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Education | Jun 7 2008

Soka Gakkai Opens Educational Counseling Center in Fukushima Prefecture

This year commemorates the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the first Soka Gakkai Educational Counseling Center (SGECC) in 1968. On June 7, 2008, the Soka Gakkai Education Department opened its 34th SGECC at the Soka Gakkai Koriyama Chuo Culture Center in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture. Soka Gakkai educators in Fukushima ... read more

Culture | Jun 7 2008

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Organizes Charity Cultural Festival in Sabah State

On June 6 and 7, 2008, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) held a charity cultural festival at Chancellor Hall on the Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) campus in Kota Kinabalu, capital of Sabah State, east Malaysia. Some 800 SGM youth performed for an audience of about 8,000, who gathered from throughout Malaysia ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 7 2008

Soka Gakkai Youth Hold National Leaders Meeting

On June 7, 2008, Soka Gakkai youth held a national leaders meeting concurrently with a national student division meeting at the Tokyo Makiguchi Memorial Hall in Hachioji, Tokyo. Youth representatives from 18 remote outer islands of the Japanese archipelago also participated. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and Soka Gakkai President Minoru ... read more

Sustainable Development | Jun 7 2008

SGI-Canada Youth Participate in Annual Tree Planting

On June 7, 2008, SGI-Canada youth members from the Toronto area, together with the Credit Valley Conservation Authority (CVC), participated in an annual tree planting in the town of Alton in Ontario, Canada. The 85 trees that were planted around a river bank will eventually grow to provide shade and ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 6 2008

Tsunesaburo Makiguchi Website Launched

On June 6, 2008, the Soka Gakkai launched an English-language website, Tsunesaburo Makiguchi: Value-Creating Education, dedicated to the life and work of Tsunesaburo Makiguchi (1871-1944), the founder of the Soka Gakkai movement which now has 12 million members in 192 countries around the world. The URL is: http://tmakiguchi.org. Tsunesaburo Makiguchi was ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jun 2 2008

Victory Over Violence in New Jersey and Indiana, USA

On May 21, 2008, Bergen Community College in Paramus, New Jersey, USA, hosted a conference titled "Inspiring Civility on Campus," featuring the SGI-USA "Victory Over Violence" (VOV) exhibition. The event marked the anniversary of the tragic shootings in April 2007 at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. More than 90 faculty, ... read more

Interfaith | May 28 2008

Students from National University of Singapore Visit SSA Headquarters

On May 28, 2008, some 20 students from the National University of Singapore (NUS) University Scholars Programme (USP), led by Associate Professor Syed Farid Alatas, head of Malay Studies Department at the NUS, visited the Singapore Soka Association (SSA) Headquarters. Their visit is a part of USP's program on interreligious ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | May 27 2008

SGI-USA Students in Seattle, USA, Sponsor Exhibition on Peace Education

On May 19, 2008, some 1,200 people visited the SGI exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit" at Seattle Central Community College in Seattle, Washington, USA. The exhibition coincided with a day-long symposium on peace-related topics, including poverty throughout the world, climate ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | May 25 2008

From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit Exhibition Shown at 30 Venues in Taiwan

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the adoption and proclamation of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. In commemoration, Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) held an exhibition, entitled "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit," from May 12-25, 2008, ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | May 25 2008

SGI Organizations Support Relief Efforts for Earthquake Victims in China

Singapore Soka Association (SSA) conducted a donation drive to collect funds to help victims affected by the May 12 earthquake that devastated Sichuan Province, China. The drive from May 12-19, 2008, raised Singapore $147,961 (US$108,566). The donations came from SSA members as well as the general public and were forwarded ... read more

Buddhism | May 25 2008

SGI-Canada and SGI-Chile Young Women's Meetings

On May 16-19, 2008, SGI-Canada young women gathered for a four-day conference at SGI-Canada Caledon Centre for Culture and Education, about 80 kilometers northwest of Toronto. Some 60 gathered from throughout the country. Participants studied "The Heritage of the Ultimate Law of Life," one of Nichiren's writings, using SGI President ... read more

Buddhism | May 22 2008

SGI Delegation Meet with Togo's Prime Minister; Some 1,000 Gather for SGI-Togo General Meeting

On May 22, 2008, an SGI delegation to Togo headed by SGI-Africa Advisor Takemi Sugai from France made a courtesy call on Prime Minister of Togo Komlan Mally at the Prime Minister's Office in Lomé. Mr. Sugai conveyed a message from SGI President Daisaku Ikeda. Prime Minister Mally expressed his ... read more

Interfaith | May 22 2008

SGI-Australia Youth Welcome Muslim Youth Leaders

On May 22, 2008, 20 SGI-Australia (SGIA) representatives of the Peace, Culture and Education Youth Training Group, which studies how to apply Buddhist principles to the challenges of building peace and participates in community activities, hosted a dialogue with 24 Muslim youth leaders at the Sydney SGIA Culture Center in ... read more

Buddhism | May 21 2008

Importance of Dedicated, Unseen Efforts Highlighted at Soka Gakkai's Monthly Leaders' Meeting

On May 21, 2008, the Soka Gakkai held its monthly leaders' meeting at the Tokyo Makiguchi Memorial Hall in Hachioji, Tokyo, attended by representatives from throughout Japan and SGI members from 25 countries and territories. Together with Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada, national Women's Leader Asami Mitsui and other executive ... read more

Buddhism | May 20 2008

SGI-Indonesia's Growth Results in Two New Chapters

Recently, due to a steady growth in membership, SGI-Indonesia's Tangerang Pioneer Chapter in Tangerang City was reorganized into two chapters--Tangerang Pioneer Chapter and Serpong Chapter. In 2006, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's photography exhibition, "Dialogue with Nature," was shown in the suburbs of Tangerang. Local SGI members used the event as ... read more