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Peace and Disarmament | Oct 1 2009

Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research Announces New Appointments

On October 1, 2009, Professor Kevin Clements was appointed Secretary General of the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research. Dr. Clements will work closely with current director of the institute, Dr. Olivier Urbain. Dr. Satoko Takahashi, with experience organizing international conferences and supporting research activities at the ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 30 2009

SGI-Peru Appoints New General Director, Creates Executive Guidance Committee

On September 30, 2009, SGI-Peru held a leaders meeting at the SGI-Peru Culture Center in Lima, Peru. SGI General Director Yoshitaka Oba and SGI Women's Chief Kayoko Asano, both visiting from Japan, participated together with some 500 members. During the gathering, José Juárez Salazar was newly appointed as SGI-Peru ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 27 2009

SGI-Sri Lanka Women Hold General Meeting

On September 27, 2009, SGI-Sri Lanka women met at the SGI-Sri Lanka Culture Center in Colombo. The general meeting centered around the theme of building a foundation for happiness within the family. Ms. Mendis, wife of former governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, attended the gathering. One woman ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 27 2009

SGI Meetings Held in Southern Africa

The three-day event included sharing of experiences, study and dialogue sessions. Participants were encouraged to strengthen their resolve to realize their own personal victories and share the humanistic ideals of Nichiren Buddhism with others. On August 30, SGI-Zambia held a general meeting at the SGI-Zambia Grand Culture Center located in ... read more

Culture | Sep 26 2009

SGI-Bolivia Fife-and-Drum Corps Celebrates 45th Anniversary

On September 26, 2009, the SGI-Bolivia Fife-and-Drum Corps held a festival commemorating the 45th anniversary of its establishment. Formed in 1964, the Fife-and-Drum Corps began with 17 members and has now grown to a membership of 200. The music corps performs at events and ceremonies throughout Bolivia and South ... read more

Culture | Sep 26 2009

Children's Art Exhibitions Open in Brazil and Mongolia

On September 1, 2009, the SGI-Brazil sponsored "Boys and Girls Art Exhibition," featuring art by children from Brazil and around the world, opened at the Victor Brecheret Convention Center in Atibaia, São Paulo State, Brazil. The exhibition ran through September 26. Among those attending the opening was Atibaia's Vice Mayor ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 26 2009

SGI-Canada Contributes to Annual Ottawa Peace Festival

On September 26, 2009, approximately 80 people attended an event titled "Buddhism in Action–A Proposal for Peace," held at the SGI-Canada Ottawa Community Center as part of a 13-day annual Ottawa Peace Festival held in Ottawa, Canada. The festival, organized by the Canadian Department of Peace Initiative, the United ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 22 2009

SGI-USA Members Participate in International Day of Peace in San Diego, California

On September 22, 2009, SGI-USA San Diego North Region members participated in the International Day of Peace celebration at the Garden of the Sky Plaza in San Diego, California. The event was hosted by the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice at the University of San Diego. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 20 2009

SGI-Canada Members Join Peace Pole Event in Calgary

On September 20, 2009, SGI-Canada members from the Calgary area joined with a host of other groups and organizations to celebrate a collective statement for peace in the heart of Calgary's Peace Park. The event included representation from 16 nongovernmental organizations, 15 cultural groups, 15 faith-based groups and denominations, ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 20 2009

SGI-Russia Commemorates 35th Anniversary of SGI President's Visit

During September 2009, SGI-Russia held general meetings in Moscow and other places throughout Russia to commemorate the 35th anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's first visit to the Soviet Union on September 8, 1974. On September 20, 108 SGI-Russia members including representatives from far-flung regions such as Voronezh, Perm and Ufa, ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 19 2009

Peace Activist Betty Williams Speaks at SGI-USA Hawaii Culture Center

On September 19, 2009, more than 700 SGI-USA members, teachers, local officials and guests gathered at the SGI-USA Hawaii Culture Center for a talk given by peace activist Betty Williams. The event was a part of Hawaii's third annual "Peace Day Hawaii: Uniting with Aloha." Ms. Williams, the founder of ... read more

Interfaith | Sep 19 2009

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Participates in Interfaith Prayer Event

On September 19, 2009, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) Perak representatives participated in an interfaith prayer event with the theme "Unity in Diversity in 1 Malaysia" organized by the Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST) at Ipoh City Hall in Ipoh, Malaysia. The event was ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 13 2009

SGI-Italy Marche Community Center Opens in Falconara Marittima

From September 12-13, 2009, opening ceremonies for the SGI-Italy Marche Community Center were held in the municipality of Falconara Marittima in the Marche region of Italy. On September 12, Falconara Marittima Mayor Goffredo Brandoni attended the official opening and expressed his hope that the new center would become a place ... read more

Culture | Sep 13 2009

Min-On Sponsors Japan Tour of Haitian Music Group

On August 20, 2009, the Min-On Concert Association hosted a concert by the Haitian group the Mini All Stars at the Nakano Sun Plaza Hall in Tokyo, Japan, as part of its new concert series "The Caribbean Musical Cruise." This was the first Japan tour by the group. The ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 13 2009

SGI-Germany's Villa Sachsen Celebrates Heritage Day

On September 13, 2009, SGI-Germany's Villa Sachsen Grand Culture Center, located in Bingen, Germany, held its annual open house in celebration of Heritage Day (September 14). More than 1,700 people took part in the festivities, whose highlights included performances from SGI-Germany's Green Hill Orchestra and a jazz band, as well as ... read more