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Peace and Disarmament | Sep 9 2007

SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's Message to the Civil Society Peace Forum Held at the Cooper Union, New York City

September 8, 2007 On September 8, 1957, Josei Toda, the second president of the Soka Gakkai and the man I look to as my mentor in life, issued a declaration calling for the complete abolition of nuclear weapons. This was just months before his death; he poured his entire being into ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 9 2007

SGI Events Commemorate Josei Toda's Antinuclear Declaration

SGI organizations around the world have been calling for nuclear abolition in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of second Soka Gakkai president Josei Toda's Declaration Calling for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons which was delivered in front of 50,000 young people at the Mitsuzawa stadium in Yokohama, Japan, on September ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 9 2007

Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee Sponsors "Culture of Peace Forum for Mothers and Children"

On September 9, 2007, the Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee (WPC) hosted a "Culture of Peace Forum for Mothers and Children" at the Soka International Friendship Hall in Sendagaya, Tokyo. Some 1,200 people, including elementary school children and atomic bomb survivors, attended the event which commemorated the 50th anniversary of ... read more

Culture | Sep 9 2007

Soka Renaissance Vanguard Wins Japan Cup Competition

On September 9, 2007, the Soka Renaissance Vanguard won top honors for the fourth time in the Japan Cup Marching Band and Baton Twirling National Competition. The band, with a performance titled "Tribal," also received the Tokyo Governor's Trophy as a reward for winning the senior division of the drum-and-bugle-corps ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 8 2007

SGI-Europe Youth Engage in Dialogue to Promote Nuclear Disarmament and a Culture of Peace

Ahead of the 50th anniversary of Mr. Toda's antinuclear declaration in September 2007, the SGI-Europe youth launched in January 2006 a 100,000 dialogue campaign to convey Mr. Toda's ideals throughout Europe and create a current for peace. With the UK, France and Russia among the five nuclear weapons states recognized ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 8 2007

SGI-Russia Commemorates Anniversary of SGI President's Visit

On September 8, 2007, SGI-Russia held a general meeting in Moscow to celebrate the 33rd anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's first visit to the former Soviet Union in 1974. Over 80 SGI-Russia members attended, including those who had traveled long distances from St. Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod and Voronezh. Representatives ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 8 2007

SGI World Youth Peace Conference Held in Yokohama, Japan

On September 8, 2007, SGI youth members from 56 countries gathered for a peace conference at the Soka Gakkai Kanagawa Culture Center, Yokohama, Japan. The SGI youth unanimously adopted the "SGI Youth Declaration for World Peace," which included a vow to work for nuclear and conventional disarmament and to create ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 8 2007

SGI Denmark Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Josei Toda's Antinuclear Declaration

On September 8, 2007, around 100 SGI members and their guests gathered at SGI Denmark's Nordic Culture Center to commemorate the 50th anniversary of second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda's historic declaration in 1957 condemning nuclear weapons, which threaten the collective right of humanity to exist, as an absolute evil ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 8 2007

Civil Society Peace Forum at New York's Cooper Union Focuses on Abolishing Nuclear Weapons

On September 8, 2007, a Civil Society Peace Forum titled "Abolishing Nuclear Weapons: What Can Each of Us Do?" was held at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City, USA. A new SGI exhibition, "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 8 2007

Kansai Youth Peace Conference Hosts Antinuclear Seminar

On September 8, 2007, the Kansai Youth Peace Conference hosted a seminar--the seventh in a series--at the Soka Gakkai Kansai Culture Center in Osaka, Japan. Commemorating the 50th anniversary of second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda's Declaration for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons, keynote speaker Professor Osamu Ono of Doshisha ... read more

Human Rights | Sep 8 2007

SGI-South Africa Celebrates Life of Steve Biko

On September 8, 2007, SGI-South Africa paid tribute to Steve Biko (1946-1977), a hero of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, with a combined dance, music, song, storytelling and poetry recital titled, "My Revolution--Revealing the Jewel Within," at its center in Johannesburg. The event was held on the 50th anniversary ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 4 2007

SGI-New Zealand Young Women's VOV Aotearoa Wins the 2007 Sonja Davies Award

On September 4, 2007, the SGI-New Zealand young women's division (YWD) won that country's 2007 Sonja Davies Peace Award in recognition of their achievements and efforts in promoting Victory Over Violence (VOV), a grassroots effort to help teenagers identify the causes of violence in their lives and communities and foster ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 3 2007

SGI-Nepal Makes Fresh Start with New Youth Leaders

New SGI youth leaders were recently appointed In Nepal, the birthplace of Shakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism. Navin Manandhar, Urika Shakya and Laxman Dangol have been appointed SGI-Nepal youth division (YD) leader, young women's division (YWD) Leader and young men's division (YMD) leader, respectively. Navin Manandhar SGI-Nepal YD leader Urika Shakya ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 1 2007

SGI-Brazil Sponsors Student Conference on Nuclear Abolition

On September 1, 2007, SGI-Brazil sponsored a student conference titled, "Nuclear Arms: The Evolving Challenge," at the SGI-Brazil Rio de Janeiro Culture Center. The event, attended by 320 members and guests, commemorated the 50th anniversary of second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda's call for the abolition of nuclear weapons. In ... read more

Culture | Aug 31 2007

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Joins in Celebrations for Malaysia's Golden Jubilee

On August 31, 2007, Malaysia commemorated its 50th anniversary of independence. Golden jubilee celebrations were held throughout the country leading up to the anniversary. Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) members participated in an event at Stadium Merdeka (Independence) in Kuala Lumpur. The national gala, highlighting the different eras of Malaysia's ... read more