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Buddhism | May 16 2005

SGI-Uruguay Appoints New National Leaders

SGI-Uruguay introduced new national leaders at a leaders' meeting at their culture center in Montevideo on April 17. Newly appointed are: SGI-Uruguay General Director Hiroyuki Kaetsu; Women's Division Chief Pilar Ortíz; Young Men's Division Chief Ubaldo Rodríguez; and Young Women's Chief Silvia Gómez. Former General Director Tadashi Tanaka was appointed ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | May 16 2005

SGI-Mexico Representatives Participate in Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zones Conference in Mexico

On April 26-28, a Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zones (NWFZ) Conference was held in Mexico City, Mexico. Representatives from some 90 member nations of the world's four NWFZ--Latin America and the Caribbean, the South Pacific, Southeast Asia and Africa--participated. Sixteen non-governmental organization representatives also attended, including SGI-Mexico General Director Roberto Rios. Participants discussed ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | May 15 2005

Currents of the Spiritual Age, Collection of SGI President's Proposals a Bestseller in Singapore

According to Ming Pao, a leading Chinese daily, and Asiaweek, a leading Chinese weekly magazine, Currents of the Spiritual Age (tentative translation), a collection of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's peace proposals in the Chinese language, is a bestseller in Singapore. Ming Pao reported that the book placed second in the ... read more

Sustainable Development | May 15 2005

SGI-USA Members in Denver, Colorado, USA, Plant 1,000 Cherry Trees in 16 Years

In various scenic spots in Denver, Colorado, USA, cherry trees donated and planted by local SGI-USA members are currently in full bloom. The tradition of planting cherry trees along Cherry Creek and Denver's city parks began in 1989 to commemorate the opening of the SGI-USA Denver Culture Center. This was ... read more

Sustainable Development | May 15 2005

"Seeds of Change" Environmental Exhibit Opens at National University of Technology in Lima, Peru

From April 21 through May 6, "Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential," an exhibit highlighting the Earth Charter as a "map" pointing the way toward sustainable living and environmental preservation, showed at the Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria (UNI) (National University of Technology), Lima, Peru. Guests included: UNI ... read more

Buddhism | May 14 2005

SGI-Greece Holds Commemorative Meeting

SGI-Greece recently held a general meeting commemorating May 3, Soka Gakkai Day, on May 7 at its Athens center. Members from 11 islands, including Crete, Paros, Tinos and Rhodes, as well as representatives from neighboring Cyprus, attended. SGI-Greece General Director Dimitri Dimopoulos introduced SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's message and reported ... read more

Sustainable Development | May 13 2005

SGI-Italy and SGI-Germany Host Environmental and Children's Art Exhibition, Respectively

On April 16-23, SGI-Italy hosted "Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential," an exhibit highlighting the Earth Charter as a "map" pointing the way toward sustainable living and environmental preservation, at Elio Vittorini State High School in Grugliasco City, Turin Province, Italy. Elio Vittorini State High School Vice ... read more

Buddhism | May 10 2005

SGI-UK Holds Commemorative Event in London

On May 7, some 5,500 SGI-UK members gathered for a commemorative meeting at the Royal Albert Hall in London, one of the world's leading entertaining venues, with over 130 years of history. The event commemorated the 75th anniversary of Soka Gakkai, the 30th anniversary of SGI as well as the ... read more

Sustainable Development | May 10 2005

SGI-Canada Sponsors Youth Festivals

Local ballet troupe performs at Toronto festival SGI-Canada youth in Toronto express their passion through exuberant hip-hop dances and band performances In April and May, SGI-Canada is sponsoring local youth music events throughout the country. On May 1 in Toronto, some 1,700 gathered for a youth culture festival at the John Bassett ... read more

Culture | May 10 2005

SGI-Canada Sponsors Youth Festivals

Local ballet troupe performs at Toronto festival SGI-Canada youth in Toronto express their passion through exuberant hip-hop dances and band performances In April and May, SGI-Canada is sponsoring local youth music events throughout the country. On May 1 in Toronto, some 1,700 gathered for a youth culture festival at the John Bassett ... read more

Culture | May 9 2005

SGI-Thailand Members Help Celebrate Royal Coronation Anniversary of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej

On May 5, an event celebrating the Royal Coronation Day of his Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej was held in Bangkok, Thailand. SGI-Thailand dancers and chorus members participated in the festivities, sponsored by the Thai Ministry of Tourism and Sports, Bangkok City and the Thai Health Promotion Foundation (ThaiHealth). The event ... read more

Education | Apr 27 2005

Boston Research Center for the 21st Century's Book on Education Introduced at American Education Research Association's Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada

On April 11-15, the American Education Research Association (AERA) held its annual meeting in Montreal, Canada. Titled "Demography and Democracy in the Era of Accountability," approximately 11,000 educators, researchers, counselors and behavioral scientists, from 53 countries, gathered for the meeting, to convey findings of significant education research. On April 13, a ... read more

Interfaith | Apr 26 2005

SGI and Soka Gakkai Presidents Congratulate Newly Elected Pope

On April 25, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and Soka Gakkai President Einosuke Akiya jointly sent a telegram to the Vatican congratulating Pope Benedict XVI for his election as the new sovereign of the Roman Catholic Church. On the same day, Soka Gakkai representatives visited the Apostolic Nunciature in Japan, the ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 25 2005

SGI Vice President Hiromasa Ikeda Visits Gandhi Memorial Hall in New Delhi, India; Attends Representative Bharat Soka Gakkai Leaders' Meeting at Bodhi Tree Garden

On April 21, SGI Vice President Hiromasa Ikeda, in India on behalf of his father, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, visited the Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti (Gandhi Memorial Hall) in New Delhi. Mr. Ikeda met with the Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti Vice Chair Professor K.D. Gangrade, Director Dr. Savita ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Apr 24 2005

Kansai 21st Century Symphonic Orchestra Holds Relief Concert in Hyogo Prefecture; Soka Gloria Brass Band Hosts Family Concert 2005 in Tokyo

On April 23, the Soka Gakkai Kansai 21st Century Symphonic Orchestra held a relief concert at the Toyooka City Hall in Toyooka City, Hyogo Prefecture, which was ravaged by a strong typhoon in October 2004. The orchestra, led by Maestro Fujio Isogai, performed Johann Strauss II's Voices of Spring and ... read more