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Culture | Jul 26 2009

SGI-USA Holds Summer Festival in Chicago, Illinois

On July 26, 2009, SGI-USA members from in and around Chicago, Illinois, held a summer festival; more than 2,000 attended. SGI-USA Women's Leader Linda Johnson opened the event with introductory remarks and an explanation of Nichiren Buddhism. The festival included live music from twelve groups that showcased their diverse talents, ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 19 2009

SGI-Canada Youth Hold Commemorative Meetings

Throughout July 2009, SGI-Canada young women celebrated the Young Women's Group founding day, July 19, 1951. The many gatherings centered around the theme "Break Through: Unlock Your Potential." SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a message to the SGI-Canada youth, encouraging them to uphold faith in their inherent potential and ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 16 2009

Soka Gakkai Headquarters Leaders Meeting Held in Tokyo

On July 16, 2009, at Soka Gakkai's monthly leaders' meeting held at the Soka International Friendship Hall in Sendagaya, Tokyo, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda received an honorary doctorate from the Federal University of Rondônia in Brazil. University Rector José Januário de Oliveira Amaral, accompanied by Professor Célio José Borges, ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jul 12 2009

"Transforming the Human Spirit" Festival Held in West Hollywood, California, USA

On July 12, 2009, some 500 SGI-USA members and guests participated in a festival titled "Transforming the Human Spirit" at West Hollywood's Plummer Park. The local SGI-USA organization sponsored the daylong event that featured panel discussions and SGI-USA's exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming ... read more

Human Rights | Jul 11 2009

SGI-USA Santa Barbara, California, Participates in Pride Festival

On July 11, 2009, SGI-USA members participated in the Pacific Pride Festival at Chase Palm Park in Santa Barbara, California, marking the first time that the local SGI-USA organization took part in the event. Organized to celebrate the diversity of Santa Barbara's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, the ... read more

Culture | Jul 10 2009

SGI-Korea Choirs Win Awards at International Competition

From July 8-10, 2009, the World Choir Championships took place in Gyeongnam, South Korea. The INTERKULTUR Foundation and South Korea's Gyeongnam Province organized the event, in which 193 groups from 29 countries and territories participated. SGI-Korea Boys' and Girls' Sunrise Chorus received a silver diploma in the children's choir category. ... read more

Culture | Jul 5 2009

SGI Organizations in Hong Kong and Malaysia Hold Art Exhibitions

On June 5, 2009, the exhibition "Works by Masters of Chinese Painting and Calligraphy from Guangzhou" opened at the SGI-Hong Kong Culture Center. The event, cohosted by SGI-Hong Kong, the Guangzhou Federation of Literary and Art Circles and the Guangzhou People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, featured the paintings ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 5 2009

Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai Young Men Participate in Training Session

From July 4-5, 2009, some 110 Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai (BSG) young men from 15 cities in east India participated in a two-day training session held in Calcutta, India. On day one, based on the theme "with the heart of a lion king," participants deepened their understanding of Nichiren's Buddhism, ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 3 2009

New Soka Gakkai Indonesia Community Centers Open

On July 3, 2009, Soka Gakkai Indonesia opened a new community center in the City of Batam, in Riau Islands Province, Indonesia. Around 500 SGI-Indonesia members and local residents attended the official opening, during which youth members performed songs and dances. Participants at the meeting shared their determinations to ... read more

Education | Jul 2 2009

Taiwan Soka Association Sponsors Summer Camp

On July 1-2, 2009, the Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) sponsored Soka Joy Summer Camp at Gungguan Elementary School in Green Island, Taitung County, Taiwan. The school, located on one of Taiwan's remote islands, has limited educational resources. Some 30 TSA youth members who are college students volunteered their time as ... read more

Culture | Jun 27 2009

SGI-USA Hosts Southeast Asia Festival in Los Angeles, California

The occasion was the SGI-USA Southeast Asian Language Group's sixth Southeast Asian Youth and Family Festival. Live entertainment at the event included a piano performance and a magic act. Among several other performances was "Silamanee," a Thai dance that tells the story of a princess who is on a ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jun 21 2009

Kansai Soka Gakkai Students Hold Peace Symposium in Osaka, Japan

On June 21, 2009, the Kansai Soka Gakkai Student Division hosted an international peace symposium at the Soka Gakkai Kansai Culture Center in Osaka, Japan. The event included students from China and India who gave presentations about their respective countries. This was followed by group discussions among students, university ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jun 20 2009

Peace Activist Rev. James Lawson Speaks at SGI-USA's Culture of Peace Distinguished Speakers Series

On June 20, 2009, peace activist Rev. James Lawson gave a speech entitled "Striving to Create the Will to Peace" as part of SGI-USA's Culture of Peace Distinguished Speakers Series at the Culture of Peace Resource Center in Santa Monica, California. His talk focused on outlining the means of ... read more

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