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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

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