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Buddhism | Nov 22 2008

SGI-Nigeria Celebrates 25th Anniversary, Members Gather Throughout Africa

On October 25, 2008, SGI-Nigeria members from throughout the country gathered in Abuja, Nigeria's capital, to celebrate the organization's 25th anniversary. SGI-Nigeria now has eighteen local districts with around 500 members. The annual general meeting was titled "Becoming Capable People to Create the Century of Africa." The gathering featured ... read more

Sustainable Development | Nov 19 2008

SGI-Hong Kong Cohosts Exhibition and Lecture on Global Warming

To raise awareness on the seriousness of global warming and climate change, SGI-Hong Kong and China Polar Museum Foundation Limited (CPMF) coorganized a photo exhibition titled “A Call from Global Warming” at SGI-Hong Kong’s East Culture Center from October 17 to November 19, 2008. CPMF Managing Director and Founder Dr. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Nov 18 2008

SGI-USA Culture of Peace Resource Center Opens in USA Capital

On November 18, 2008, an SGI-USA Culture of Peace Resource Center opened in Washington, D.C., USA, which is set to play a role in championing the principles of peace and cooperation that underpin the SGI. The latest peace resource center is located inside the new SGI-USA center located on ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 18 2008

Soka Gakkai Commemorates 78th Anniversary

SGI President Daisaku Ikeda led a service at the Soka Gakkai Headquarters in Shinanomachi, Tokyo, together with representative Soka Gakkai leaders and offered prayers for the happiness, good health and safety of people everywhere as well as for lasting world peace. He presented four poems he had written to ... read more

Culture | Nov 18 2008

Veracruz, Mexico, Holds Arts Festival Celebrating Soka Gakkai Day

Performances at the festival SGI-Mexico members in Veracruz SGI-Mexico’s fife-and-drum corps and dance group as well as eight other local choirs and folk dance ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 18 2008

SGI Members Celebrate Soka Gakkai's Founding Day

On and around November 18, 2008, SGI members throughout the world gathered to celebrate Soka Gakkai's founding day (November 18, 1930) in their respective locales. SGI-Ecuador members SGI-USA members in Santa Monica SGI-Philippines ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Nov 18 2008

Mercy Relief in Singapore Commends Daisaku Ikeda; SSA Presents Goodwill Award

On November 18, 2008, Mercy Relief, a humanitarian organization in Singapore, commended Daisaku Ikeda, SGI president, for his longstanding contributions to the betterment of humanity through activities advancing peace, culture and education. Singapore Soka Association (SSA) General Director Ong Bon Chai received the commendation on Mr. Ikeda's behalf from ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Nov 17 2008

SGI-Denmark and Pugwash Conference Cosponsor Antinuclear Symposium

On November 17, 2008, a symposium titled "Strengthening the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)" was held at Christiansborg Palace, which houses the Danish Parliament, in Copenhagen. SGI-Denmark and the Danish Committee of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs (Pugwash Denmark) cosponsored ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 16 2008

New SGI Center Opens in Wellington, New Zealand

On November 16, 2008, the SGI-New Zealand Wellington Center opened in Wellington, New Zealand's capital. SGI-New Zealand General Director Jimi Wallace, SGI-Oceania Chair Richard Sasaki and some 200 members attended the opening ceremony, which also commemorated November 18, Soka Gakkai Founding Day. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 16 2008

Study Exams on Nichiren Buddhism Held in Canada and 21 Countries in Europe

On October 26, 2008, approximately 300 SGI-Canada youth sat for a study exam at 20 venues across Canada, such as Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and Ottawa. Study materials for the young people included basic concepts of Nichiren Buddhism, the history of the Soka Gakkai and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda’s lecture ... read more

Culture | Nov 7 2008

World Boys and Girls Art Exhibition in Belgium

The World Boys and Girls Art Exhibition was held at the Espace Maurice Carême in Brussels, Belgium, from October 29 to November 7, 2008. Some 120 guests, local residents and SGI-Belgium members attended the opening on October 28. Over 100 paintings by children from around the ... read more

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