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Human Rights | Oct 26 2005

SGI Mourns Loss of American Civil Rights Leader Rosa Parks

On behalf of SGI members in 190 countries, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent his condolences to the family of Rosa Parks, American civil rights heroine, who died October 24 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. Mrs. Parks was 92. In his message, Mr. Ikeda expressed his heartfelt sympathies to the Parks family ... read more

Sustainable Development | Oct 23 2005

"Dialogue with Nature" Shown at Regional Libraries in Singapore

From October 5-15, "Dialogue with Nature," an exhibition of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's nature and scenic photographs taken by during his travels in Japan and abroad, opened at regional libraries in Singapore. The Jurong Regional Library opening on October 5 was graced by 160 members and guests, including Kwek Leng ... read more

Education | Oct 23 2005

Education Department to Sponsor Exhibition on Humanistic Education in November

Commemorating Soka Gakkai's 75th anniversary (November 18), the Soka Gakkai Education Department will sponsor "Radiant Children and Humanistic Education" (tentative translation), an exhibition on Soka Education, covering the educational philosophies of first and second Soka Gakkai presidents Tsunesaburo Makiguchi and Josei Toda, and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, who has made ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 21 2005

SGI-Australia Has New Leadership Line-up

General Director Greg Johns Women's Leader Elizabeth Bowen Youth Leader David Tan Young Men's Leader Gerard Yap Young Women's Leader Rachel Khoo(incumbent) SGI-Australia held a national representatives meeting on October 15-16 at its Sydney center to kick off the next 50 years of the organization's development. New national leaders were announced, as follows: General Director ... read more

Press Releases | Oct 18 2005

Soka Gakkai Donates US$30,000 for Pakistan Earthquake Relief

Tokyo, Japan: Soka Gakkai Vice General Director Minoru Harada and Vice President Kenji Yoshigo visited the Pakistan Embassy in Tokyo on October 17 to express condolences for the country's loss and donate US$30,000 (3,400,000 yen) to the President's Relief Fund for Earthquake Victims for those affected by the devastating earthquake ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Oct 18 2005

Soka Gakkai Donates Funds for Pakistan Earthquake Relief

Soka Gakkai decided to donate 3.4 million yen (approx. US$ 30,000) to aid victims of the recent large-scale earthquake in Pakistan. On October 17, Soka Gakkai representatives, headed by Vice General Director Minoru Harada, called on Ambassador Kamran Niaz at the Pakistan Embassy in Minato Ward, Tokyo, to deliver the ... read more

Interfaith | Oct 17 2005

Institute of Oriental Philosophy Cosponsors Symposium with Harvard University's Yenching Institute and Center for the Study of World Religions

On October 7, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP), Hachioji, Tokyo, sponsored with Harvard University's Yenching Institute and Center for the Study of World Religions (CSWR) a symposium entitled "Perspectives on Religion and Globalization." Some 50 Harvard scholars discussed the role of religion in coping with various issues of the ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 14 2005

SGI-Bolivia Hosts Entrance Level Study Examination

On September 18, some 250 SGI-Bolivia members sat for an entrance level study examination at 21 venues throughout Bolivia. The study material included "The Strategy of the Lotus Sutra" from Nichiren's writings; the life of Nichiren Daishonin; Soka Gakkai's history; and basic Buddhist concepts, including the "ten worlds." ... read more

Human Rights | Oct 13 2005

Soka Gakkai President Meets United Nations Children's Rights Committee Chair

On October 12, Soka Gakkai President Einosuke Akiya met with Professor Jacob E. Doek, chair of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC), at the Josei Toda International Center in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. CRC, a committee of international experts in the field of human rights, was ... read more

Education | Oct 13 2005

Diadema Regional Education Board, Brazil, Recognizes SGI's Educational Contributions

Diadema Regional Education Board, Diadema City, São Paulo State, Brazil, supervises the curricula and programs of the city's public elementary through high schools. In Diadema, five out of 67 public schools have been implementing the Makiguchi Education Project, developed by the SGI-Brazil (BSGI) Education Division, based on the ideas of ... read more

Culture | Oct 7 2005

BRC Sponsors "'Talking Back' to Whitman: Poetry Matters" to Commemorate 150th Anniversary of Leaves of Grass

On October 1, 2005 the Boston Research Center for the 21st Century (BRC) sponsored "'Talking Back' to Whitman: Poetry Matters," the second annual Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue, at its center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. Commemorating the 150th anniversary this year of Whitman's masterpiece, Leaves of Grass, scholars and poets ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 5 2005

SGI-Thailand Youth Hold Southeast Asia Exchange; SGI-USA Youth Hold General Meeting in Los Angeles, California

SGI Southeast Asia youth held a friendship exchange session in Bangkok, Thailand, from September 23-25, 2005. The event followed exchanges between Singapore Soka Association (SSA) and SGI-Thailand in November 2004 and May 2005, and aimed to unite the SGI youth of the Southeast Asian countries. At the recent event, youth ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 4 2005

Second SGI-Oceania Conference Held in New Zealand

On September 25, some 800 SGI members from 17 countries and regions in Oceania gathered for the Second SGI-Oceania Conference at the SGI-New Zealand Culture Center in Auckland, New Zealand, commemorating the SGI's 30th anniversary. SGI-Oceania's membership has grown twofold in the past five years. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent ... read more

Culture | Oct 1 2005

China's Tianjin Song and Dance Theater Tours Japan; Min-On Founder Appointed Honorary Director

The Tianjin Song and Dance Theater, a leading musical dance troupe in China, is now touring Japan, at the invitation of Min-On Concert Association (Min-On). Founded in 1953, the Tianjin Song and Dance Theater has contributed to develop China's performing arts and deepen friendships with people across the world through ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 25 2005

IOP Cohosts Symposium on Nonviolence and Peace in Tokyo

On September 24, an Indo-Japan collaborative symposium, titled "Toward Creating an Age of Nonviolence and Peace: Gandhism and the SGI (tentative translation)" took place at the Josei Toda International Center in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. The Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP), Japan and the National Committee of Dr. G. Ramachandran's Centennial ... read more