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Sustainable Development | Feb 9 2008

Club of Budapest International President Talks with SGI-USA Members

On February 9, 2008, the Club of Budapest U.S.A. and the SGI-USA Marin Earth Charter Committee cosponsored an evening with Ervin Laszlo, generally recognized as the founder of systems philosophy and general evolution theory. Dr. Laszlo, a Nobel Peace Prize nominee, is president of the Club of Budapest International and ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 7 2008

SGI Study Department Leaders' Conference Held in Tokyo

From February 4-7, 2008, the Second SGI Study Department Leaders' Conference was held at the Josei Toda International Center in Shinjuku, Tokyo. Attendees included SGI Study Department Leader Katsuji Saito, Soka Gakkai Study Department Leader Masaaki Morinaka and representative SGI study department leaders. Participants discussed the development of the study ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Feb 7 2008

SGI-Bolivia Participates in Relief Activities for Flood Victims

In Bolivia, torrential rains that have persisted for three months have led to the most devastating floods to hit the country in 25 years, resulting in numerous landslides, impassable roads and vast agricultural areas under water. The damage is expected to increase. Together with the government, SGI-Bolivia initiated relief activities ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 6 2008

SGI President Speaks on Role of Women, Importance of Grassroots Dialogues and Attributes of Exemplary Leadership at Monthly Leaders Meeting

On February 6, 2008, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda attended the Soka Gakkai's monthly leaders meeting in Tokyo, where he addressed Soka Gakkai members and SGI representatives from some 20 countries. In his speech, Mr. Ikeda discussed the qualities of good leadership and talked about the importance of women's contributions in shaping ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Feb 6 2008

SGI-Macau Contributes Monetary Aid for Snow Disaster Victims in China

In January 2008, heavy snowstorms caused serious damage to about 20 provinces and cities in southern and central China, among the worst in 50 years. Blackouts and water shortages lasted for weeks and cold-related illnesses were rampant. More than a hundred million people were affected. SGI-Macau donated MOP230,000 (approximately US$29,170) to ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Feb 5 2008

Soka Gakkai Youth in Hiroshima, Japan, Sponsor Lecture by Make-A-Wish Japan General Manager

On February 5, 2008, Soka Gakkai youth members in Hiroshima sponsored the 123rd in a series of "Lectures on Hiroshima" at the Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Ikeda Peace Hall in Hiroshima City. Guest lecturer Hisako Ohno, general manager of Make-A-Wish Japan (MAWJ), spoke on the power of a wish to give ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Feb 4 2008

SGI-Hong Kong Contributes Money for Relief Efforts in China

On February 4, 2008, SGI-Hong Kong General Director Lee Kong Sau visited the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region to donate HK$200,000 (approximately 2.8 million yen), in the wake of severe damage to parts of central and southern China resulting from heavy ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 3 2008

Soka Religious Council of Nichiren Buddhism Established in France

Le Consistoire Soka du Bouddhisme de Nichiren (the Soka Religious Council of Nichiren Buddhism) was recently established in France. This was announced at a meeting held in Paris on February 2, 2008. Soka Gakkai Executive Guidance Chief Einosuke Akiya and other representatives from Japan attended. The Religious Council will serve ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Feb 2 2008

SGI-USA Opens Fourth Culture of Peace Resource Center in Chicago, Illinois

On February 2, 2008, some 700 SGI members and guests gathered to celebrate the opening of the Chicago Culture of Peace Resource Center located in the SGI-USA Chicago Culture Center. Previously, SGI-USA opened similar centers in New York (2004), Los Angeles (2004) and Hawaii (2007). The purpose of the centers ... read more

Culture | Feb 1 2008

Russian Federation to Present Order of Friendship to SGI President

Since his first visit in 1974 during the Cold War, Mr. Ikeda has visited the former USSR and Russia six times to exchange views with Russian leaders and cultural figures. He has also promoted educational and Cultural Activitiess on a grassroots level through educational, academic and cultural institutions he has ... read more

Culture | Jan 31 2008

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Promotes Local Artists

Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) collaborated with several art societies to introduce the works of local artists at its SGM Perak Culture Center from January 24-31, 2008. The "Chinese Art, Poetry & Calligraphy" exhibition displayed 135 works by 30 local artists, poets and calligraphers. The Shan Cheng Poets Society of Ipoh, ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 30 2008

US Embassy Minister-Counselor Visits Soka Gakkai

On January 30, 2008, Minister-Counselor for Political Affairs W. Michael Meserve and his deputy Mark Napper of the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo visited the Soka Gakkai headquarters and met with Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada and Vice President Kenji Yoshigo at the Seikyo Press building in Shinanomachi, Tokyo. They discussed ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 30 2008

SGI-Europe Youth Prepare for 50th Anniversary of March 16, 1958

This year marks the 50th anniversary of March 16, 1958, a significant day in SGI's history when second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda met with 6,000 Soka Gakkai youth to bequeath to them his deeply held mission of creating lasting peace and individual happiness based on the humanistic life philosophy ... read more

Sustainable Development | Jan 28 2008

"Seeds of Change" Exhibition in Cercado de Lima, Peru

"Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential," an exhibition on sustainable development, the role of education and the Earth Charter Initiative, opened on January 28, 2008 at the Ramón Castilla Clinic, a health clinic in Cercado de Lima, Peru. The exhibition was shown through February 2 as part ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 26 2008

SGI-Côte d'Ivoire Commemorates SGI Day

On January 26, 2008, some 1,500 SGI-Côte d'Ivoire members gathered for a general meeting in Abidjan to celebrate the 33rd anniversary of the SGI's founding (January 26, 1975) and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's 80th birthday (January 2, 1928). In his message, Mr. Ikeda lauded the SGI-Côte d'Ivoire members for providing ... read more