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Buddhism | Dec 13 2008

Soka Gakkai Holds Final Monthly Leaders Meeting for 2008

SGI-Netherlands Young Women's Leader Eva Gjaltema reported that the young women in her country are endeavoring to study and apply the hope-filled life philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism, each determined to positively transform her life and become a person who can inspire and encourage others. Mr. Harada thanked the many volunteers ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Dec 11 2008

UNHCR Representative in Japan Visits Soka Gakkai Headquarters

On December 11, 2008, Johan Cels, representative of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Japan, visited Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada and Executive Director of the SGI Office of Public Information Hirotsugu Terasaki, at the Soka Gakkai Headquarters in Shinanomachi, Tokyo. Mr. Cels ... read more

Sustainable Development | Dec 7 2008

Netherlands Earth Charter Activities

On display at the venue were panels in Dutch from the "Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and the Human Potential" exhibition created by SGI and the Earth Charter Initiative, which had been adapted for a project of the Netherlands National Committee for International Cooperation and Sustainable Development (NCDO) ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 7 2008

SGI-Paraguay Members Meet

On December 7, 2008, SGI-Paraguay members met at their culture center in Asunción. Some 500 attended. SGI-Paraguay Young Men's Leader Samuel Medina and Young Women's Leader Chieko Nagasawa each expressed their resolve toward 2009, designated by the SGI as "Year of Youth and Victory." SGI-Paraguay's fife-and-drum corps performed and representatives ... read more

Culture | Dec 7 2008

SGI-Brazil Holds Culture Festivals in São Paulo

On November 9, 16, and December 7, 2008, SGI-Brazil (BSGI) members in the metropolitan area of São Paulo held "Soka Humanism Culture Festivals" at three venues. Youth members presented gymnastics, music and dance performances. Some 32,000 BSGI members participated in the festivals as either performers, staff or spectators. SGI President ... read more

Education | Dec 6 2008

Soka Gakkai Education Department Publishes Booklet

Soka Gakkai Education Department has recently published a booklet, Heiwa no seiki e--kodomo no shiawase wo mezashite (Toward a century of peace--aiming for the happiness of children, tentative translation). This follows its first booklet Kagayaku kodomo to ningen kyoiku--kyoiku no tame no shakai e (Children and humanistic education--for building ... read more

Culture | Dec 5 2008

Min-On Sponsors Japan Tour of Jordanian Folklore Group

On November 17, 2008, the National Folklore Group of Jordan began its Japan tour at a culture center in Chiba City, Chiba Prefecture, at the invitation of the Min-On Concert Association. The tour commemorats Min-On's 45th anniversary. The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is the 100th country with which Min-On ... read more

Education | Dec 5 2008

SERTV Channel 11 in Panama Airs Animation Series

Channel 11 General Manager Carlos Aguilar said he and the station managers had been impressed by the quality of the films as well as the positive messages they convey. "The contribution that SGI-Panama has made to our station's children's programming is significant. The fourteen stories provide good entertainment as ... read more

Human Rights | Dec 2 2008

Interfaith Human Rights Celebration in Washington DC, USA

A ceremony that brought together representatives from ten faith traditions celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at the new SGI-USA Washington DC Culture Center on December 2, 2008. The Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington, the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area and ... read more

Education | Nov 30 2008

SSA Promotes Health Awareness and Volunteerism

Over the years, Singapore Soka Association (SSA) has promoted awareness of health issues among its membership, sponsoring lectures by SSA members and outside experts in the medical field. In particular, SSA has collaborated with Silver Ribbon (Singapore) on promoting mental health among the general public. On October 4, 2008, together with ... read more

Sustainable Development | Nov 27 2008

"Seeds of Change" Exhibition Shows in Mexico

SGI-Mexico has been cohosting showings of the SGI's “Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential” exhibition in various locations. From October 6 to November 7, 2008, the exhibition was installed at the School of Architecture of the Autonomous University of Yucatan (Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán) in Merida, with ... read more

Culture | Nov 23 2008

SGI-Philippines Hosts Youth Culture Festival in Mindanao

On November 23, 2008, SGI-Philippines put on the "Mindanao Youth Culture Festival" at the Capitol University on Mindanao Island, the Philippines. Capitol University President Casimiro B. Juarez Jr. and his wife, Dr. Fe Rosales Juarez, attended the festival together with some 3,000 SGI-Philippines members. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Nov 23 2008

Culture of Peace Exhibition Held in South Delhi, India

Kiran Segal, a leading Odissi classical dancer, was the guest of honor and cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony. Ms. Segal remarked that the exhibition offers "Straightforward ways to overcome the animosity that exists amongst us today." She was moved by the messages on the panels such as, ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Nov 23 2008

Nuclear Abolition and Human Security Exhibition Tours Universities in Taiwan

Attendees at the NTU opening on November 15 included: NTU Vice Presidents Bau Tzong-ho and George Chen Tai-Jen, Dean of Student Affairs Joyce Feng Yen, Dean of Social Science College Zhao Yong-mao, President of Legislative Yuan Wang Jin-pyng and Legislator Chang Chia-Chun. Mr. Wang commented that presenting the exhibition ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 22 2008

SGI-USA Opens Centers in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and North Dallas, Texas

On October 26, 2008, more than 250 members gathered to officially open the new SGI-USA activity center in Gaithersburg. In a congratulatory message, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda expressed his hopes that the center would serve as a forum for friendship and dialogue in the community. Miko Stirlen, a pioneer ... read more