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Culture | Mar 18 2008

Soka Gakkai Youth From Kyushu Visit South Korea for Exchange Meeting

From March 15-18, 2008, Soka Gakkai youth representatives from Kyushu, southern Japan, participated in a Korea-Japan Goodwill Trip. This was the fifth exchange between Soka Gakkai Kyushu and SGI-Korea members. On March 15, the Japanese delegation visited the SGI-Korea headquarters in Seoul, South Korea. On March 16, the group participated ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 16 2008

5,000 SGI-Europe Youth Gather in Milan, Italy

On March 16, 2008, some 5,000 SGI youth from 35 countries throughout Europe gathered for an SGI-Europe Youth General Meeting held at the Datch Forum in Milan, Italy, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of March 16, 1958, when second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda entrusted the mission of creating lasting ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 16 2008

SGI-Hong Kong and SGI-Macau Hold Youth Meetings

On March 16, 2008, SGI youth in Hong Kong and Macau gathered at their respective centers to commemorate the 50th anniversary of March 16, 1958, a significant day in SGI's history. In Hong Kong, some 600 youth leaders met at the SGI-Hong Kong Culture Center. Youth Leader Ngan Sai Fong, ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 16 2008

SGI-Peru Members Meet

On March 16, 2008, SGI-Peru youth gathered at their center in Lima, commemorating the 50th anniversary of March 16, a significant day in SGI's history. Representatives related experiences of gaining friendship and trust through dialogue and shared determinations to become capable persons who can contribute to society. SGI-Peru men and ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 16 2008

SGI Members in Africa Commemorate March 16

On March 16, 2008, SGI members in African countries gathered to celebrate the 50th anniversary of March 16, 1958, which is the day second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda, just weeks prior to his death, met with 6,000 Soka Gakkai youth and bequeathed to them his deeply held purpose of ... read more

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