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Culture | Oct 5 2008

SGI-Uruguay Celebrates Cultural Heritage Day

On October 4 and 5, 2008, Cultural Heritage Day was commemorated at the SGI-Uruguay Culture Center in Montevideo. The Uruguay Ministry of Education and Culture's Commission of National Cultural Heritage hosted the annual occasion during which historic and cultural facilities are free and open to the public throughout Uruguay. ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 5 2008

SGI Student Groups in India and Hong Kong Meet

On October 4-5, 2008, some 350 Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai (BSG) student group members from throughout India gathered at both the International Peace Center in New Delhi and at the Soka Bodhi Tree Garden on the outskirts of New Delhi. To prepare for their meeting, the students studied and ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 4 2008

"Victory Over Violence" Exhibition Travels to Schools in Oakland, California, USA

Mayor Ron Dellums of Oakland, California, USA, officially declared September 28 through October 4, 2008, "Victory Over Violence Week" in the city. The week began with the opening of the Victory Over Violence (VOV) exhibition at Laney College and a noontime event that included drumming and music in the ... read more

Interfaith | Oct 4 2008

SGI-USA Participates in Global Village Festival in Southern California, USA

On October 4, 2008, local SGI-USA members joined more than 10,000 people for the City of Irvine's annual Global Village Festival. The community event promotes cultural awareness, understanding and harmony through artistic and cultural performances representing some 50 cultures. The event also features introductions to world religions. The SGI members ... read more

Education | Oct 4 2008

Youth Mentor Summit 2008 in Singapore

On October 4, 2008, some 40 Singapore Soka Association youth were among 500 young people who attended the Youth Mentor Summit 2008 at the NTUC Conference Auditorium, organized by the National Youth Council and the Halogen Foundation Singapore. The guest of honor for the event was Dr. Vivian ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 2 2008

SGI-Canada Supports Gandhi Foundation Anniversary

On October 2, 2008, Dr. Ved P. Nanda, director of the International Legal Studies Program at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, was the keynote speaker at the 20th anniversary celebration of the Mahatma Gandhi Canadian Foundation for World Peace in Edmonton, Canada. For a number of ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 2 2008

SGI-Argentina Forms Men's "Waterfall Group" and "Young Mrs." Group Meets

At a commemorative meeting on October 2, 2008, at the SGI-Argentina Culture Center in Buenos Aires, Waterfall Group Leader Miguel Angel Delli Gatti shared his personal resolve as well the group's guidelines: 1) to create and spread harmony in the community; 2) to ensure that the youth members are ... read more

Sustainable Development | Sep 30 2008

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Sponsors Lecture on Sustainable Uses for Raw Garbage

On September 30, 2008, a lecture titled "Saving Earth Through the Garbage Enzyme" by Lee Wei Meng of the Naturopathic Family Care Centre drew 100 people to the Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) Penang Culture Center. Mr. Lee spoke about the possibilities of converting raw garbage into a "garbage enzyme" ... read more

Interfaith | Sep 30 2008

SGI-Panama Participates in Religious Scriptures Exhibition

On September 30, 2008, in commemoration of Holy Bible Day in Panama, the National Assembly’s Chamber of Representatives' Social Affairs Technical Department organized an exhibition on religious scriptures that displayed sacred writings from the world's major religious traditions. The exhibition officially opened with a speech by Prof. Dídimo Escobar, deputy ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 28 2008

SGI Associations in Hong Kong, Macao, Philippines, Bolivia and Brazil Promote Study of Nichiren Buddhism

On September 21, SGI-Macau held a leaders training session at its culture center. Participants studied "On Attaining Buddhahood in This Lifetime," together with SGI-Hong Kong Study Department Chief Terrio Sun Po Loi. Mr. Sun stressed that everyone inherently possesses great potential for positive transformation that in turn enables each ... read more

Culture | Sep 27 2008

SGI-USA Hosts World Festival of Sacred Music in Santa Monica

"Who knew peace had a house?" With these words, poet and writer Elmaz Abinader greeted the audience at the World Festival of Sacred Music concert "The Way to Peace: Peace Is the Way" held at the SGI-USA World Peace Ikeda Auditorium in Santa Monica, California, USA, on September 27, ... read more

Sustainable Development | Sep 27 2008

"Seeds of Change" Exhibition and Environment Lectures Held in Panama

“Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and the Human Potential” exhibition opened on September 4, 2008, at the SGI-Panama Culture Center, with support from the Panama Education Ministry and various academic institutes and environmental organizations, including University of Panama, National Association for Nature Conservation (ANCON) and Nature Foundation. Some 130 ... read more

Culture | Sep 26 2008

SGI-Canada Caledon Centre Hosts Headwaters Arts Festival

Located in a wooded area northwest of Toronto in Ontario, Canada, SGI-Canada's Caledon Centre for Culture and Education was the venue for the Headwaters Arts Festival celebrating local creative talent, for the sixth consecutive year. This year's show featured 40 local artists working in a variety of media. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 25 2008

SGI-Canada Participates in Ottawa Peace Festival

For the second consecutive year, SGI-Canada (SGIC) participated in the Ottawa Peace Festival, a two-week event promoting peaceful coexistence, featuring talks, films, art, music and prayer involving many community groups and government agencies. On September 25, 2008, at its Ottawa community center, SGIC hosted an event titled, "Afghanistan: A People-centered ... read more

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