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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

Buddhism | Feb 24 2008

SGI-Poland Members Celebrate 16th Anniversary; SGI-Croatia Members Meet

In January 2008, SGI-Poland members gathered at their respective locales to celebrate the 16th anniversary of the establishment of SGI-Poland Chapter. SGI-Poland Young Women's Leader Tsuruko Haga attended a meeting in Krakow on January 20. On February 16, a prayer service commemorating Nichiren's birth anniversary was held in Warsaw with ... read more

Sustainable Development | Feb 23 2008

"Youth Can Move the World Event" in Canada

On February 23, 2008, SGI-Canada youth representatives participated in the "Youth Can Move the World" symposium at the HJA Brown Education Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. Around 300 people joined the event, which was open to students aged 15-25 from the Regional Municipality of Peel. Inspired by the United Nations' declaration ... read more

Culture | Feb 22 2008

Visit by State Councilor Tang Jiaxuan of China

On Feburary 22, 2008, State Councilor Tang Jiaxuan of the People's Republic of China and his party were welcomed by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and Soka Gakkai youth at the Seikyo Press building in Shinanomachi, Tokyo. The two first met in 1974 on Mr. Ikeda's first trip to China, when ... read more

Culture | Feb 21 2008

Brazil Tourism Minister Speaks on Japanese Immigrants' Contributions to Brazil

On February 21, 2008, some 1,000 BSGI members and their friends attended a lecture by Brazil's Minister of Tourism Marta Suplicy at the SGI-Brazil (BSGI) Culture Center in São Paulo. To commemorate the Japan-Brazil Exchange Year (2008) and the centennial of Japanese immigration to Brazil, Ms. Suplicy spoke on Japanese ... read more

Culture | Feb 18 2008

SGI President Awarded Russian Federation Order of Friendship

On February 18, 2008, Russian Ambassador to Tokyo Mikhail M. Bely presented the Russian Federation Order of Friendship to SGI President Daisaku Ikeda at the Russian Embassy in Tokyo. Mr. Ikeda was recognized for his wide-ranging contributions to the development of Russo-Japanese relations and bilateral exchange for over 30 years. ... read more

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