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Press Releases | Feb 18 2008

SGI President Awarded Russian Federation Order of Friendship

Tokyo, Japan: At a ceremony at the Russian Embassy in Tokyo, Mr. Daisaku Ikeda, president of the Soka Gakkai International Buddhist association, was today conferred with the Order of Friendship on behalf of the Russian Federation by Ambassador Mikhail M. Bely. Presenting the award in recognition of Mr. Ikeda's wide-ranging contributions ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 16 2008

Nichiren's Birth Commemorated

Around February 16, 2008, SGI members in 190 countries worldwide, including Soka Gakkai members in Japan, held services to commemorate the birth anniversary of Nichiren born on February 16, 1222. In Japan, meetings were held at Soka Gakkai centers throughout the country on February 15. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda conducted ... read more

Interfaith | Feb 13 2008

Interfaith Roundtable in New Zealand

Chaired by Professor Paul Morris, head of Religious Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, the panel also included Mervin Singham, director of the Office of Ethnic Affairs; Rehanna Ali, regional representative of the Islamic Women's Council of New Zealand; Ghazala Anwar, representative of the Peace Foundation; and the Honorable Russell ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 11 2008

SGI-USA Arts Division Conference at FNCC

From February 8-11, 2008, SGI-USA held an Arts Division Conference at the Florida Nature and Culture Center in a suburb of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. Some 180 members from throughout the country participated in the event, together with Arts Division leaders Kay Yoshikawa and Carmella Menchaka, vice leader Aeyung Park ... read more

Interfaith | Feb 11 2008

SGI-Spain Representatives Participate in Interfaith Symposium in Barcelona

On February 11, 2008, a series of symposiums titled "Crossroads of Religious Beliefs 2007-2008--The Future of Planet Earth" was held at the SGI-Spain Culture Center in Barcelona. The Interreligious Center of Barcelona (CIB), affiliated with the Barcelona City Council, organized the event in support of the United Nations' 2008 International ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 10 2008

SGI-Dominican Republic Members Gather in Santo Domingo

On February 10, 2008, over 1,000 SGI-Dominican Republic members gathered for a general meeting at the main auditorium of the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo (UASD) in Santo Domingo, the country's capital. The event commemorated the 21st anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's first visit to the country. On January ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Feb 10 2008

Workshop in Australia: Toward the Eradication of Armed Conflict

From February 8-10, 2008, SGI's representative to the United Nations in New York Hiro Sakurai attended a Workshop on the Eradication of Armed Conflict held at the Australian Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (ACPACS) at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, organized by Global Action to Prevent War (GAPW). Mr. ... read more

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