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Culture | Jan 26 2006

Soka Gakkai Representatives Visit Indonesia's Vice President Jusuf Kalla

On January 25, Soka Gakkai representatives, led by Soka Gakkai President Einosuke Akiya and Soka University President Masami Wakae, paid a courtesy call on Indonesia's Vice President Jusuf Kalla, who is in Japan as an official state guest, at a hotel in Tokyo. President Akiya conveyed SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jan 22 2006

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration Takes Place at SGI-Plaza in Santa Monica

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

Buddhism | Jan 19 2006

Fourth SGI-European Summit Held at SGI European Center in France

SGI representatives from 28 European countries participated in the fourth SGI-European Summit from January 12 through 15, 2006, at the SGI European Center in Trets, southern France. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a congratulatory message, in which he encouraged participants to lead victorious lives based on harmonious unity infused with ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 18 2006

Soka Gakkai Remembers Victims of the Great Hanshin Earthquake

On January 17, the eleventh anniversary of the Great Hanshin Earthquake, Soka Gakkai held memorial services at the Kansai Culture Center in Osaka City and nine other centers throughout Hyogo Prefecture. In a solemn ceremony, friends and relatives prayed for the repose of those who died in the quake. Soka ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Jan 18 2006

Soka Gakkai Remembers Victims of the Great Hanshin Earthquake

On January 17, the eleventh anniversary of the Great Hanshin Earthquake, Soka Gakkai held memorial services at the Kansai Culture Center in Osaka City and nine other centers throughout Hyogo Prefecture. In a solemn ceremony, friends and relatives prayed for the repose of those who died in the quake. Soka ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jan 17 2006

Dialogue between Peace Scholar Dr. Elise Boulding and SGI President to be Published in Japanese

Ushio Publishers will soon release Heiwa no bunka no kagayaku seiki e, (Building a Century of a "Culture of Peace"--tentative translation), a dialogue between Dr. Elise Boulding, renowned American peace activist and sociologist, and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda. The book is a compilation of a dialogue series published in the ... read more

Culture | Jan 13 2006

China's National Peking Opera Theatre to Tour Japan in June-July 2006

On January 17, the eleventh anniversary of the Great Hanshin Earthquake, Soka Gakkai held memorial services at the Kansai Culture Center in Osaka City and nine other centers throughout Hyogo Prefecture. In a solemn ceremony, friends and relatives prayed for the repose of those who died in the quake. Soka ... read more

Culture | Jan 13 2006

Min-On Concert Association to Host Buenos Tango in February

Beginning February, the Min-On Concert Association (Min-On) will host Buenos Tango, which is the 37th installment of the Min-On's Tango Series. Launched in 1970 with a concert by the internationally acclaimed Orquestra Jose Basso, the Min-On Tango Series deserves much credit for establishing tango popularity in Japan. Among the cast ... read more

Culture | Jan 12 2006

"Dialogue with Nature" Exhibition Opens in Chaozhou, Guangdong Province, China

From December 28, 2005, through January 3, 2006, "Dialogue with Nature," an exhibition of nature and scenic photographs taken by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, showed in Chaozhou, Guangdong Province, China. Chaozhou People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries and SGI-Hong Kong are among the sponsors. The exhibition includes some 112 ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 5 2006

SGI Members Around the World Usher in the New Year

On January 1 and 2, 2006, SGI members in 190 countries and regions gathered in their respective locales to celebrate the start of 2006. In a message celebrating the New Year, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda thanked the members for their efforts and encouraged them to further advance with the spirit ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 29 2005

Institute of Oriental Philosophy Launches Japanese Web Site

The Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP), Hachioji City, Tokyo, recently launched a web site in Japanese. The web site introduces the institute's purpose, mission, activities and academic publications of IOP founder Daisaku Ikeda and research staff. The Lotus Sutra Manuscript Series, compilations of ancient Lotus Sutra fragments that have been ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 27 2005

Soka Gakkai Malaysia and Soka Gakkai Lanka Buddhist Association Hold Entrance-Level Study Examination on Nichiren Buddhism

On December 18, some 4,500 Soka Gakkai Malaysia members sat for a study department entrance-level examination at 32 venues throughout the country. The exam was conducted in English and Chinese. The study material included Nichiren's life and "The Three Kinds of Treasures" (The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin (WND), p. 848-853; ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Dec 23 2005

Kansai 21st Century Symphonic Orchestra to Hold Free Concert in January 2006

The Soka Gakkai Kansai 21st Century Symphonic Orchestra will hold its annual free concert on Saturday, January 28, 2006 at Kobe Bunka Hall, Chuo Ward, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture. The program will include Gioachino Rossini's "William Tell Overture" and Johann Strauss' "On the Beautiful Blue Danube." The original orchestra debuted ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 20 2005

SGI-Venezuela Holds Youth Festivals; SGI-Chile Launches Fresh Start

In October, over 5,000 SGI-Venezuela youth members gathered for festivals at 13 venues throughout Venezuela. Local orchestras, folk dance groups and musical bands also performed. Based on a theme of "Expanding a Network of Friendship for Humanity's Happiness," participants presented lively performances. On the occasion, SGI-Venezuela presented "Peacebuilders" awards to ... read more

Interfaith | Dec 20 2005

Institute of Oriental Philosophy to Sponsor "Dialogue with the Islamic World" Lecture in Osaka

On January 20, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy will sponsor the third lecture in a series titled, "Dialogue with the Islamic World," in Osaka. Yoshiko Oda, professor in the Faculty of Letters of Kansai University, Osaka Prefecture, will speak on "Islam's Basic Philosophy (tentative translation)." The lecture is free; seats ... read more