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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

Sustainable Development | Jun 29 2010

SGI-Netherlands Displays "Seeds Of Hope" at Earth Charter +10 Event in the Netherlands

SGI-Netherlands Displays "Seeds Of Hope" at Earth Charter +10 Event in the Netherlands

On June 29, 2010, the "Seeds of Hope--Visions of Sustainability, Steps Toward Change" exhibition was on display during the "Earth Charter +10" celebrations and conference held at the Peace Palace Academy in The Hague in the Netherlands. Held ten years to the day after the launch of the Earth Charter at ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Jun 27 2010

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Youth Reach Out to Elderly

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Youth Reach Out to Elderly

On June 27, more than 50 Soka Gakkai Malaysia youth members visited the Ping Hua senior citizens center in Klang, Malaysia. The young people cleaned the facility. They also met with the center's director and discussed the need for society to support facilities for the elderly. Before they left, the ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 27 2010

SGI-Ecuador Holds Women's General Meetings

SGI-Ecuador Holds Women's General Meetings

On June 19 and 27, SGI-Ecuador held women's meetings in the cities of Quito and Guayaquil. At the meetings, women engaged in group discussions about how to live cheerfully and with vitality and watched a DVD celebrating women and mothers. SGI-Ecuador women's leader Chiemi Hanzawa encouraged participants to engage in heartfelt ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 27 2010

SGI-Argentina and Bolivia Hold Leaders Training Courses

SGI-Argentina and Bolivia Hold Leaders Training Courses

On June 26 and 27, 2010, some 360 gathered for an SGI-Argentina leaders training course held in Buenos Aires. During the meetings, SGI-Argentina General Director Yo Minagawa spoke about SGI-Argentina's development over the years and how participation at discussion meetings increased dramatically between 2007 and 2010. He attributed this growth to SGI-Argentina members' ... read more

Buddhism | Jun 26 2010

SGI-Czech Republic Women's General Meeting held in Prague

SGI-Czech Republic Women's General Meeting held in Prague

On June 26, 2010, SGI-Czech Republic women and young women gathered for a women's general meeting in Prague, Czech Republic. Included in the meeting was a presentation from a young woman who shared how she used her Buddhist practice to overcome her weak-heartedness and build a more solid foundation for her ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jun 25 2010

SGI-New Zealand Organizes "Victory Over Violence" Workshop for High School Students

SGI-New Zealand Organizes "Victory Over Violence" Workshop for High School Students

On June 25, 2010, SGI-New Zealand held a "Victory Over Violence" (VOV) workshop for 160 high school students from Reporoa College in New Zealand. The workshop, initiated by youth, helps young people identify and counteract the root causes of violence in their lives and their communities and is coupled with a ... read more