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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

Buddhism | Jun 29 2008

Women's Meetings Held in Latin American Countries

During June 2008, SGI women in several Latin American countries celebrated the 57th anniversary of the formation of the Women's Division (WD). On June 22, some 360 SGI-Bolivia women from Santa Cruz State gathered for a meeting at the SGI-Bolivia Culture Center. In Ecuador, meetings were held on June 21 and ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jun 29 2008

Eighth Daisaku Ikeda Annual Lecture Hosted by Singapore Soka Association

The speaker, Professor Jørgen Ørstrøm Møller, visiting senior research fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) and adjunct professor at Singapore Management University, shared his insights during a lecture titled "Securing Peace in Asia for the Next 25 Years" to an audience of some 700. Among the attendees ... read more

Interfaith | Jun 29 2008

"British Buddhist Landscape" Conference Held at Taplow Court, UK

Participants and speakers at the British Buddhist Landscape Conference Over the weekend of June 27-29, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy-United Kingdom (IOP-UK) held a conference jointly with the Network of Buddhist Organisations (UK), known as NBO, at SGI-UK's Taplow Court center, on the theme of "The British Buddhist Landscape--Transplantation and Growth." ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 28 2008

SGI-USA West Territory Holds Men's Meeting

On June 28, 2008, some 1,000 men gathered in Oakland, California, USA, to kick off their grassroots efforts aimed at local activities that will take place during August, SGI-USA Men's Division Month. More than 200 men traveled on buses overnight from southern California, including one man in his 80s. Northern California ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 27 2008

Soka Gakkai Members in Remote Islands and Villages Active in Local Communities

Soka Gakkai members in remote islands and mountainous areas in Japan are actively engaging in dialogue and fostering friendships. Many are also active participants in their neighborhood associations, playing pivotal roles in working for the welfare of other residents and contributing to the revitalization of their communities. Typical of these ... read more

Interfaith | Jun 26 2008

SGI-USA Participates in Interfaith Roundtable on Hate Crimes in Southern California, USA

On June 26, 2008, in a suburb of Los Angeles (LA), California, USA, the LA County Human Relations Commission hosted an interfaith roundtable on hate crimes. The commission's Executive Director Robin Toma invited 33 leaders representing a broad diversity of faith communities, among which was SGI-USA. To open the event, Mr. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jun 26 2008

"From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit" Exhibition in Dominican Republic

"From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit," an exhibition created by the SGI that examines the nuclear weapons issue through the lens of human security, showed from June 12-26, 2008, at the Cibao Grand Theater in Santiago in the Dominican Republic. Some 150 ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 25 2008

Newly Completed SGI-USA Washington, D.C., Culture Center Opened on "Embassy Row"

On June 25, 2008 the newly constructed SGI-USA Washington, D.C., Culture Center was officially opened. Designed by noted architect Bill Hellmuth, the 9,000 square foot center is located alongside embassies from throughout the world on Massachusetts Avenue, also known as "Embassy Row," in the heart of the U.S. capital. Officiating ... read more

Culture | Jun 22 2008

SGI-Brazil Members Participate in Centennial Celebrations of Japanese Immigration in São Paulo and Paraná

On June 21, 2008, an official event celebrating the centennial of Japanese immigration to Brazil took place in São Paulo at the Anhembi Arena, a 500-meter samba parade ground. SGI Vice President Hiromasa Ikeda attended on behalf of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, who had been invited as a guest of ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 22 2008

SGI Women Celebrate Soka Gakkai Women's Division Day

On June 2, 2008, representative Japanese members met for a nationwide WD leaders' meeting at Soka International Friendship Hall in Sendagaya, Tokyo. The recorded meeting was broadcasted to Soka Gakkai centers throughout Japan on June 5 and 6. The meeting included a message from SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and Mrs. ... read more