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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

Buddhism | Jan 26 2008

SGI-Brazil Members Gather Throughout January to Celebrate SGI Day

On January 26, 2008, some 1,500 SGI-Brazil (BSGI) members met at two venues in the São Paulo metropolitan area to celebrate the 33rd anniversary of the SGI's founding (January 26, 1975). BSGI's Ikeda Philharmonic Orchestra of Humanism performed during the meeting at the BSGI Culture Center in São ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jan 26 2008

SGI President Releases 2008 Peace Proposal--"Humanizing Religion, Creating Peace"

In his 2008 peace proposal issued today (January 26, 2008) to commemorate the anniversary of the SGI's founding in 1975, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda calls for the humanization of religion as one path toward peace. Commenting that the current trend towards fundamentalism is found not only in the religious sphere, but ... read more

Education | Jan 26 2008

Sri Lanka National Public TV Airs Animated Adaptations of SGI President's Children's Books

On January 26, 2008, Sri Lanka Rupawahini Corporation (SLRC), Sri Lanka's national television, aired Kanta and the Deer, the first of an animated series in Sinhalese based on original children's stories by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda. A total of 17 stories will be aired every Saturday throughout the nation. On ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 25 2008

SGI Delegation Presents Flowers in Tribute to Thailand's Late Princess Galyani

SGI delegation from Japan offering flowers in remembrance of the late Princess Galyani Vadhana of Thailand On January 25, 2008, an SGI delegation from Japan offered flowers on behalf of the SGI and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda in tribute to the late Princess Galyani Vadhana (84), the sister of His Majesty ... read more

Press Releases | Jan 25 2008

SGI President Calls for Humanization of Religion as a Basis for Peace

Tokyo, Japan: In his 2008 peace proposal, to be issued on January 26 to commemorate the anniversary of the founding of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Buddhist association in 1975, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda calls for the humanization of religion as one path toward peace. Commenting that the current trend towards ... read more

Culture | Jan 24 2008

State Russian Museum Collection Shown at Tokyo Fuji Art Museum, Japan

On January 24, 2008, the "Masterpieces of the State Russian Museum from the Late 18th Century to the Early 20th Century" exhibition opened at the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum (TFAM) in Hachioji, Japan, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of TFAM's founding in 1983. Since its launch in April 2007 in ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jan 24 2008

The End of Poverty Author Professor Jeffrey Sachs Speaks at Culture of Peace Lecture Series in New York City

On January 24, 2008, some 700 people attended SGI-USA's Culture of Peace Distinguished Speakers Series with Columbia University Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs at the SGI-USA New York Culture Center. Dr. Sachs is widely known for his bestselling book, The End of Poverty. SGI-USA's Culture of Peace Resource Centers in New ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 23 2008

Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai Leaders Meet in New Delhi for Training Course

From the left, Dr. S. L. Gandhi, BSG Vice Chair Akash Ouchi and Dr. Gulab Kothari at the conferral in Jaipur On the occasion, Anuvrat Global Organisation (ANUVIBHA) and Rajasthan Patrika Ltd. of Jaipur, Rajasthan State in northwestern India, presented commendations to SGI President Daisaku Ikeda in celebration of his 80th ... read more