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Culture | Jul 14 2008

Commemorative Cultural Festival Held in Indonesia; SGI Representatives Meet with Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla

On July 13, 2008, the "Religious Art Festival for Peace" took place at the Jakarta International Event and Convention Centre, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Indonesia and Japan. The musical extravaganza was co-organized by Soka Gakkai Indonesia (SGI-Indonesia), the Indonesian Muslim Artists and Culturalists ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 11 2008

German Translation of Selected Writings of Nichiren Published

SGI-Germany recently published German translations of selected works of Nichiren. Translated and edited from The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, the English edition of Nichiren's writings, the German version contains 36 letters and treatises, including "On Attaining Buddhahood in This Lifetime," "Letter from Sado" and "The Object of Devotion for Observing ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 10 2008

Discussion Meeting Tradition Continues Throughout Japan

At monthly discussion meetings during July 2008, Soka Gakkai national and regional leaders attended meetings in their respective locales throughout Japan. The discussion meeting is a tradition that began with the Soka Gakkai's inception. National Women's Leader Asami Mitsui participated at a meeting of Wakakusa District, Chiba, on July 9. Following ... read more

Sustainable Development | Jul 7 2008

"21st Century Environment Exhibition" Opens in Tokyo and Hyogo Prefecture

On July 4, 2008, the "21st Century Environment Exhibition," which supports the United Nations' Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014), opened at the Shibuya Tobu Hotel in Tokyo. Many guests attended the opening ceremony. Nguyen Thi Thu Ha, Japanese bureau chief of "The Voice of Vietnam," a Vietnamese state ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 6 2008

SGI-Dominican Republic Members Meet Throughout the Country

On July 6, 2008, some 1,000 SGI-Dominican Republic members gathered for meetings throughout the country, commemorating July 3, Day of Mentor and Disciple, as well as the month of youth. In preparing for the meetings, youth members engaged in one-on-one dialogues to expand their network of friendship. SGI-Dominican Republic Young Men's ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Jul 5 2008

Soka Gakkai Members Support Earthquake Relief Efforts in Japan

On June 14, 2008, a massive earthquake of upper 6 on the Japanese seismic scale of 7 struck the Tohoku region of northeastern Japan and left 12 people dead, 10 missing and over 440 injured as of July 3. The Iwate-Miyagi Inland Earthquake destroyed roads and a 95-meter bridge, cutting ... read more

Sustainable Development | Jul 5 2008

SGI-Canada Earth Charter Committee Launches "Summer of Sustainability" in Vancouver

From July 3 to 5, 2008, SGI-Canada's Vancouver-based Earth Charter Committee launched its "Summer of Sustainability" campaign at the city's Central City Shopping Center, distributing a checklist of 50 actions people can take to engage with others in the community and reduce their carbon footprint--the direct effect one's actions and ... read more

Education | Jul 4 2008

SGI-Taiwan Sponsors Two Summer Camps at Rural Elementary Schools

On July 3 and 4, 2008, Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) sponsored "Soka Joy Summer Camps" at Green Island Elementary School in Taitung County and Tai-ba-lang Elementary School in Hualien County, Taiwan. The schools, both of which share limited educational resources, are located in rural areas--one on a remote island ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jul 1 2008

SGI-USA Youth Support Local Peace Event in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

On July 1, 2008, more than 125 people attended the opening ceremony for the exhibition "A World Free From Nuclear Weapons Is Possible" at the Lesley University Hall Atrium in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. The Peaceable Schools Summer Institute at Lesley University and the City of Cambridge Peace Commission cosponsored the ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jul 1 2008

Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee Sponsors "Culture of Peace Forum"

On July 1, 2008, the Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee (WPC) hosted a "Culture of Peace Forum" at the Soka Gakkai Higashimurayama Culture Center, Tokyo. In her opening remarks, WPC Vice Chair Nobuko Ishii expressed her wish that the forum would offer the participants opportunities to further reflect on what ... read more

Education | Jul 1 2008

SGI-Nicaragua Youth Celebrate "Day of the Teacher" with Community Activism

On June 29, 2008, Nicaragua's "Day of the Teacher," SGI-Nicaragua youth visited an education center in Managua where some 70 children with disabilities attend classes. The SGI youth performed music and dances for the children and joined them in games. ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 30 2008

SGI-Netherlands Women Meet

During May and June 2008, over 600 women and young women, including some 160 guests, gathered for SGI-Netherlands women's meetings at 15 venues throughout the country. Beginning last year and with the leadership of SGI-Netherlands Women's Leader Mieke Iwami and Young Women's Leader Nobuko Kotera, the women and young women ... read more

Education | Jun 30 2008

Peace Education Leader Speaks at SGI-USA Culture of Peace Lecture Series

On June 30, 2008, Betty Reardon, a 45-year veteran of the international peace education movement, spoke at the SGI-USA New York Culture Center as part of SGI-USA's Culture of Peace Distinguished Speaker Series. Born in 1929, Ms. Reardon wrote her first essay on peace while in the fifth grade. Among ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 30 2008

SGI-Venezuela Women Meet

During June 2008, some 3,100 SGI-Venezuela women and young women gathered for conferences throughout the country. In the city of Valera, Trujillo State, 500 kilometers west of the capital Caracas, 200 attended the women's conference. Extensive preparations and one-on-one dialogues resulted in increased participation from last year's attendance of 36. ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 29 2008

SGI-Nepal and SGI-Switzerland Women's Meetings

On June 28, 2008, SGI-Nepal women held their 12th general meeting at the SGI-Nepal Peace Center in Kathmandu. Participants sang "Mother" whose lyrics were composed by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, and the program also included a poetry reading. SGI-Nepal Women's Leader Beema Singh and SGI-Nepal General Director Sahana Shrestha encouraged ... read more