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Peace and Disarmament | Mar 16 2008

Building a Culture of Peace Exhibition in Luxembourg

The Festival was attended by about 20,000 people who visited the 160 booths with displays by associations from other countries, political parties, unions and peace organizations, as well as stands providing information from the government about immigration. In 2007, Luxembourg's population consisted of 277,900 inhabitants of Luxembourg nationality and 198,300 ... read more

Interfaith | Mar 16 2008

Singapore Soka Association Holds Youth for Peace Interfaith Symposium

Titled "Humanizing Religions, Creating Peace," this event was an initiative of the Singapore Soka Association (SSA) youth aimed at raising awareness among young people of the importance of promoting peace and harmony and encouraging youth members of the various religious organizations in Singapore to be more proactive in interfaith relations ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Mar 12 2008

African Union Ambassador to the USA Meets with SGI-USA Youth

On March 12, 2008, Her Excellency Ambassador Amina Salum Ali met with SGI-USA youth leaders and staff at the SGI Plaza in Santa Monica, California. The ambassador serves as the envoy of the African Union to the USA in Washington, D.C. and represents more than 50 African countries. Prior to ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 8 2008

SGI 2008 Spring Training Course Held in Japan

From March 4-8, 2008, some 220 representatives from 60 countries and territories around the world participated in SGI's Spring Training Course in Japan. During the opening session on March 4 held at the Soka International Friendship Hall in Sendagaya, Tokyo, representatives from Mauritius and Poland shared activity reports. SGI Women's ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 5 2008

SGI President Shares Inspiration from Global Figures at March 2008 Monthly Soka Gakkai Leaders Meeting

In his address, Mr. Ikeda focused on the important role of youth in all spheres of life, drawing on the examples of eminent scientists Sir Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein who made revolutionary discoveries while in their 20s. He affirmed that it is the passion and energy of youth that ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 1 2008

SGI-Spain Holds Youth Meeting

On March 1, 2008, SGI-Spain youth gathered in Madrid for a youth general meeting with SGI-Spain Youth Leader Juan García Ito. Young Women's District Leader Yasira Ali Gómez recounted how she won in her daily life based on her Buddhist practice. General Director Enrique Caputo encouraged all the young people ... read more

Human Rights | Mar 1 2008

Human Rights Education Activities in Budapest and New York

From February 13-20, 2008, SGI's Geneva-based UN Liaison Officer Kazunari Fujii was invited to participate as an expert adviser in an evaluation seminar for the two-year Advanced Compass Training course in Human Rights Education (ACT-HRE) held at the Council of Europe's European Youth Centre in Budapest, Hungary. The seminar brought ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Feb 28 2008

Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research Publishes Research Results

I. B. Tauris, U.K. recently published Challenges to Global Security: Geopolitics and Power in an Age of Transition, edited by Hussein Solomon. The book is part of a series on global peace and policy by the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research. The publication is a result ... read more

Interfaith | Feb 27 2008

BRC Public Event Pursues Deeper Understanding of Death, Greater Appreciation for Living

In 1993, at a lecture given at Harvard University, Boston Research Center for the 21st Century (BRC) founder Daisaku Ikeda raised the following questions, based on a philosophy of humanistic Buddhism: "What does it mean for death to be more than 'the absence of life'?" "Is it possible to experience ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 24 2008

Soka Gakkai Agriculture and Fishery Departments of Hokkaido Hold Annual Gatherings

Wataru Takahashi, head of Japan Agricultural Cooperatives (JA) Taikicho, who attended the rally as a guest, expressed his hope that the participants would continue their efforts in agricultural work for the flourishing of their communities. On February 24, some 600 Soka Gakkai members engaged in fishery in Hokkaido gathered for ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 24 2008

SGI-Poland Members Celebrate 16th Anniversary; SGI-Croatia Members Meet

In January 2008, SGI-Poland members gathered at their respective locales to celebrate the 16th anniversary of the establishment of SGI-Poland Chapter. SGI-Poland Young Women's Leader Tsuruko Haga attended a meeting in Krakow on January 20. On February 16, a prayer service commemorating Nichiren's birth anniversary was held in Warsaw with ... read more

Sustainable Development | Feb 23 2008

"Youth Can Move the World Event" in Canada

On February 23, 2008, SGI-Canada youth representatives participated in the "Youth Can Move the World" symposium at the HJA Brown Education Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. Around 300 people joined the event, which was open to students aged 15-25 from the Regional Municipality of Peel. Inspired by the United Nations' declaration ... read more

Culture | Feb 22 2008

Visit by State Councilor Tang Jiaxuan of China

On Feburary 22, 2008, State Councilor Tang Jiaxuan of the People's Republic of China and his party were welcomed by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and Soka Gakkai youth at the Seikyo Press building in Shinanomachi, Tokyo. The two first met in 1974 on Mr. Ikeda's first trip to China, when ... read more

Culture | Feb 21 2008

Brazil Tourism Minister Speaks on Japanese Immigrants' Contributions to Brazil

On February 21, 2008, some 1,000 BSGI members and their friends attended a lecture by Brazil's Minister of Tourism Marta Suplicy at the SGI-Brazil (BSGI) Culture Center in São Paulo. To commemorate the Japan-Brazil Exchange Year (2008) and the centennial of Japanese immigration to Brazil, Ms. Suplicy spoke on Japanese ... read more

Culture | Feb 18 2008

SGI President Awarded Russian Federation Order of Friendship

On February 18, 2008, Russian Ambassador to Tokyo Mikhail M. Bely presented the Russian Federation Order of Friendship to SGI President Daisaku Ikeda at the Russian Embassy in Tokyo. Mr. Ikeda was recognized for his wide-ranging contributions to the development of Russo-Japanese relations and bilateral exchange for over 30 years. ... read more