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Buddhism | Oct 15 2006

SGI Members Hold Friendship Exchanges at 58 Venues in Aichi Prefecture

SGI-Korea members attend exchange meeting at West Nagoya Culture Center On October 14, SGI members from around the world, in Japan for an autumn training session, traveled to Aichi Prefecture for friendship exchange meetings at 58 venues. SGI members from Malaysia, Thailand and India received a warm welcome from local members ... read more

Press Releases | Oct 10 2006

SGI President Awarded 200th Academic Honor, Calls For Stronger Japan-China Cooperation On Environment

Tokyo, Japan: In a ceremony at Soka University on October 7, Daisaku Ikeda, president of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) lay Buddhist organization, was awarded an honorary professorship from Beijing Normal University, bringing to 200 the number of honorary doctorates, professorships and equivalent honors given in recognition of his efforts ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Oct 8 2006

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Members Contribute to Local Communities

Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) members regularly visit children and the elderly in special care facilities, providing cheer and encouragement to residents. On October 8, 2006, SGM volunteers from Kulai and Saleng cities in Johor State visited residents at the Saleng Handicapped and Mentally Disabled Children Association, located in Johor Bahru. ... read more

Culture | Oct 8 2006

Beijing Normal University Names Daisaku Ikeda Honorary Professor

On October 7, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda was awarded an honorary professorship from Beijing Normal University, bringing to 200 the number of honorary doctorates, professorships and equivalent honors given in recognition of his efforts to promote peace through dialogue, citizen diplomacy and cross-Cultural Activities. Established in 1902, Beijing Normal University is ... read more

Sustainable Development | Oct 7 2006

"21st Century Environment Exhibition" Opens in Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture

On October 6, the "21st Century Environment Exhibition--The Future is in Our Hearts," which supports the UN's "Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014)," opened at the Higashi Nippon International University-Iwaki Junior College campus in Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture. Dr. Yoshitaka Abe, director of Aquamarine Fukushima, underscored the importance of ... read more

Sustainable Development | Oct 7 2006

Earth Charter Events Held in San Diego, California, and Columbus, Ohio, USA

The San Diego Earth Charter organization held its second annual Earth Charter Summit on October 6-7, 2006 at Mira Costa College, Oceanside Campus, in North San Diego County, California, USA. The event's highlight was keynote speaker Helen Caldicott, cofounder of Physicians for Social Responsibility and founder and president of the ... read more

Culture | Oct 7 2006

Music Festival Celebrates SGI-Hong Kong's 45th Anniversary

On September 16 and 17, SGI-Hong Kong No. 1 Headquarters hosted a music festival at the SGI-Hong Kong Culture Center, commemorating SGI-Hong Kong's 45th anniversary. A total of 3,000 guests enjoyed the multi-cultural show that included a Chinese lion dance, kung-fu, ethnic dances, a musical number, contemporary dances, opera and ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 5 2006

"Children and a Culture of Peace" Exhibition Opens at Soka International Women's Center

"Children and a Culture of Peace Exhibition: For the Sake of Children's Happiness," created and sponsored by the Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee (WPC), debuted October 4 at the Soka International Women's Center in Shinanomachi, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. WPC Chair Akemi Tsukiji expressed hopes for creating an era filled with ... read more

Sustainable Development | Oct 5 2006

SGI-Paraguay Holds "Seeds of Change" Cultural Show

On September 24, SGI-Paraguay hosted a cultural show and gathering titled "Seeds of Change" commemorating the 45th anniversary of the first SGI-Paraguay district, as well as the 13th anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's visit to Paraguay. "Seeds of Change" was held at the sports culture center at University Americana ... read more

Interfaith | Oct 5 2006

SGI Participates in Fourth World Public Forum Dialogue of Civilizations in Rhodes, Greece

The World Public Forum (WPF) held its fourth general meeting of "Dialogue of Civilizations" in Rhodes, Greece, from September 27 through October 1, 2006. Representatives of SGI and the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP), an affiliate organization, joined over 600 scholars and researchers from 62 countries, at WPF's invitation. The ... read more

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