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Buddhism | Oct 4 2006

SGI-USA Members in New Orleans Hold "Victory Rally" on Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

SGI-USA New Orleans members celebrate their "victory" over the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, one year later On September 23, SGI-USA members in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, held a "Victory Rally," just over one year after their area was devastated by Hurricane Katrina, one of the most destructive storms in U.S. history. ... read more

Education | Oct 4 2006

BRC Hosts Third Annual Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue--"Emerson and the Power of the Imagination"

On September 30, the Boston Research Center for the 21st Century (BRC) hosted its third Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue. This year's forum, titled "Emerson and the Power of the Imagination," was held at BRC's Cambridge, Massachusetts center. Quoting from the BRC's website, "Ralph Waldo Emerson once observed that imagination ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 3 2006

SGI-Taiwan Recognized as Excellent Community Organization for 14th Consecutive Year

The Interior Ministry of Taiwan has chosen SGI-Taiwan as an Excellent Community Organization for 2005. SGI-Taiwan was one of 17 chosen from among 6,965 organizations to have contributed the most to Taiwanese society during the year. The organization has been recognized for 14 consecutive years since 1991, one year following ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 3 2006

SGI-Germany's Villa Sachsen Celebrates Heritage Day

On September 9, 2006, SGI-Germany's Villa Sachsen Grand Culture Center (Villa Sachsen) opened its doors to the public in celebration of Heritage Day (Sept. 14). SGI-Germany's Green Hill Orchestra serenaded the 2,000 local residents attending with well-loved classics. The audience was also treated to a guitar solo by a renowned ... read more

Sustainable Development | Oct 3 2006

SGI-Taiwan Recognized as Excellent Community Organization for 14th Consecutive Year

The Interior Ministry of Taiwan has chosen SGI-Taiwan as an Excellent Community Organization for 2005. SGI-Taiwan was one of 17 chosen from among 6,965 organizations to have contributed the most to Taiwanese society during the year. The organization has been recognized for 14 consecutive years since 1991, one year following ... read more

Culture | Oct 3 2006

SGI-Germany's Villa Sachsen Celebrates Heritage Day

On September 9, 2006, SGI-Germany's Villa Sachsen Grand Culture Center (Villa Sachsen) opened its doors to the public in celebration of Heritage Day (Sept. 14). SGI-Germany's Green Hill Orchestra serenaded the 2,000 local residents attending with well-loved classics. The audience was also treated to a guitar solo by a renowned ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 1 2006

Bronze Statues Dedicated to SGI-Korea Women Pioneers

On September 21, two bronze statues titled "Mothers of Kosen-rufu," were unveiled at the Peace Garden in front of the SGI-Korea Headquarters building. SGI Women's Leader Kayoko Asano was among the 130 representatives present. Standing 3 meters tall, the statues are of a woman holding SGI-Korea's organizational newspaper conversing with ... read more

Culture | Oct 1 2006

Finnish Artist's "Four Seasons" Exhibition in Malaysia

The artwork of Lasse Kempas, a contemporary Finnish painter working in watercolor and gouache whose subject is nature and the changing seasons, was exhibited in Malaysia from September 24 to October 1, 2006. The Embassy of Finland and Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) organized the exhibition, which has also toured Singapore ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 30 2006

Palau Hosts SGI's "Building a Culture of Peace" Exhibition

Palauan President Tommy E. Remengesau (4th from left) participates in ribbon-cutting with other guests On September 11, "Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World," an exhibition created by the SGI-USA to appeal for the values of peace and nonviolence, opened at Palau Community College. The exhibition was ... read more

Sustainable Development | Sep 30 2006

"21st Century Environment Exhibition" Opens in Konan City, Aichi Prefecture

On September 29, the "21st Century Environment Exhibition," which supports the UN's "Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014)," opened at the Suitopia Konan in Konan, Aichi Prefecture. Kazunobu Onogawa, director of the UN Center for Regional Development, expressed his appreciation for the exhibition and shared his concerns about the ... read more

Culture | Sep 30 2006

China's Ambassador to Japan and SGI President Discuss Sino-Japanese Friendship

On September 29, Chinese Ambassador to Japan Wang Yi, accompanied by Councilor Xiong Bo and First Secretary Yang Yu, received a warm welcome from SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and Soka Gakkai representatives at the Soka International Friendship Center in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo. The day happened to be the 34th anniversary ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 28 2006

New SGI-Europe District Established in Ísafjördur, Iceland

A new district was established in Ísafjördur, Iceland, making it SGI-Europe's northernmost district. With a latitude of 66 degrees, Ísafjördur is located on Vestfjarda Peninsula, overlooking Ísa Fjord. The town serves as a principal fishing port in northwestern Iceland, as well as a tourist destination with its tall, precipitous mountain ... read more

Education | Sep 25 2006

Soka Gakkai Educators Report on Applying Humanistic Education in the Classroom

The Soka Gakkai Education Department sponsored its 29th "All Japan Rally on Practical Application of Humanistic Education" in Morioka City, Iwate Prefecture, on September 24. Some 1,300 educators and guests attended the rally, titled "With Education from the Heart, Let's Ensure a Future Where Children Can Shine--Aiming for a Society ... read more

Culture | Sep 24 2006

SGI-Brazil Fife-and-Drum Corps and Brass Bands Participate in Independence Day Parades

SGI-Brazil's young men's Taiyo (Sun) Brass Bands and young women's Nova Era (New Era) Fife-and-Drum Corps participated in 20 Independence Day events throughout the country on September 7 in the cities of Riberão Preto, Belem, Manaus, Salvador and Belo Horizonte, among others. At the attraction held at the Samba Stadium ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 23 2006

SGI-Italy Holds Summer Buddhist Study Session in Fiuggi, Italy

From August 31 through September 3, over 2,500 SGI-Italy representatives met in Fiuggi, located some 80 kilometers south of Rome, for a summer study session. The city is long known for its medicinal mineral hot springs, reputed to cure a wide scope of urinary tract and liver diseases. Artist Michelangelo ... read more