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Education | Mar 31 2007

SGI-Brazil Educators Promote Literacy Education

During February and March 2007, the SGI-Brazil (BSGI) Education Department held instructors' training seminars for its 150 Adult Literacy Education Program volunteers in the four Brazilian cities of São Paulo, Mogi das Cruzes, Ribeirão Preto and Ponta Grossa. The training seminars were held to review and improve the program to ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 29 2007

SGI-Europe Youth Celebrate March 16 and Reaffirm Their Commitment to Peace

SGI organizations throughout Europe commemorated March 16, 1958, a significant day in SGI's history when second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda met with 6,000 youth and bequeathed to them what he considered their mission--to work tirelessly for humanity's peace, prosperity and happiness, based on the philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism. With ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 28 2007

SGI-Taiwan Publishes Fifth Volume of Anthology of Nichiren's Writings in Modern Chinese

SGI-Taiwan recently published the fifth volume of an anthology of Nichiren's writings in modern Chinese. The classical literary style is also provided. The newest volume includes "The Object of Devotion for Observing the Mind," considered to be one of Nichiren's most important writings. [Adapted from an article in the March 28, ... read more

Human Rights | Mar 28 2007

Human Rights Education Conference in Murmansk, Russia

Kazunari Fujii, SGI UN Liaison Officer in Geneva and chair of the NGO Working Group on Human Rights Education & Learning of the CONGO (Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationships with the UN), attended an International Conference on Human Rights Education from March 27-28, 2007, in Murmansk, northwest Russia, organized ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 25 2007

SGI Associations Throughout Latin America Hold Commemorative Gatherings

On March 16, 2007, the young men and young women of SGI-Peru each held meetings at the SGI-Peru Culture Center in Lima to reaffirm their dedication to developing their own lives and further contributing to peace and prosperity in Peru and the world at large. On the previous day at ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 25 2007

SGI-USA Youth Celebrate March 16

During March 2007, SGI-USA youth throughout the country commemorated March 16, 1958, a historic day in the history of the Soka Gakkai. On that day, second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda, weakened and failing in health, bequeathed the task of realizing the peace and happiness of humanity based on the ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 25 2007

Youth Study Session at Soka Bodhi Tree Garden, New Delhi, India

Some 1,000 Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai (BSG) youth members from throughout India gathered at an auditorium in New Delhi on March 24, 2007, and on the following day at the Soka Bodhi Tree Garden in the outskirts of New Delhi, India. The youth studied Nichiren's writings and SGI President Daisaku ... read more

Culture | Mar 25 2007

Spring Festival in San Francisco Showcases Cultural Diversity

On March 25, 2007, SGI-USA members and guests in northern California were treated to a Spring Festival that included songs and dances from 11 different cultural traditions along with American rock and roll standards and hip hop dancing. The annual event began a number of years ago as a Chinese ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Mar 25 2007

Women's Peace Conference Held in Malaysia's Sabah Region

On March 24 and 25, 2007, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) women and young women hosted a women's peace conference titled "The Role of Women in Building Bridges of Peace through Culture and Arts." The conference, aimed at deepening an understanding of the significance and role of culture and the ... read more

Interfaith | Mar 25 2007

SGI New Zealand Race Relations Day in Auckland

On March 25, 2007, SGI-New Zealand (SGI-NZ) sponsored "Overcoming the Challenges of Difference," a public event celebrating diversity and fostering a shared humanity, at the SGI-NZ Culture Center in Auckland. The activity supported New Zealand's Race Relations Day and the UN "International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination," which ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 24 2007

SGI-Italy Holds National Leaders' Meeting

On March 24, 2007, some 500 SGI-Italy representatives attended a national leaders' meeting at the SGI-Italy Culture Center in Florence. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a congratulatory message and a poem dedicated to the SGI-Italy members. The meeting opened with a performance of "Young Heroes," the SGI-Italy Youth Division song. ... read more

Education | Mar 24 2007

Hong Kong Soka Kindergarten Rated "Excellent" by Education and Manpower Bureau

Hong Kong Soka Kindergarten (HKSK) received an "excellent" rating for 2005-06 from the Education and Manpower Bureau of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in recognition of the school's high-quality education, teachers and staff. Bureau inspectors in charge of assessing the quality assurance of kindergartens noted that ... read more

Interfaith | Mar 21 2007

Interfaith and Cultural Events Accompany Peacebuilders Exhibition in Oxford, UK

Between March 21 and 31, 2007, SGI-UK members in Oxfordshire hosted a series of events including interfaith discussions, talks and activities for schoolchildren at Oxford Town Hall, to accompany the showing of the Gandhi, King, Ikeda (GKI) exhibition that introduces the lives of the three peacebuilders. "I was very impressed ... read more

Human Rights | Mar 20 2007

SGI Representative Moderates Panel Discussion on Human Rights Education

On March 20, 2007, at the UN European Headquarters in Geneva, a panel discussion parallel to the 4th session of the UN Human Rights Council on the UN World Programme for Human Rights Education and the Right to Education was organized by the NGO Working Group on Human Rights ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 18 2007

Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai Holds Study Sessions on Nichiren Buddhism

On March 17 and 18, 2007, Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai (BSG), held its first study session with SGI Study Department Chief Katsuji Saito from Japan. A total of 1,000 representatives throughout India attended. On March 17, the participants studied "The Opening of the Eyes" and "Reply to Kyo'o" together with ... read more