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Human Rights | Mar 27 2009

Taiwan Soka Association Representatives Attend Women's Rights Conference

MOI invited Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) to the conference, in recognition of TSA's longtime efforts promoting women's rights in Taiwanese society. TSA Vice Women's Leader Tu Chi-chen and some 20 women members attended. MOI Minister Liao emphasized the importance of women's power in building a better society, saying that ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Mar 27 2009

"Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World" Exhibition Held in Davao, Philippines

From March 25-27, 2009, SGI-Philippines' Southern Mindanao General Chapter (SMGC) youth members organized the "Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World" exhibition at the Sangguniang Panlungsod Building in Davao on Mindanao Island. The exhibition supported the 72nd annual celebration of the Araw ng Dabaw (Davao ... read more

Sustainable Development | Mar 26 2009

"Seeds of Change" Exhibition Held in Iceland

From March 8-26, 2009, the SGI's exhibition "Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential" showed at Reykjavík City Hall in Iceland. Iceland President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson spoke at the official opening on March 8. In his remarks, President Grímsson thanked the SGI members for organizing the exhibition ... read more

Sustainable Development | Mar 26 2009

"Seeds of Change" Exhibition Shown in Italy

From March 3-14, 2009, the "Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential" exhibition was shown in the municipality of San Lazzaro di Savena, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. The exhibition was also on show at the historic palace Bottini dell'Olio in Livorno, Tuscany, from March 17-26. Many local citizens attended ... read more

Interfaith | Mar 26 2009

Event Celebrating Women's History Month in Miami, Florida, USA, Includes Interfaith Workshop

Women from various sectors of society gathered to discuss women's roles and their influence on society and local communities in areas such as public safety, health and wellness, the arts, spirituality, parenting, youth, the modern family, leadership, politics, finance and business. The day-long event included an interfaith session on spirituality ... read more

Press Releases | Mar 23 2009

Buddhist Leader Receives 250th Academic Honor For Contributions to Education, Peace

Tokyo, Japan: On March 21, 2009, at a graduation ceremony at Soka University in Hachioji, Tokyo, University College South of Denmark conferred an honorary doctorate upon Daisaku Ikeda, founder of Soka University and president of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI), bringing to 250 the number of academic honors he has ... read more

Culture | Mar 22 2009

SGI-Brazil Fife-and-Drum Corps Commended

SGI-Brazil (BSGI) young women's Nova Era (New Age) Fife-and-Drum Corps received certificates of commendation from the legislative assembly of the State of Mato Grosso do Sul, and city assembly of Campo Grande, State of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil, respectively. In celebration of the Nova Era Fife-and-Drum Corps' 20th anniversary ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 22 2009

SGI-Zambia Members Meet in Lusaka

On March 22, 2009, some 100 SGI-Zambia members gathered at the SGI-Zambia Grand Culture Center in Lusaka to celebrate SGI-Zambia's 22nd anniversary. Young Men's Leader Patrick Changwe and Young Women's Leader Towani Clarke were appointed at the meeting. SGI-Zambia Women's Advisor Hatsuko Kalabula encouraged everyone to advance with unity for ... read more

Sustainable Development | Mar 21 2009

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Participates in Tree Planting at Raja Musa Forest Reserve

On March 21, 2009, about 50 Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) Kuala Lumpur members participated in a community tree planting activity at the Raja Musa Forest Reserve, near Batang Berjuntai, Selangor. The event was jointly organized by Malaysia's Global Environment Centre, Selangor State Forestry Department and CIMB Islamic Bank's EcoSave ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 20 2009

Soka Gakkai Conducts Memorial Prayer Services Throughout Japan

On and around March 20, 2009, day of the spring equinox, Soka Gakkai held memorial services to pray for the repose and happiness of deceased family members and friends at major Soka Gakkai centers and memorial parks throughout Japan, including Kansai Ikeda Memorial Park in Hyogo Prefecture and Hitachi ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 16 2009

SGI Members Commemorate March 16 Throughout the World

On March 15, 2009, SGI-Netherlands youth held a commemorative meeting at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague (Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag). Among the guests were former Dutch Prime Minister Ruud Lubbers, Mrs. Ria Lubbers and renowned religious leader Rabbi Avraham Soetendorp. Mr. Lubbers reminisced about his first meeting with ... read more

Culture | Mar 15 2009

"Great Romance of the Three Kingdoms" Exhibition Closes

The "Great Romance of the Three Kingdoms" exhibition, organized by the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum (TFAM), closed on March 15, 2009, at Green Dome Maebashi in Gunma Prefecture, Japan. Since the exhibition opened on May 2, 2008, at TFAM in Hachioji, Tokyo, over one million visited the show at seven ... read more

Interfaith | Mar 15 2009

Interfaith Activity Held in Montreal, Canada

On March 15, 2009, SGI-Canada Quebec Region Coordinator Jeff Deeprose and Montreal Area Leader Randy Lake were invited to speak about the practice of Nichiren Buddhism to 30 parishioners at Montreal's Mountainside United Church in Westmount. The event began with a review of the history of chanting in Christianity, ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 14 2009

Buddhist Seminar on Canada's Prince Edward Island

On March 14, 2009, SGI-Canada's Prince Edward Island District held a public seminar on Buddhism at Confederation Centre Public Library in Charlottetown. SGI-Canada representative Hirokazu Mitsumura presented an overview of Buddhist philosophy, covering life and death, the nine levels of consciousness and how to transform one's destiny. This was ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 10 2009

SGI-Hungary Officially Registered as Cultural and Educational Organization

SGI-Hungary was recently registered as an official nonprofit organization for culture and education. SGI-Hungary Chapter Leader Toshikazu Nakagawa and Women's Leader Eniko Vecsey continue to serve as the organization's leaders. The Republic of Hungary, an East European nation, has produced many artists, such as famous composers Franz Liszt and ... read more