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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

Sustainable Development | Oct 14 2007

SGI Members Participate in London Park Beautification

On October 14, 2007, 30 SGI-UK members of Lewisham West Chapter and their friends and families spent a day cleaning up Ladywell Fields, a local park in London undergoing major improvements. The volunteers first met at the park's educational center where the park warden spoke about the local ecology, in ... read more

Culture | Oct 14 2007

SGI-USA West Territory Youth Festival Celebrates Lives of "Unstoppable" Heroes

On October 14, 2007, more than 500 youth participated in the SGI-USA West Territory Youth Culture Festival, "Unstoppable--A Life of Victory," at the Vic Lopez Theater in Whittier, California. The festival--an original production presented twice before an audience of 4,000--celebrated the lives of five peace heroes whose efforts have illuminated the ... read more

Sustainable Development | Oct 13 2007

"Seeds of Change" Exhibits in Mexico

The "Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential" exhibition opened for the first time in Mexico, during the 2007 Universal Forum of Cultures in Monterrey, capital of Nuevo Leon State. The forum is a global event that occurs every four years, seeking to reunite citizens from a wide ... read more

Culture | Oct 9 2007

All-China Women's Federation Delegates Pay Homage to A-Bomb Victims in Hiroshima

On October 9, 2007, a delegation from the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF), led by secretariat member Wang Naikun, visited Hiroshima. The group is in Japan at the invitation of the Soka Gakkai Women's Division in commemoration of the 35th anniversary of the normalization of Sino-Japanese diplomatic relations. Following a guided ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 8 2007

SGI Members in Greece and the Czech Republic Attend Leadership Training Courses

On October 8, 2007, SGI-Greece held a training course on the Island of Evia facing the Aegean Sea. Some 100 members from major Greek cities including Athens and islands such as Tinos, Crete and Chios, as well as SGI members from the UK and neighboring Cyprus attended. SGI-Greece General Director ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 7 2007

SGI-Portugal Holds Leadership Training Course

On October 7, 2007, SGI-Portugal held a leaders' training session at Independence Palace in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal. Joana Craveiro was announced as the new national young women's leader. Ms. Craveiro gave a presentation on SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's lectures on "On Attaining Enlightenment in This Lifetime." This was ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 7 2007

University of Madras, India, Hosts Exhibition on the Lotus Sutra

On October 4-7, 2007, "The Lotus Sutra--A Message of Peace and Coexistence" exhibition showed at the University of Madras, Chennai, India. The exhibition, which was cohosted by the University of Madras, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP), St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 7 2007

SGI-Finland Kicks Off with New Leadership

On October 7, 2007, SGI-Finland, made up of three districts in one chapter, held a kick off meeting in Helsinki. Newly appointed leaders announced at the meeting include: Marjatta Valkama, chapter leader and women's division leader; Tatu Kuivalahti, secretary general; Kari Kilpeläinen, men's division leader; Johanna Holopainen, youth division leader; ... read more

Sustainable Development | Oct 7 2007

SGI-Iceland Hosts "Seeds of Change" Exhibition

The "Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential" exhibition opened on September 22, 2007, in Hafnarfjördur City, Iceland, at the city's youth center. SGI-Iceland collaborated with Agenda 21, a local committee devoted to the environment; the youth center; and the city's education office. About 100 attended the opening, including ... read more

Education | Oct 7 2007

Soka Gakkai Educators Hold Forum on Humanistic Education

On October 7, 2007, the Soka Gakkai Education Division held its 30th "National Forum on Practical Applications of Humanistic Education" at the Sapporo Convention Center, Sapporo, Japan. Some 2,300 educators and key figures in education from around Japan attended the gathering titled, "Creating a Society for the Sake of Education--Nurturing ... read more