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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

Buddhism | Apr 28 2007

New SGI-Brazil Culture Center Opens

On April 28, 2007, SGI-Brazil opened a new six-story center in São Paulo. The building, named SGI-Brazil Dr. Daisaku Ikeda Culture Center, includes an auditorium that seats 3,000. SGI Vice President Hiromasa Ikeda read a message from SGI President Daisaku Ikeda at a reception held the same day. One day ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 27 2007

Establishment of Nichiren Buddhism Celebrated Worldwide

April 28, 2007 marks the 754th anniversary of the establishment of Nichiren Buddhism (April 28, 1253). Today, SGI members in 190 countries and territories around the world practice Nichiren Buddhism. On April 27, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda participated in a commemorative service to mark the anniversary at the Tokyo Makiguchi Memorial ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Apr 27 2007

New SGI-Argentina Women's Peace Committee to Promote Ecology and Nuclear Disarmament

On April 27, 2007, SGI-Argentina inaugurated its Women's Peace Committee (WPC) with SGI-Argentina Women's Division Leader Matilde Garrido and Young Women's Division Leader Veronica Higashi serving as chair and vice chair, respectively. At a ceremony held at the SGI-Argentina Peace Auditorium, the two women made a joint statement declaring that ... read more

Sustainable Development | Apr 27 2007

New SGI-Argentina Women's Peace Committee to Promote Ecology and Nuclear Disarmament

On April 27, 2007, SGI-Argentina inaugurated its Women's Peace Committee (WPC) with SGI-Argentina Women's Division Leader Matilde Garrido and Young Women's Division Leader Veronica Higashi serving as chair and vice chair, respectively. At a ceremony held at the SGI-Argentina Peace Auditorium, the two women made a joint statement declaring that ... read more

Education | Apr 26 2007

Soka Gakkai Donates Books to Library in Mongolian City

On April 26, 2007, a Soka Gakkai delegation, led by Eiji Ouchi, visited the central library in Zuunkharaa City, Mandal County, Selenge Province in Mongolia to make a presentation of various Mongolian books. The delegation also presented the library with copies of Mongolian translations of The Great Prairie and the ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 24 2007

German Edition of Burton Watson's Lotus Sutra to Be Published

In May 2007, Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft (WBG), a German publisher of academic books, will release Das Lotos-Sutra, a German edition of the Lotus Sutra, widely considered to be the most important scripture of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition. This edition is based on Burton Watson's translation published in 1993 by Columbia University ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Apr 23 2007

SGI-Thailand Hosts Third Women for Peace Conference

Dr. Juree (2nd from right) views the "Women and the Culture of Peace Exhibition" sponsored by the SGT women, accompanied by SGT General Director Somkiat Limrossukon (right) and SGT WD Chief Ms. Patoomporn (3rd from right) Speaking at the conference, prominent scholar and women's rights advocate Juree Vichit Vadakan, who ... read more

Interfaith | Apr 23 2007

Seminar on Life and Death at the Boston Research Center

Professor Tu said he believed Confucius once stated that it was impossible to understand death without first understanding life. "The Confucian notion is that you are in this world for a purpose, and it's a blessing for you to become a human. In this regard, for humans, the spiritual death ... read more

Culture | Apr 22 2007

SGI-Hong Kong Participates in Celebrations for Tenth Anniversary of Repatriation

July 1, 2007 will mark the tenth anniversary of Hong Kong's establishment as the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the return of sovereignty to China. SGI-Hong Kong members have been participating in celebratory events taking place in Hong Kong. The Cosmic Brass Band and Bauhinia Fife-and-Drum Corps marched in ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Apr 21 2007

A Day of Peace in Hawaii

Visitors to the exhibition On April 21, 2007, in Honolulu, Hawaii, the School of Architecture at the University of Hawaii was the site of the SGI-USA's Aloha Peace Community Forum, held in conjunction with the opening of the "Creating a Culture of Peace: The Right to Human Security" exhibition at the ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 17 2007

Soka Gakkai Publishes 7th Book in the Lotus Sutra Manuscript Series

The Soka Gakkai recently published Sanskrit Lotus Sutra Manuscript from the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland (No. 6), Romanized Text, the seventh of the "Lotus Sutra Manuscript Series," edited by Haruaki Kotsuki, researcher in charge of manuscript studies at the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP). Beginning in ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 15 2007

SGI-Hong Kong's Senior Citizens Meet

On April 15, 2007, some 1,500 members of SGI-Hong Kong's Many Treasures Group--made up of senior citizens--gathered for a general meeting at the Hong Kong Culture Center. In a message, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda paid tribute to their pioneer efforts that have led to the development of the SGI-Hong Kong ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 15 2007

SGI-Czech Members Celebrate 15th Anniversary

On April 14-15, 2007, SGI-Czech Chapter celebrated the 15th anniversary of its establishment in January 1992 with a mere six members. This followed the 1989 "Velvet Revolution" that led to democratization of the former Czechoslovakia. In a message, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda hailed the members who had gathered in Prague ... read more