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Humanitarian Activities | Jul 31 2010

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Participates in Hospis Malaysia's Charity Bazaar

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Participates in Hospis Malaysia's Charity Bazaar

Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) members were invited to volunteer for Hospis Malaysia's annual charity bazaar held on July 31. SGM Kuala Lumpur members from around Cheras worked at a food stall and sold bazaar coupons.   Cik Rosehayati Noordin, general manager of Hospis Malaysia, stated that events such as the charity ... read more

Education | Jul 29 2010

Taiwan Soka Association Holds Annual Summer Camp for Schools in Rural Areas

Taiwan Soka Association Holds Annual Summer Camp for Schools in Rural Areas

Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) sponsored its annual Soka Joy Summer Camp at Alishan Junior High and Elementary School in Chiayi, Taiwan, on July 28 and 29. University students from throughout the country volunteered as camp counselors and organized a series of activities, which included athletic events, science workshops, theater, dance and ... read more

Sustainable Development | Jul 27 2010

Malaysian Students Learn About "Seeds of Hope"

Malaysian Students Learn About "Seeds of Hope"

 The SGI exhibition "Seeds of Hope: Visions of sustainability, steps toward change" was held in three secondary schools in the states of Perak and Selangor, Malaysia, during July 2010. Jointly initiated by SGI and the Earth Charter International, "Seeds of Hope" stresses the interconnectedness of all life and the importance of ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 25 2010

SGI Members in Africa Hold Training Sessions

SGI Members in Africa Hold Training Sessions

SGI members in Mozambique gathered for the first training session held in their country in the city of Namaacha, from July 3-4. SGI-South Africa General Director Loren Braithwaite attended to support this historic meeting, in which participants deepened their understanding of the Buddhist perspective on the mentor disciple relationship and ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 25 2010

SGI Young Women's Day Celebrated in Uruguay and Canada

SGI Young Women's Day Celebrated in Uruguay and Canada

During the month of July, young women throughout Canada also celebrated the founding of the SGI Young Women's Group. Meetings were held in several cities, including Ontario, Toronto and Vancouver. Approximately 300 participated. On July 11 and 24, young women held meetings in Quebec City and Montreal. Both meetings focused on ... read more

Culture | Jul 25 2010

"Rock the Era" Festivals

"Rock the Era" Festivals

The festival at the Long Beach Arena was attended by some 16,000 SGI-USA members and guests, while 8,000 came from 20 states to join that held at the University of Illinois at Chicago Pavilion. Temple University’s Liacouras Center hosted some 11,700 people in Philadelphia, and 2,600 converged at the Neal ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jul 21 2010

Seminar on SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's Peace Proposals Held at University in Mexico

Seminar on SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's Peace Proposals Held at University in Mexico

From June 28-29 and on July 5 and 21, 2010, SGI-Mexico and the Metropolitan Autonomous University (UAM) in Azcapotzalco, Mexico, cosponsored a series of seminars titled "Ikeda Seminar: For Sustainable Peace and Human Rights" at the university. The ongoing series, first started in 2008, provides students with an opportunity to study ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 19 2010

South America Celebrates Founding of Youth Groups

South America Celebrates Founding of Youth Groups

The month of July marks the anniversaries of the founding of the Young Men's Group (July 11, 1952) and Young Women's Group (July 19, 1951), and youth throughout the world held commemorative meetings to celebrate the dates. Josei Toda, second president of the Soka Gakkai, who created the youth groups, ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 18 2010

SGI-Sierra Leone Members Vow to Create Peace

SGI-Sierra Leone Members Vow to Create Peace

On July 18, 2010, a commemorative district meeting was held in Freetown, Sierra Leone. The event included a presentation on the life of Nichiren and one of his closest disciples, Nikko, as well as on second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda and his disciple Daisaku Ikeda. Members also shared their own ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jul 17 2010

ICAP Awards Betty Williams

ICAP Awards Betty Williams

The International Committee of Artists for Peace (ICAP) presented Betty Williams, 1976 Nobel Peace Prize laureate and founder of World Centers of Compassion for Children International, with its Humanity in the Arts Peace Award at the world-renowned Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland on July 16. Festival founder and past ICAP award ... read more

Interfaith | Jul 17 2010

SGI-Australia Youth Leaders Participate in Interfaith Exchange

SGI-Australia Youth Leaders Participate in Interfaith Exchange

On July 17, 2010, twenty-eight SGI-Australia (SGIA) youth leaders of the newly formed SGIA Peace Culture Education Department (PCE) joined twenty-six Muslim counterparts from La Trobe University Center for Dialogue Young Muslim Leadership Program for an interfaith exchange titled "Celebrating the Dignity of Life." This was the third such dialogue ... read more

Culture | Jul 11 2010

Lijian River School Paintings Shown in Hong Kong and Macau

Lijian River School Paintings Shown in Hong Kong and Macau

From June 11-20, 2010, a painting exhibition containing work from the Lijian River School, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China, was shown at the SGI-Hong Kong Culture Center. The show was co-organized and sponsored by the Guangxi Art Institute, Lijian Painting Style Promotion Association and SGI-Hong Kong. The paintings depict scenes of ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jul 10 2010

SGI-Australia and Toda Institute Participate in IPRA Conference

SGI-Australia and Toda Institute Participate in IPRA Conference

On July 7, 2010, in conjunction with the International Peace Research Association (IPRA), SGI-Australia sponsored a workshop with peace scholar Johan Galtung in Sydney, Australia. The workshop was held at Customs House, one of the city's historic landmarks. Professor Galtung, the founder of modern international peace studies and of IPRA, shared ... read more

Interfaith | Jul 8 2010

SGI Representatives Attend Interfaith Conference in Cuba

SGI Representatives Attend Interfaith Conference in Cuba

From July 5-8, 2010, SGI-Mexico General Director Roberto Rios and SGI-Cuba General Director Joannet Delgado de la Guardia took part in the Sixth International Meeting on Socio-Religious Studies held by the Center for Psychological and Sociological Research (CIPS), an affiliate of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (CITMA), in ... read more

Buddhism | Jul 4 2010

SGI-Dominican Republic and Argentina Hold Leaders Meetings

SGI-Dominican Republic and Argentina Hold Leaders Meetings

On July 4, 2010, some 285 participated in a leaders meeting held at the SGI-Dominican Republic Culture Center in Santo Domingo. SGI-Dominican Republic General Director Pedro Familia attended and encouraged members to deepen their understanding of the shared commitment of mentor and disciple and to continue striving to achieve great personal ... read more