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Buddhism | May 20 2006

Soka Gakkai Indonesia Opens New Headquarters Building; SGI President Commended by Indonesia University of Education and Indonesian Photographers' Association

On May 14, Soka Gakkai Indonesia (SGI-Indonesia) members gathered for the long-awaited opening of their new headquarters building in Jakarta, Indonesia, attended by guests from various sectors of Indonesian society, including Mrs. Mufidah Jusuf Kalla, wife of Indonesian Vice President Muhammad Jusuf Kalla, and President Hasanuddin Yusuf of the Indonesia ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | May 16 2006

Over 20,000 Visit "Women and the Culture of Peace" Exhibition in Kagoshima Prefecture

The Soka Gakkai's "Women and the Culture of Peace" exhibition, which opened on May 10, 2006 at the Soka Gakkai Kagoshoma Culture Center in Kagoshima City, Kagoshima Prefecture, is receiving favorable responses. Over 20,000 visited in the first six days. Created by the Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee and the ... read more

Buddhism | May 12 2006

Soka Gakkai Women Launch 55th Anniversary Meetings

Soka Gakkai women have launched meetings celebrating the 55th anniversary of the Women's Division (WD) on June 10. This year, members will meet mostly in small groups. In a message, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and Mrs. Kaneko Ikeda thanked the women for their dedicated efforts and encouraged them to spend ... read more

Buddhism | May 11 2006

SGI Members Around the World Celebrate May 3 Soka Gakkai Day

SGI members throughout the world celebrated May 3, Soka Gakkai Day, in their respective locales. On May 3, "Gandhi, King, Ikeda: A Legacy of Building Peace," an exhibition introducing the human rights and peace activism of three 20th century leaders, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. and Daisaku Ikeda, opened ... read more

Buddhism | May 10 2006

Soka Gakkai Music Groups Participate in Local Parades Nationwide During Golden Week

Okayama Rainbow Sounds marches in Kurashiki City (May 3, 2006) Combined Hiroshima band parades in Hiroshima City (May 3, 2006) Throughout the "Golden Week" holidays, Soka Gakkai marching bands and fife-and-drum corps participated in various local events and parades. Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Music Band, the Soka Okayama Rainbow Sounds and the ... read more

Education | May 10 2006

Soka Gakkai Youth Peace Conference Hosts Lecture by Bestselling Author Kayoko Ikeda

On the evening of May 9, 2006, some 150 youth attended a lecture by writer and translator of German literature Kayoko Ikeda, at the Josei Toda International Center in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. Soka Gakkai Youth Peace Conference hosted the event as a part of its youth lecture series. Ms. Ikeda ... read more

Culture | May 2 2006

World Poet Laureates' Monument Unveiled at SGI-Korea's Korea-Japan Friendship Training Center

On April 30, SGI-Korea representatives gathered at their Korea-Japan Friendship Training Center in Jeju Island, South Korea, commemorating May 3, Soka Gakkai Day. On the occasion, a stone monument of world poet laureates, inscribed with a quote from SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's poem presented to SGI-Korea members, was unveiled. Bronze ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 30 2006

5,000 Soka Gakkai Youth Rally in Tokyo

On April 29, some 5,000 Soka Gakkai youth representatives gathered from throughout Tokyo, Tokaido and Kanto regions for a rally at Soka University's main auditorium in Hachioji Tokyo. The event commemorated the 55th anniversary of the founding of the Soka Gakkai young men's division (YMD) and young women's division (YWD). ... read more

Sustainable Development | Apr 30 2006

SGI-USA Denver Members Celebrate 18th Annual Cherry Tree Planting

On April 23, 2006, SGI-USA members in Denver, Colorado, USA, celebrated their 18th annual cherry tree planting. Some 250 members planted 65 new trees in Washington Park and a local city park. SGI-USA Denver members inaugurated the tradition in March 1989, to commemorate the opening of their Denver Culture Center, ... read more

Culture | Apr 28 2006

Anson Chan, Former Chief Secretary of Hong Kong, Receives Honorary Doctorate from Soka University and Speaks on "Women in the 21st Century"

On April 27, Ms. Anson Chan, former chief secretary for administration in Hong Kong, received an honorary doctorate from Soka University. Ms. Chan was head of Hong Kong's civil service, from 1993 to 2001, before and after the territory's handover to the People's Republic of China from British colonial rule. ... read more

Culture | Apr 25 2006

Egyptian Ambassador Visits Soka Gakkai

His Excellency Hisham Badr, Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to Japan, visited Soka Gakkai headquarters on April 24 and met with Vice General Director Hiromasa Ikeda. He expressed appreciation for SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's visit to Cairo, Egypt in 1992 and his meeting with President Hosni Mubarak that ... read more

Culture | Apr 25 2006

US-Japan Friendship for Peace Festival in Southern California

On April 16, SGI-USA hosted the "2006 US-Japan Friendship for Peace" festival at the SGI World Culture Center in Santa Monica, California, USA. Begun in 2005 to promote amity between the people of USA and Japan by the SGI-USA Southern California Japanese Language Group, this year's event drew over 2,000 ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 24 2006

SGI-Brazil's Future Division Celebrates 15 Years

Joyous laughter fills the auditorium as high school students celebrate their springtime of youth Junior high school musicians join SGI-Brazil's Ikeda Philharmonic Orchestra of Humanism for a combined performance The SGI-Brazil (BSGI) Future Division, comprising young people from elementary school through high school, celebrated its 15th anniversary on April 8 at ... read more

Interfaith | Apr 24 2006

Finding Meaning in Death: Interfaith Forum in Norfolk, Virginia, USA

On April 24, 2006, at an interfaith forum sponsored by Wesleyan College's Center for the Study of Religious Freedom, students and community members tackled one of humanity's most profound topics: death. Panelists discussing how various religious communities find meaning in death included native American spiritual leader; a rabbi and Wesleyan ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 23 2006

Soka Gakkai Fuji Fife-and-Drum Corps Marches in Shinjuku City Parade

Fuji Fife-and-Drum Corps members march pass the Josei Toda International Center (in background) during a local Shinjuku parade On April 22, the Soka Gakkai Fuji Fife-and-Drum Corps marched along Gaien-nishi Avenue, passing in front of the Josei Toda International Center, home of the SGI headquarters. The parade celebrated completion of new ... read more