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Human Rights | Jun 16 2009

SGI-South Africa Youth Commemorate National Youth Day

On June 16, 2009, SGI-South Africa youth members, together with several thousand local residents, attended a celebration of South Africa's Youth Day in Johannesburg, South Africa. Youth Day is a public holiday in South Africa and commemorates the 1976 Soweto youth uprisings, which played a key role in the ... read more

Interfaith | Jun 14 2009

SGI Representatives Participate in Fourth Catalan Parliament of Religions

On June 14, 2009, the fourth Catalan Parliament of Religions took place at the University of Lleida (UdL: Universitat de Lleida) in Lleida, Catalonia, Spain, as a pre-event for the international Parliament of the World's Religions to be held in Melbourne, Australia, in December 2009. The UNESCO Association of Lleida ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 14 2009

SGI Women Around the World Celebrate Women's Division Day

SGI-Norway women   In Brazil, around 72,000 SGI-Brazil (BSGI) women assembled to celebrate June 10 at 6,000 venues across the country. On June 10, 2009, BSGI women representatives gathered to commemorate the Women's Division Day at BSGI's Peace Auditorium in São Paulo. BSGI Women's Leader Sueli Ogawa encouraged each participant to ... read more

Culture | Jun 10 2009

Taiwan Soka Association Hosts Cultural Exchange Conference

Panel speakers included Ming Hwa Yuan Director Chen Sheng-fu, Guo Guang President Chen Chao-hu and Minbunren Chairman Takeshi Niikura. Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) General Director Lin Chao, who chaired the discussion, spoke on SGI's efforts to promote peace, culture and education and described it as an organization dedicated to ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 7 2009

SGI-Panama's Women's Group Meets

During April 2009, younger members of the SGI-Panama Women's Division met at three venues in Panama. On April 28, some 130 gathered at SGI-Panama Culture Center to study Kaneko's Story, a book in which the wife of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda reminisces about her life and the insight she has ... read more

Interfaith | Jun 7 2009

SGI-Spain Members Attend Vesak Celebration

On June 7, 2009, several SGI-Spain members attended a Vesak celebration organized by the Buddhist Association Joint Committee of Catalonia (CCEB). Vesak (pronounced way-sak) is a traditional event that commemorates the Buddha's birth, death and enlightenment. In one of a series of presentations, SGI-Spain members explained Shakyamuni's teaching that all ... read more

Education | Jun 6 2009

Taiwan Soka Association Hosts Lecture on Value-creating Pedagogy

On June 6, 2009, Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) held a public lecture, "The Source and Development of the Pedagogy of Value Creation," and invited renowned Taiwanese psychologist and educator Professor Liu Kun-huei as the keynote speaker. Members of TSA's academics and educators groups as well as Ming Chuan University ... read more

Sustainable Development | Jun 6 2009

SGI-Canada Members in Vancouver Participate in Park Clean-up

On June 6, 2009, 24 volunteers, including 13 SGI-Canada members, participated in a park clean-up effort as part of the annual Keep Vancouver Spectacular project in Vancouver, Canada. Participants filled 14 bags of garbage in Vancouver's Grandview Park. Following the clean-up effort, a post-event celebration was held for participants. Keep ... read more

Sustainable Development | Jun 6 2009

Tree Planting Held in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

On June 6, 2009, municipal authorities and members of SGI-Mexico commemorated World Environment Day (June 5) by gathering at the Manuel J. Clouthier Park in San Miguel de Allende in central Mexico, and planted an ahuehuete tree (Montezuma Cypress)—native to Mexico and famous for living up to 400 years ... read more

Culture | Jun 5 2009

Exhibition Commemorating the Late Princess Galyani, Sister of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Held in Thailand

From May 4-13, 2009, an exhibition commemorating the late Princess Galyani Vadhana took place in Bangkok, Thailand. Soka Gakkai Thailand (SGT) supported the exhibition at the invitation of the Thai Ministry of Culture. Princess Galyani, who passed away in January 2008, and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda had met on ... read more

Sustainable Development | Jun 2 2009

Climate Change Specialist Dr. Habiba Gitay Speaks at SGI-USA's Culture of Peace Distinguished Speakers Series

In her lecture, Dr. Gitay emphasized that climate change produces consequences that affect everyone and spoke about how subtle changes, such as switching to more efficient heating and cooling systems, recycling, using public transportation and buying locally grown produce can make significant differences. Dr. Gitay also noted cases of ... read more

Buddhism | May 31 2009

SGI Young Women Inaugurate Leadership Training Groups

On April 25, SGI-Denmark also launched a young women's leadership training group, while SGI-Poland inaugurated a similar group on May 31. The SGI-Poland young women leaders held one-on-one dialogues with members and engaged in Buddhist study, deepening their sense of mission toward creating lasting world peace. SGI-Brazil's young women also ... read more

Education | May 31 2009

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Conducts Educators' Seminar 2009

On May 30 and 31, 2009, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) members gathered at their culture center in Cheras for their annual educators' seminar, titled the "Spirit of Mentor-Disciple and Education." SGM General Director Choo Kong Fei spoke about the mentor-disciple relationship as the prime point of Soka humanistic education. SGI President ... read more

Buddhism | May 30 2009

SGI-Russia Establishes New Districts

SGI-Russia members in Vladivostok SGI-Russia members in St. Petersburg Adding to its four districts in the capital city Moscow, SGI-Russia recently established new districts in St. Petersburg, Vladivostok ... read more

Education | May 29 2009

Study Material for High School Students in Taiwan References SGI's Antinuclear Exhibition

Recently, Nan-I Publishing Company, Taiwan, included a question related to the exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit" in one of their textbooks geared to helping high school students prepare for their civics examinations. The exhibition, created by SGI in 2007, has ... read more