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Buddhism | May 18 2008

SGI-USA Holds Annual Memorial Service

On May 18, 2008, more than 350 SGI-USA members from as far away as Florida and Chicago attended the annual memorial service in the Skyrose Chapel at Rose Hills Memorial Park near Los Angeles, California, USA. The one-hour ceremony began with the traditional offering of incense and prayers in memory ... read more

Culture | May 17 2008

History of SGI-Italy Culture Center Building and Grounds Published

On May 17, 2008, a lecture at the SGI-Italy Culture Center in Florence commemorated the book launch of Le Brache Villa di Bellagio ("Wonderful House of Happiness and Joy"), a compilation of the history of the site. The center's history dates back to the first and second centuries of the ... read more

Press Releases | May 16 2008

Soka Gakkai Donates 30 Million Yen for China Earthquake Relief

Tokyo, Japan: On Thursday May 15, the Soka Gakkai made a donation to the Chinese Government in response to Monday's devastating earthquake in Sichuan Province which officials say may eventually claim more than 50,000 lives. Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada visited the Chinese Embassy in Tokyo to inform Ambassador Cui Tiankai ... read more

Sustainable Development | May 16 2008

SGI-Iceland Hosts the "Seeds of Change" Exhibition in Reykjavík

On April 25-26, 2008, "Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential," an exhibition created by the SGI and the Earth Charter Initiative about taking action for change, was held at the Perlan exhibition hall in Reykjavík, Iceland. The Environment Ministry invited SGI-Iceland, together with 20 other NGOs and ... read more

Buddhism | May 15 2008

Nanzan University Professor Lectures on Religion and Society

On May 15, 2008, Soka Gakkai youth in the Chubu Region sponsored a lecture by Manabu Watanabe, professor of Humanities at Nanzan University and research fellow at the Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture in Nagoya, Aichi. Speaking at the Soka Gakkai Chubu Peace Center in Nagoya, on the theme ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | May 15 2008

Soka Gakkai Donates 30 Million Yen for China Earthquake Relief

On May 15, 2008, the Soka Gakkai made a donation to the Chinese Government in response to Monday's devastating earthquake in Sichuan Province which officials say may eventually claim more than 50,000 lives. Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada visited the Chinese Embassy in Tokyo to inform Ambassador Cui Tiankai of the ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | May 14 2008

Two SGI-USA Youth Bring Peace Exhibitions to Their High School

During one of two student body assemblies coinciding with the exhibitions, SGI-USA Vice General Director Phyllis Goodson told the students, "No one else is going to come to Crane and give you peace. You have to do it because this is your home." To mark the opening of the exhibitions, Crane ... read more

Buddhism | May 13 2008

Spanish Translation of The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin Published

On May 3, 2008, the long-awaited Spanish translation of The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin was published. The book is a direct translation of the first volume of the English edition of Nichiren's writings and contains 172 works, including Nichiren's five major writings: "On Establishing the Correct Teaching for the Peace ... read more

Sustainable Development | May 12 2008

Engaging People in Sustainability--Roundtable Discussion in New York

On May 12, 2008, SGI UN Representative Hiro Sakurai, in his capacity as bureau member and immediate past president of the Committee of Religious NGOs at the UN, chaired a roundtable discussion on "Engaging People in Sustainability: the Role of Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue" at the Church Center for the ... read more

Culture | May 11 2008

"Chinese Seal-Carving, Calligraphy and Painting Exchange" Exhibition Held in Malaysia

From May 4-11, 2008, SGI-Malaysia (SGM), Cao Tang Men Eastern Arts Society, Malaysia, and Siaw-Tao Chinese Seal-Carving, Calligraphy & Painting Society, Singapore, jointly organized the "Singapore-Malaysia Chinese Seal-Carving, Calligraphy & Painting Exchange" exhibition at the SGM Grand Culture Center in Kuala Lumpur. Tan Sri Dato' Michael Chen Wing Sum, former ... read more

Buddhism | May 11 2008

SGI-Argentina Holds Autumn Training Sessions

On May 11, 2008, SGI-Argentina leaders met at the SGI-Argentina Peace Auditorium in Buenos Aires. The day's various gatherings commemorated May 3, Soka Gakkai Day. The formation of the Youth Ikeda Vanguard Orchestra was announced and a square adjoining the auditorium was named Youth Square. SGI-Argentina Arts Division members staged an ... read more

Sustainable Development | May 11 2008

SGI-Costa Rica Members Participate in Tree-Planting

Costa Rica is considered to be one of the most bio-diverse regions in the world for its incredible wealth of plants and animals found in the rain forest. The national government has initiated numerous innovative programs to promote sustainable development. In 2007, the country oversaw the planting of five million ... read more

Buddhism | May 11 2008

New SGI-Paraguay Youth Leaders Announced at General Meeting

On May 11, 2008, some 400 SGI-Paraguay members gathered for a general meeting at the SGI-Paraguay Culture Center in Asunción. Newly appointed youth leaders, Young Men's Leader Samuel Medina and Young Women's Leader Chieko Nagasawa, expressed their resolve to further dedicate themselves for the sake of the members' happiness as ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | May 9 2008

Exhibition on Nuclear Abolition and Human Security Opens at Geneva UN Headquarters

"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, officially opened April 30, 2008, and showed through May 9 at the UN Office in Geneva. Held in ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | May 9 2008

Singapore Soka Association Assists Relief Activities for Cyclone Victims in Myanmar

The cyclone that hit Myanmar on May 3, 2008, has left tens of thousands dead and many more suffering from hunger and lack of potable water. Singapore Soka Association (SSA) has responded by assisting relief efforts organized by Mercy Relief, a Singapore-based organization promoting humanitarian relief and development projects in ... read more