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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

Buddhism | Jun 3 2007

SGI-Cambodia Holds First National Meeting

On June 3, 2007, SGI-Cambodia members gathered for their first general meeting at the SGI-Cambodia Culture Center in Phnom Penh. At the meeting, held in conjunction with a national women's gathering, members shared how they have triumphed over obstacles and difficulties through their practice of Nichiren Buddhism. Women's division member ... read more

Sustainable Development | Jun 3 2007

SGI-Spain Supports an Interfaith Conference in Alicante and Earth Charter Forum in Madrid

Former UNESCO Director-General Federico Mayor Zaragoza opened the program with an address on "The Earth Charter and a Culture of Peace." University of Alicante Rector Ignacio Jiménez was also among the speakers who represented various cultural and religious traditions, including the Bahá'í, Anglican and Protestant communities, who talked about the ... read more

Interfaith | Jun 3 2007

SGI-Spain Supports an Interfaith Conference in Alicante and Earth Charter Forum in Madrid

Former UNESCO Director-General Federico Mayor Zaragoza opened the program with an address on "The Earth Charter and a Culture of Peace." University of Alicante Rector Ignacio Jiménez was also among the speakers who represented various cultural and religious traditions, including the Bahá'í, Anglican and Protestant communities, who talked about the ... read more

Culture | Jun 2 2007

Charity Cultural Extravaganza in Terengganu, Malaysia

On June 1-2, 2007, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) Terengganu Branch and the Terengganu State Department of Culture, Arts and Heritage cosponsored a charity show, titled "Malam Budidaya 2007," at Auditorium Taman Budaya Negeri Terengganu-Kuala Ibai. Malam Budidaya, showcasing ethnic dances highlighting the rich cultural diversity of Malaysian society, also commemorated ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jun 1 2007

Women's Peace Committee 2006 Report

The forum was held at 124 venues around Japan, with close to 77,000 people taking part, while the "Women and a Culture of Peace" exhibition toured seven cities and has now reached an audience of over 750,000 people. The new "Children and a Culture of Peace" exhibition, which highlights ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jun 1 2007

Toda Peace Institute Collaborates with Chinese NGO on Peace Forum in Beijing

On May 31 and June 1, 2007, the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research and the Chinese People's Association for Peace and Disarmament (CPAPD) cohosted an international conference entitled "Forum on Security and Cooperation in Northeast Asia" in Beijing, China. Toda Institute representatives joined CPAPD Vice President Liu ... read more

Culture | Jun 1 2007

SGI-Hong Kong Cosponsors Exhibition of Works by Zhejiang Province Artists

On June 1, 2007, an exhibition featuring 80 paintings of landscapes, flowers and birds by master painters of Zhejiang Province, China, opened at the SGI-Hong Kong Culture Center. The event was cosponsored by the Zhejiang People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, Zhejiang Provincial Federation of Literature and Art and ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | May 26 2007

City in Mississippi, USA, Thanks Local SGI-USA Members for Park Restoration

When Hurricane Katrina swept through the area on August 29, 2005, the small city with a population of around 6,500, lying on the Gulf of Mexico coast, was all but demolished. Of the original 8,000 homes, only 500 remained. With the support of government services and a coalition of volunteers, ... read more

Buddhism | May 21 2007

First Sign Language-Interpreted Conference Held at the FNCC

Between sessions, the sign language interpreters, the two deaf participants and several others who have made longstanding efforts to support deaf SGI-USA members in their local areas discussed various ways to express Buddhist terminology in American Sign Language--with many yet to be created. The conference, facilitated by SGI-USA study department members, ... read more

Buddhism | May 20 2007

Community Friendship Festivals Held Throughout Taiwan

On May 20, 2007, Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) concluded a series of community festivals held throughout Taiwan focusing on children's happiness. In recent years, domestic violence, child abuse, and bullying at schools have become increasingly prevalent in Taiwanese society. Furthermore, stories of children suffering from poverty, living as refugees and ... read more

Culture | May 20 2007

Soka Gakkai Fukuoka Celebrates Eighth Anniversary of Korea-Japan Friendship Monument

On May 20, 2007, Soka Gakkai members in Shima, Fukuoka Prefecture, commemorated the eighth anniversary of the Korea-Japan Friendship Monument that was unveiled on May 15, 1999, at the Soka Gakkai Fukuoka Training Center. Local Soka Gakkai members and Korean residents gathered to celebrate. Representatives introduced the history of the ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | May 20 2007

Singapore Soka Association Hosts Women in Arts--Friendship for Peace Concert

On May 19 and 20, 2007, Soka Singapore Association (SSA) women and young women organized and hosted "Women in Arts--Friendship for Peace Concert," an event geared toward expanding a network of friendship and trust in the local community, at the SSA Headquarters building. Adopting the orchid and lotus flowers as ... read more