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Culture | Jun 24 2012

SGI Youth from Brazil and US Celebrate First Youth Exchange

SGI Youth from Brazil and US Celebrate First Youth Exchange

From June 21-24, SGI youth members took part in the first US-Brazil Youth Exchange. Aiming to celebrate and build ties of friendship between the two countries, the exchange was held in Southern California. ... read more

Interfaith | Jun 24 2012

Symposium on Medicine and Religion Held in Tokyo

Symposium on Medicine and Religion Held in Tokyo

On June 24, a symposium on the theme "Medicine and Religion" co-organized by the European Academy of Sciences and Arts (EASA) and the Soka Gakkai-affiliated Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) was held at the Josei Toda International Center in Shinjuku. ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 23 2012

SGI-Romania Established as Chapter

SGI-Romania Established as Chapter

On June 23, a meeting of SGI-Romania members was held in Bucharest to commemorate its establishment as a chapter, following its formation as a district in 2007. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Jun 23 2012

SGI-Malaysia Helps Raise Cancer Awareness and Promote Organ Donation

SGI-Malaysia Helps Raise Cancer Awareness and Promote Organ Donation

On June 23, SGI-Malaysia (SGM) members in Penang participated in a 24-hour relay event, Relay for Life 2012, hosted by the Penang Branch of the National Cancer Society of Malaysia at Penang Municipal Park to honor the lives of those affected by cancer. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jun 23 2012

Survey of Awareness of Battle of Okinawa Among Local Students

Survey of Awareness of Battle of Okinawa Among Local Students

On June 23, Soka Gakkai youth in Okinawa held a ceremony to remember all those who died in the Battle of Okinawa, which lasted from April to June, 1945. The memorial, which marked the 67th anniversary of the battle, took place at the Soka Gakkai Okinawa International Peace Center. Participants prayed for world peace and the results of a survey to gauge awareness of the Battle of Okinawa and peace issues among students on the island were shared. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Jun 22 2012

TSA Women's Chorus Perform at Taoyuan Women's Prison

TSA Women's Chorus Perform at Taoyuan Women's Prison

The Duanwu Festival, also known as the Dragon Boat Festival, is a Chinese cultural event celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month of each year, traditionally spent racing dragon boats and enjoying “zongzi” glutinous rice dumplings. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Jun 22 2012

SGI Holds Interdisciplinary Roundtable Discussion on Education and Learning at Rio+20

SGI Holds Interdisciplinary Roundtable Discussion on Education and Learning at Rio+20

From June 20-22, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, Rio+20) took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with the theme: “The Future We Want.” SGI organized “The Future We Create: An interdisciplinary roundtable on the role of education and learning toward a sustainable future” as an official side event held at Riocentro on June 20. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Jun 22 2012

SGI Activities at Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development

SGI Activities at Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development

From June 20-22, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The event marked the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) also held in Rio de Janeiro. ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 17 2012

SGI-Finland Members Deepen Buddhist Study

SGI-Finland Members Deepen Buddhist Study

SGI-Finland members gathered in Helsinki on June 16 and 17 to participate in study sessions on Nichiren Buddhism. ... read more

Culture | Jun 16 2012

Symposium on Taiwanese Painter Chen Cheng-Po Held in Taiwan

Symposium on Taiwanese Painter Chen Cheng-Po Held in Taiwan

On May 5, the Taiwan Soka Association (TSA), together with the Chen Cheng-Po Cultural Foundation and National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU), organized an international symposium on the works of the Taiwanese painter Chen Cheng-Po (1895-1947), titled "The Bond of Nostalgia--Chen Cheng-Po & The Modern Art of Taiwan," at TSA's Zhi Shan Cultural Center in Taipei. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Jun 16 2012

Soka Gakkai Student Members in Tohoku Hold Symposium on Recovery from March 11, 2011, Disaster

Soka Gakkai Student Members in Tohoku Hold Symposium on Recovery from March 11, 2011, Disaster

On June 16, Soka Gakkai student members in Tohoku held a symposium on how academic research can assist people in the recovery and rebuilding of their lives following the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami which devastated northeast Japan. The symposium was held at Sendai Mediatheque in Miyagi Prefecture and included a panel discussion on the same topic which highlighted the importance of scientific endeavor being based on the value of the dignity of life. ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 10 2012

SSA Members Take Buddhist Elementary Level Study Exam

SSA Members Take Buddhist Elementary Level Study Exam

On June 10, a total of 1,700 Singapore Soka Association (SSA) members took a Buddhist Elementary Level Study Exam at Northland Secondary School in Singapore. ... read more

Culture | Jun 8 2012

SGI-Australia Hosts Cuban Art Exhibition

SGI-Australia Hosts Cuban Art Exhibition

On May 25, the exhibition "Arte de Cuba: Celebrating the Spirit of Cuba" showcasing Cuban artists from around the world, opened at the SGI-Australia (SGIA) Culture Centre in Sydney. The exhibition, which was shown until June 8, was jointly organized by the Cuban Embassy and SGIA. ... read more

Press Releases | Jun 7 2012

Buddhist Leader Highlights Need for Education, Empowerment in Advance of Rio+20 Meeting

Daisaku Ikeda, president of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Buddhist association, issued a proposal on June 5 stressing that empowerment of individuals and communities is vital to achieving a sustainable global society. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Jun 6 2012

Fukushima Prefecture Awards Soka Gakkai for Relief Efforts

Fukushima Prefecture Awards Soka Gakkai for Relief Efforts

On June 6, on behalf of the Fukushima Prefectural Government and Governor Yuhei Sato, Vice Governor Masao Uchibori presented awards of appreciation to Soka Gakkai Fukushima for their relief activities and contributions to society following the devastating March 11, 2011, earthquake and subsequent tsunamis. ... read more