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Buddhism | Apr 2 2008

50th Anniversary of Second Soka Gakkai President's Death Commemorated

On April 2, 2008, Soka Gakkai held memorial services throughout Japan to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda (1900-58). Current Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada and General Director Masaaki Masaki attended a meeting at the Soka Gakkai Headquarters in Shinanomachi, Tokyo. SGI ... read more

Culture | Mar 31 2008

President of Asia Pacific Forum on Families Malaysia Lectures in Osaka, Japan

On March 31, 2008, Datin Paduka Professor Jamilah Ariffin, president of the Malaysia Chapter of Asia Pacific Forum on Families (APFAM) International and adjunct professor of gender studies at the University of Malaya, lectured at the Soka Gakkai Kansai Ikeda Center in Osaka on creating a nurturing family environment that ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 31 2008

SGI-USA Youth Commemorate March 16 Nationwide

Throughout March 2008, more than 37,000 youth and their guests gathered at events around the United States to commemorate the 50th anniversary of March 16, 1958, a significant date in the Soka Gakkai's history when just two weeks prior to his death second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda bequeathed the ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Mar 31 2008

SGI-Venezuela Youth Organize Peace Builder Course

Since 2003, SGI-Venezuela youth have organized and conducted a Peace Builder Course at various schools and universities in Venezuela. In Naguanagua City, Carabobo, the youth taught the course at four junior and senior high schools between January and March, 2008, in conjunction with the city's education curriculum. Classes were also ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 30 2008

SGI-Portugal Members Meet in Trets

On March 27-30, 2008, some 95 SGI-Portugal members met for a training course at the SGI European Center in Trets, southern France. Participants studied "The Heritage of the Ultimate Law of Life," one of Nichiren's letters, based on SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's lecture on the same writing. Representatives related how ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 30 2008

SGI-Ireland Holds Youth Meeting; SGI-Netherlands Women and Young Women Leaders Meet

On March 30, 2008, SGI-Ireland held a youth general meeting in Dublin, the country's capital. With the theme of "Let's Build Peace through Dialogue and Friendship," SGI-Ireland youth and their friends studied the humanism of Nichiren Buddhism. SGI-Ireland youth meet in Dublin On the same day, SGI-Netherlands women and young women ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 30 2008

Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai Holds Youth Leaders Training Course

On March 29-30, 2008, Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai (BSG) held a youth training course at the Soka Bodhi Tree Garden in a suburb of New Delhi. The event commemorated the 50th anniversary of March 16, 1958, a significant day in SGI's history when second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda, just ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 30 2008

SGI-Uruguay Women Gather for First Leadership Training Course

On March 29-30, 2008, the first SGI-Uruguay women's training course was held at five venues throughout the country, including the capital, Montevideo. Participants studied SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's lecture on the "Opening of the Eyes," one of Nichiren's major writings. They discussed goals toward 2030, the 100th anniversary of the ... read more

Human Rights | Mar 30 2008

SGI-Canada Joins Event Calling for Elimination of Racial Discrimination

On March 30, 2008, 130 SGI-Canada members from the Ontario region participated in an event organized by York Regional Police in partnership with various local cultural and religious groups to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Around 400 people joined the event at Bur Oak Secondary ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 29 2008

SGI-Zambia Members Celebrate Their Center's 10th Anniversary

On March 29, 2008, SGI-Zambia members gathered at the SGI-Zambia Grand Culture Center located in the country's capital, Lusaka, to celebrate the center's 10th anniversary. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a congratulatory message, in which he encouraged everyone to further advance toward the next decade. SGI-Zambia members meet in Lusaka [Adapted from ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Mar 28 2008

Inter Press Service and IDN-InDepthNews Interview SGI President on 2008 Peace Proposal

Inter Press Service (IPS), a news agency specializing in development and human rights issues, and IDN-InDepthNews, providing news and information on a wide range of global issues, recently news and information on a wide range of global issues, interviewed SGI President Daisaku Ikeda about his 2008 peace proposal. Based in ... read more

Culture | Mar 27 2008

Chin-Shuan Cultural Foundation Sponsors Taiwan Tour of Professional Taiko Drum Troupe

From March 19-27, 2008, Maidaiko Aska-Gumi, a well-known Japanese taiko drum troupe, toured Taipei, Taichung and Kaohsiung in Taiwan. Chin-Shuan Cultural and Educational Foundation, founded by Taiwan Soka Association with an aim to promote cultural exchanges in Taiwan, sponsored the tour. On March 24, the group performed for the students ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 23 2008

Taiwan and Indonesia Members Study Nichiren's Writings with SGI-Asia Study Department Chief

On February 23-24, 2008, Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) held study sessions on Nichiren Buddhism with SGI-Asia Study Department Chief Masaaki Morinaka at centers in Banciao, Changhua and Qianzhen. The 1,100 attendees had previously passed intermediate-level study examinations. Mr. Morinaka lectured on "The Heritage of the Ultimate Law of Life," one ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 23 2008

Latin America Study Session on Nichiren Buddhism Held in Brazil

On March 21-23, the third Latin America Study Session on Nichiren Buddhism was held at both the SGI-Brazil (BSGI) Dr. Daisaku Ikeda Culture Center and the BSGI Culture Center in São Paulo. Some 1,400 representatives from Brazil, Panama, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia, Chile and Uruguay ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 20 2008

SGI Youth Commemorate 50th Anniversary of March 16, 1958 with Activities Around the Globe

SGI-Australia members gathered for a commemorative meeting on March 16 at their culture center in Sydney while SGI-New Zealand youth gathered at several venues throughout the country from March 15-20. In Japan, representatives gathered at the Soka Culture Center in Shinanomachi, Tokyo, with Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada. Mr. Harada ... read more