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Culture | Feb 2 2006

Soka Gakkai Remembers Victims of the Great Hanshin Earthquake

On January 19-25, the 2nd International Orchid Festival was held at Maejo University, Chiang Mai, Thailand, celebrating the 60th coronation anniversary of his Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. SGI-Thailand chorus members performed at a commemorative ceremony on January 23, graced by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand. [Since 1961, SGI President ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 30 2006

SGI-Macau and SGI-Hong Kong Hold Study Session, Respectively; SGI-Hong Kong Publishes Chinese Translation of Nichiren's Writings

SGI-Macau held a beginning-level study session on Nichiren Buddhism on January 21, at the SGI-Macau Culture Center. Some 100 members attended and discussed basic concepts of Nichiren Buddhism, such as "faith, practice and study"--the three essential elements of the practice of Nichiren Buddhism. On January 23, some 300 SGI-Hong Kong ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jan 28 2006

SGI-USA Hosts Youth Nonviolence Conference to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

On January 16, a national holiday celebrating and honoring the life and achievements of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968), SGI-USA hosted the third annual youth nonviolence conference at the SGI-USA New York Culture Center. Some 120 SGI-USA youth representatives and members of UN NGOs participated. Entitled ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 27 2006

SGI-USA Celebrates Chinese New Year

On January 22, 2006, SGI-USA hosted a Lunar (Chinese) New Year celebration at the SGI-USA World Culture Center in Santa Monica, California, USA. Some 1,000 SGI-USA members, mainly of Asian ancestry, gathered together with their families and friends. Attractions included dances with a youthful beat, traditional Chinese Kung Fu performed ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 27 2006

SGI Members in Togo, Kenya and Côte d'Ivoire, Africa, Respectively Kick Off 2006

On January 8, 2006, some 500 SGI-Togo members met in Lome, the capital of Togo. Youth leaders expressed their resolve to take the initiative in promoting the humanistic philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism for the sake of people's happiness and the betterment of society. SGI-Kenya leaders met on January 15, in ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 27 2006

Seikyo Shimbun Holds Grand 55th Anniversary Reception

On January, 26, 2006, the Seikyo Shimbun, which celebrates its 55th anniversary this April, hosted a reception commemorating the occasion in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo. Over 1,700 guests, including those from the media and foreign embassies, were welcomed by Soka Gakkai President Einosuke Akiya, General Director Toru Aoki, Vice General Director ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 26 2006

Soka Gakkai International Holds World Peace Prayer Service to Commemorate January 26, SGI Day

On January 25, commemorating SGI's 31st anniversary, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda attended a world peace prayer service at the Tokyo Makiguchi Memorial Hall in Hachioji, Tokyo. At the Josei Toda International Center in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo, Soka Gakkai President Einosuke Akiya attended a prayer service, together with SGI General Director ... read more

Press Releases | Jan 26 2006

Improved China-Japan Relations Vital, Six-Party Summit on North Korea Needed--SGI President Issues Annual Peace Proposal

Tokyo, Japan: In his annual peace proposal issued today, SGI (Soka Gakkai International) President Daisaku Ikeda calls for improved relations between China and Japan. He also calls for a summit-level meeting of all the states currently participating in the Six-Party Talks on the issue of North Korean nuclear disarmament. Ikeda was ... read more

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