The Street" Festival

On September 26, SGI-Canada participated in the 21st annual "Word On The Street" book and magazine festival in downtown Toronto. This national event was held in Toronto, Saskatoon, Vancouver, Halifax and Kitchener-Waterloo.In Toronto, around 200,000 visited the event where over 250 local and national book and magazine publishers, booksellers, literacy ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 25 2010

"Victory Over Violence" Exhibition Shown at SGI-Cambodia General Meeting

"Victory Over Violence" Exhibition Shown at SGI-Cambodia General Meeting

On September 25, SGI-Cambodia held its 10th General Meeting at the National Institute of Education in Phnom Penh. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Sep 25 2010

SGI-Canada Youth Plant 325 Trees

SGI-Canada Youth Plant 325 Trees

On September 25, sixty-two SGI-Canada youth members drove to Acton, Ontario, to participate in an annual tree planting activity with the Credit Valley Conservation (CVC). Carrying shovels, gloves and pots, the youth trekked onto the CVC property to an open area where they began to plant 325 trees. These trees will ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Sep 25 2010

Singapore Soka Association Holds First Community Mental Health Symposium

Singapore Soka Association Holds First Community Mental Health Symposium

On September 25, Singapore Soka Association (SSA) held its inaugural Community Mental Health Symposium at the SSA Headquarters. The event was co-organized with Silver Ribbon Singapore and the World Federation for Mental Health. Approximately 400 attended the event. The symposium presented a series of talks and workshops addressing issues such as ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 25 2010

Argentina's Association of Citizens' Movements Honors SGI-Argentina

Argentina's Association of Citizens' Movements Honors SGI-Argentina

Argentina's Association of Citizens' Movements, consisting of members of the National Congress, presented an award to SGI-Argentina for their activities promoting peace, culture and education, on September 14, 2010, at the National Legislative Building in Buenos Aires.  Gustavo Gabriel Canteros, representing the Association of Citizens' Movements, presented SGI-Argentina General Director Yo ... read more

Sustainable Development | Sep 19 2010

1,800 Mangrove Trees Planted in Malaysia

1,800 Mangrove Trees Planted in Malaysia

On September 19, close to 200 Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) Selangor members of all ages planted more than 1,800 mangrove tree saplings in the Kuala Selangor Nature Park's mangrove forest. The event was part of the Beautiful Earth Campaign 2010 organized by Estée Lauder Companies. SGM Selangor co-organized the tree ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 19 2010

"Building a Culture of Peace" Exhibition Shown in India

"Building a Culture of Peace" Exhibition Shown in India

On September 16, SGI's exhibition "Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World" opened at the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) center's auditorium in Lodhi Estate, India. The exhibition highlights the small but significant steps that a single individual can take to contribute to advancing peace. The ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 19 2010

Local Grassroots Meetings Held in Japan

Local Grassroots Meetings Held in Japan

Soka Gakkai members in Japan held discussion meetings in their local areas from September 13-19, 2010. The small monthly gatherings provide a venue for members and guests to study and discuss the life philosophy of Buddhism, share how their Buddhist practice relates to their personal challenges and goals, and encourage ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 18 2010

SGI Members in Russia Hold General Meetings

SGI Members in Russia Hold General Meetings

SGI members in Russia held general meetings throughout the nation in the third week of September, in the cities of Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Nizhniy Novgorod, Ufa, Perm and Voronezh to commemorate the 36th anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's first visit to Russia (September 8, 1974). Discussions at the meetings were focused on ... read more

Sustainable Development | Sep 18 2010

SGI-Australia Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary of Earth Charter

SGI-Australia Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary of Earth Charter

In August, 2010, SGI-Australia participated in celebrating 10 years since the launch of the Earth Charter, a declaration of fundamental principles for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful global society in the 21st century.  Spanning three days, the Australia Pacific Earth Charter+10 Festival, with the theme "It Starts With One: Dialogue ... read more

Culture | Sep 12 2010

SGI-Germany's Villa Sachsen Holds Open Day Event

SGI-Germany's Villa Sachsen Holds Open Day Event

In celebration of Heritage Day in Europe, SGI-Germany's Villa Sachsen Grand Culture Center in Bingen held an Open Day on September 12. The event attracted over 1,200 visitors. Originally built in 1843, Villa Sachsen has changed ownership several times over the course of its 167-year history. It was renovated and re-opened ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 12 2010

SGI-Dominican Republic Holds Leaders Meeting

SGI-Dominican Republic Holds Leaders Meeting

On September 12, SGI-Dominican Republic held a leaders meeting at the SGI-Dominican Republic Culture Center in Santo Domingo. About 380 attended the meeting which included events such as a dance performance and the sharing of a faith-based experience by one member. At the meeting SGI-Dominican Republic General Director Pedro Familia ... read more

Press Releases | Sep 9 2010

Women, Peace and Security Seminar Highlights Women's Contributions to Peacebuilding

Women, Peace and Security Seminar Highlights Women's Contributions to Peacebuilding

TOKYO, Sep 9: The United Nations University (UNU) hosted a seminar entitled "Women Making Peace: Where Are We Now? Maximizing the Impact of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, 10 Years On" on September 8, 2010, assessing global progress toward implementation of the groundbreaking resolution which calls for increased recognition of ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 8 2010

Seminar on SGI President Ikeda's 2010 Peace Proposal Held in India

Seminar on SGI President Ikeda's 2010 Peace Proposal Held in India

A seminar based on SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's 2010 Peace Proposal, "Toward a New Era of Value Creation," was jointly organized by Bharat Soka Gakkai (BSG) and the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) at the IGNCA Lecture Hall in New Delhi, India, on September 8, 2010.  The event ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 8 2010

Women, Peace and Security Seminar Held at the United Nations University, Tokyo, Japan

Women, Peace and Security Seminar Held at the United Nations University, Tokyo, Japan

A seminar entitled "Women Making Peace: Where Are We Now? Maximizing the Impact of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, 10 Years On" was co-organized by Global Action to Prevent War, the United Nations University (UNU), SGI and the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security (NGOWG), and held at ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 8 2010

Toda Peace Memorial Hall Reaches 1,000,000 Visitors

Toda Peace Memorial Hall Reaches 1,000,000 Visitors

September 8, 2010 marks the 53th year since second president of the Soka Gakkai made his "Declaration for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons" at Mitsuzawa Stadium in Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. Every year, people visit Soka Gakkai's Toda Peace Memorial Hall in Yokohama which is a historical building that ... read more

Culture | Sep 7 2010

SGI-Brazil Brass Bands and Fife-and-Drum Corps Celebrate Brazil Independence Day

SGI-Brazil Brass Bands and Fife-and-Drum Corps Celebrate Brazil Independence Day

To commemorate Brazil's Independence Day, SGI-Brazil's young men's Taiyo (Sun) Brass Band and young women's Nova Era (New Era) Fife-and-Drum Corps participated in parades throughout the country on September 7. ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 6 2010

SGI Youth Leaders Participate in Training Course and Cultural Exchanges in Japan

SGI Youth Leaders Participate in Training Course and Cultural Exchanges in Japan

To commemorate the Soka Gakkai's 80th anniversary, 250 youth representatives from 60 countries and territories gathered for an SGI Youth Training Course in Japan, from September 2-6, 2010. Yumiko Kumazawa was appointed SGI Young Women's Leader at the opening session held on September 2 at the Soka International Friendship Hall in ... read more

Education | Sep 5 2010

Soka Gakkai Education Department Holds Conference

Members of the Soka Gakkai Education Department held a conference at the Tokyo Toda Memorial Hall on September 5. Soka Gakkai Education Department Chief Hajime Miyamoto shared his hope that the educators would take the lead in promoting a society that values education. Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada conveyed his ... read more

Culture | Sep 5 2010

Folk Instruments Exhibition Held at Min-On Concert Association

Folk Instruments Exhibition Held at Min-On Concert Association

From July 18 to September 5, 2010, the Min-On Concert Association in Tokyo, Japan, opened an exhibition showcasing various folk instruments from around the world. Consisting of approximately 100 instruments and panels describing the origins and characteristics of the instruments, the exhibition aimed to educate children and their parents about world ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 4 2010

Hiroshima Peace Day Commemorated in the UK

Hiroshima Peace Day Commemorated in the UK

Some 250 SGI-UK members gathered on September 4, 2010, at the SGI-UK Grand Culture Center, Taplow Court, in Berkshire, for a Hiroshima Peace Day event in commemoration of all those who have suffered as the result of the use of nuclear weapons. The event also marked the anniversary of second ... read more