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Interfaith | Oct 4 2007

SGI Representative Participates in UN Interfaith Dialogue

A Civil Society Task Force was formed to prepare and organize the hearing and Hiro Sakurai, SGI's UN liaison officer in New York and former president of the Committee of Religious NGOs at the UN, was invited to serve on it. Members of the task force worked for four months ... read more

Press Releases | Oct 3 2007

SGI Statement on the Situation in Myanmar

We urge the government of Myanmar to use dialogue and non-violent means to resolve the current situation. We deplore the loss of life incurred and are praying for all the victims and for a peaceful and just solution. Hirotsugu Terasaki Executive Director Soka Gakkai International Office of Public Information ... read more

Culture | Oct 3 2007

Soka Gakkai Thailand Commended by Thailand's Ministry of Culture

On October 3, 2007, the Ministry of Culture of the Kingdom of Thailand commended Soka Gakkai Thailand (SGT) in recognition of their longstanding contributions to cultural enhancement. At the conferral ceremony held in Bangkok, Deputy Culture Minister Vira Rojpojchanarat read the citation and Culture Minister Khunying Khaisri Sriaroon presented a ... read more

Culture | Oct 2 2007

Exhibition on Chinese Scholar Jao Tsung-I in Kobe, Japan

On October 2, 2007, "The Paintings and Calligraphy of Jao Tsung-I," an exhibition showcasing the works of Professor Jao Tsung-I, opened at the Soka Gakkai Kansai International Culture Center located in Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. Professor Jao, professor emeritus of the Chinese University of Hong Kong and known as ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 30 2007

SGI Members of Benelux Nations Gather

On September 8, 2007, SGI youth members from Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg (Benelux) gathered at the SGI-Belgium Culture Center in Brussels for their second youth division general meeting. SGI-Belgium Youth Leader Denis LeBlond spoke about the significance of second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda's declaration calling for the abolition of ... read more

Education | Sep 29 2007

BRC Hosts "Fourth Annual Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue: Women and the Power of Friendship" in Cambridge, Massachusetts

The Boston Research Center for the 21st Century (BRC) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A., was filled to capacity on September 29, 2007 as peace activists, scholars, and poets, gathered to engage in the "Fourth Annual Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue: Women and the Power of Friendship." This year's forum explored the ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 27 2007

SGI-Denmark and Pugwash Conference Cosponsor Antinuclear Symposium

On September 27, 2007, SGI-Denmark and the Danish Committee of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs (Pugwash Denmark) cosponsored a symposium titled "The Current Dangers of Nuclear Weapons" at Christiansborg Castle, Denmark's parliament house in Copenhagen. Some 150 peace scholars, activists and embassy officials participated in the event, ... read more

Human Rights | Sep 27 2007

SGI Representative Makes NGO Statement at UN Human Rights Council

SGI and the World Federation of UN Associations worked together to draft the statement to support the proposal of Costa Rica to extend by two years the first phase of the World Programme for Human Rights Education (WPHRE). SGI UN Liaison Officer in Geneva Kazunari Fujii, currently chair of the ... read more

Culture | Sep 27 2007

Annniversary of China-Japan Normalization Commemorated in Beijing

A Soka Gakkai delegation, led by Toshiyuki Mitsugi, senior advisor, attended the festivities, together with some 600 representatives from the two countries. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress Lu Yongxiang, Vice Chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Li Guixian, ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 24 2007

Dr. Margarita Vorobyova-Desyatovskaya Lectures in Tokyo on the Lotus Sutra

On September 24, 2007, Dr. Margarita Vorobyova-Desyatovskaya of St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences lectured on "Daisaku Ikeda and the Lotus Sutra" at the Nihon Seinenkan Hall, Tokyo. The Institute of Oriental Philosophy hosted the event. Dr. Vorobyova-Desyatovskaya, a world renowned ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 23 2007

10,000 Gather for Soka Gakkai Thailand Men's General Meeting; Men Meet in Costa Rica, New Zealand and U.K.

Soka Gakkai Thailand men gather for their first general meeting SGI-Costa Rica men for their first general meeting On August 19, SGI-Costa Rica MD held their first general meeting at the SGI-Costa Rica Culture Center in San José. On August 25 and 26, SGI-New Zealand MD members gathered in Wellington, for ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 23 2007

Betty Williams Speaks at SGI-USA's Culture of Peace Lecture Series

Betty Williams (center) and her assistant, Rusti Findley (right), with Dr.Nazir Khaja (left), founder of the Islamic Information Service, at an interfaith event (September 23, 2007) "Violence is a choice. Reject it." "Nonviolence is the weapon of the strong, not the weak." Nobel Peace Prize laureate Betty Williams imparted these words ... read more

Education | Sep 23 2007

"Caring for Our Elders" Forums Held in San Francisco, California

On September 23, 2007, SGI-USA members in San Francisco, California met for an informative and inspiring forum on "Caring for Our Elders" at the SGI-USA San Francisco Culture Center. This was the seventh of a series on elderly care that began in January, sponsored by SGI-USA women in San Francisco. ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 22 2007

Soka Gakkai Youth Hold National Leaders' Meeting; SGI President Named Honorary Citizen of Navoiy City, Uzbekistan

On September 22, 2007, Soka Gakkai youth held a national leaders' meeting at the Tokyo Makiguchi Memorial Hall in Hachioji, Tokyo. At the event signifying the launch of the next phase of the SGI's worldwide growth and development spearheaded by youth, the young people presented a declaration on behalf of ... read more

Interfaith | Sep 21 2007

"International Day of Peace" Observed in Singapore

In 2001, the United Nations designated September 21 as the International Day of Peace with an aim of "strengthening the ideals of peace and alleviating tensions and causes of conflicts." On September 21, 2007, the Singapore Soka Association (SSA) cosponsored an event titled, "May Peace Prevail on Earth," to commemorate ... read more