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Buddhism | Dec 29 2007

SGI-Cameroon Holds General Meeting

On December 29, 2007, some 800 SGI-Cameroon members gathered in Edea for a general meeting to usher in 2008, which the SGI has designated the "Year of Capable People and Development." The SGI-Cameroon membership has increased threefold from some 700 to 2,000 in the past four years. In a message, ... read more

Culture | Dec 16 2007

Min-On Cosponsors Annual Foreign Students Music Festival in Kyoto and Osaka

On November 18, 2007, the 19th Kyoto Foreign Students Music Festival was held at Kyoto Kaikan Hall in Kyoto City. Clad in beautiful national costumes some 133 foreign students from 20 countries studying in Kyoto performed dances and music of their respective cultures. This annual festival for foreign students, cosponsored ... read more

Culture | Dec 16 2007

Soka Renaissance Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps and Soka Gran Esperanza Flag Corps Win National Contest

On December 16, 2007, five Soka Gakkai drum and bugle corps participated in the 35th national All-Japan Marching Band and Baton Twirling Contest, sponsored by Japan Marching Band & Baton Twirling Association (JMBA) at the Saitama Super Arena. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Dec 11 2007

Dr. Jan Øberg Speaks on Conflict Resolution in Nagoya, Japan

On December 11, 2007, Dr. Jan Øberg, cofounder and director of the Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research (TFF), and visiting professor at the Graduate School of International Development at Nagoya University, was invited by the Soka Gakkai Chubu Youth Peace Committee to address a group of 80 local ... read more

Interfaith | Dec 10 2007

Director of Institute of Southeast Asian Studies Speaks on "Buddhism, Singapore and Interfaith Dialogue" at Annual Lecture

On December 10, 2007, the Singapore Soka Association (SSA) sponsored its seventh Daisaku Ikeda Annual Lecture at the SSA Headquarters in Singapore. Guest speaker Dr. K. Kesavapany, director of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) and Singapore's ambassador to Jordan, spoke on "Buddhism, Singapore and Interfaith Dialogue." Some 800 ... read more

Human Rights | Dec 7 2007

Conference of NGOs (CONGO) General Assembly Held in Geneva

December 5-7, 2007, CONGO, the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (UN), held its 23rd General Assembly at the International Conference Center in Geneva, Switzerland. CONGO is a membership association with more than 500 member NGOs from 74 countries, working to ensure that NGOs are present ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 5 2007

SGI-Hong Kong and SGI-Macau Hold General Meetings

On December 5, 2007, SGI-Hong Kong held its 40th general meeting at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium in Hong Kong. Some 3,800 members gathered to kick off 2008, which the SGI has designated the "Year of Capable People and Development." Newly appointed youth division (YD) leaders were announced at the meeting. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Dec 3 2007

New Pugwash President Visits Soka Gakkai

Dr. Jayantha Dhanapala, the newly elected president of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, visited the Soka Gakkai Headquarters on December 3, 2007, and met with Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada. A former Sri Lankan diplomat, Dr. Dhanapala was Director of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 2 2007

Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai Members Gather at Soka Bodhi Tree Garden

On December 2, 2007, Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai (BSG) held its 33rd general meeting at Soka Bodhi Tree Garden in a New Delhi suburb. SGI-Nepal and SGI-Sri Lanka representatives also attended the meeting together with some 1,300 BSG members from throughout India, making a fresh departure toward 2008, which the ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 29 2007

Soka Gakkai Holds Entrance Level Study Examination on Nichiren Buddhism

On November 25, 2007, approximately 135,000 Soka Gakkai members sat for a study department entrance level examination at 1,519 locations throughout Japan. The study material included three of Nichiren's major writings in the original classical Japanese--"Letter from Sado," "Persecution by Sword and Staff" and "Questions and Answers about Embracing the ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Nov 25 2007

Bolivian Ambassador to Japan Visits "Women and the Culture of Peace" Exhibition

On November 21, 2007, Ambassador of Bolivia to Japan Masakatsu Jaime Ashimine visited the "Women and the Culture of Peace" exhibition, created and sponsored by the Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee, at the Kawaguchi Civic Hall in Saitama Prefecture. The recently renewed exhibition, which conveys the message that women are ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Nov 24 2007

Soka Gakkai Malaysia in Sarawak Participates in Children's Art Festival

Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) Sarawak was invited by the Sarawak Department of Culture, Arts and Heritage to participate in the "Children's Art Festival" held on November 23-24, 2007, at the State Language Publishing Department. SGM sponsored "Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World," an SGI exhibition ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 22 2007

Soka Gakkai Members in Remote Japanese Villages Foster Friendships in the Community

Soka Gakkai members in remote villages are engaging in dialogue and fostering friendships in their communities in rural areas across mainland Japan. In Yasuoka Village, Nagano Prefecture, which has a spectacular view overlooking the Tenryu River, members have engaged in dialogue to increase understanding of the Soka Gakkai's activities and ... read more

Interfaith | Nov 22 2007

Soka Gakkai Malaysia and the Croatian Embassy Cosponsor Croatian Music

On November 22, 2007, Wisma Kebudayaan, the Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) Headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, was the venue for a Croatian music show starring tenor Giannni Stipanicev and soprano Barbara Othman along with the Croatian Radio and Television Tamburitza Orchestra. The audience was treated to classical, folk and pop songs ... read more

Culture | Nov 22 2007

Soka Gakkai Malaysia and the Croatian Embassy Cosponsor Croatian Music

On November 22, 2007, the Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) Grand Culture Center (Wisma Kebudayaan), in Kuala Lumpur, was the venue for a Croatian music show starring tenor Giannni Stipanicev and soprano Barbara Othman along with the Croatian Radio and Television Tamburitza Orchestra. The audience was treated to classical, folk ... read more