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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

Culture | Dec 14 2005

Central China Normal University Former President Zhang Kaiyuan Receives Soka University's Honorary Doctorate

On December 13, Professor Zhang Kaiyuan, renowned modern Chinese historian and former president of the Central China Normal University (CCNU), China, visited Soka University in Hachioji City, Tokyo. Soka University President Masami Wakae, Soka Women's College President Katsuhiko Fukushima and representative teachers and students welcomed Professor Zhang and the guests ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Dec 11 2005

Coalition of California Black School Board Members and New Haven Unified School District, USA, Commend SGI and SGI President for Nonviolent Education

Morehouse College's "Gandhi, King, Ikeda (GKI): A Legacy of Building Peace," which introduces the human rights and peace activism of three 20th century leaders, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. and Daisaku Ikeda, has been touring schools in California, USA, as part of the Coalition of California Black School Board ... read more

Education | Dec 11 2005

Coalition of California Black School Board Members and New Haven Unified School District, USA, Commend SGI and SGI President for Nonviolent Education

Morehouse College's "Gandhi, King, Ikeda (GKI): A Legacy of Building Peace," which introduces the human rights and peace activism of three 20th century leaders, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. and Daisaku Ikeda, has been touring schools in California, USA, as part of the Coalition of California Black School Board ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 8 2005

SGI-Spain Holds General Meeting and First Youth Peace and Culture Festival

On December 4, SGI-Spain held a general meeting and its first youth peace and culture festival at a convention center in Madrid. Some 2,000 gathered from all 17 states in Spain. SGI-Spain has grown by twenty-fold in 14 years, as a result of members' sincere and genuine efforts. SGI President Daisaku ... read more

Human Rights | Dec 8 2005

"Human Rights in the 21st Century" Exhibition Opens in Tokyo

"Human Rights in the 21st Century--Treasuring Each Individual," which supports the UN's World Program for Human Rights Education, opened on December 7 at the United Nations (UN) Gallery in the UN House in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo. United Nations Information Center (UNIC) and Soka Gakkai cohosted the exhibit, commemorating International Human ... read more

Press Releases | Dec 5 2005

Human Rights Exhibit Opens at UN Gallery in Shibuya

Tokyo, Japan: The lay Buddhist organization Soka Gakkai and the United Nations Information Centre in Japan are co-organizers of the exhibition "Human Rights in the 21st Century--Treasuring Each Individual," a human rights education exhibition that premieres in Tokyo at the UN Gallery in the UN House in Shibuya from December ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 4 2005

Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai and SGI-Mexico Hold Study Examination, Respectively; SGI-Philippines Studies "Orally Transmitted Teachings"; SGI-USA Launches Buddhist Learning Review

An examinee reviews his answers following the exam SGI-Philippines members study The Record of the Orally Transmitted Teachings with Mr. Takimoto In the Philippines, SGI-Philippines Advisor Yasunori Takimoto led a study of The Record of the Orally Transmitted Teachings for SGI-Philippines student division members, at the SGI-Philippines Culture Center, on November 28. ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 30 2005

SGI-Taiwan Changhua Culture Center Opens; Changhua County Commends SGI President

On November 18, SGI-Taiwan Changhua Culture Center opened in Changhua County, Taiwan, commemorating the 75th anniversary of Soka Gakkai's founding. Some 600 SGI-Taiwan members attended the opening from throughout the country. Changhua, located in central Taiwan, is known as "the grain store of Taiwan." In 2002, Changhua Province conferred an ... read more

Sustainable Development | Nov 30 2005

"Seeds of Change" Environmental Exhibit Opens in Dubai, UAE

On November 17, an environmental exhibition titled "Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential," which highlights the Earth Charter as a "map" pointing the way toward sustainable living, opened at the Dubai Knowledge Village in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The exhibition depicts the need for sustainable ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 29 2005

SGI-Nepal Members Celebrate 10th Anniversary of SGI President's Visit to Nepal

On November 19, SGI-Nepal members met at the SGI-Nepal Peace Center for their eleventh general meeting and celebrated the tenth anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's October 1995 visit to Nepal. SGI-Nepal was officially established as a religious corporation in April 1998 following recognition in 1993 as a social and ... read more

Education | Nov 28 2005

Taiwan Ministry of Education Commends SGI-Taiwan for Sixth Time

The Taiwan Ministry of Education selected SGI-Taiwan as one of 32 organizations and individuals to receive its Excellent Community and Education Organization Awards. This prestigious honor is given annually to selected social, educational, cultural and religious organizations in Taiwan for outstanding contributions to advancing social education. This was SGI-Taiwan's sixth ... read more