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Culture | Nov 4 2008

SGI-Panama Youth Participate in Independence Celebration Parade

On November 3, 2008, SGI-Panama’s musical band and fife-and-drum corps, Banda Musical Gloria, marched in a parade in Panama City, celebrating the 105th anniversary of the Republic of Panama's independence. Panama's Ministry of Education sponsored the annual parade. Some 64 band members performed many songs, including Marcha Panama. This ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 1 2008

SGI President's Interview with Tricycle Magazine Available Online

The winter 2008 edition of Tricycle, a leading U.S.-based magazine on Buddhism in the West, carries an interview with SGI President Daisaku Ikeda. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 30 2008

Bharat Soka Gakkai and IFUNA Observe UN Day in New Delhi, India

On October 30, 2008, the Indian Federation of United Nations Associations (IFUNA) and Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai (BSG) organized a seminar on "Environmental Sustainability: An Essential Tool for Poverty Alleviation" at the VK Krishna Menon Bhawan in New Delhi, India. Some 200 attended the event, which celebrated the 63rd anniversary ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 30 2008

SGI President's 2008 Peace Proposal Discussed at Round Table on Peace in Los Angeles, USA

The gathering featured a panel of experts, including Douglas Becker, acting director of the USC Peace and Conflict Studies program, and Lawrence E. Carter Sr., dean of the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College in Atlanta. Christopher Queen, lecturer on the Study of Religion at Harvard ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 28 2008

Monthly Leaders Meeting in Japan Commemorates Soka Gakkai Founding Day

Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada, referring to the present worldwide economic turmoil, asked everyone to support society by engaging in genuine dialogue brimming with conviction that inspires people with hope and reassurance. He stated that having a youthful spirit means to uphold justice and speak out against corruption. Young ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 26 2008

SGI-USA Hosts "Daniel Pearl World Music Days" Concert

The concerts, which take place each October, honor the life of Mr. Pearl, an American journalist who was kidnapped and murdered in Pakistan by terrorists in February 2002. According to the Daniel Pearl World Music Days website, after Danny's funeral in August 2002, in the spirit of his love ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 25 2008

"Victory Over Violence" Exhibition Held at Mississauga Youth Festival, Canada

On October 25, SGI-USA's "Victory Over Violence" exhibition was displayed at the Youth Arts Against Violence (YAAV) Festival in Mississauga near Toronto, Canada. The local community event featured youth speaking out against violence through various art mediums. Rapport Youth & Family Services, a non-profit charitable agency run by SGI-Canada ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 25 2008

3,500 SGI-Germany Members Gather in Berlin

On October 25, 2008, some 3,500 SGI-Germany members gathered from throughout the country at the Tempodrom concert hall in Berlin. Forty-seven pioneer SGI members from 17 European countries also attended the meeting. Dr. Horst-Eberhard Richter, co-founder and honorary board member for the German Chapter of International Physicians for the Prevention ... read more

Culture | Oct 24 2008

SGI-Hong Kong Hosts Lecture on Art and the Museum

Prof. Tang focused on the significance of Hong Kong Museum of Art, referring to Hong Kong's geographical and historical background that has generated a blend of Chinese and Western cultures. He stressed that promoting art among the general public is the museum's primary objective and introduced a memorable exhibition ... read more

Sustainable Development | Oct 24 2008

SGI-Paraguay Hosts “Seeds of Change” Environment Exhibition

From October 20-24, 2008, “Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential,” an exhibit highlighting the Earth Charter as a guideline for sustainable living and environmental preservation, was shown at the Amambay Department Office in Pedro Juan Caballero City, Paraguay. Some 200 attended the opening, including many local ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 24 2008

SGI-Haiti Leader is Guest Speaker on National Radio Program

On September 26, 2008, SGI-Haiti Chapter Leader Niaud Pierre appeared on “Eduquer la Cite,” a radio program run by the National Radio of Haiti (Radio Nationale d’Haiti), at the request of the program's host Aristide Vauban. Mr. Pierre was asked to introduce how the SGI and its members view ... read more

Human Rights | Oct 24 2008

SGI-USA Hosts Human Rights Film Festival in Santa Monica, California

On October 24, 2008, the SGI-USA Santa Monica Culture of Peace Resource Center hosted the opening of the Eighth Annual Human Rights Film Festival in Santa Monica, California. The goal of the festival, curated by the Echo Park Film Center, was to highlight social justice issues too often ignored by ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 22 2008

SGI-USA Exhibition Supports "Alternatives to Violence" Project

On October 22, 2008, SGI-USA representatives participated in the Alternatives to Violence Project that introduces experiential workshops to empower people to lead more peaceful lives. The Ventura County Interfaith Community hosted the event in Westlake Village, California, USA. The organization promotes open dialogue and understanding among various religious traditions ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 21 2008

Symposium on Interfaith Dialogue Held at Wellesley College, Massachusetts, USA

The symposium was divided into three sessions and themes: religion and conflict; religion, women and society; and religion and the environment. In session one, Dr. David Bernat, expert on Judaism at Wellesley College, stressed the importance of interpreting sacred scriptures from a humanistic perspective. Dr. Hiroshi Kanno, IOP senior research ... read more

Culture | Oct 21 2008

Soka Gakkai Thailand Participates in Birth Anniversary Celebration for Princess Mother of Thailand

On October 21, 2008, a national event to commemorate the 108th anniversary of the birth of the Princess Mother of Thailand Srinagarindra, the mother of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, took place in Bangkok, Thailand. The Princess Mother Memorial Park hosted the event with support from the Thai Ministry of Culture ... read more