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Human Rights | Nov 29 2013

SGI Participates in Events in Japan and Italy Calling for Abolition of the Death Penalty

SGI Participates in Events in Japan and Italy Calling for Abolition of the Death Penalty

On October 29, an event calling for the abolition of the death penalty in Japan was held at the Italian Institute of Culture in Tokyo. Sponsored by the Community of Sant'Egidio, a Christian lay movement based in Italy, and the European Commission, the event was organized as part of the Community of Sant'Egidio's "No Justice Without Life" campaign to raise public awareness against the death penalty around the world. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Nov 26 2013

SGI-Philippines' Relief Efforts for Typhoon Victims in the Philippines

SGI-Philippines' Relief Efforts for Typhoon Victims in the Philippines

On November 8, Super Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda), the most powerful typhoon to ever hit land, wreaked havoc across central Philippines, killing more than 5,000 people and leaving nearly one million people displaced. ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 18 2013

Opening of Soka Gakkai Headquarters Building Symbolizes Renewed Dedication to Peace

Opening of Soka Gakkai Headquarters Building Symbolizes Renewed Dedication to Peace

The Hall of the Great Vow for Kosen-rufu located in Shinanomachi, Tokyo, officially opened on November 18 to commemorate the founding of the Soka Gakkai in 1930 and the 69th anniversary of the passing of first Soka Gakkai President Tsunesaburo Makiguchi. This new building will serve as a focal point of SGI's global movement for kosen-rufu, or world peace. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Nov 17 2013

First Tohoku Restoration Youth Speech Conference Held

First Tohoku Restoration Youth Speech Conference Held

On November 17, Soka Gakkai youth in Tohoku organized the first Tohoku Restoration Youth Speech Conference in Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture, an area devastated by the March 11, 2011, Great East Japan Earthquake. Speakers included Kunio Sunou, president of the Ishinomaki Fish Market and three Soka Gakkai youth members. All shared their experiences of overcoming difficulties in the aftermath of the earthquake with hope and courage. ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 17 2013

Lecture on Religious Leadership at SGI-New Zealand Commemorative Event

Lecture on Religious Leadership at SGI-New Zealand Commemorative Event

To commemorate the anniversary of the founding of the Soka Gakkai in Japan on November 18, 1930, Soka Gakkai International New Zealand (SGINZ) hosted a special lecture by Peter J. Lineham, professor of history at Massey University, at its Auckland culture center on November 17. ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 17 2013

SGI-Netherlands Holds Soka Peace Festival

SGI-Netherlands Holds Soka Peace Festival

On November 17, 2013, in commemoration of the founding of the Soka Gakkai (on November 18, 1930), SGI-Netherlands held a peace festival at the World Forum International conference center in The Hague. Some 1,600 people participated. ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 27 2013

SGI-Canada Celebrates 20th Anniversary of SGI President's Visit

SGI-Canada Celebrates 20th Anniversary of SGI President's Visit

Between October 5 and 27, marking the 20th anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's visit to Canada in October 1993, SGI-Canada held celebratory meetings in 17 cities including Vancouver, Quebec, Ottawa and Calgary. ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 27 2013

Buddhist Study Exams Held in Japan, Hong Kong, Macau and Thailand

Buddhist Study Exams Held in Japan, Hong Kong, Macau and Thailand

During September and October, study exams centering on the core principles of Nichiren Buddhism were held in Japan, Hong Kong, Macau and Thailand. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Oct 17 2013

First Showing of Seeds of Hope in Argentina

First Showing of Seeds of Hope in Argentina

From September 30 to October 17, the exhibition "Seeds of Hope: Visions of sustainability, steps toward change" was shown at the Instituto de Formación Docente Continua de El Bolsón (IFDC) in El Bolsón, Río Negro Province. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Oct 16 2013

SGI-Korea Develops Friendship in Community Through Environment Protection Activities

SGI-Korea Develops Friendship in Community Through Environment Protection Activities

This autumn, SGI-Korea members participated in various cleanup activities and created a unique environmental exhibition. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 13 2013

Brazil SGI Sponsors Seminar on Communication for Peace

Brazil SGI Sponsors Seminar on Communication for Peace

On October 13, the Department of Communication of Brazil SGI (BSGI) held its first Seminar on Communication for Peace, examining the role and use of nonviolent communication in building a more humane world. The seminar was held at the BSGI Ikeda Culture Center in São Paulo and attended by some 450 people including journalists and students. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 11 2013

Seminars on Ikeda's 2013 Peace Proposal held in India, Panama and Guatemala

Seminars on Ikeda's 2013 Peace Proposal held in India, Panama and Guatemala

From August to October, seminars and workshops on SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's 2013 peace proposal, "Compassion, Wisdom and Courage: Building a Global Society of Peace and Creative Coexistence," were held in India, Panama and Guatemala, in collaboration with local partners. ... read more

Culture | Oct 11 2013

Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra Performs at SGI-Venezuela Celebration

Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra Performs at SGI-Venezuela Celebration

On October 11, the world renowned Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra was invited to perform at a concert celebrating the 40th anniversary of SGI-Venezuela (SGIV)'s founding at the Center for Social Action Through Music in Caracas. The concert was open to the public. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Oct 5 2013

SGI Members Plant Trees in Canada, Venezuela and the Philippines

SGI Members Plant Trees in Canada, Venezuela and the Philippines

In September and October SGI members in Venezuela, Canada and the Philippines took part in environmental activities to promote sustainability together with local conservation organizations. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 29 2013

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Month of Peace Activities

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Month of Peace Activities

Inspired by Josei Toda's September 8, 1957, Declaration Calling for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) celebrated September as its Month of Peace by holding events to raise awareness toward peace with the Run for Peace as the key activity. ... read more