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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

Peace and Disarmament | Nov 2 2010

Culture of Peace Exhibition Shown in Hokkaido, Miyagi and Kanagawa

Culture of Peace Exhibition Shown in Hokkaido, Miyagi and Kanagawa

Soka Gakkai's "Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World" exhibition opened in Hokkaido, Miyagi and Kanagawa, Japan, on October 29. In Miyagi, the exhibition was shown in the town of Wakayanagi until October 31. Midori Miura, executive chair of the exhibition committee, and Chieko Sugawara, president of ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 2 2010

Founding of Soka Activity Support Groups Commemorated

Founding of Soka Activity Support Groups Commemorated

SGI-Canada members held meetings in their respective areas in commemoration of the November 2, 1976, founding of the SGI's Soka Group--a young men's activity support group. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a heartfelt message asking the youthful Soka Group members in Canada to always maintain a "Never Be Defeated" spirit. Soka ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Nov 1 2010

SGI's People's Decade Website Given New Design and Expanded

SGI's People's Decade Website Given New Design and Expanded

The People's Decade for Nuclear Abolition campaign website has been renewed recently. The campaign, launched by SGI in 2007, aims to build a global solidarity within civil society working for abolition of nuclear weapons. The purpose of this renewal is to facilitate ease of access, learning and participation. Some of the ... read more

Human Rights | Oct 31 2010

"21st Century Human Rights Exhibition of Hope" Shown in Yamanashi and Shiga Prefectures, Japan

"21st Century Human Rights Exhibition of Hope" Shown in Yamanashi and Shiga Prefectures, Japan

Soka Gakkai's "21st Century Human Rights Exhibition of Hope--You Are Invaluable" was shown in Yamanashi Prefecture from September 29 to October 3, and in Shiga Prefecture from October 26-31. On display were original autographed documents and letters written by human rights pioneers such as Eleanor Roosevelt, renowned first lady of the ... read more

Education | Oct 28 2010

Campinas City Honors SGI-Brazil

Campinas City Honors SGI-Brazil

Campinas City, Brazil, honored SGI-Brazil with its Diploma of Merit for the organization's contributions to advancing peace and promoting human rights. At an awards ceremony held on October 28, SGI-Brazil also received the Darcy Ribeiro Educational Merit Award on behalf of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda for his efforts to promote ... read more

Education | Oct 28 2010

The Institute of Oriental Philosophy Holds Lecture on Mind-Body Relationship

The Institute of Oriental Philosophy hosted its first lecture in a new series titled "Key Issues in Modern Science-Life, the Brain and the Mind" at the Japan Youth Center's International Hall in Tokyo, on October 15. Professor Yoshimichi Saito from Keio University spoke about the mind-brain relationship from a phenomenological perspective. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 26 2010

School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, Hosts SGI Peace Exhibition

School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, Hosts SGI Peace Exhibition

The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, hosted SGI's anti-nuclear weapons exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit" on October 25 and 26. The exhibition coincided with the 5th London Conference on a Middle East Weapons of Mass ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Oct 26 2010

Soka Gakkai Members Participate in Relief Activities in Amami, Japan

Soka Gakkai Members Participate in Relief Activities in Amami, Japan

Record rainfall hit the Amami islands in Kagoshima Prefecture, Kyushu, Japan, starting October 20, causing extensive damage to the area. In response, over 100 Soka Gakkai members from Amami and throughout Kyushu gathered at the Soka Gakkai Amami Oshima Culture Center to organize volunteer efforts. In addition to helping clean ... read more

Education | Oct 26 2010

Singapore Soka Association Youth Volunteer at Chinese Primary Schools

Singapore Soka Association Youth Volunteer at Chinese Primary Schools

From October 10-26, a team of 17 Singapore Soka Association (SSA) youth volunteers took part in a 17-day Youth Expedition Project (YEP), in collaboration with Mercy Relief in Singapore, providing aid to the Changzhi Primary and Xi Jiao Primary Schools of the Changzhi Township in Shanxi Province, China. Named "Project Shine ... read more

Culture | Oct 24 2010

SGI-Paraguay Holds Culture Festival

SGI-Paraguay Holds Culture Festival

On October 24, in the city of Asunción, SGI-Paraguay held a culture festival full of dance, folk songs and drum performances in commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the Soka Gakkai's establishment (November 18, 1930). The festival drew some 2,000 and included guests such as Dr. Roberto Elías Canese, rector ... read more