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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

Buddhism | Jan 20 2008

New SGI Culture Center Opens in Davao City, Philippines

On January 20, 2008, the new SGI-Philippines Davao Culture Center opened in Davao City, the largest city on Mindanao Island in the Philippines. The SGI organization in southern Mindanao began with just a few individuals 40 years ago and has now grown into three chapters and one general chapter. Local ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 20 2008

SGI-Taiwan Holds Study Department Exams

On January 20, 2008, SGI-Taiwan held a level three examination for study department lecturers at 28 venues in Taiwan. The candidates were tested on their knowledge and understanding of Nichiren Buddhism. The ongoing development of lecturers is aimed at deepening and enhancing the study of Nichiren Buddhism at local discussion ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 13 2008

Soka Gakkai Women Launch Annual General Meetings Throughout Japan

In January 2008, Soka Gakkai women launched their annual general meetings throughout Japan. Members will meet mostly in small groups, inviting their families and friends. In a message, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda introduced the words of an American religious scholar who said the dialogues Soka Gakkai women engage in are ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 13 2008

SGI-Europe Representatives Meet at Trets, France

January 11-13, 2008, some 180 SGI representatives from 27 European countries attended an SGI-Europe Peace Summit at the SGI-European Center in Trets, southern France. Activities for 2008 were announced, including an SGI-Europe Youth General Meeting, annual summer sessions at Trets and a study program on Nichiren Buddhism. SGI-Europe Chair Hideaki ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 12 2008

Soka Gakkai Indonesia Holds Youth Study Session

On January 11 and 12, 2008, Soka Gakkai Indonesia (SGI-Indonesia) held its Second National Youth Study Session in Lembang, a suburb of Bandung City in West Java State. Some 240 youth--college students and junior and senior high school students--attended. With a theme of "Winning in Life," participants studied the ten ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 10 2008

SGI President Site Launched

On January 10, 2008, Soka Gakkai launched an English language website about the life, achievements and philosophy of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda ( http://www.daisakuikeda.org). As well as an extensive biographical section, the site presents comprehensive analysis of Mr. Ikeda's thinking and achievements as a Buddhist philosopher, peacebuilder and educator. It ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 6 2008

SGI Members Around the World Celebrate New Year's Day

In early January, 2008, SGI members in 190 countries and regions gathered in their respective locales to usher in the new year, designated by the SGI as "Year of Capable People and Development," and to celebrate January 2, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's 80th birthday. On January 1, around 7,000 SGI-UK ... read more

Culture | Jan 5 2008

SGI-Nepal Hosts Culture Festival

On January 5, 2008, SGI-Nepal hosted a culture festival at the SGI-Nepal Peace Center in Kathmandu, celebrating January 2, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's 80th birthday. Some 70 performers presented songs and dances for an audience of over 400 SGI members and their families, friends and local residents. SGI-Nepal Arts Division ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 1 2008

SGI-USA Members' New Year's Determinations Attract Media Attention

The New Year's traditions of SGI members were highlighted in several articles in the US media over the holiday period. On December 19, 2007, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram carried an article introducing the approach to New Year's determinations of an SGI-USA member from Grapevine, Texas, as well as comments from ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Dec 31 2007

SGI Youth Support Relief Efforts in Flooded Tabasco State, Mexico

In December 2007, SGI-Mexico youth members organized relief activities in Tabasco State, Mexico. The area was suffering from the worst flooding in 50 years caused by torrential rains that hit southeastern Mexico in October. Even two months after the flooding, many were still affected by the disaster and living at ... read more