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Education | Aug 26 2006

Mainichi Newspapers to Release Dialogue Among SGI President and Thoreau Scholars

The Mainichi Newspapers publishing company will soon release Utsukushiki seimei--chikyu to ikiru ("Renaissance of Life, Light of Poetic Heart"-working English title), a dialogue among SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and Thoreau Society's former President Ronald A. Bosco and former Board of Directors Secretary Joel Myerson. The three explore the lofty spirituality ... read more

Education | Aug 25 2006

Soka Gakkai Gifu Women's Ensemble and Chorus Participate in UNESCO Literacy Campaign

On August 23 and 24, the Gifu Soka Gakkai women's ensemble and chorus performed at the UNESCO Terakoya Movement Kururinpa Exhibition at Heartful Square in Gifu City, Gifu Prefecture. The event aimed at spreading awareness of UNESCO's Worldwide Terakoya Movement, a project that supports children worldwide who are unable to ... read more

Interfaith | Aug 25 2006

His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan Awarded Soka University's Honorary Doctorate

On August 24, His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan received an honorary doctorate from Soka University in Hachioji, Tokyo. The Jordanian prince was recognized for his longstanding contributions to intercultural understanding through dialogues and to the worldwide flourishing of academic scholarship and ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 24 2006

SGI-USA Youth in New York, New York, Hold Festival Commemorating 25th Anniversary of SGI President's Poem to America's Youth; New York State Awards Honorary Citizenships to SGI President and Mrs. Ikeda

Young men's gymnastic display Enjoying the performance at New York's Lincoln Center On July 16, the SGI-USA youth of Northeast Zone sponsored a music festival in New York City, New York, USA, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's poem "To My Beloved Young American Friends--Youthful Bodhisattvas of ... read more

Interfaith | Aug 24 2006

Day of Dialogue on Combatting Violence in Los Angeles, California

The SGI-USA Los Angeles Friendship Center in Los Angeles, California, USA, was host to a Days of Dialogue symposium titled "Confronting Violent Crimes: Our Communities' Continuing Challenge" on August 24, 2006. Over 150 people, including Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton, leaders of various religious ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 18 2006

Youth Present Victory Over Violence Workshop at UN Headquarters

From August 16 to 18, 2006, ten SGI-USA youth members attended the third Annual Youth Assembly at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, USA, which brought together 400 young people from around the world to listen to speakers such as Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, and Gillian Sorensen, ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 15 2006

SGI-Denmark Commemorates "Hiroshima Day 2006" with Vow to Promote Abolition of Nuclear Weapons

On August 6, commemorating the 61st anniversary of the dropping of the first atomic bomb, SGI-Denmark, together with Pugwash Denmark, the Danish Peace Academy and International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) Denmark, sponsored an antinuclear peace rally titled "Hiroshima Day 2006." Some 210 activists and experts, together ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 15 2006

Soka Gakkai Youth Remember Victims of War

In commemoration of the 61st anniversary of the end of World War II, for the 34th consecutive year, the Soka Gakkai held special prayer meetings in several locations in Tokyo and throughout Japan for the repose of all victims of all wars and violent conflict. 300 youth representatives and surviving ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 15 2006

War Experiences DVD Launched by Women's Peace Committee

In view of the increasing age of many war survivors, Soka Gakkai's tradition of collecting war experiences has been stepped up recently. The Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee has launched a DVD containing excerpts from 31 interviews with women war survivors from a total of 181 who were interviewed throughout Japan. ... read more

Culture | Aug 13 2006

SGI-USA Presents Festival of African Culture at Friendship Center in Los Angeles, California, USA

Performers at the Festival of African Cultures in Los Angeles On August 13, 2006, a Festival of African Culture took place at the SGI-USA Los Angeles Friendship Center, with more than 1,000 attending. The event's theme, "Rites of Passage," focused on strengthening trust, appreciation, character, socialization and dedication to the community. ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 11 2006

SGI-USA Hosts Leadership Study Conference for North America-Oceania

Participants represented the USA, Canada, New Zealand and Australia Mr. Morinaka lectures on "The Opening of the Eyes" In a message, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda quoted from Nichiren's writings: "Exert yourself in the two ways of practice and study. Without practice and study, there can be no Buddhism" ("The True Aspect ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 10 2006

SGI Young Men's Division Members Celebrate 55th Anniversary in Argentina and Thailand

On July 16, commemorating the 55th anniversary of the Young Men's Division (YMD), some 1,000 SGI-Argentina YMD members gathered at 12 venues, including Ushuaia, the world's southernmost city. At the SGI-Argentina Peace Hall in Buenos Aires, Argentina Academy of History President Dr. Juan José Cresto spoke on the relationship of ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 10 2006

Nagasaki Soka Gakkai Remembers Atomic Bomb Victims and War Dead on 61st Anniversary of the Dropping of the A-bomb

On August 9, commemorating the 61st anniversary of the second atomic bombing, Nagasaki Soka Gakkai members participated in a World Peace Prayer service in solemn remembrance of atomic bomb victims and victims of all wars throughout the world, at the Soka Gakkai Nagasaki Peace Center in Nagasaki City. In contrast to ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 9 2006

SGI-Portugal Youth Hold General Meeting

Some 180 SGI-Portugal youth gathered in Lisbon on July 30. Titled, "The Power of Youth," the meeting commemorated the 55th anniversary of the Young Women's and Young Men's Divisions. Nine representatives shared their experiences of practicing Nichiren Buddhism. Youth Division Leader Etsuko Motoki called on everyone present to spearhead a ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 9 2006

Luis Beltrán Prieto Figueroa Institute of Education, Barquisimeto, Venezuela, Hosts Exhibition on 20th Century Peacebuilders

From July 10-21, Luis Beltrán Prieto Figueroa Institute of Education, the Barquisimeto campus of Universidad Pedagógica Experimental Libertador in Venezuela, hosted "Gandhi, King Ikeda: A Legacy of Building Peace" (GKI), an exhibition introducing three individuals from different cultures and continents and their shared path of profound dedication to promoting human ... read more