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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

Culture | May 8 2008

Chinese President Hu Jintao and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda Meet in Tokyo

Chinese President Hu Jintao met with SGI President Daisaku Ikeda at the New Otani Hotel in Tokyo for 30 minutes in the evening of May 8, 2008. Accompanying President Hu were China's Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and Chinese Ambassador to Japan Cui Tiankai. Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada and youth ... read more

Buddhism | May 4 2008

SGI Members Throughout the World Celebrate Soka Gakkai Day

SGI members throughout the world have commemorated May 3, Soka Gakkai Day. In Russia, SGI members gathered on April 27, 2008, at their respective locales, including Moscow, St. Petersburg and Vladivostok. SGI-Italy held a leaders training session on May 3-4 at their center in Rome and SGI-Europe Chair Hideaki Takahashi led ... read more

Buddhism | May 3 2008

SGI-Nepal Members Meet; Exhibition on Nuclear Weapons Abolition and Human Security Shown

On May 3, 2008, SGI-Nepal members met at the SGI-Nepal Peace Center in Kathmandu, commemorating May 3, Soka Gakkai Day. Representatives reported on breakthroughs achieved with their daily Buddhist practice and youth talked about the significance of May 3. SGI-Nepal General Director Sahana Shrestha encouraged everyone to live with a ... read more

Culture | May 2 2008

"Great Romance of the Three Kingdoms" Exhibition Opens at Tokyo Fuji Art Museum

On May 2, 2008, the "Great Romance of the Three Kingdoms" exhibition opened at the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum (TFAM) in Hachioji, Tokyo. The show commemorates the 25th anniversary of the museum's founding and celebrates the 30th anniversary of the conclusion of the Japan-China Peace and Amity Treaty (1978). Over ... read more

Buddhism | May 1 2008

SGI-Hong Kong's Organ Newspaper Publishes its 2,000th Issue

SGI-Hong Kong members celebrated the 2,000th issue of their organ newspaper Li Ming Sheng Bao, with a commemorative meeting on May 5, 2008, at the SGI-Hong Kong Culture Center. The first issue of Li Ming Sheng Bao appeared on January 1, 1966. The weekly paper, written in traditional Chinese, now ... read more

Press Releases | May 1 2008

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

Geneva, Switzerland: "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit," an exhibition examining the nuclear weapons issue through the lens of human security, opened yesterday at the UN Office at Geneva. Held in conjunction with the second session of the Preparatory Committee of the ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Apr 30 2008

SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's Message on the Opening of the Exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit" at Geneva UN Headquarters

His Excellency Ambassador Volodymyr Yel'chenko, chair of the second session of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) of the NPT; His Excellency Mr. Sergio de Queiroz Duarte, UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs; Ms. Susi Snyder, President of the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Geneva; Excellencies; Ladies and Gentlemen; Representatives of the UN ... read more

Sustainable Development | Apr 30 2008

SGI-USA Las Vegas Celebrates Earth Charter Day

"Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter & Human Potential," the exhibition created by the SGI and the Earth Charter Initiative about taking action for change that has toured more than 20 countries, was at the center of Earth Charter Day festivities and celebrations at the Las Vegas Community Center on ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 28 2008

Establishment of Nichiren Buddhism Celebrated

On April 28, 2008, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda attended a commemorative service to mark the 755th anniversary of the establishment of Nichiren Buddhism (April 28, 1253), at the Soka Gakkai Headquarters Annex in Shinanomachi, Tokyo. Together with Soka Gakkai representative leaders, he paid deep tribute to Nichiren for his lifetime ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 28 2008

SGI-Peru Holds Women's Peace Forum and Commemorates the Establishment of Nichiren Buddhism

On March 29, SGI-Peru women held a forum on creating a culture of peace at the SGI-Peru Culture Center in Lima. SGI-Peru Vice Women's Leader Julia Kanashiro spoke about SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's 2000 peace proposal, titled "Peace Through Dialogue: A Time to Talk." Three representatives discussed how they promoted ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 28 2008

Hong Kong University Vice Chancellor Lectures on "Science and Buddhism" at SGI-Hong Kong Culture Center

On April 28, 2008, Lee Chack-fan, vice chancellor and professor of Geotechnical Engineering of the University of Hong Kong, lectured on "Science and Buddhism" at the SGI-Hong Kong Culture Center. Professor Lee is an expert on the construction of hydro and nuclear power plants, dam safety control and nuclear waste ... read more