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Human Rights | Feb 1 2005

California High School Hosts Human Rights Exhibition; Coalition of California Black School Board Members and New Haven Unified School District Commend SGI President

James Logan High School, Union City, California, USA, hosted "Gandhi, King, Ikeda (GKI): A Legacy of Building Peace" from January 14-16, as a part of commemorative events celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day (the third Monday of January). New Haven Unified School District, California, requested the school to host the ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 31 2005

Dialogue Series between Harvard Social Anthropology Professor and SGI President Begins in March Issue of Ushio

A new dialogue series between Professor Nur Yalman of the Department of Anthropology, Harvard University, specializing in social anthropology and Middle Eastern studies, and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda will be published in Ushio, a monthly Japanese literary magazine, beginning with the March 2005 issue. Titled "Kyo no sekai asu no ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 30 2005

SGI-USA Celebrates SGI's 30th Anniversary with an Aloha Gala in Hawaii

SGI-USA celebrated SGI's 30th anniversary with a national general meeting and culture festival at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, on January 22. Some 5,000, including guests from the fields of education, human rights, performing arts, literary circles and the United Nations. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 29 2005

SGI-Brazil Nova Era Fife-and-Drum Corps Members and SGI-USA Youth in Southern California Meet, Respectively

On January 15, SGI-Brazil (BSGI) young women's Nova Era (New Age) Fife-and-Drum Corps held a new year meeting at the BSGI Nature and Culture Center, located in the São Paulo environs. Some 650 representatives from São Paulo Metropolitan areas gathered. The corps, founded in August 1963 with only six members, ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 29 2005

SGI-Denmark Holds General Meeting; New Young Women's Division Chief Appointed

On January 16, some 400 SGI-Denmark members met for a general meeting in Copenhagen. Soniya Inoue was appointed the new Young Women's Division (YWD) Chief. A women's division representative shared her experience of overcoming sickness through the practice of Nichiren Buddhism. Young Men's Division Chief Kooichi Lennert Sakihama and newly-appointed ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 29 2005

SGI-Uganda Members Meet

On January 9, SGI members in Uganda, east-central Africa, held a discussion meeting in Kampala, Uganda's capital. Led by SGI-Uganda leader Amita Shyam, participants studied SGI's peace philosophy and shared their experiences of applying the life-affirming philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism in their daily lives. ... read more

Culture | Jan 28 2005

Hamburg Ballet Begins Japan Tour at Min-On's Invitation

On January 27, the Hamburg Ballet, led by world-renowned choreographer John Neumeier, performed at Kanagawa Kenmin Hall in Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture, at the invitation of the Min-On Concert Association (Min-On). Mr. Neumeier, who has been director and chief choreographer of the Hamburg Ballet since 1973, has produced over 100 ... read more

Press Releases | Jan 26 2005

Education for Human Rights, Disarmament, Sustainability Are Key--SGI President Issues Annual Peace Proposal

Tokyo, Japan: In his annual peace proposal issued today, Daisaku Ikeda, president of the global Buddhist association Soka Gakkai International (SGI), urges renewed efforts to promote education for human rights, disarmament and sustainable development. In Ikeda's view, education that focuses on such global issues as peace and elimination of poverty ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 22 2005

SGI Members Celebrate New Year's Day and SGI's 30th Anniversary

In Panama, some 1,700 SGI members met on January 1 at seven locations throughout the country, celebrating the New Year and the SGI's 30th anniversary. Some 1,000 members gathered at the SGI-Panama Culture Center in Panama. SGI-Panama General Director Gabriel Martínez encouraged everyone to further advance in unity. On January 1, ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 20 2005

SGI-USA Celebrates SGI's 30th Anniversary in Guam

Beginning January 13, SGI-USA has been hosting commemorative events on Guam, USA, to celebrate the SGI's 30th anniversary, in cooperation with the Guam Government and universities and other peace organizations in the Pacific Islands. Guam is the site of the first World Peace Conference on January 26, 1975, where the ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 18 2005

Soka Gakkai Holds Memorial Services for Victims of the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake

On January 17, the 10th anniversary of the Great Hanshin Earthquake, Soka Gakkai held memorial services at the Kansai Culture Center in Osaka City and nine other centers throughout Hyogo Prefecture. In a solemn ceremony, friends and relatives prayed for the repose of those who died in the quake. SGI ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jan 18 2005

SGI's "World Boys and Girls Art Exhibition" Opens in Slovenia

On January 5, SGI's "World Boys and Girls Art Exhibition" opened at Cankarjev Dom, the largest congress and cultural center in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The exhibition, which was held for the first time in Slovenia, displays some 147 paintings and drawings submitted by children from 100 countries and regions. Some 100 ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Jan 18 2005

Soka Gakkai Holds Memorial Services for Victims of the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake

On January 17, the 10th anniversary of the Great Hanshin Earthquake, Soka Gakkai held memorial services at the Kansai Culture Center in Osaka City and nine other centers throughout Hyogo Prefecture. In a solemn ceremony, friends and relatives prayed for the repose of those who died in the quake. SGI ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 17 2005

Soka Gakkai Holds Memorial Concerts in Osaka and Hyogo in Remembrance of 1995 Earthquake

On January 16, the Soka Gakkai Kansai 21st Century Symphony Orchestra held a memorial concert at Symphony Hall in Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture. The concert commemorates the 10th anniversary of the Hanshin Earthquake that hit the Osaka and Hyogo areas on January 17, 1995. The original orchestra coincidentally debuted on ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 17 2005

Soka Renaissance Vanguard Wins Prime Minister's Cup for Eighth Time

Soka Renaissance Vanguard wins Prime Minister's Cup On January 16, the Soka Renaissance Vanguard drum-and-bugle corps won the Prime Minister's Cup (top honors) for the second consecutive year and for the eighth time, at the 32nd national All-Japan Marching Band and Baton Twirling Contest at the Nippon Budokan in Chiyoda Ward, ... read more