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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

Buddhism | Apr 18 2009

SGI-Czech Chapter Celebrates 17th Anniversary

On April 18, 2009, SGI-Czech Chapter celebrated its 17th anniversary in Prague, Czech Republic. During the commemorative meeting, members shared their experiences of applying Buddhist humanism in their daily lives. These were followed by a men's group musical performance and a study presentation by women. Using images and music, ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Apr 17 2009

SGI Representatives Attend "Overcoming Nuclear Dangers" Conference in Rome, Italy

On April 16-17, 2009, a two-day conference on nuclear disarmament, "Overcoming Nuclear Dangers," was held at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome, Italy, bringing together about 80 former and current international leaders from some 20 countries. The conference was sponsored by the Italian Foreign Ministry, the Nuclear ... read more

Press Releases | Apr 16 2009

Call for End to Nuclear Weapons at Oslo Launch of Exhibit on Human Security and Nuclear Abolition

Tokyo, Japan: Senior Norwegian politicians issued a strong call for the abolition of nuclear weapons at the opening of an exhibition linking nuclear abolition and human security attended by around 120 diplomats, scholars and activists at the Oslo City Hall Gallery on April 15. Former Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik and ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 14 2009

Taiwan Soka Association Holds Memorial Services

During March and April 2009, some 8,000 Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) members gathered for Buddhist memorial services to offer prayers for their deceased relatives and ancestors at TSA's Ci-En Memorial Hall in Yunlin County. In the Chinese tradition, the Qing Ming Festival is held every year in spring, during ... read more

Culture | Apr 12 2009

"Great Romance of the Three Kingdoms" Exhibition Opens in Shanghai, China

On April 12, 2009, the "Great Romance of the Three Kingdoms" exhibition opened at the Shanghai Library in Shanghai, China. The exhibition, organized by the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum, has been a great success during its tour of Japan, where it was seen by more than one million visitors ... read more