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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

Peace and Disarmament | Apr 21 2005

"Women and the Culture of Peace" Exhibition Opens in Okayama Prefecture

On March 20, the Soka Gakkai's "Women and the Culture of Peace" exhibition opened in an exhibition hall at CONVEX Okayama, Okayama City, Okayama Prefecture. Women leaders of all sectors of society attended the opening. Mieko Mizuno, president of the Okayama Prefecture Women's Council, stated that each panel conveyed women's ... read more

Education | Apr 18 2005

SGI-Bolivia Hosts Educational Seminar

On April 10, SGI-Bolivia hosted an educational seminar on the pedagogy of first Soka Gakkai president and educator Tsunesaburo Makiguchi, at a school in Peroto, San Andrés City, Marban Province, Beni State, Bolivia. At the seminar, an SGI-Bolivia young women's representative introduced the SGI's peace activities and a young men's ... read more

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