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Education | Sep 1 2010

Taiwan Soka Association Establishes Education Counseling Centers

Taiwan Soka Association Establishes Education Counseling Centers

Starting September 1, Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) established education counseling centers at many of its community centers throughout Taiwan. The counseling centers were created for the purpose of providing a venue for young people to receive encouragement, develop ideals and gain hope for the future. Services are currently provided to TSA ... read more

Culture | Aug 29 2010

Guitars Galore at SGI-UK's Taplow Court

Guitars Galore at SGI-UK's Taplow Court

The year's second Guitars Galore concert was held at the Ikeda New Century Hall at SGI-UK's Taplow Court Grand Culture Center in Berkshire, UK, on August 29, 2010. Approximately 400 SGI-UK members, guests and visitors attended. The concert included 19 performances ranging from solo classical pieces to rock and jazz. Performers ... read more

Culture | Aug 29 2010

Soka Gakkai Japan-China Youth Friendship Delegation Visits China

Soka Gakkai Japan-China Youth Friendship Delegation Visits China

From August 23-29, 2010, a Soka Gakkai Japan-China Youth Friendship Delegation visited China, marking the 25th year of these exchanges between the two countries. ... read more

Interfaith | Aug 26 2010

SGI Representatives Participate in Interfaith Dialogue in Thailand

SGI Representatives Participate in Interfaith Dialogue in Thailand

From August 22-26, SGI representatives participated in an interfaith dialogue between Buddhists and Christians, sponsored by the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the World Council of Churches (WCC), at Payap University in Chiang Mai, Thailand. At the international conference, 30 representatives from both faiths, including experts from the field of economics, ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 26 2010

SGI Youth Support Summer Youth Olympic Games in Singapore

SGI Youth Support Summer Youth Olympic Games in Singapore

From August 14-26, 2010, some 600 Singapore Soka Association (SSA) youth members performed in the opening ceremony of Singapore's 2010 Summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG) at the Float at Marina Bay--the world's largest floating stage. Approximately 3,600 athletes between the ages of 14 and 18 from 204 National Olympic Councils gathered ... read more

Sustainable Development | Aug 23 2010

"Seeds of Hope" Shown During Singapore 2010 Event

"Seeds of Hope" Shown During Singapore 2010 Event

The exhibition, "Seeds of Hope: Visions of sustainability, steps toward change," a joint initiative of SGI and Earth Charter International, opened on August 9 at the Singapore Soka Association (SSA) Headquarters. The exhibition was also displayed at Scape Youth Park from August 15-23 during the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games. [Adapted ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Aug 23 2010

SGI-Hong Kong and SGI-Macau Make Financial Donations for Mudslide Relief in China

SGI-Hong Kong and SGI-Macau Make Financial Donations for Mudslide Relief in China

On February 20, 2010, SGI-El Salvador youth members visited a nursing home in El Salvador City as part of their annual community out-reach efforts. ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 22 2010

Photo Story: SGI-Bolivia

Photo Story: SGI-Bolivia

SGI-Bolivia Men's Group members gathered in La Paz for a general meeting on August 22. ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 22 2010

35th SGI-Europe Summer Sessions Held at Trets, France

35th SGI-Europe Summer Sessions Held at Trets, France

In the months of July and August 2010, SGI-Europe held summer training sessions at the SGI European Center in Trets, southern France. Courses were held for Men's and Women's Group members from July 29 to August 2, followed by the Student Group from August 7-10. Youth Group members gathered from ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 22 2010

Soka Gakkai Youth in Hiroshima Organize Lecture by Peace Scholar Johan Galtung

Soka Gakkai Youth in Hiroshima Organize Lecture by Peace Scholar Johan Galtung

On August 22, 2010, Soka Gakkai youth in Hiroshima, Japan, organized the 138th "Hiroshima Study Lecture Series" at the Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Peace Center. Peace scholar Johan Galtung, also known as the "father of peace studies," talked about the necessity of nuclear abolition and the role of religion. During his lecture ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 15 2010

Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Victims Remembered

Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Victims Remembered

On August 6, 2010, a service in solemn tribute to war victims was conducted at the Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Peace Memorial Hall, Japan. The event commemorated the 65th anniversary of the dropping of the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima City. Soka Gakkai representatives attended together with atomic bomb survivors (hibakusha), ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 13 2010

Lotus Sutra Exhibition Shown in Nepal and India

Lotus Sutra Exhibition Shown in Nepal and India

The Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP), together with SGI-Nepal, cosponsored the exhibition "Lotus Sutra, A Message of Peace and Harmonious Coexistence" at three venues in Kathmandu, Nepal, from July 31 to August 4, 2010. This was the exhibition's first showing in Nepal, the birthplace of Shakyamuni, the historical Buddha. The official ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Aug 11 2010

Taiwan Soka Association Supports Local Charitable Organizations

Taiwan Soka Association Supports Local Charitable Organizations

Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) purchased NT$100,000 (approximately US$3,145) worth of mooncakes--a festive pastry originally eaten around the time of the autumn equinox in Mandarin-speaking countries and regions, including China, Taiwan and Hong Kong--from several charitable organizations in Taiwan, in support of their efforts. The mooncakes were produced by social welfare groups ... read more

Culture | Aug 9 2010

Singapore Soka Association Members Perform in National Day Parade

Singapore Soka Association Members Perform in National Day Parade

On August 9, 2010, members of the Singapore Soka Association (SSA) performed in the 2010 National Day Parade commemorating the 45th year of national independence. Some 27,000 spectators, including Singapore President S.R. Nathan, attended the festival held at Padang Park in downtown Singapore. The 660 SSA women who performed in the ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 8 2010

Pugwash Chairman Speaks at SGI-Denmark's Summer Training Session

Pugwash Chairman Speaks at SGI-Denmark's Summer Training Session

From August 6-8, 2010, over 300 SGI-Denmark members attended a training session in Helsingør, Denmark. The course, focused on the Buddhist term "Boddhisattvas of the Earth," offered participants an opportunity to deepen their understanding of Buddhism through the study of Nichiren's writings. A series of study lectures were given by SGI-Denmark ... read more