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Humanitarian Activities | Oct 31 2007

SGI-USA Youth Participate in Wildfire Relief Efforts in Southern California, USA

From the inception of the wildfires, SGI-USA representatives in each locale worked to confirm the safety of SGI members and their neighbors. SGI-USA Vice General Director Cliff Sawyer, national Young Men's Division Leader Nathan Gauer and SGI youth volunteers mobilized in San Diego, which suffered the greatest damage. Many volunteers were ... read more

Culture | Oct 31 2007

SGI-Korea Men's Traditional Music Group Performs at Korean Music Festival

On October 23, 2007, Taegeuk Chitadae, SGI-Korea men's music group, specializing in traditional Korean music, participated in the 27th Korean Traditional Music Festival, at the Yeakdang Hall in the National Center for Korean Traditional Performing Arts (NCKTPA) in Seoul. The 71 members of Taegeuk Chitadae performed at the festival's opening. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 28 2007

SGI-Sri Lanka Sponsors Culture of Peace Exhibition

From October 25-28, 2008, the SGI exhibition "Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World" was shown at Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall in Colombo, Sri Lanka, the country's largest exhibition hall. Soka Gakkai Lanka Buddhist Association (SGI-Sri Lanka) sponsored the exhibition. Some 120 people attended the October ... read more

Interfaith | Oct 28 2007

SGI Representatives Attend Interfaith Conference in Macedonia

From October 26-28, 2007, around 300 scholars, activists and religious leaders representing religions and peace organizations from 96 countries gathered in Ohrid, Macedonia, to attend The World Conference on Dialogue Among Religions and Civilizations: "The Contribution of Religion and Culture to Peace, Mutual Respect and Cohabitation" [http://www.wcdarc-ohrid.org/]. As a crossroads ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 23 2007

The Lotus Sutra Published in Laotian

A Laotian edition of Burton Watson's translation of The Lotus Sutra (Columbia University Press, New York, 1993) was recently published by the Phalikhan Co. of the Lao People's Democratic Republic. The Lotus Sutra is widely considered to be the most important scripture of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition. The Soka Gakkai ... read more

Culture | Oct 23 2007

Soka Gakkai Thailand Brass Band Holds Music Fest

On October 23, 2007, the Soka Gakkai Thailand (SGT) brass band held two concerts at the SGT Thonburi Culture Center in Bangkok. Some 1,500 guests were treated to dynamic presentations of "Song of Comrades," "A Star Falls in the Autumn Wind on Wuchang Plain," (about the death of the great ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 22 2007

SGI-New Zealand Celebrates UN International Day of Peace

On September 23, 2007, a celebration of the declaration of the Auckland Peace City took place in Auckland, co-organized by the United Nations Association of New Zealand (UNANZ), the Auckland Inter-Faith Council and SGI-NZ. The declaration outlines the importance of engaging individuals and families to promote a safer Auckland and ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 21 2007

SGI Men from Benelux Meet at Villa Sachsen, Germany

On October 21, 2007, 120 SGI men of Benelux (Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg) met for their first men's division general meeting at the Villa Sachsen Culture Center in Bingen, Germany. Titled "Pillar of Society and the SGI," the meeting was a venue for the participants to discuss cultivating their ... read more

Culture | Oct 21 2007

SGI Members in Scotland Stage "The Lotus and Thistle"

The event commenced with the MC, wearing full Highland dress, welcoming everyone. SGI-UK General Director Robert Samuels then read a congratulatory message from SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, which was followed by a rousing performance of "Let's All Work Together" by the band. The two-part show began with a "journey" mapping the ... read more

Culture | Oct 21 2007

SGI President Meets All-China Youth Federation Delegates

On October 21, 2007, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and his wife Kaneko Ikeda met with a delegation from the All-China Youth Federation (ACYF) at the Soka University (SU) campus in Hachioji, Tokyo. The delegation was visiting Japan at the invitation of the Soka Gakkai youth division as part of an ... read more

Culture | Oct 19 2007

Min-On Commemorates 35th Anniversary of Sino-Japanese Friendship

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between China and Japan. To mark the occasion, the Min-On Concert Association is sponsoring a Japan tour by artists from the China National Acrobatic Troupe. Titled "Legends of the Dragon and the Phoenix," the production includes 114 performances ... read more

Sustainable Development | Oct 16 2007

"Seeds of Change" Exhibition Travels Throughout Northern India

Himachal Pradesh: In June, "Seeds of Change" was displayed at four venues in Shimla, capital of Himachal Pradesh State. The exhibition drew 18,000 visitors, ten percent of Shimla's population, including many students from 100 schools and institutes. Free transportation was provided for visitors from ashrams for the hearing impaired and ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 14 2007

SGI Members Challenge Study Department Exams in Brazil, Venezuela, Thailand and Nepal

SGI members throughout the world have been deepening their study and understanding of Nichiren Buddhism's humanistic philosophy, which is the foundation of faith and the key to accomplishing our human revolution and creating positive value for oneself and others. On September 30, 2007, 15,000 SGI-Brazil members took an intermediate-level exam ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 14 2007

Latin American Youth Gather for Peace Conference in Brazil

On October 12-14, 2007, 150 SGI youth representatives of six Latin American countries--Brazil, Peru, Paraguay, Argentina, Venezuela and Ecuador--attended a leadership training course in Brazil. On October 12, the group held a Latin America Youth Peace Conference at the SGI-Brazil Culture Center in São Paulo, where participants renewed their pledge ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 14 2007

SGI-Norway Holds Study Session

SGI-Norway held a youth study course titled, "The Oneness of Mentor and Disciple," for some 40 representatives on October 13-14, 2007 in Ål, a village of around 4,700 inhabitants on the Hardanger mountain plateau in central Norway. The participants studied the writings of Nichiren and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's speeches. ... read more