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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

Culture | May 17 2007

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Cosponsors Exhibition of Works by Guangxi Artists

From May 13-17, 2007, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) sponsored "The Malaysia-Guangxi Cultural Vessel--The Lijiang Painting Style Fine Arts Exhibition 2007" at the Wisma Kebudayaan SGM Center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The exhibition, part of SGM's longstanding collaboration with cultural organizations and agencies to promote the arts and culture of Malaysia ... read more

Buddhism | May 13 2007

SGI-Panama Youth Honor Women Members

On May 13, 2007, SGI-Panama youth held a music recital commemorating Soka Gakkai Mothers' Day (May 3). Over 700 SGI-Panama members and their friends enjoyed the musical presentation that paid tribute to the SGI-Panama women. In a message celebrating May 3 Soka Gakkai Day and Soka Gakkai Mothers' Day, SGI ... read more

Buddhism | May 12 2007

Institute of Oriental Philosophy European Center Relaunched

On May 12, 2007, around 200 people attended the relaunch of the Institute of Oriental Philosophy European Center (IOPEC) at Taplow Court, SGI-UK's national center. The relaunch aims to make IOPEC more accessible to scholars, the public and SGI members interested in researching Buddhism from a broad, ecumenical perspective. IOPEC's new ... read more

Sustainable Development | May 11 2007

SGI Participates in UN Commission on Sustainable Development

The 15th session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-15) [http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev/csd/aboutCsd.htm] was held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from April 30 to May 11, 2007. CSD brings together civil society as well as governments to encourage progress and cooperation in meeting sustainable development policy commitments. From ... read more

Buddhism | May 6 2007

SGI-Europe Celebrates Soka Gakkai Day

Along with SGI organizations in countries around the world, SGI-Europe commemorated May 3, Soka Gakkai Day. On May 4, SGI-Lithuania members, some who live and work in other countries, gathered at a home in Vilnius, Lithuania, for a friendship exchange meeting. The group enjoyed listening to each other's experiences of ... read more

Education | May 5 2007

Anniversary of Toynbee Dialogue Celebrated in London

Their dialogue, conducted over several days in both May 1972 and May 1973 and covering a wide range of issues related to human life, ethics and religion, was published as Choose Life: A Dialogue. The book has been translated into 26 languages to date. [Daisaku Ikeda Library link: Choose Life: ... read more

Buddhism | May 3 2007

SGI-Philippines Announces New National Leaders

Roger Cabautan On May 3, 2007, SGI-Philippines held a kick-off meeting that also commemorated Soka Gakkai Day at the SGI-Philippines Culture Center in Quezon City. Following a congratulatory message from SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, new national leaders were announced: Roger Cabautan, SGI-Philippines General Director; Yasuaki Niitsu, Chair; and Manuel Urrutia, Men's ... read more

Buddhism | May 3 2007

SGI-Australia Announces New Leaders

At a meeting commemorating May 3, Soka Gakkai Day, SGI-Australia made a fresh start ahead of the SGI-Oceania general meeting scheduled for 2008. New leaders were announced as follows: Men's Leader--Charles Teoh; Youth Leader--Jarrett Yap; Young Men's Leader--Anurag Karol; and Study Department Coordinator--Mark Young. Charles Teoh SGI-Australia MD Leader Jarrett Yap SGI-Australia ... read more

Culture | May 3 2007

SGI-HK Cosponsors Exhibition on Lu Xun in Hong Kong and Macau

The "Who is Lu Xun?" exhibition showcasing the life and works of the Chinese writer, Lu Xun, was shown at the SGI-Hong Kong Culture Center from February 4 to 25, 2007. The exhibition was jointly sponsored by Shanghai Lu Xun Culture Development Center, Shaoxing Residents' Association of Hong Kong and ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | May 3 2007

Culture of Peace Seminar in New Delhi, India

Will peace remain elusive? To many it might seem so, with media reports calling attention to the escalation in senseless acts of violence occurring around the world. In such a social climate, the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) and Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai (BSG) jointly organized a ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 30 2007

SGI-Korea Opens Two Culture Centers and a New Hwa Kwang Shinmun Building

The three-story Kwangyang Culture Center opened on April 15 in Kwangyang, Chollanam Province, South Korea, with 600 local SGI members attending. On April 21, the Bangeojin Culture Center officially opened in the metropolitan city of Ulsan in Gyeongsangnam Province. Among the 1,000 attendees were Dong-gu Mayor Jeong Cheon-seok, Dong-gu Council ... read more

Culture | Apr 30 2007

30,000 Participate in Youth Friendship Music Festivals in Thailand

From February through April 2007, SGI-Thailand hosted Youth Friendship Music Festivals at 27 venues throughout Thailand that rallied some 30,000 participants. The youth division took initiative for planning and carrying out the festivals with support from the men's and women's divisions. The shows included gymnastic feats, traditional Thai dances and ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 28 2007

SGI-Brazil Hosts Latin American Conference

On April 28, 2007, SGI-Brazil hosted an SGI Latin America Conference at the International Conference Hall in the Ikeda Culture Center in São Paulo, Brazil. In a message, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda called on the participants to launch afresh "a great tidal wave of world peace from Central and South ... read more