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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

Buddhism | Mar 8 2009

SGI 2009 Spring Training Course Held in Japan

From March 3 to 7, 2009, SGI's 2009 Spring Training Course was held in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan, with 250 participants from 60 countries and territories. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a welcome message, in which he expressed his deep appreciation for the members' efforts to develop themselves as ... read more

Education | Mar 8 2009

SGI-Brazil Holds Health Seminar and Art Festival for Peace in São Paulo

On March 8, 2009, SGI-Brazil (BSGI) Doctors Division hosted its fifth health seminar at the BSGI Ikeda Culture Center in São Paulo, Brazil. Forty-five BSGI healthcare providers, including medical doctors, nurses, dentists and nutritionists, served as facilitators for group discussions on various health-related topics such as diet and nutrition, women ... read more

Interfaith | Mar 7 2009

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Hosts Lecture on Multiculturalism

On March 7, 2009, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) organized a public lecture on multiculturalism at SGM Grand Culture Center in Kuala Lumpur. Dr. Syed Farid Alatas, associate professor and head of the Malay Studies Department at the National University of Singapore spoke on "Inter-Ethnic Relations and the Need for ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 4 2009

SGI General Meeting Held in Japan

On March 4, 2009, Soka Gakkai's monthly leaders meeting took place at Tokyo Makiguchi Memorial Hall in Hachioji, Tokyo, in conjunction with the 33rd SGI General Meeting as well as national youth and men's leaders meetings. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda attended together with Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada, other ... read more

Interfaith | Mar 2 2009

SGI-Italy Participates in Interfaith Activity in Perugia

On March 2, 2009, representatives from SGI-Italy and the Catholic Ecumenical Center met for an interfaith activity in Perugia, located in Italy's Umbria region. Coordinator Monsignor Elio Brumiri of the Catholic center and SGI member Marco Calcagni both spoke at the event. Mr. Calcagni talked about the underlying principles ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Mar 1 2009

"From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit" Exhibition Held at the University of Hong Kong

From February 22 to March 1, 2009, SGI's exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit," which examines the threat of nuclear weapons from the perspective of human security, was shown at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). SGI-Hong Kong and HKU Centre ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Feb 28 2009

"Building A Culture of Peace for the Children of the World" Exhibition Held in Winnipeg, Canada

On February 3, 2009, the SGI's exhibition "Building A Culture of Peace for the Children of the World" opened in the Forks Market in Winnipeg, Canada. A central theme of the exhibit is that children are the future. The local media widely covered the opening. Sylvia Kuzyk, Winnipeg's best ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Feb 26 2009

SGI-Canada Presents Workshop on "Victory Over Violence" at ASPnet Teacher's Conference

On February 26, 2009, SGI-Canada representatives Maureen and Glen Brouwer led a "Victory Over Violence" (VOV) workshop at a teachers' conference held in Winnipeg, Canada. They also brought the VOV exhibition to the event. The Associated Schools Project Network (ASPnet), linked to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Feb 24 2009

Veteran Peace Educator and Journalist Colman McCarthy Speaks at SGI-USA's Culture of Peace Distinguished Speakers Series

For more than 40 years, Mr. McCarthy has written for influential publications, including The Washington Post, The New Yorker and The Atlantic, covering topics ranging from poverty and religion to politics and peace. He is known for using humor and hard facts to challenge long-held assumptions, particularly the conventional ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 22 2009

SGI-Russia Holds Training Course in Austria

On February 21 and 22, 2009, SGI-Russia held a training course at the SGI-Austria Culture Center in Vienna, Austria, in preparation for September 8, 2009, the 35th anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's first visit to Russia (then USSR) in 1974. Together with SGI representatives from East European countries, some ... read more