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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

Sustainable Development | Aug 8 2010

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Members Launch Mud Balls for the Environment

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Members Launch Mud Balls for the Environment

Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) members converged at the Sungai Keluang River in Penang State for the launch of "A Million Apologies to Mother Earth." The event included some 20,000 effective microorganism (EM) mud balls being thrown into the river in the town of Bayan Lepas as part of an effort ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Aug 1 2010

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Supports Humanitarian Activities

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Supports Humanitarian Activities

Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) regularly sponsors charity events to raise funds for causes such as local orphanages, hearing- and sight-impaired treatment centers and clinics for the treatment of patients with kidney and heart disease. For the past eight years, SGM members have been collecting newspapers every third Sunday of the month ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 1 2010

Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Okinawa Youth Hold Peace Summit

Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Okinawa Youth Hold Peace Summit

On July 31, 2010, Soka Gakkai youth representatives from Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Okinawa held their 19th youth peace summit at the Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Ikeda Peace Hall in Hiroshima City, commemorating the 65th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. After remarks from Soka Gakkai Youth Peace Conference Chair ... read more

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