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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

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