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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

Peace and Disarmament | Nov 20 2007

Soka Gakkai Student Division Hosts Talk on Nuclear Abolition and the Role of Youth

The Soka Gakkai student division hosted a lecture titled "The Challenge of Nuclear Abolition--the Role of Youth" by New Zealand peace activist Alyn Ware at the Toda International Center in Shinanomachi, Tokyo, on November 20, 2007. Mr. Ware is consultant for the Lawyers' Committee on Nuclear Policy (U.S.A.), outreach ... read more

Sustainable Development | Nov 18 2007

Daisaku and Kaneko Ikeda Cherry Tree Grove Dedicated in Southern California, USA

On November 18, 2007, a dedication ceremony took place for Daisaku and Kaneko Ikeda Cherry Tree Grove, within the City of Torrance's Columbia Park. The grove is made up of cherry trees given to the city by the SGI-USA on behalf of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and Mrs. Kaneko Ikeda. ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 17 2007

SGI Members Celebrate Soka Gakkai's Founding Day

On and around November 18, 2007, SGI members throughout the world gathered to celebrate Soka Gakkai's founding day (November 18, 1930) in their respective locales. On November 17, SGI-Nepal held its 13th general meeting at the SGI-Nepal Peace Center in Kathmandu. Three new districts were announced and members made a fresh ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 15 2007

SGI Representatives Make Courtesy Call on Micronesian President

On November 15, 2007, SGI representatives led by SGI-Oceania Chair Richard Sasaki and SGI-Micronesia Chapter Leader Ioanis Primo paid a courtesy call on President Emanuel Manny Mori of the Federated States of Micronesia at the president's office in the capital city of Palikir. President Mori expressed his respect for SGI ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 11 2007

SGI 2007 Autumn Training Course Held in Japan

On November 8, Soka Gakkai's monthly leaders' meeting, which commemorated November 18, Soka Gakkai's 77th anniversary, took place at Kansai Ikeda Auditorium in Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture. The meeting coincided with the 32nd SGI General Meeting and a Kansai general meeting. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, who was visiting Osaka for ... read more