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Press Releases | Nov 22 2010

SGI President Awarded 300th Academic Honor from University of Massachusetts Boston

TOKYO, Nov 22: Daisaku Ikeda, president of the Soka Gakkai International Buddhist association and founder of Soka University, was awarded the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, from the University of Massachusetts Boston at a ceremony held in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward on November 21. This brings to 300 the total ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 21 2010

Soka Gakkai's Anniversary Celebrated at University of Hamburg

Soka Gakkai's Anniversary Celebrated at University of Hamburg

In celebration of Soka Gakkai's 80th anniversary, 1,500 SGI-Germany members gathered at the University of Hamburg on November 21. Professor Ulrich Dehn, a religious scholar at the university, spoke at the event, as well as Goethe scholar Manfred Osten from the Weimar Goethe Institute, Germany. [Dr. Osten and SGI President ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 21 2010

SGI Members Around the World Celebrate Soka Gakkai's Founding

SGI Members Around the World Celebrate Soka Gakkai's Founding

In commemoration of the 80th anniversary of Soka Gakkai's founding (November 18, 1930), SGI-Kenya held a meeting in the city of Kisumu from November 20-21. Guests included SGI members who had traveled all the way from Uganda. In Sierra Leone, some 150 SGI members commemorated the day by hosting a discussion ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Nov 19 2010

SGI-USA Cosponsors Lecture by Former UN Under-Secretary-General Chowdhury at Lehigh University

SGI-USA Cosponsors Lecture by Former UN Under-Secretary-General Chowdhury at Lehigh University

On November 16, former United Nations Under-Secretary-General Anwarul K. Chowdhury spoke as part of Lehigh University's Distinguished Lecture Series in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The event was cosponsored by SGI-USA along with several other peace organizations. In conjunction with the lecture, the SGI antinuclear exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 18 2010

Ikeda Hall Opens in Seoul, Korea

Ikeda Hall Opens in Seoul, Korea

SGI-Korea's new center, named Ikeda Hall, opened on November 18 in Seoul, South Korea. The building's debut coincided with the 80th anniversary of the Soka Gakkai's founding. The new structure's main hall can seat 2,500 and in addition to offices, has rooms suited for exhibitions and conferences. Special multi-purpose rooms ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 14 2010

SGI-Austria Hosts Youth Friendship Meeting in Vienna

SGI-Austria Hosts Youth Friendship Meeting in Vienna

On November 14, SGI-Austria youth members welcomed guests to their youth friendship general meeting held at the SGI-Austria Culture Center in Vienna. Some 150 attended. The gathering included a visual presentation of SGI's history and its various movements to promote peace, culture and education, as well as a choir performance. [Adapted from ... read more

Culture | Nov 14 2010

Culture Festivals Held in Luxembourg and Belgium

Culture Festivals Held in Luxembourg and Belgium

In commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the Soka Gakkai, SGI-Luxembourg and Belgium held culture festivals in November. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Nov 14 2010

Nobel Peace Laureates Speak at Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Lecture Series

Nobel Peace Laureates Speak at Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Lecture Series

Soka Gakkai Hiroshima youth members sponsored a Hiroshima Study Lecture Series on November 13 and 14 at the Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Ikeda Peace Memorial Hall. Three lectures were held in conjunction with the 11th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates which took place at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park from ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 13 2010

SGI General Meetings Held on Portuguese Islands

SGI General Meetings Held on Portuguese Islands

On November 13, SGI members from the city of Funchal on Madeira Island, Portugal, held their first general meeting, which also commemorated the 80th anniversary of Soka Gakkai's founding. SGI-Portugal Young Women's Leader Joana Craveiro gave a presentation on SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's series of books titled The New Human ... read more

Culture | Nov 13 2010

Soka Gakkai Women Take Part in Cultural Exchanges in China

Soka Gakkai Women Take Part in Cultural Exchanges in China

The All-China Women's Federation (ACWF) invited representative Soka Gakkai women to attend China-Japan cultural exchanges in Beijing, Tianjin, Dalian and Shanghai from November 7-13. The visit marked the sixth such exchange between Soka Gakkai and ACWF. On November 8, the Soka Gakkai representatives visited ACWF headquarters where they met with Zou ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Nov 6 2010

Ikeda Forum Explores the Development of the Democratic Spirit

Ikeda Forum Explores the Development of the Democratic Spirit

On November 6, the Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, held its seventh Ikeda Forum, on how to further develop the democratic spirit. Drawing inspiration from SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's remarks on democracy, found in his message commemorating the first Commencement ceremony of Soka University of ... read more

Culture | Nov 6 2010

Cultural Festival Commemorating 80th Anniversary Held in Japan

Cultural Festival Commemorating 80th Anniversary Held in Japan

Celebrating the 80th anniversary of Soka Gakkai's founding, a cultural festival was held in conjunction with an SGI General Meeting at the monthly Soka Gakkai Headquarters Leaders Meeting at the Soka University Memorial Auditorium in Hachioji, Tokyo, on November 3. The festival included a video presentation of Soka Gakkai's 80-year movement ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 4 2010

Representative SGI Members from Africa Meet in Tokyo

Representative SGI Members from Africa Meet in Tokyo

On November 4, nineteen SGI-members from 12 African countries, who were visiting Japan for the annual SGI Fall Training Session, held a conference with Soka Gakkai representatives at the Soka Culture Center in Shinanomachi, Tokyo. Representative leaders from Japan included Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada, SGI General Director Yoshitaka Oba ... read more

Press Releases | Nov 4 2010

Soka Gakkai Buddhist Association Celebrates 80 Years of Empowerment for Peace

  TOKYO, Nov. 4: The Soka Gakkai Buddhist association celebrated its 80th anniversary with a commemorative meeting in Tokyo, Japan, on November 3, 2010, attended by around 5,000 people, including 250 members of Soka Gakkai International (SGI) representing 65 countries and territories. At the meeting, orchestral, choral and other musical performances were ... read more

Sustainable Development | Nov 3 2010

"Seeds of Hope" Exhibition Shown at Earth Charter +10 Conference in India

"Seeds of Hope" Exhibition Shown at Earth Charter +10 Conference in India

SGI representatives from Japan and India joined a conference on an "Ethical Framework for a Sustainable World" in Ahmedabad, India, from November 1-3. The event, held at the headquarters of India's renowned Centre for Environmental Education (CEE), attracted 500 participants from around India and the world to celebrate the 10th ... read more