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Buddhism | Feb 21 2006

Soka Gakkai Agriculture and Fisheries Division Members Gather throughout Japan

On February 18-19, 2006, members of the Soka Gakkai Agriculture and Fisheries Division gathered for an annual conference in their respective prefectures. At each venue, the ninth Agriculture and Fisheries Renaissance Rally was broadcast via satellite. Three representatives gave progress reports on their particular business. Nobuaki Omori, Miyazaki Prefecture, together with ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Feb 21 2006

SGI President Sends Condolences to Republic of the Philippines President for Massive Landslide

SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a condolence telegram, on behalf of the SGI, to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo of the Republic of the Philippines, following the devastating landslide on Leyte Island on February 17, 2006. In his message, Mr. Ikeda expressed his deep sympathy for the victims and sincere prayers for ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 17 2006

Nichiren's Birthday Observed

On February 16, Soka Gakkai members throughout Japan and SGI members throughout the world, held services commemorating Nichiren's birthday at respective centers. Nichiren was born February 16, 1222 in Awa Province in what is now Chiba Prefecture. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda attended the service at the Soka Gakkai Headquarters No. ... read more

Culture | Feb 17 2006

China's Ambassador to Japan and SGI President Meet

On February 16, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and Soka Gakkai representatives welcomed Chinese Ambassador to Japan Wang Yi and his party at the Seikyo Press Building in Shinanomachi, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. They discussed Sino-Japan friendship and Asia's growth and development in the current age. Mr. Ikeda affirmed that Japan owes ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Feb 11 2006

Toda Institute Celebrates Tenth Anniversary with Conference on UN Reforms

On February 11, 2006, the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research, a Soka Gakkai-affiliated peace organization, celebrates its 10th anniversary. To commemorate the occasion, the Toda Institute hosted an international conference February 4-5, in Los Angeles, USA, with a theme of "Transforming the United Nations: Human Development, Regional ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 10 2006

Buddhism Study Conference Held at Florida Nature and Culture Center

January 27-30, 2006, some 187 representatives of SGI North American and Latin American countries attended a study conference on Nichiren Buddhism at the SGI-USA Florida Nature and Culture Center (FNCC) near Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. SGI Study Department Chief Katsuji Saito lectured on January 28-29. The study material included "Reply ... read more

Human Rights | Feb 8 2006

Boston Research Center for the 21st Century and Wellesley Centers for Women Cosponsor "The Eleanor Roosevelt Lecture on Global Vision"

On February 1, 2006, "The Eleanor Roosevelt Lecture on Global Vision" took place at the Boston Research Center (BRC), Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. The lecture, the fifth and final, in the Women of Courage lecture series, was cosponsored by the BRC and the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College. Launched ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Feb 5 2006

Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee Hosts Peace Forums in Chiba, Tochigi and Ibaraki

On February 3 and 4, 2006, Soka Gakkai's Chiba Prefecture Women's Peace Committee hosted a "Culture of Peace" forum at the Soka Gakkai Kisarazu Culture Center in Kisarazu City, Chiba Prefecture. Four women shared their experiences that included a first-hand account of war and involvement with a nursing care for ... read more

Education | Feb 4 2006

The Mahatma Gandhi People's Welfare Trust, India, Confers Ramachandran-Ikeda Award

The Mahatma Gandhi People's Welfare Trust recently conferred its fifth Ramachandran-Ikeda Award on Kerala Harijan Sevak Sangh, a welfare organization. The award, commemorating the 100th birth anniversary of Dr G. Ramachandran and the 75th year of Soka Gakkai's foundation, recognized Kerala Harijan Sevak Sangh's work in providing educational scholarships to ... read more

Culture | Feb 2 2006

Soka Gakkai Remembers Victims of the Great Hanshin Earthquake

On January 19-25, the 2nd International Orchid Festival was held at Maejo University, Chiang Mai, Thailand, celebrating the 60th coronation anniversary of his Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. SGI-Thailand chorus members performed at a commemorative ceremony on January 23, graced by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand. [Since 1961, SGI President ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 30 2006

SGI-Macau and SGI-Hong Kong Hold Study Session, Respectively; SGI-Hong Kong Publishes Chinese Translation of Nichiren's Writings

SGI-Macau held a beginning-level study session on Nichiren Buddhism on January 21, at the SGI-Macau Culture Center. Some 100 members attended and discussed basic concepts of Nichiren Buddhism, such as "faith, practice and study"--the three essential elements of the practice of Nichiren Buddhism. On January 23, some 300 SGI-Hong Kong ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jan 28 2006

SGI-USA Hosts Youth Nonviolence Conference to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

On January 16, a national holiday celebrating and honoring the life and achievements of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968), SGI-USA hosted the third annual youth nonviolence conference at the SGI-USA New York Culture Center. Some 120 SGI-USA youth representatives and members of UN NGOs participated. Entitled ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 27 2006

SGI-USA Celebrates Chinese New Year

On January 22, 2006, SGI-USA hosted a Lunar (Chinese) New Year celebration at the SGI-USA World Culture Center in Santa Monica, California, USA. Some 1,000 SGI-USA members, mainly of Asian ancestry, gathered together with their families and friends. Attractions included dances with a youthful beat, traditional Chinese Kung Fu performed ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 27 2006

SGI Members in Togo, Kenya and Côte d'Ivoire, Africa, Respectively Kick Off 2006

On January 8, 2006, some 500 SGI-Togo members met in Lome, the capital of Togo. Youth leaders expressed their resolve to take the initiative in promoting the humanistic philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism for the sake of people's happiness and the betterment of society. SGI-Kenya leaders met on January 15, in ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 27 2006

Seikyo Shimbun Holds Grand 55th Anniversary Reception

On January, 26, 2006, the Seikyo Shimbun, which celebrates its 55th anniversary this April, hosted a reception commemorating the occasion in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo. Over 1,700 guests, including those from the media and foreign embassies, were welcomed by Soka Gakkai President Einosuke Akiya, General Director Toru Aoki, Vice General Director ... read more