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Humanitarian Activities | Jan 6 2005

Soka Gakkai Organizations Respond to Tsunami Disaster

Asian branches of Soka Gakkai International are mobilizing financial and human resources to respond to the catastrophic tsunami that devastated large parts of the region on December 26, 2004. On January 5, the Soka Gakkai headquarters in Japan made donations of 5 million yen (approx. US$48,000) for relief operations to ... read more

Education | Jan 6 2005

SGI-Brazil Education Department Holds Commencement Ceremony for Literacy Program Graduates

Since 1987, SGI-Brazil (BSGI) Education Department has promoted a literacy program for adults. The original objective was to help illiterate BSGI members learn to read and write, but other people in the local communities are also welcome to attend the classes. Each course is 40 hours long. The work is ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jan 5 2005

Kathmandu, Nepal, Presents First Kathumandu Peace Award to SGI President

Kathmandu, Nepal's capital, recently created the Kathmandu Peace Award to be conferred upon individuals deemed to have made significant contributions to world peace. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda was chosen as the first recipient of the award for 2004, for his contributions to world peace and friendship between Nepal and Japan. ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 1 2005

SGI-USA to Celebrate SGI's 30th Anniversary in January in Guam and Hawaii

In mid-January, SGI-USA and Soka University of America will cohost a Peace and Education Conference in Guam, where the first World Peace Conference took place on January 26, 1975, and the SGI's precursor, the International Buddhist League, was established. Inviting scholars and educators from the U.S. and Pacific Islands, the ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 1 2005

Five Soka Gakkai Bands to Participate in National Meet

On January 15-16, five Soka Gakkai bands will participate in the 32nd All-Japan Marching Band and Baton Twirling Competition at the Nippon Budokan in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo. The five bands are the Soka Renaissance Vanguard, the Chubu Bugle Band, the Soka Okayama Rainbow Sounds, the Kagoshima Marching Band and Fuji ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 1 2005

Happy New Year 2005, "Year of Youth and Development"! 2005 New Year's Message (abridged) from Soka Gakkai President Einosuke Akiya

A very Happy New Year to Soka Gakkai (Japan) and Soka Gakkai International members throughout the world! The "Year of Youth and Development-2005" is spiritedly underway, as we aim for the 80th anniversary of Soka Gakkai's founding (in 2010). This year [also] marks the 30th anniversary of Soka Gakkai International (SGI). ... read more