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Peace and Disarmament | Aug 6 2007

Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Renews Nuclear Abolition Pledge

On August 6, 2007, on the 62nd anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Soka Gakkai members hosted a memorial service at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Hall in solemn remembrance of victims of the atomic bombing and all those who lost their lives in war. Atomic bomb survivors, their families ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 5 2007

SGI Youth in Hong Kong and Macau Participate in Summer Activities

On August 4 and 5, 2007, SGI-Hong Kong student division members attended a summer training course at the SGI-Hong Kong Grand Culture Center. Participants studied Buddhist concepts of "good and evil" and the life condition of Asura, or "anger," as well as the role of the United Nations in contemporary ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 5 2007

Hiroshima Women's Peace Committee Sponsors A-Bomb Experience Rally

Soka Gakkai members in Hiroshima have demonstrated a longstanding commitment to creating a network of peace and communicating "the heart of Hiroshima." On August 5, 2007, the Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Women's Peace Committee sponsored a hibakusha experience rally at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Hall. Ayako Kozuka, an A-bomb survivor, shared ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 4 2007

Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Okinawa Youth Hold Annual Peace Summit

On August 4, 2007, Soka Gakkai Youth Peace Conference (YPC) representatives from Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Okinawa held their annual joint peace summit at the Soka Gakkai Nagasaki Peace Hall. The event opened with prayers for all victims of the atomic bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki and of the Pacific War, ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 31 2007

SGI-USA's New Territories Hold Kickoff Meetings

Following SGI-USA's implementation in June 2007 of a new organizational structure consisting of three large geographical territories that will provide more direct support for its many volunteer leaders, SGI-USA members have been convening to celebrate the new start in their respective territories--East, Central and West. On July 1, 2007, the East ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 31 2007

SGI-Philippines Celebrates Young Men's Division Day

During July, the SGI-Philippines Young Men's Division (YMD) held meetings throughout the country to commemorate the YMD's establishment on July 11, 1952. In a congratulatory message sent for the occasion, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda stressed how important it was to be courageous to lead a victorious life and contribute to ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 29 2007

SGI Latin American Youth Commemorate Anniversaries

In the Dominican Republic, 500 young women, half of whom were guests, commemorated the YWD anniversary at the SGI-Dominican Republic Culture Center on July 22. Following a skit and a fife-and-drum corps performance, YWD Leader Noriko Tamate encouraged everyone to support one another and strive based on the humanistic ... read more

Education | Jul 29 2007

Psychologist Gives Talk on Positive Parenting at Malaysia Soka Kindergarten

On July 29, 2007, Tadika Seri Soka, the Soka kindergarten in Cheras, Selangor State, Malaysia, invited Dr. Alvin Ng, a lecturer in the Health Psychology Unit of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, to give a talk on "Positive Parenting and Managing Behavior in Children" to an audience of over 100 parents whose ... read more

Culture | Jul 29 2007

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Boys and Girls Stage "Cherry Tree the Musical" in Selangor State

On July 22, 28 and 29, 2007, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) Selangor Branch hosted "Cherry Tree the Musical" performed by 200 boys and girls at the SGM Selangor Culture Centre in Klang. Around 2,700 attended, including friends and family, as well as Selangor State Executive Councillor Kamala Ganapathy, Klang Municipal ... read more

Culture | Jul 29 2007

SGI-USA New York Zone Southeast Asia Festival Opens Gateway to Peace in the Community

"Cultural Activities transcends differences in nationality and social systems. It awakens deep human emotions which then spread outward to touch the hearts and minds of others." So said SGI-USA Filipino Group National Coordinator Maria Feingold at SGI-USA New York Zone's first Southeast Asia Festival on July 29, 2007. More than ... read more

Culture | Jul 27 2007

Soka Gakkai Kansai 21st Century Symphony Orchestra Celebrates 35th Anniversary of Sino-Japan Relations

On July 27, 2007, the Soka Gakkai Kansai 21st Century Symphony Orchestra held a concert commemorating the 35th anniversary of the normalization of Sino-Japanese bilateral relations at the Osaka Central Public Hall in Nakanoshima and the 50th anniversary of a historic Soka Gakkai gathering held in the same hall on ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Jul 23 2007

Soka Gakkai Doctors and Nurses Provide Free Medical Care to Quake Victims

Relief and rescue efforts continue in Niigata Prefecture in the aftermath of a powerful earthquake measuring around 6.8 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7 that hit the northwestern coast of Japan on July 16, 2007. The death toll stood at 11 on July 23. Several thousand evacuees are ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jul 17 2007

SGI-USA Inaugurates Culture of Peace Distinguished Speaker Series in New York with Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury

On July 17, 2007, at the New York Culture Center, former UN Under-Secretary-General Anwarul K. Chowdhury delivered the inaugural lecture for SGI-USA's Culture of Peace Distinguished Speaker Series. The lecture series aims to engage young and old in dialogues on the values, attitudes, and behaviors that reject violence and inspire ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Jul 17 2007

Soka Gakkai Initiates Relief Efforts Following Earthquake in Niigata Prefecture

On the morning of July 16, 2007, a powerful earthquake hit Niigata Prefecture, centered on the Chuetsu Coast in northwestern Japan. Measuring upper 6 on the Japanese seismic scale of 7 according to the Japanese Meteorological Agency, the temblor left at least 11 dead and injured more than 1,000, while ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 15 2007

SGI Youth in Peru and Ecuador Hold Commemorative Meetings

On July 15, 2007, SGI-Peru young women's division (YWD) members celebrated July 19, YWD Day, at the SGI-Peru Culture Center in Lima. Following a speech by Youth Division Leader Juan Fuentes and members' experiences of practicing Nichiren Buddhism, the young women's fife-and-drum corps performed SGI songs. Vice YWD Leader Nancy ... read more