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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

Humanitarian Activities | Oct 20 2008

SSA Supports Activities of Humanitarian Aid Partner Mercy Relief

On October 20, 2008, Singapore Soka Association (SSA) hosted the fifth stockholders' meeting of Mercy Relief (MR), a non-governmental humanitarian organization and SSA's humanitarian aid partner. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who launched the organization in September 2003, participated in the event that commemorated MR's five years of regional humanitarian ... read more

Culture | Oct 19 2008

Taiwan's Chin-Shuan Cultural and Educational Foundation Sponsors “Viva Centro America!” Concert

From October 5-19, 2008, “World Music Selection: Viva Centro America!” concerts, featuring the world renowned bands “San Blas” from Panama and “Editus” from Costa Rica, were held throughout Taiwan. Chin-Shuan Cultural and Educational Foundation, established by Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) in 1988 to promote international cultural exchanges in Taiwan, ... read more

Education | Oct 19 2008

SGI-Italy Donates Play Equipment for Public Park in Corsico, Italy

SGI-Italy recently donated outdoor play equipment for a new park in Corsico, Lombardy, Italy. A presentation ceremony took place on October 19, 2008. Corsico Mayor Sergio Graffeo, Deputy Mayor Francesco Magisano and some 150 local residents attended. Mr. Graffeo thanked SGI-Italy and expressed his hope that the park will ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 19 2008

SGI-Greece Members Meet on Aegean Island

From October 16-19, 2008, SGI-Greece hosted an autumn study session at Eretria, Evvoia, Greece. Over 90 members from throughout the country, including those living on small islands, attended the session. Together with SGI-Greece General Director Dimitri Dimopoulos and Women's Leader Monika Vermeulen, attendees studied SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's lecture series ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 19 2008

SGI-Brazil Holds Grassroots Meetings Throughout Brazil

On October 18 and 19, 2008, SGI-Brazil (BSGI) members gathered at some 5,800 locales throughout the country, celebrating the 48th "BSGI Day" (October 19), marking the day SGI President Daisaku Ikeda first visited Brazil. Mr. Ikeda arrived in São Paulo, Brazil, on October 19, 1960. The SGI's first overseas ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 18 2008

"Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World" Exhibition Held in La Paz, Bolivia

From October 4-18, 2008, SGI's exhibition "Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World" was shown at the Franz Tamayo University in La Paz, Bolivia. La Paz City Youth Protection Department Director Antonio Gira, Franz Tamayo University Board Member Celsa Nogales and Vice Chancellor Saúl Canelas attended ... read more

Interfaith | Oct 18 2008

SGI Represents Buddhism at Interfaith Symposium at Nur University, Bolivia

On October 18, 2008, Nur University hosted a symposium on interfaith dialogue at the university’s auditorium in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Representatives of Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Baha’i exchanged opinions on organized religions' contributions to peace. Some 120 university professors and students attended. Speaking for Buddhist organizations, an SGI-Bolivia young ... read more

Education | Oct 18 2008

Boston Research Center Hosts Lecture and Response on "Enjoying the Rhythm of Birth and Death"

On the afternoon of October 18, 2008, an overflow crowd gathered at the Boston Research Center (BRC) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, to hear Dr. Yoichi Kawada and Dr. Mary Catherine Bateson share insights on the topic "Enjoying the Rhythm of Birth and Death: A Buddhist Perspective." The event was the ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 17 2008

SGI Participates in Frankfurt Book Fair 2008

From October 15-17, 2008, the annual Frankfurt Book Fair was held in Frankfurt, Germany. The history of the Frankfurt Book Fair dates back to the 15th century. Today it is considered to be the world's oldest and largest international book fair. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 16 2008

SGI Representative to the UN is Keynote Speaker at UN Event in Orlando, Florida, USA

On October 16, 2008, the Greater Orlando Chapter of the United Nations Association-USA (UNA-USA) sponsored the third annual "Nurture the Nations" to commemorate UN Day on October 24. Titled "The Millennium Development Goals: Halfway to the Promise," the event featured exhibitions by 18 partner organizations including Habitat for Humanity ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 14 2008

180,000 View SGI Antinuclear Exhibition in Malaysia Since July 2007

On October 10, 2008, the SGI exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit" opened at the Spring Shopping Mall in Kuching, Malaysia. Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) and Physicians for Peace and Social Responsibility (PPSR), an NGO affiliated with the International Physicians ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Oct 14 2008

Book Donation to Yamakoshi Village School

On October 14, 2008, the Soka Gakkai donated books to Yamakoshi Elementary and Junior High Schools during an assembly with students from both schools. Ranko Kondo and Toshio Ohira, principals of the respective schools, thanked Soka Gakkai Vice President Shigeo Kaneko for the gift--a total of 528 books and three ... read more