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Education | May 22 2005

Dewey Expert Dr. Larry A. Hickman Speaks on Dewey's Educational Philosophy

On May 21, 2005, Dr. Larry A. Hickman, director of the Center for Dewey Studies at Southern Illinois University in Illinois, USA, spoke on John Dewey's educational philosophy in a lecture, titled "Creating Value with Democracy and Education," at the Sankei Plaza in Otemachi, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo. The Institute of ... read more

Buddhism | May 21 2005

100,000 Youth Participate in SGI-Korea's Youth Festival

A parade of flags of countries worldwide On May 15, SGI-Korea (KSGI) youth hosted a festival expressing pride in their home country, at the Olympic Stadium in Seoul, South Korea. Some 100,000 KSGI youth division members and their friends gathered from throughout the country. Approximately 1,000 guests attended. Yonhap News Agency's ... read more

Buddhism | May 21 2005

SGI Members in Martinique, Guadeloupe and French Guiana Hold Spring Training Courses; SGI-France Members in Corsica Meet

SGI members in Guadeloupe SGI-France supports overseas departments in Martinique, Guadeloupe, French Guiana, where SGI members are contributing to peace and happiness of their respective societies, based on the humanistic philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism. In March, SGI members in these regions gathered for a spring training course, respectively. In French Guiana, ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | May 21 2005

"Drawings of the Okinawa War" Exhibition Opens in Okinawa

On May 20, "Drawings of the Okinawa War: Heartbreaking Remembrances of the Shimanchu ('Islander,' in Okinawan)" opened at a gallery located in Tenbusu Naha in Naha City, Okinawa Prefecture. The Soka Gakkai Okinawa Peace Committee, the Women's Peace and Culture Conference and the Student Division Peace Committee organized and created ... read more

Buddhism | May 19 2005

SGI-Poland Holds Study Session

On May 13-15, SGI-Poland held a study session in Poznan, a suburb of west Poland. Some 110 SGI-Poland members gathered from seven major cities in Poland, such as Poland's capital Warsaw and the ancient city of Krakow. SGI-Poland was officially registered in October 2004, as a social and cultural organization ... read more

Press Releases | May 18 2005

Fighting for Peace, Poems by Daisaku Ikeda, Finalist for Benjamin Franklin Award

Sonoma, California, U.S.A.: Fighting for Peace, a collection of poems by Buddhist philosopher Daisaku Ikeda (Dunhill Publishing), has been selected as one of three finalists for the Publishers Marketing Association's 2005 Benjamin Franklin Award in the poetry category. The winner will be announced at a ceremony in New York City ... read more

Interfaith | May 18 2005

SGI-Hong Kong Hosts Interfaith Seminar

On May 16, SGI-Hong Kong hosted an interfaith seminar, titled "Unity and Diversity: How I accommodate other religious traditions in my own beliefs," at the SGI-Hong Kong Culture Center in Hong Kong. Representatives of Christian, Buddhist, Muslim and Jewish organizations spoke about their organizations' ideals and engagement with society. SGI-Hong ... read more

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