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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

Sustainable Development | Apr 11 2006

SGI-Paraguay Hosts "Seeds of Change" Environmental Exhibition

On March 25, "Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential," an exhibit highlighting the Earth Charter as a "map" pointing toward sustainable living and environmental preservation, opened for the first time in Paraguay at the Asuncion Agency of Tourism building. Guests from various sectors of society attended, including ... read more

Culture | Apr 11 2006

Chinese Friendship Delegation Visits Soka Gakkai's Okinawa Training Center

On April 10, a delegation from the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, led by President Chen Haosu, visited Soka Gakkai's Okinawa Training Center and were welcomed by local members. There, the Chinese delegates toured the Okinawa World Peace Monument, which was built upon the site of a ... read more

Education | Apr 9 2006

New Zealand's Raukawa Trust Commends Soka Schools Founder Daisaku Ikeda and Mrs. Ikeda for Contributions to Peace and Education

The Raukawa Trust Board, New Zealand, commended Soka Schools founder Daisaku Ikeda and Mrs. Kaneko Ikeda for their outstanding contributions to peace and education and presented them with honorific Maori titles "Kaumatua o Raukawa" (Maori Raukawa Great Wise Man) and "Kuia o Raukawa" (Maori Raukawa Great Wise Woman), together with ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Apr 8 2006

SGI-Brazil's Orchestra Helps Celebrate Ribeirão Preto City's 150th Anniversary

On March 18, Brazil SGI (BSGI)'s Ikeda Philharmonic Orchestra of Humanism held a peace concert at a theater in Ribeirão Preto City, as part of the city's 150th anniversary celebrations. ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 7 2006

SGI Youth in French Guiana Hold Cultural Event

On March 18, some 120 SGI youth and their friends in French Guiana, South America, commemorated March 16 in a suburb of Cayenne. Bordering the North Atlantic Ocean and situated between Brazil and Suriname, French Guiana, of which 90% is a tropical forest, lies in a tropical belt just north ... read more

Culture | Apr 7 2006

Chinese Friendship Delegation Visits Soka Gakkai

On April 6, President Chen Haosu of the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries and his party were warmly welcomed by Soka Gakkai Vice General Director Hiromasa Ikeda and staff at the Seikyo Press building in Shinanomachi, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. Expressing appreciation for SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's longstanding ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 5 2006

SGI Members in Africa Celebrate March 16

SGI youth in Africa joined other young people around the world to commemorate March 16, 1958, a day epitomizing youth awakening to their profound individual mission for creating lasting peace. In Kenya, located in eastern Africa, some 30 young people, including six guests, attended a commemorative event on March 12 in ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Apr 2 2006

Singapore Soka Association Hosts Lecture by Dr. Syed Hussein Alatas from National University of Malaya

On March 24, Singapore Soka Association (SSA) sponsored its sixth Daisaku Ikeda Annual Lecture at the SSA headquarters. Among the 800 attendees and guests were Singapore Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Dr. Yaacob Ibrahim; Prof. Lim Chong Yah, Chair Professor of Albert Winsemius Economics and Director of Economic ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 1 2006

New Soka Young Women's Center Completed

On March 31, the Soka Young Women's Center was completed in Shinanomachi, Shinjuku, Tokyo. The new building, which has two stories above ground and two stories below ground, a large prayer hall and conference rooms, will serve as the hub for young women's division (YWD) activities in Japan. YWD Chief ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 31 2006

Book on Soka Gakkai and Globalization of Buddhist Humanism Published

University of California Press recently published Encountering the Dharma: Daisaku Ikeda, Soka Gakkai, and the Globalization of Buddhist Humanism by Dr. Richard Hughes Seager, associate professor of Religious Studies at Hamilton College, New York, USA. Dr. Seager, a distinguished historian of religion specializing in the history of religious encounter and ... read more

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