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Education | Aug 3 2006

Mexican University Hosts Forum on First Soka Gakkai President Tsunesaburo Makiguchi's Pedagogy

On July 14, Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán (UADY) (Yucatan Autonomous University) hosted a forum titled "Learning from Tsunesaburo Makiguchi's Educational Philosophy" attended by 100 educators and students. Using as reference material a collection of theses titled Tsunesaburo Makiguchi's Philosophy of Value Creation published by Universidad Central de Venezuela (Central University ... read more

Education | Aug 3 2006

Kinmen County, Taiwan, Hosts Exhibitions of Li Chi-Mao's Art and Daisaku Ikeda's Photography, Charity Concert, and Soka Joy Summer Camp

In July, SGI-Taiwan held various events in Kinmen County, Taiwan. At the beginning of the month, SGI-Taiwan Student Division members sponsored a Soka Joy Summer Camp for students at the Guning Elementary School on Kinmen Island. Soka Joy Summer Camp is an SGI-Taiwan Student Division initiative to contribute to children's ... read more

Interfaith | Aug 2 2006

Dialogue Series between Preeminent Theologian Harvey G. Cox Jr. and SGI President to Begin in September Ushio

A dialogue series between leading religious studies expert Harvey G. Cox Jr., Hollis Professor of Divinity at Harvard University, USA, and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda will begin in the September issue of Ushio, a monthly Japanese literary magazine. Titled "Peace and Religion in the 21st Century" (tentative translation), they discuss ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 1 2006

SGI-Serbia Members Gather for Commemorative Meeting

On July 8 and 9, SGI members in Serbia met at their center in Belgrade to commemorate the seventh anniversary of the establishment of SGI-Serbia Chapter (formerly SGI-Yugoslavia). Then, the former Yugoslavia was mired in ethnic conflict, leading to NATO intervention--the bombing of Belgrade and the stationing of a NATO-led ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jul 31 2006

Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Okinawa Youth Hold Annual Peace Summit

On July 29, Soka Gakkai Youth Peace Conference (YPC) representatives from Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Okinawa held their annual youth peace summit at the Hiroshima Peace Center. The respective YPC of each of the three prefectures have collaborated on antiwar publications, video recordings of atomic bombing and war victims' experiences, and ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jul 30 2006

Soka Gakkai Women in Chubu and Ishikawa Regions Sponsor Peace Forums

On July 29, Soka Gakkai women in Nagoya City held a peace forum titled "Conveying the Heart of Peace" at the Chubu Ikeda Hall in Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture. Chieko Yonezawa shared her experience as an atomic bomb victim and the importance of cherishing peace. Hiromi Endo and her mother, ... read more

Culture | Jul 27 2006

Japan-China Youth Friendship Exchange--Summer 2006

From July 21-27, 2006, 200 Japanese Soka Gakkai youth representatives visited Shanghai, Beijing and Tianjin on an exchange visit to promote friendship between China and Japan. In Beijing, on July 25, the delegation met with student representatives of Peking University and held discussions on ways of strengthening Sino-Japanese ties, and the ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 23 2006

SGI Youth from 60 Countries Exchange with Members in Chiba, Ibaraki, Gunma and Tochigi Prefectures

On July 22, SGI youth, in Japan attending summer training sessions, met with Soka Gakkai members in Chiba, Ibaraki, Gunma and Tochigi Prefectures. Members from Côte d'Ivoire and Cameroon attended a meeting in Kashiwa City, Chiba Prefecture. The boys and girls Lion Cubs Sun Chorus, accompanied on the koto, performed. ... read more

Culture | Jul 23 2006

Soka Gakkai Japan-China Youth Friendship Delegation Visit Shanghai City Hall

On July 21, Soka Gakkai Vice President Yoshiki Tanigawa, together with representatives of the Soka Gakkai Japan-China Youth Friendship Delegation, visited the Shanghai City Hall and met with Vice Mayor Yang Xiaodu. Mr. Yang called SGI President Daisaku Ikeda China's "old friend" and said there was much to learn from ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 20 2006

SGI Young Women Commemorate 55th Anniversary During Summer Youth Training Session in Japan

On July 19, the 55th anniversary of the Young Women's Division (YWD), worldwide SGI young women representatives attended the first SGI Young Women's Division Leaders' Meeting at the Soka Young Women's Center in Shinanomachi, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. Following words by Soka Gakkai Vice General Director Minoru Harada, SGI-Zambia Young Women's ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 20 2006

Broward County, Florida, USA, Commemorates Tenth Anniversary of the Florida Nature and Culture Center; Honors SGI President and His Wife Kaneko Ikeda

The Board of Commissioners in Broward County, Florida, USA, recently proclaimed June 19 as "Daisaku and Kaneko Ikeda Day" in commemoration of the Florida Nature and Culture Center's (FNCC) tenth anniversary. County Commissioner Diana Wasserman-Rubin entrusted the citation to SGI-USA Young Women's Leader Kimberly Hermann and a delegation of young ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 19 2006

Two Official Websites Related to Daisaku Ikeda Now Available

Soka Gakkai International (SGI) launched two official websites related to President Daisaku Ikeda in July:. Daisaku Ikeda Library - www.ikedabooks.org The first site, "Daisaku Ikeda Library," showcases Mr. Ikeda's published works. Mr. Ikeda is a prolific writer. The scope of his works ranges from novels, discourse on Buddhism and life, poetry, and ... read more

Education | Jul 12 2006

Fongbin Elementary School, Taiwan, Hosts SGI-Taiwan Students' Soka Joy Summer Camp

On July 2 and 3, Fongbin Elementary School hosted the Soka Joy Summer Camp, an initiative of the SGI-Taiwan student division providing young people in rural areas with opportunities to participate in athletic events, chemistry workshops, dances, and other educational activities. On the final day, Township Magistrate Jhang Jin-de presented ... read more

Education | Jul 9 2006

SGI-Taiwan Sponsors Second Summer Camp at Maolin Elementary School in Kaohsiung County, Taiwan; SGI President Honored

At the beginning of July, SGI-Taiwan sponsored a three-day Soka Joy Summer Camp at the Maolin Elementary School in Kaohsiung County, Taiwan. This was the second year for the camp that had its beginnings in July 2005, in the wake of Typhoon Haitang that severely damaged the school. SGI-Taiwan students ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 7 2006

Soka Gakkai Reelects President Einosuke Akiya

Einosuke Akiya (75) has been reelected as Soka Gakkai president for another five-year term, starting July 18, 2006. The Presidential Selection Committee headed by Ryozo Nishiguchi, chairman of the Executive Council, met July 6 at the Soka Gakkai Headquarters in Shinjuku, Tokyo, in accordance with the organization's regulations. The committee ... read more