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Buddhism | Mar 29 2006

SGI-Europe Youth Commemorate March 16

In the SGI, March 16, 1958 is celebrated as a day epitomizing youth awakening to their mission and accepting responsibility for creating lasting peace. SGI youth around the world celebrated the day with various events, including those of SGI-Europe. In a message, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda expressed his hopes that ... read more

Human Rights | Mar 29 2006

Human Rights Exhibition Opens in Oita Prefecture

On March 28, the exhibition "21st Century Human Rights Exhibition of Hope--You Are Invaluable" opened at Tokiwa Industry's Across Akeno Center in Oita City, Oita Prefecture. The Office of the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights and the UN Information Center are among the supporters. Prior to the ribbon-cutting for ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Mar 25 2006

Student Division Sponsors Lecture on a Warless East Asia

On March 24, the Soka Gakkai Student Division sponsored its second lecture in a series at the Josei Toda International Center in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. Speaking on "The Path to a Warless East Asia Community," Professor Takehiko Yamamoto of Waseda University emphasized the importance of establishing a system of security, ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 24 2006

European Academy of Sciences and Arts President Felix Unger Speaks on Future of Medicine and Humanity

On March 23, European Academy of Sciences and Arts President and a world-renowned cardiologist Felix Unger lectured on "Medicine and the Future of Mankind" at an Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) symposium held at the Nihon Seinenkan in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. This is also the topic of a serialized dialogue ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 23 2006

Singapore Soka Association Holds Entrance and Intermediate-Level Study Examinations on Nichiren Buddhism

On March 12, some 2,100 Singapore Soka Association members, ranging in age from 15 to 85 years, sat for the Study Department entrance and intermediate-level examinations in Serangoon, northeastern Singapore. The exam was conducted in English and Chinese. The study material included Nichiren's life and "Letter from Sado" and "On ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 20 2006

Hokkaido Youth Hold Experience Rallies at 135 Venues

Soka Gakkai youth in Hokkaido have been sponsoring experience rallies throughout their area. On March 19, rallies were held at over 50 locations. Many friends and guests from various social spheres attended the rally at the Hokkaido Ikeda Hall in Sapporo. The event, titled "The Power of Youth," began with ... read more

Culture | Mar 18 2006

Soka Gakkai Seafarers' Photography Exhibition to Open March 29 in Vietnam

"Beyond the Horizon," an exhibit of photographs taken by the "Hato-kai," Soka Gakkai members working on ocean-going vessels, will open March 29 at the Vietnam Maritime University in Haiphong, Vietnam. The exhibition has traveled to seaports throughout the world, including Japan, Russia, the Philippines, China and India. This is the ... read more

Education | Mar 14 2006

Panama Education Ministry Commends SGI President for Educational Contributions

The National Department of Private Education, Ministry of Education, Panama, recently commended SGI President Daisaku Ikeda for his educational contributions. The conferral took place on February 17, 2006, at Antigua Bilingual Academy in Panama City, during a seminar on Soka Education and the pedagogy of first Soka Gakkai President Tsunesaburo ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 13 2006

Bahrat (India) Soka Gakkai Members Hold Family Festivals in Soka Bodhi Tree Garden

From January 15 through March 5, Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai members held family festivals at the Soka Bodhi Tree Garden in a suburb of New Delhi. Inviting family members, BSG members held unique, creative "family festivals" in appreciation for their families' support of their activities in the BSG and in ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 13 2006

SGI-Portugal Holds Study Session in Trets, Southern France

From February 25-28, 100 SGI-Portugal members, mainly youth, attended a study session at the SGI European Center in Trets, southern France. The organization, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2005, has grown to one headquarters and four chapters. Newly appointed SGI-Europe Chair Hideaki Takahashi and SGI-Europe Women's Chair Sakae Takahashi ... read more

Culture | Mar 8 2006

Soka University Opens Beijing Office Near Peking University, China

On March 6, Soka University opened its Beijing Office in the Resource Building located adjacent to Peking University. Many guests attended, including representatives from China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 44 universities and academic institutions, the China-Japan Friendship Association and the All-China Youth Federation. A delegation from Soka University, led by ... read more

Interfaith | Mar 7 2006

SGI-USA Representative Speaks at Interfaith Event During UN Commission on the Status of Women, in New York

On March 1, 2006, the Temple of Understanding, a nongovernmental organization accredited with the United Nations (UN), hosted a second lecture on "Religion and Global Citizenship" in New York, USA. This event was an official parallel event of the 50th session of the Commission on the Status of Women at ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Mar 5 2006

Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee Sponsors Culture of Peace Forums

On March 4, 2006, Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee's (WPC) "Culture of Peace" forums were held respectively in Nakano and Sumida Wards, Tokyo; Ichikawa City, Chiba Prefecture; Izu City, Shizuoka Prefecture; and Sakai City, Osaka Prefecture. At each venue, women representatives shared how they overcame hardships through their practice of ... read more

Culture | Mar 5 2006

Soka Gakkai Delegates Visit Renowned Chinese Scholar, Professor Jao Tsung-i

On March 3, a Soka Gakkai delegation headed by SGI Vice President Hiromasa Ikeda visited renowned Chinese scholar, Professor Jao Tsung-I, professor emeritus of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, in Hong Kong City. Known as the "Leonardo da Vinci of the Orient" and "Great Sage of Chinese Literature," Professor ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 3 2006

23,000 Pass Youth Division Advanced Level Study Examination on Nichiren Buddhism

Some 23,000 passed the advanced level youth division study examination on Nichiren Buddhism that took place on February 26 throughout Japan. Soka Gakkai Study Department Chief Katsuji Saito congratulated the successful candidates, as well as thanked those who supported their study efforts behind the scenes, including everyone involved in the ... read more