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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

Peace and Disarmament | May 29 2009

"From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit" Exhibition Held in Paraguay

From May 25-29, 2009, SGI's exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit" was shown at the General Andrés Rodríguez National School in Asunción, Paraguay founded by former Paraguayan President Andrés Rodríguez. School Principal Alberto Vila Maldonado proposed holding the exhibition based on ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | May 29 2009

"Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World" Exhibition Held in Florida, USA

From May 23-29, 2009, SGI's exhibition "Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World" was shown at the Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, Florida, USA. Prior to the show, three cities in Florida--Niceville, Fort Walton Beach and Crestview--declared May as "Culture of Peace Month" in ... read more

Sustainable Development | May 25 2009

"Seeds of Change" Exhibition Held in the Netherlands, Switzerland and Italy

"Seeds of Change" exhibition held in the Netherlands "Seeds of Change" exhibition held in Switzerland From April 21 to May 18, 2009, the "Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential" exhibition created by SGI and the Earth Charter Initiative was on view at the public library of Roosendaal ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | May 24 2009

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Johor Organizes Charity Sales Event

On May 24, 2009, members of Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) Johor organized a charity sales event in Johor's capital city, Johor Bahru, to raise funds for single mothers. The event took place during May to commemorate Mother's Day, held on the second Sunday in May. More than 4,000 people ... read more

Buddhism | May 24 2009

Korean Festival Held in Iowa, USA

On May 24, 2009, more than 200 SGI-USA members and guests attended the first SGI-USA Midwest Zone Korean Festival, held at the Iowa City Public Library, Iowa, USA. Some participants drove from Michigan--three states away--while several young men and women traveled from the neighboring states of Illinois, Nebraska and ... read more

Buddhism | May 24 2009

SGI-Argentina Holds Study Exam; Leaders Meet in Buenos Aires

On May 3, 2009, SGI-Argentina held an elementary-level study examination on Nichiren Buddhism at 31 venues throughout the country. The study material included two of Nichiren's letters to his followers--"Reply to Sairen-bo" and "Reply to Ueno." After the exam, a participant who recently began practicing Nichiren Buddhism commented, "I ... read more

Human Rights | May 24 2009

SGI Representative Lectures on Human Rights Education in Budapest

SGI representative to the United Nations, Geneva, Kazunari Fujii, gave a lecture at an Asia-Europe training session for youth leaders on "The Role of Human Rights Education in Intercultural Dialogue--an Asia-Europe perspective," held from May 17-24, 2009, at the Council of Europe European Youth Centre in Budapest, Hungary. The ... read more

Interfaith | May 23 2009

Singapore Soka Association Youth Participate in Interfaith Dialogue

On May 23, 2009, two Singapore Soka Association (SSA) Youth Division representatives, together with youth leaders from various religious traditions, engaged in an interfaith session organized by the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS) at the Harmony Centre. The special session was held in conjunction with a visit by ... read more

Buddhism | May 19 2009

SGI-Korea Holds Study Sessions on Nichiren Buddhism

From May 18-19, 2009, SGI-Korea held study sessions on Nichiren Buddhism at the SGI-Korea headquarters building in Seoul. Some 1,200 SGI-Korea representatives attended the conference. SGI Study Department Chief Katsuji Saito traveled from Japan and lectured on several of Nichiren's writings. On May 18, representative leaders from the Seoul metropolitan ... read more

Buddhism | May 17 2009

SGI-Paraguay Men Hold Training Session

On May 17, 2009, SGI-Paraguay men gathered for a training session at the SGI-Paraguay Culture Center in Asunción, Paraguay. SGI-Paraguay General Director Kaoru Kurita attended together with 64 representatives. Two participants shared how they have improved their circumstances based on their practice of Nichiren Buddhism. This was followed with study ... read more