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Interfaith | Apr 30 2009

"Dialogue between East and West" Symposium Held in Spain

In his remarks, UNESCO Association of Lleida President Jesús Sans referred to the importance of dialogue as a means to identify and gain greater understanding of humankind's diverse spiritual values and to strengthen bonds with one another. Francesc Torradeflot, executive secretary of UNESCO Centre of Catalonia and head of the Department ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 30 2009

"Dialogue between East and West" Symposium Held in Spain

In his remarks, UNESCO Association of Lleida President Jesús Sans referred to the importance of dialogue in order to identify and gain greater understanding of humankind's spiritual values and to form bonds with each other. Francesc Torradeflot, executive secretary of UNESCO Centre of Catalonia and head of the Department of ... read more

Interfaith | Apr 29 2009

Interfaith Dialogue Held at Legislative Palace of Montevideo, Uruguay

From April 28-29, 2009, a roundtable entitled "Interfaith Dialogue in Uruguay: A Plural and Civic Proposal" was held in the annex building of the Legislative Palace of Montevideo, Uruguay. SGI-Uruguay representatives were among some 120 participants representing various Uruguayan religious traditions. The event was planned as part of the build-up to ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 28 2009

Soka Gakkai Publishes Lotus Sutra Manuscript Series 9

The Soka Gakkai recently published the Sanskrit Lotus Sutra Manuscript from the British Library (Or. 2204), Facsimile Edition, the ninth part in its ongoing Lotus Sutra Manuscript Series. The Soka Gakkai originally commissioned the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP), Tokyo, Japan, to coordinate the publication of facsimiles and romanized ... read more

Sustainable Development | Apr 26 2009

Young Women Participate in Philippines Earth Day Forum

On April 26, 2009, SGI-Philippines young women held their first Earth Day Forum titled "Epekto ng Global Warming" at the SGI Philippines Culture Center in Manila. The event served to heighten awareness of current environmental challenges. The opening remarks included a brief history of Earth Day and described ways ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 26 2009

SGI-Argentina Leaders Meet for Training

From April 25-26, 2009, 237 SGI-Argentina leaders from around the country gathered for training sessions in a suburb near Buenos Aires. During the sessions, participants studied about the stand-alone spirit based on SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's own efforts from youth onward to protect his mentor, Josei Toda, second Soka ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 26 2009

Marronnier University Group Holds 34th General Meeting

On April 25-26, 2009, Marronnier University Group members gathered for their 34th general meeting at SGI-Germany's Villa Sachsen Grand Culture Center in Bingen, Germany. The group consists of SGI-Europe members working in the culinary field. More than 100 members from Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 25 2009

SGI-USA Virginia Region Men Hold Leadership Conference

On April 25, 2009, the Virginia Region of SGI-USA's Mid-Atlantic Zone held a men's leadership conference at the Northern Virginia Community Center in Springfield, Virginia, USA. Twenty-one men attended, including a number of recently appointed leaders. Volunteer leadership positions within the SGI emphasize personal responsibility and self-development, coupled with ... read more

Sustainable Development | Apr 23 2009

Local SGI-USA Members Donate Peace Garden in Southern California, USA

On April 23, 2009, some 60 SGI-USA Riverside Region members, city officials and citizens planted ten cherry trees in the newly established Daisaku and Kaneko Ikeda Peace Garden, located on the grounds of the Moreno Valley Conference and Recreation Center in southern California, USA. The garden, which will eventually ... read more

Sustainable Development | Apr 22 2009

"Seeds of Change" Exhibition Held at Florida Capitol

On April 22, 2009, SGI-USA Florida members showcased the "Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential" exhibition at the Earth Day at the Capitol event in Waller Park, Tallahassee. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection hosted the event, which was designed to educate teachers and students on ... read more

Interfaith | Apr 22 2009

Toda Institute Representatives Attend Interfaith Conference in Tunisia

From April 20-22, 2009, the Ben Ali Chair for the Dialogue of Civilizations and Religions organized a conference on "Justice and Peace in the Holy Scriptures and in Philosophical Thinking" in Nabeul, the Republic of Tunisia. Established in 2001 at the initiative of Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Apr 22 2009

SGI Exhibit on Human Security and Nuclear Abolition Shown in Oslo, Norway

Mr. Bondevik stressed the timeliness of the showing and the moral authority of an exhibition originating from Japan, the only country to have experienced nuclear weapons. "Non-proliferation and disarmament must only be steps towards the only meaningful goal: A world free of nuclear weapons--an ambition I fully support. Visitors to ... read more

Interfaith | Apr 19 2009

Parliament of the World's Religions Event Held at World Peace Ikeda Auditorium, Santa Monica, USA

On April 19, 2009, SGI-USA's World Peace Ikeda Auditorium in Santa Monica, California, hosted the Los Angeles Pre-Parliament Event of the Southern California Committee for a Parliament of the World's Religions (SCCPWR). The event, attended by some 300 people representing 20 religious groups, was part of the preparations for ... read more

Sustainable Development | Apr 19 2009

Cherry Trees Grace Parks in Denver, Colorado, USA

Since the yearly tradition began in 1989 to commemorate the opening of the SGI-USA Denver Culture Center, local members have donated and planted more than 1,600 cherry trees. The cherry tree symbolizes strength and hope, enduring the hardships of winter to burst forth in renewed splendor each spring. Defying ... read more

Culture | Apr 19 2009

Taiwan Soka Association Holds Numerous Community Cultural Festivals

Local high school students' dragon dance (left) and TSA members' lion dance ... read more