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Culture | Feb 18 2009

Hamburg Ballet Commemorates Sixth Japan Tour at Min-On's Invitation

The tour is featuring "The Lady of the Camellias" and the acclaimed "The Little Mermaid." At the opening, ambassadors to Japan and diplomats from 55 countries and territories were able to watch principal dancer Silvia Azzoni performing "The Little Mermaid," which was presented in Japan for the first time. ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 16 2009

Nichiren's Birth Anniversary Celebrated Worldwide

On February 16, 2009, commemorative prayer meetings in honor of Nichiren's birth (February 16, 1222) were held at Soka Gakkai centers in Japan and other venues around the world. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda led prayers at the Soka Gakkai Headquarters in Shinanomachi, Tokyo, in celebration of the day and ... read more

Culture | Feb 15 2009

SGI-USA Celebrates Chinese Lunar New Year

On February 15, 2009, SGI-USA members in Northern California, their families and friends rang in the Chinese Lunar New Year and spring at the SGI-USA San Francisco Culture Center, California. Over 200 attended the annual meeting. With the beating of a Chinese drum, the Northern California Dragon/Lion Group performed several ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 14 2009

Soka Gakkai Thailand Publishes The Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra Vol.2

Soka Gakkai Thailand (SGT) recently published a Thai translation of the second volume of The Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's dialogue with Soka Gakkai study leaders on the Lotus Sutra. ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 11 2009

Soka Gakkai Holds Monthly Leaders Meeting in Tokyo

On February 11, 2008, Soka Gakkai held its monthly leaders meeting at the Soka International Friendship Hall in Sendagaya, Tokyo, commemorating the 109th anniversary of the birth of second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda attended, together with Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada, Women's Division Leader ... read more

Education | Feb 8 2009

SGI-Brazil Education and Culture Departments Meet Hold Meetings

On February 7, 2009, SGI-Brazil (BSGI) Education Department members met at BSGI Peace Auditorium in São Paulo. Representatives reported on literacy education activities and the Makiguchi Education Project. Since 1987, the BSGI Education Department has promoted literacy through its Adult Literacy Education Program that teaches reading and writing to ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 7 2009

Lotus Sutra Exhibition Shows at Delhi University, India

On February 6-7, 2009, "The Lotus Sutra--A Message of Peace and Harmonious Coexistence" exhibition, organized by the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP), showed at the University of Delhi, India. To date, the exhibition has toured Austria, Germany, Thailand, and Hong Kong. In India, it has shown previously at the ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Feb 6 2009

SGI-Spain Youth Hold Exhibition on Nuclear Abolition in Seville

From January 27 to February 6, 2009, an antinuclear exhibition "From Armament to Nuclear Disarmament" ("Del armamento al desarme nuclear: Nada menos que ser humano"), created by SGI-Spain youth, showed in Seville, Andalucía, southern Spain. The exhibition, which highlights the atomic-bombed cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the current proliferation ... read more

Culture | Feb 3 2009

Ghana's Ambassador to Japan Meets with Soka Gakkai President Harada

On February 3, 2009, Dr. Charles Brempong-Yeboah, ambassador of the Republic of Ghana to Japan, visited Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada at the Seikyo Press building in Shinanomachi, Tokyo. Ambassador Brempong-Yeboah reminisced about his days as a student in Japan and expressed his hope to continue to cooperate with ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 3 2009

Italian Translation of The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin Published

SGI-Italy recently published an Italian translation of The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Volume I. The book is a translation of the English edition of Nichiren's writings and contains 172 works. ... read more

Culture | Feb 1 2009

Poetry, Music and Painting at SGI-Canada Montreal Culture Center

On February 1, 2009, SGI-Canada Sud-Ouest Chapter organized a poetry, music and painting event during their monthly world peace prayer meeting at the SGI-Canada Montreal Culture Center. Following the sutra recitation and prayers for peace, two members shared how their daily practice of Nichiren Buddhism had positively impacted their lives. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Feb 1 2009

"Seeds of Change" Shown in Delhi, India

The SGI's "Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential" exhibition was held from January 30 to February 1, 2009, at the ASN Senior Secondary School in East Delhi, India. As well as displaying the exhibition's Hindi and English versions, the school opened its auditorium for back-to-back screenings ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 1 2009

SGI-Sweden Members Meet in Stockholm

On February 1, 2009, SGI-Sweden members from throughout Stockholm gathered at the SGI-Sweden Culture Center. Participants resolved to further develop friendship and trust in society, in the build-up to SGI-Sweden Day (June 3), which marks the 20th anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's first visit to the country in ... read more

Education | Jan 31 2009

Peace Workshops Held at Schools in Delhi, India

In 2008, Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai (BSG) Education Division launched a "Peace In Action" program in St. Columba's School in New Delhi, with an aim of sensitizing students to violence, including passive violence, and equipping them with skills to deal with the violence. Between August 2008 and January 2009, ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 26 2009

Soka Gakkai Publishes The Lotus Sutra and Its Opening and Closing Sutras

Soka Gakkai recently released The Lotus Sutra and Its Opening and Closing Sutras, commemorating January 26, 2009, the 34th anniversary of the founding of the SGI. The book offers an English translation of the Lotus Sutra and two short sutras, the Immeasurable Meanings Sutra and the Sutra on How ... read more