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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

Peace and Disarmament | Apr 23 2006

"Building a Culture of Peace" Exhibition Opens in New Delhi, India

Visitors take notes as they make their rounds In her welcome remarks, BSG Director General Naveena Reddi expressed her hopes that the exhibition will "contribute to changing people's mindset and behavior so that they are grounded in a culture of peace rather than one of war." Quoting Mahatma Gandhi, she said, ... read more

Sustainable Development | Apr 23 2006

SGI-Italy Sponsors "Seeds of Change" Exhibition in Rivoli, Turin Province, Italy

On April 1 through 9, SGI-Italy hosted "Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential," an exhibit highlighting the Earth Charter as a "map" pointing the way toward sustainable living, in Rivoli City, Turin Province, a satellite city in northern Italy. Rivoli Mayor Prof. Guido Tallone and Mario Rotella ... read more

Culture | Apr 17 2006

Min-On Concert Association's International Exchanges Grow to 93 Countries

During June and July 2006, the folklore ensemble Radzimichy of Belarus will tour 15 cities in Japan at the invitation of the Min-On Concert Association. Belarus marks the 93rd country with which Min-On has had Cultural Activitiess. The ensemble, named after an ancient tribe that inhabited regions of Belarus, had ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 15 2006

SGI-Iceland Becomes a Headquarters

SGI-Iceland recently formed a headquarters with two chapters. The organization held a kick off on April 2 in Reykjavik, the nation's capital. Newly appointed leaders, including Headquarters Chief Eyglo Jonsdottir, gave resolutions. SGI-Europe Chair Hideaki Takahashi and Executive Advisor Shoichi Hasegawa spoke. [Situated next to the North Pole, Iceland is ... read more

Human Rights | Apr 15 2006

Soka Gakkai Youth's Human Rights Exhibition Opens in Kita Kyushu City

The "21st Century Human Rights Exhibition of Hope--You Are Invaluable" opened at the West Japan General Exhibition Center in Kita Kyushu City, on April 14. The Office of the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights and the UN Information Center are among the supporters. The exhibition, which appeals for human ... read more

Education | Apr 15 2006

Boston Research Center for the 21st Century Pays Tribute to Four Educators at 2006 AERA Symposium

On April 10, the Boston Research Center (BRC) hosted an international symposium entitled "Four Enduring Philosophies of Education and the Challenges Facing Teachers Today" during the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the foremost international organization for advancing educational research. This year's gathering, which attracted researchers from ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Apr 14 2006

SGI-Bolivia Hosts Buddhist Seminar

On April 3-4, SGI-Bolivia held a Buddhist seminar at the SGI-Bolivia Culture Center in Santa Cruz, in collaboration with Nur University, Bolivia. Since July 2003, SGI Bolivia has hosted lectures and seminars on Buddhism, at the request of Professor Juan Martinéz of Nur University, a former Bolivian education minister. This ... read more

Culture | Apr 14 2006

Student Division Sponsors Lecture on Global Citizenship

On April 13, the Soka Gakkai Student Division sponsored its third lecture in a series at the Josei Toda International Center in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. Assistant Professor Akira Mizuguchi of Keiai University, Chiba Prefecture, spoke on "Global Citizens: Dialogue with the Islamic Civilization (tentative translation)." Mr. Mizuguchi stressed that now ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 12 2006

SGI-Cameroon Youth Start Afresh

On April 4, SGI-Cameroon members hosted a youth division general meeting in Kribi, a port city lying on the Gulf of Guinea coast, southern Cameroon. Some 800 members gathered from Yaounde, Cameroon's capital, Douala, Edea and Maroua. Since SGI-Cameroon was officially registered as a non-profit organization advancing culture and education ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 11 2006

SGI Women Around the World Gather--USA, Peru and Italy

During February and March SGI-USA women held their annual women's general meetings with a theme of "Myoho Sisterhood--Continuing to Transform the Impossible into the Possible" at 4,200 venues throughout the United States. Some 50,000 women, including guests and young women's division members, held gatherings infused with cheerful discussions. Crystal Springs District, ... read more