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Interfaith | Apr 17 2005

Rabbi Michael Lerner Receives Fifth Gandhi, King, Ikeda Community Builders Prize

Rabbi Michael Lerner, renowned writer and peace activist working for peace and reconciliation between Israel and Palestine, received the fifth Gandhi, King, Ikeda Community Builders Prize. Rabbi Lerner is co-founder of the Tikkun Community, an interfaith organization, editor of Tikkun Magazine and author of many books for social justice, peace ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 16 2005

SGI-Ghana Makes Great Strides

On April 10, SGI-Ghana held a national leaders' meeting at the SGI-Ghana cener in Accra, Ghana. Representatives from throughout Ghana and leaders from SGI-Côte d'Ivoire, SGI-Togo and SGI-Benin attended. In a message, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda congratulated the members for their gathering and stated that when one individual, challenges to ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Apr 16 2005

SGI-USA Sponsors Japanese-American Peace Friendship Festival in Southern California

On April 10, SGI-USA sponsored a Japanese-American "Gathering of Peace" at the SGI-USA World Culture Center in Santa Monica, California, USA. The Japanese language group planned and organized the show with an aim to promote respect for cultural diversity and strengthen bonds of amity between people. Many like-minded local cultural ... read more

Culture | Apr 16 2005

SGI-USA Sponsors Japanese-American Peace Friendship Festival in Southern California

On April 10, SGI-USA sponsored a Japanese-American "Gathering of Peace" at the SGI-USA World Culture Center in Santa Monica, California, USA. The Japanese language group planned and organized the show with an aim to promote respect for cultural diversity and strengthen bonds of amity between people. Many like-minded local cultural ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 15 2005

Soka Gakkai Publishes Liturgy in Braille

Soka Gakkai recently published a Braille edition of its Japanese liturgy book, encompassing segments of the "Expedient Means" and "Life Span" chapters of the Lotus Sutra. The book includes instructions for performing the current format of morning and evening prayers along with the silent prayers. The book will be available ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Apr 15 2005

Toda Institute to Sponsor International Conference in Madrid, Spain, in May 2005; New Book and Journal Published

On May 25-27, the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research will sponsor an international conference in Madrid, Spain, in collaboration with the Iberian-American Foundation. Some 65 scholars from 29 countries will gather to discuss "Creating A Global Civilization of Dialogue and Peace (tentative translation)." Dr. Ricardo Diez-Hochleitner, honorary ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 14 2005

SGI Youth in Africa Socially-Engaged in Their Respective Communities

SGI-Zambia members of Lion King and Sun Chapters For the past six years, SGI-Zambia members have participated in the national Youth Day celebrations. On March 12, 2004, Zambians celebrated the event in Zambia's capital, Lusaka. SGI-Zambia youth, whose membership doubled in the past several years, participated in the parade, which was ... read more

Culture | Apr 13 2005

Soka Gakkai President Welcomes Delegates from Chinese Association for International Understanding

On April 12, Soka Gakkai President Einosuke Akiya welcomed Li Chengren, executive vice chairman of the Chinese Association for International Understanding (CAIU), and representative members, at the Josei Toda International Center in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. CAIU aims to develop intercultural understanding, friendship and peace through exchanges with organizations and institutions ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Apr 11 2005

"Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World" at the United Nations European Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland through April 15, 2005

"Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World" exhibition opened at the United Nations European Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, on April 4, during discussions on children's issues at the 2005 Commission on Human Rights. Representatives of the UN and NGOs, as well as ambassadors of various embassies, ... read more

Culture | Apr 7 2005

Asia Peace and Arts Festival Comes to Japan

The Min-On Concert Association's third "Asia Peace and Arts Festival" opened April 6 at the Nakano Sun Plaza Hall in Nakano Ward, Tokyo. Artists from China, Korea, Mongolia, Russia and Japan created a dynamic and vivid stage, expressing their respective histories, traditions and lifestyles through song, music and dance. Min-On ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 6 2005

Soka Gakkai Collaborates with Russian Institute on Publication of Xixia Version of the Lotus Sutra

Soka Gakkai, in collaboration with the St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences (IOS-RAS), recently published the eighth work of the Lotus Sutra Manuscript Series (No. 6), Xixia Version of the Lotus Sutra from the Collection of the IOS-RAS St. Petersburg Branch. Dr. Tatsuo ... read more

Press Releases | Apr 4 2005

Soka Gakkai International Expresses Condolences on Passing of Pope John Paul II

Tokyo, Japan: Soka Gakkai International (SGI) has today issued the following statement regarding the death of Pope John Paul II: "The passing of Pope John Paul II is an occasion of great sadness for all who have admired and been inspired by his profound commitment to peace. In a world torn ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Apr 4 2005

Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Youth Host Lecture by Former President of Cheju National University

On April 3, Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Youth Division hosted its 112th lecture at the Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Peace Center in Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture. The speaker was Dr. Cho Moon-Boo, former president of Cheju National University, South Korea, who continues to urge the strengthening of Korea-Japan relations. Referring to the ... read more

Sustainable Development | Apr 4 2005

Soka Gakkai Farmers in Hokkaido Hold Agricultural Renaissance Rally

On April 3, Soka Gakkai members engaged in farming in Hokkaido held a Hokkaido Agriculture Renaissance Rally at the Soka Gakkai Furano Culture Center in Furano City. In a message, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda urged each farmer to create happiness in his or her own life life, which will reflect ... read more

Interfaith | Apr 4 2005

SGI Issues Statement Regarding Death of Pope John Paul II

On April 4, SGI issued a statement regarding the death of Pope John Paul II. The statement describes his passing "an occasion of great sadness" and says that "in a world torn by violence and mistrust, his courageous endeavors to promote dialogue, tirelessly reaching out to people of different faith ... read more