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Peace and Disarmament | Jun 19 2007

SGI-Panama Sponsors Culture of Peace Exhibition

On June 19, 2007, "Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World," an exhibition created by SGI-USA calling for nonviolence, lasting peace and the protection of children's rights, previewed at the SGI-Panama Culture Center with the attendance of invited guests. Included in the exhibition are more than ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 17 2007

SGI-Finland Holds Summer Course in Paimio, Finland

From June 16-17, 2007, SGI-Finland held a summer study course in Paimio, Finland. Forty-eight SGI members from throughout the country gathered for the event with the theme, "We are Lions, We are Victors." SGI-Europe Chair Hideaki Takahashi led a study of "The Opening of the Eyes," one of Nichiren's major ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 17 2007

SGI-Germany Holds Training Course in Trets

From June 13-17, 2007, around 100 SGI-Germany men's division members attended a training course at the SGI-Europe Training Center in Trets, France. During the five-day course, the men had many opportunities to deepen friendships and share experiences of how they have applied the philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism to overcome challenges ... read more

Sustainable Development | Jun 17 2007

SGI-Italy Genoa Culture Center Hosts "Seeds of Change" Exhibition

From June 3-17, 2007, the SGI-Italy Genoa Culture Center hosted the "Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential" exhibition created by the SGI and the Earth Charter Initiative. More than 1,000 visitors viewed the exhibition, cosponsored by Genoa City and Genoa Province in the Liguria Region. A Quiet ... read more

Culture | Jun 17 2007

SGI-New Zealand's Brass Band and the Manukau City Concert Band Hold Joint Concert

On June 17, 2007, SGI-New Zealand's Victorious March Brass Band collaborated with New Zealand's renowned Manukau City Concert Band for a concert at the SGI-New Zealand Culture Center in Auckland. Around 350 residents and local SGI members attended the fourth annual concert for Victorious March, now in its seventh year. ... read more

Education | Jun 16 2007

Public Libraries in Singapore Screen Animation Adapted from Daisaku Ikeda's Children's Stories

The Bukit Merah and Bukit Batok Community Libraries in Singapore screened The Winds of Victory, an animated film about friendship, teamwork and sportsmanship, based on a children's story by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, on May 19 and June 16, 2007, respectively. The protagonist of the animation, Kenji Saito, is a ... read more

Education | Jun 15 2007

Symposium on Humanistic Education Held at Teachers College, Columbia University, USA

On June 15, 2007, student members of Buddhism for Global Peace at Columbia University, New York, New York, sponsored a symposium titled "Humanistic Education: Transforming the Culture of Violence." The event was held at Milbank Chapel, Teachers College, Columbia University. Eleven years ago on June 13, 1996, also at Teachers ... read more

Sustainable Development | Jun 14 2007

SGI-Paraguay Sponsors Exhibition on Sustainable Living

On June 13 and 14, 2007, SGI-Paraguay sponsored "Seeds of Change--the Earth Charter and Human Potential," an exhibition created by the SGI and the Earth Charter Initiative, at the Universidad Columbia del Paraguay (Columbia University of Paraguay). At the exhibition opening on the 14th, University President Rodrigo Urbieta told how ... read more

Education | Jun 13 2007

Center for Dewey Studies Honors SGI President

On June 13, 2007, the Center for Dewey Studies based in Illinois,USA, a leading research institute on the educational philosophy of John Dewey (1859-1952), named Soka Schools and University founder SGI President Daisaku Ikeda the center's honorary advisor at a conferral ceremony at Soka University in Hachioji, Tokyo. Mr. Ikeda ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 12 2007

Greek Edition of The Lotus Sutra Commemorated

On June 12, 2007, a forum marking last year's publication of the Greek edition of The Lotus Sutra was held in Athens. The Lotus Sutra is widely considered the most important scripture of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition. The Greek translation by Panos Bolanakis is based on Burton Watson's English translation ... read more

Interfaith | Jun 12 2007

Soka Gakkai Representative Attends International Conference on Religious Tolerance

Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) Director and Soka Gakkai Vice President Yoichi Kawada was invited to represent the Buddhist worldview at an international interfaith conference held on June 12, 2007 in Bali, Indonesia. Titled "Tolerance Between Religions: A Blessing for All Creation," the interfaith summit was sponsored by the Wahid ... read more

Education | Jun 11 2007

Mikhail Gorbachev Reminisces on His Life and Perestroika

On June 11, 2007, former Soviet Union leader and Nobel Peace laureate Mikhail Gorbachev visited Soka University, in Hachioji, Japan, and spoke on "Perestroika and My Life" to over 10,000 students from Soka University, Soka Women's College and Soka Junior and Senior High Schools. Mr. Gorbachev emphasized the importance of ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 9 2007

SGI-Sweden Celebrates SGI-Sweden Day; SGI-Switzerland Youth Leaders Meet

On June 3, 2007, SGI-Sweden members celebrated SGI-Sweden Day, which commemorates SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's first visit to their country in 1989. At the gathering at the SGI-Sweden Culture Center in Saltsjöbaden, southeast of Stockholm, film footages of the visit were shown, followed by members' personal accounts of their Buddhist ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 7 2007

SGI-Portugal "Young Mothers" Group Debuts

On June 7, 2007, the SGI-Portugal "Young Mothers" group made its debut at a venue in Lisbon. The women shared experiences of practicing and applying the philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism in their daily lives as mothers and partners, as well as read SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's poem dedicated to young ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jun 6 2007

SGI-Korea Students Conduct Peace and Culture Events

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda's 1957 declaration for the abolition of nuclear weapons, the SGI-Korea student division sponsored peace and cultural events from May 14-June 6, 2007, at 120 university campuses throughout South Korea. The events drew some 57,000 visitors, including students and ... read more