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Buddhism | Sep 23 2008

Soka Gakkai Conducts Memorial Prayer Meetings

On September 23, 2008, the autumn equinox, Soka Gakkai centers and memorial parks throughout Japan held memorial services to pray for the repose and happiness of deceased family members and friends. According to Buddhism tradition, the autumn equinox is a time to honor the memory of one's ancestors and the ... read more

Sustainable Development | Sep 22 2008

SGI Members in California, USA, and Taiwan Participate in Clean-up Campaigns

Local SGI-USA members volunteer for clean-up of a wetlands preserve in Gardena, Southern California TSA members in Kaohsiung clean around the culture center and its neighborhood In Taiwan, Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) members in Chunghua and Kaohsiung ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Sep 21 2008

Taiwan Soka Association Fife-and-Drum Corps and Children's Choir Perform at Children's Home

On September 21, 2008, some 90 members of the Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) young women's Angel Fife-and-Drum Corps and some 60 boys and girls of TSA Young Phoenix Choir visited the Southern Region Children's Home of the Minister of Interior in Kaohsiung. This was the third year in a ... read more

Education | Sep 21 2008

Soka Gakkai Educators Gather for Annual Forum on Humanistic Education

On September 21, 2008, Soka Gakkai educators gathered for their 31st "National Forum on Practical Applications of Humanistic Education" at the Kudan Kaikan in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. Some 1,100 educators and guests from various fields of society throughout Japan attended the forum. The educators reported on their challenges and initiatives ... read more

Culture | Sep 21 2008

SGI-Sri Lanka Holds Youth Culture Festival

On September 21, 2008, Soka Gakkai Lanka Buddhist Association (SGI-Sri Lanka) held a youth culture festival in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Some 150 young people performed in the show titled "Making the Impossible Possible--Storming the Passion of Youth Across the Nation." The festival began with words of welcome from SGI-Sri ... read more

Education | Sep 20 2008

Boston Research Center's Fifth Ikeda Forum Explores Life and Death

This year's forum was part of the BRC's year-long exploration of the "deeper continuity of life and death that we experience as individuals and express as culture," a concept put forward by BRC founder Daisaku Ikeda in his 1993 Harvard University lecture, "Mahayana Buddhism and Twenty-first Century Civilization." A ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 20 2008

"Children and a Culture of Peace" Exhibition in Sapporo, Japan

On September 20, 2008, "Children and a Culture of Peace Exhibition: For the Sake of Children's Happiness," an exhibition created and sponsored by the Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee, opened at a hall in Sapporo ESTA, a commercial complex in Sapporo, Hokkaido. The exhibition which aims to raise awareness ... read more

Culture | Sep 20 2008

SGI-Canada Members Participate in Local Charity Event

On September 20, 2008, members of SGI-Canada's Majestic Cedar District and Scarborough Chapter in Toronto, Canada, participated in a charity event in support of a local hospital. Invited to participate, SGI-Canada's contribution to the fundraiser included poetry reading and songs by members of the Majestic Cedar Singers. In addition ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 20 2008

SGI-USA Members in Texas Run for Peace

On September 20, 2008, SGI-USA members from the Dallas-Fort Worth West Area participated in the first annual Peace Race, which celebrated the United Nations' International Day of Peace. About a dozen SGI-USA members participated in the run, and SGI-USA young men's member Brendan McKeever came in first for his age ... read more

Culture | Sep 19 2008

Taiwan Soka Association Cohosts Poetry Seminar in Taipei

On September 18, 2008, the “China-Taiwan Poetry Study Seminar 2008” took place at the Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) Jin-Zhou Culture Center in Taipei. Chinese Academy's Institute of Poetry Studies, Chinese Poets Society, Soochow University’s Chinese Literature Department and TSA cohosted the event, which aimed to encourage the study, promotion ... read more

Education | Sep 18 2008

SGI-Bolivia and Nur University Cohost a Class on Buddhism

On September 18, 2008, SGI-Bolivia collaborated with Nur University, Santa Cruz, to host a class on development of civilizations at the SGI-Bolivia Culture Center. Some 30 students attended the session titled "Contribution of Buddhism to Modern Civilization and World Peace." An SGI-Bolivia youth representative spoke about Buddhist humanism, referencing SGI ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 13 2008

SGI-USA Chicago Culture Center Hosts Peace Event

On September 13, 2008, the SGI-USA Chicago Culture Center in Chicago, Illinois, USA, hosted a "Building a Culture of Peace" symposium, attended by over 200 people. Hiro Sakurai, SGI representative to the United Nations in New York, spoke during the event about how his work at the United Nations relates ... read more

Interfaith | Sep 12 2008

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Participates in Interfaith Prayer for Peace

On September 12, 2008, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) was one of various religious groups invited by the Catholic Church of St. Francis of Assisi (SFA), Cheras, Malaysia, to participate in the interfaith event "Understanding World Religions." SFA organized the event to promote greater understanding of the various faith traditions ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 12 2008

Russian Academy of Sciences and IOP Host Joint Symposium in Moscow

On September 11 and 12, 2008, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP), Japan, and the Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), Russia, hosted a symposium in Moscow titled "Buddhist Philosophy in Multicultural Context." Leading Russian researchers and scholars on oriental philosophies and Buddhist philosophy presented their ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 10 2008

Taiwan Soka Association Recognized as Excellent Community Organization for 15th Consecutive Time

The Interior Ministry of Taiwan has chosen Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) as an Excellent Community Organization. TSA was selected from among over 8,000 organizations as having contributed the most to Taiwanese society during the past two years. This was TSA's 15th consecutive recognition since 1991, one year following its ... read more