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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

Culture | Mar 3 2006

Chinese Culture University, Taiwan, Hosts Gandhi, King, Ikeda Exhibition

At the invitation of the Chinese Culture University, Taiwan, Soka Gakkai representatives attended the university's commemorative events celebrating its 44th anniversary. On March 1, the "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 ... read more

Culture | Mar 3 2006

Soka Gakkai Delegates Visit National Palace Museum in Taipei, Taiwan

On March 1, a Soka Gakkai delegation, headed by Hiromasa Ikeda, visited the National Palace Museum (NPM) in Tapei, Taiwan. NPM receives over 2 million visitors annually, making it one of the most popular museums worldwide. Speaking with museum representatives, Vice President Ikeda emphasized the exalted, universal values of culture ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 27 2006

Soka Gakkai Holds Youth Division Advanced-level Examination on Nichiren Buddhism

On February 26, approximately 45,800 Soka Gakkai youth sat for an advanced-level study examination at 457 locations throughout Japan. The 90-minute exam focused on four of Nichiren's major writings in the original classical Japanese, "The True Object of Worship," "Heritage of the Ultimate Law of Life" and portions of "Letter ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Feb 26 2006

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

The Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee's (WPC) "Culture of Peace" forums have been well-received across Japan. On February 25, during a forum held at the Tsukuba Culture Center in Ibaraki Prefecture, Keiko Murakami, Kumiko Sawahata, Tokue Nakazawa and Kiriko Otsukawa shared experiences spanning international exchanges, caregiving and dealing with a child ... read more

Culture | Feb 22 2006

SGI Mourns Loss of Master Chinese Painter Fang Zhaoling

SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent his condolences upon the death of master Chinese painter Fang Zhaoling, "Hong Kong's Mother of the Arts," on February 20, 2006. Madame Fang was 92 years old. In a telegram to the family, Mr. Ikeda expressed deep sorrow at the loss of humanity's great treasure ... read more

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