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Culture | Dec 13 2014

SGI-Brazil Brass Band Wins National Competition

SGI-Brazil Brass Band Wins National Competition

On December 13, the SGI-Brazil (BSGI) young men's Taiyo (Sun) Brass Band won the Concert Band category of the 22nd All-Brazil Brass Band Contest. The two-day competition took place in Barra Mansa city in Rio de Janeiro State. ... read more

Interfaith | Dec 9 2014

Club of Rome and SGI-Spain Sponsor Interfaith Symposium on Sustainability

Club of Rome and SGI-Spain Sponsor Interfaith Symposium on Sustainability

On December 9, the Spanish Chapter of the Club of Rome (CECoR) and SGI-Spain sponsored an interfaith symposium titled "Beliefs, Sustainability and Human Development" at the CaixaForum Madrid in Spain. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Dec 9 2014

Faith Communities Unite Against Nuclear Weapons at ICAN Civil Society Forum; Issue Joint Statement

Faith Communities Unite Against Nuclear Weapons at ICAN Civil Society Forum; Issue Joint Statement

Prior to the holding of the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons from December 8-9 at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna, Austria, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) held a Civil Society Forum (CSF) from December 6-7 at the Aula der Wissenchaften. The CSF was attended by more than 600 people from 70 countries representing 100 organizations. ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 30 2014

Bharat Soka Gakkai Kicks Off Toward 2015

Bharat Soka Gakkai Kicks Off Toward 2015

On November 30, Bharat Soka Gakkai (BSG) held its second general meeting of the year at the Soka Bodhi Tree Garden in Haryana, near New Delhi. The meeting, which was held to celebrate the growth of BSG in 2014 and kick off towards the coming year, brought together nearly 2,600 representatives of all ages, including some 400 leaders from cities and states across the country. ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 23 2014

SGI-Germany Explores the Buddhist View of Life and Death

SGI-Germany Explores the Buddhist View of Life and Death

On November 23, 2014, the annual day for commemoration of the dead in the Protestant tradition in Germany, a special memorial ceremony for the deceased was hosted by SGI-Germany (SGI-D) members in Berlin. ... read more

Education | Nov 18 2014

SGI Contributes to Forum on Global Citizenship

SGI Contributes to Forum on Global Citizenship

On November 18, in co-operation with the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the UN and SGI, Inter Press Service (IPS) organized a Forum on Global Citizenship at the Sri Lankan Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York. ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 15 2014

Diversity Celebrated at SGI-New Zealand's 50th Anniversary

Diversity Celebrated at SGI-New Zealand's 50th Anniversary

On November 15, some 1,000 members from across New Zealand as well as members from Tahiti gathered at the AMI Auckland Netball Centre for an SGI-New Zealand (SGINZ) New Era Celebration meeting titled "Celebrating a Life of Infinite Possibilities." ... read more

Human Rights | Nov 14 2014

SGI-Spain Holds Lecture on Elimination of Violence against Women

SGI-Spain Holds Lecture on Elimination of Violence against Women

On November 14, SGI-Spain held a lecture titled "Theory and Practice: The daily struggle against gender-based violence." The lecture, which commemorated the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (November 25), was held at the SGI-Spain Culture Center in Rivas-Vaciamadrid. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Nov 13 2014

Peace Scholar Kevin Clements Gives Lecture on Nonviolence in Tokyo

Peace Scholar Kevin Clements Gives Lecture on Nonviolence in Tokyo

On November 13, a lecture addressing Japan's need to choose peace was given at Shinjuku Meiji-Yasuda Life Hall in Tokyo by Professor Kevin Clements, renowned peace scholar, director of the New Zealand National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Otago, New Zealand and secretary general of the Soka Gakkai-affiliated Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Nov 12 2014

SGI Promotes Education for Sustainable Development at UNESCO World Conference

SGI Promotes Education for Sustainable Development at UNESCO World Conference

From November 10-12, the UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) was convened in Nagoya, Japan. ... read more

Human Rights | Nov 5 2014

SGI Promotes Education and Youth Leadership at Geneva NGO Forum on Women's Rights

SGI Promotes Education and Youth Leadership at Geneva NGO Forum on Women's Rights

From November 3-5, the Geneva NGO Forum--Beijing+20 ECE Regional Review was held at the UN Office at Geneva on the theme "Act, Advance, Achieve, Women's Rights." ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 2 2014

SGI-South Africa Holds National Meeting

SGI-South Africa Holds National Meeting

From October 31 to November 2, SGI-South Africa (SGI-SA) held a national course in the town of Paarl in the province of Western Cape. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Nov 1 2014

SGI-Korea Joins Walk Against Bullying in Schools

SGI-Korea Joins Walk Against Bullying in Schools

On November 1, members of SGI-Korea (KSGI) were part of a group of parents, teenagers and young people who participated in an annual walk in Seoul to raise awareness of bullying and violence in schools. ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 26 2014

"Let Us Illuminate Society!"--SGI-Chile Women Hold General Meeting

"Let Us Illuminate Society!"--SGI-Chile Women Hold General Meeting

On October 25, an SGI-Chile Women's General Meeting was held in Santiago, Chile. The meeting brought together some 1,000 women of all ages from throughout the nation. Guests included Marion Kappeyne van de Coppello, the Ambassador of the Netherlands to Chile. ... read more

Human Rights | Oct 22 2014

SGI-Bolivia Gives Seminar on Buddhist View of Human Rights

SGI-Bolivia Gives Seminar on Buddhist View of Human Rights

On October 22, SGI-Bolivia representatives were invited to give a seminar on Buddhist principles and how they inform the idea of human rights at a Professional Ethics course at Domingo Savio Private University in La Paz. ... read more

Interfaith | Oct 19 2014

Sources of Enrichment: Interfaith Conference on The Economics of Happiness Held in France

Sources of Enrichment: Interfaith Conference on The Economics of Happiness Held in France

On October 19, the Soka movement in France held an interfaith conference titled "The Economics of Happiness" at the Soka Atlantic Buddhist Center in Nantes. ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 19 2014

Students of Hong Kong SGI Hold Annual Meeting; Resolve to Realize Peace

Students of Hong Kong SGI Hold Annual Meeting; Resolve to Realize Peace

On October 19, the Hong Kong SGI (HKSGI) Student Division held their Annual General Meeting at the HKSGI Culture Center in Kowloon. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 18 2014

SGI-Nepal Holds Annual Meeting; Sponsors Symposiums on Environment and Peace

SGI-Nepal Holds Annual Meeting; Sponsors Symposiums on Environment and Peace

On October 17, SGI-Nepal held its 20th Annual Meeting in Kathmandu. The meeting was attended by some 1,000 members as well as their friends and family members. ... read more

Culture | Oct 12 2014

SGI-Indonesia Holds Peace Culture Festival

SGI-Indonesia Holds Peace Culture Festival

On October 12, SGI-Indonesia held a peace culture festival themed "Creating a New Era of Hope in Indonesia," at the Istora Senayan indoor sporting arena in Jakarta. ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 12 2014

SGI-Germany Marks Publication of German Edition of Nichiren's Writings at Frankfurt Bookfair

SGI-Germany Marks Publication of German Edition of Nichiren's Writings at Frankfurt Bookfair

A German edition of The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Volume I, has been released by Herder Publishing, a German publishing company renowned for publishing religious texts. The work is a translation of the first volume of the English edition of Nichiren's writings. ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 6 2014

Lotus Sutra Exhibition Debuts in Argentina

Lotus Sutra Exhibition Debuts in Argentina

On September 25, "The Lotus Sutra--A Message of Peace and Harmonious Coexistence" exhibition created by the SGI-affiliated Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) opened for the first time in Argentina at University of Salvador (USAL) in Buenos Aires. Co-organized by USAL, the IOP and SGI-Argentina, the exhibition was brought to USAL at the request of Carlos Manuel Rúa, director of the School of Oriental Studies at the university. ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 2 2014

SGI-Philippines Manila International Peace Center Opens

SGI-Philippines Manila International Peace Center Opens

On October 2, SGI-Philippines members from across the country gathered to celebrate the opening of the new SGI-Philippines Manila International Peace Center (MIPC) located near the Binondo area of the city. ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 28 2014

Buddhist Study Exams Held in Asia, Latin America and Oceania

Buddhist Study Exams Held in Asia, Latin America and Oceania

During August and September, a total of some 166,000 SGI members in Brazil, India, Japan, New Zealand and Singapore took Buddhist study exams focused on the core principles of Nichiren Buddhism. ... read more

Human Rights | Sep 27 2014

Human Dignity Featured at 2014 Ikeda Forum

Human Dignity Featured at 2014 Ikeda Forum

On September 27, the SGI-affiliated Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning and Dialogue in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, held its eleventh annual Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue. ... read more

Culture | Sep 27 2014

SGI Youth in Nicaragua Hold Culture Festival

SGI Youth in Nicaragua Hold Culture Festival

On September 27, SGI-Nicaragua held a youth culture festival at the Nicaraguan Academy of Dance in Managua, the capital of Nicaragua. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 26 2014

SGI in Canada, Sweden and U.S. Participate in Grassroots Events Toward the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

SGI in Canada, Sweden and U.S. Participate in Grassroots Events Toward the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

On September 26, the first United Nations International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, SGI in Canada, Sweden and the U.S. participated in grassroots events in support of global nuclear disarmament. ... read more

Human Rights | Sep 26 2014

SGI Supports Events Promoting Human Rights Education at UN Human Rights Council

SGI Supports Events Promoting Human Rights Education at UN Human Rights Council

Parallel to the 27th Session of the UN Human Rights Council, which took place from September 8 to 26 at the UN Office at Geneva, SGI's representatives to the UN in Geneva, together with other NGOs, participated in and supported two public side events promoting human rights education: the launch of a new web resource on September 10 and a workshop for media professionals and journalists on September 16. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 20 2014

SGI in UK and Spain Hold Peace Events Marking Toda's Declaration

SGI in UK and Spain Hold Peace Events Marking Toda's Declaration

On September 6 and 20 respectively, SGI-UK and SGI-Spain marked the anniversary of second Soka Gakkai president Josei Toda's September 8, 1957, Declaration Calling for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons. ... read more

Interfaith | Sep 20 2014

Singapore Soka Association Youth Join Interfaith Harmony Tour

Singapore Soka Association Youth Join Interfaith Harmony Tour

"We may be diverse in terms of our beliefs, but we are united in making our communities better places," commented Elvin Low, a Singapore Soka Association (SSA) youth member, on what he learned through participating in the Tampines West Inter-Racial and Religious Confidence Circle (IRCC) Harmony Tour 2014. ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 17 2014

Russian Language Edition of "The Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra" Published, SGI Website in Russian Launched

Russian Language Edition of "The Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra" Published, SGI Website in Russian Launched

In September, Moscow State University published a Russian translation of the first volume of The Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra, a six-volume work in which SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and members of the Soka Gakkai study department discuss the various chapters of the Lotus Sutra and their relevance for today's world. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 10 2014

Seminars on Daisaku Ikeda's 2014 Peace Proposal Held in Panama and Brazil

Seminars on Daisaku Ikeda's 2014 Peace Proposal Held in Panama and Brazil

On September 10, SGI-Panama organized a seminar on SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's 2014 peace proposal, "Value Creation for Global Change: Building Resilient and Sustainable Societies," at the University of Panama in Panama City. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 9 2014

Symposiums on Ikeda's 2014 Peace Proposal Held in India

Symposiums on Ikeda's 2014 Peace Proposal Held in India

On September 9, Bharat Soka Gakkai (BSG) organized a symposium on SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's 2014 peace proposal at the Chinmaya Mission auditorium in New Delhi. ... read more

Press Releases | Sep 8 2014

Buddhist Youth Meet in Hiroshima, Call for World Youth Summit for Abolition of Nuclear Weapons

On Sept. 7, Buddhist association Soka Gakkai International (SGI) held a Youth Conference for Peace at the International Conference Center Hiroshima. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 7 2014

SGI Youth Meet in Hiroshima, Issue Peace Declaration

SGI Youth Meet in Hiroshima, Issue Peace Declaration

On September 7, against a backdrop of the current rise of conflict and violence in the international arena, an SGI Youth Conference for Peace was held at the International Conference Center Hiroshima, Japan. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 1 2014

SGI-Italy Representatives Support Interreligious Soccer Match for Peace

SGI-Italy Representatives Support Interreligious Soccer Match for Peace

On September 1, an interreligious match for peace brought together two "dream teams" of former and current soccer stars including Javier Zanetti, Diego Armando Maradona, Ronaldinho and Gianluigi Buffon, with players representing the Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim and Shinto faiths. SGI-Italy member Roberto Baggio was among the players who took part. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Aug 30 2014

Taiwan Soka Association Organizes Lecture on PTSD in City Affected by Gas Explosions

Taiwan Soka Association Organizes Lecture on PTSD in City Affected by Gas Explosions

On August 30, Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) organized a lecture on Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) at its Cianjhen Culture Center in the city of Kaohsiung, where, on July 31, 2014, in the Cianjhen and Lingya districts, there was a series of gas explosions. ... read more

Education | Aug 27 2014

SGI Cosponsors Workshop on Education for Global Citizenship in the Post-2015 Development Agenda at UN

SGI Cosponsors Workshop on Education for Global Citizenship in the Post-2015 Development Agenda at UN

On August 27, as part of the UN's 65th Annual Department of Public Information/Non-Governmental Organization (DPI/NGO) Conference in New York, SGI sponsored a workshop promoting education for global citizenship (EGC) and its role in the post-2015 development agenda. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 26 2014

SGI Representative Shares Insights on Citizen Diplomacy and Sino-Japanese Relations at Seminar in Norway

SGI Representative Shares Insights on Citizen Diplomacy and Sino-Japanese Relations at Seminar in Norway

On August 26, SGI Peace Affairs Program Director Kimiaki Kawai was one of two speakers at an international seminar titled "Sino-Japanese Relations: Paths Towards a De-Escalation of Conflict." ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Aug 24 2014

Soka Gakkai's Relief Efforts in Response to Floods and Landslides in Japan

Soka Gakkai's Relief Efforts in Response to Floods and Landslides in Japan

In mid-August, the prefectures of Hiroshima, Kyoto and Gifu in Japan experienced torrential rain of record proportions which caused disruptions to transportation, floods and landslides. In response to the August 16-17 floods that especially affected Kyoto and Gifu prefectures, Soka Gakkai in Kyoto set up an emergency relief center and dispatched ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 15 2014

Toda Institute Sponsors Music and Peacebuilding Workshop; Participates in International Peace Research Conference

Toda Institute Sponsors Music and Peacebuilding Workshop; Participates in International Peace Research Conference

The SGI-affiliated Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research held a senior research fellows meeting and a workshop on music and peacebuilding in Istanbul prior to the 25th International Peace Research Association (IPRA) General Conference held there in mid-August. ... read more

Culture | Aug 15 2014

SGI Members in Singapore and Paraguay Perform at Anniversary Celebrations

SGI Members in Singapore and Paraguay Perform at Anniversary Celebrations

On August 9, some 640 members of Singapore Soka Association (SSA) performed during Singapore's National Day Parade 2014. ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 11 2014

SGI-Europe Holds Annual Summer Study Sessions in Milan and Trets

SGI-Europe Holds Annual Summer Study Sessions in Milan and Trets

From July 24-27, SGI-Europe's annual summer study sessions were held on the outskirts of Milan, Italy. Some 500 people of all ages from 31 countries including Belgium, Italy, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland and the UK attended. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 9 2014

Soka Gakkai Youth from Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Okinawa and Tokyo Hold Annual Peace Summit

Soka Gakkai Youth from Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Okinawa and Tokyo Hold Annual Peace Summit

On August 2-3, some 50 Soka Gakkai youth representatives from Okinawa, Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Tokyo held their 23rd annual Youth Peace Summit at the Soka Gakkai Nagasaki Peace Center. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Aug 5 2014

SGI-Philippines Joins Workshop on Role of Faith-Based Communities in Crisis Response

SGI-Philippines Joins Workshop on Role of Faith-Based Communities in Crisis Response

From August 4-5, SGI-Philippines participated in a workshop titled "Mobilizing Faith-Based Communities for Crisis Response." The workshop was co-organized by the Office of the United Nations and International Organizations of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) of the Philippines and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) at the DFA auditorium in the City of Pasay, Metro Manila. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Aug 5 2014

SGI Makes Donations in Support of Relief Efforts

SGI Makes Donations in Support of Relief Efforts

On July 27, at its Taoyuan Culture Center, Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) held a prayer service for victims of the July 23 TransAsia Airways plane that crashed in Taiwan's Penghu Islands. ... read more