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Humanitarian Activities | May 16 2010

SGI-Iceland Members Volunteer in Aftermath of Volcanic Eruption

SGI-Iceland Members Volunteer in Aftermath of Volcanic Eruption

On May 16, 2010, SGI-Iceland officially participated in a clean-up effort to help residents in the town of Vík which was affected by the volcanic eruption on April 14 near Eyjafjallajoekull Glacier in Iceland. Wearing protective goggles and masks, SGI-Iceland General Director Eygló Jónsdóttir and members swept ash from streets, homes and ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | May 16 2010

Soka Gakkai Indonesia Holds Fourth Women's Peace Conference

Soka Gakkai Indonesia Holds Fourth Women's Peace Conference

From May 15-16, 2010, SGI-Indonesia women and young women members sponsored the fourth Women's Peace Conference at the SGI-Indonesia Headquarters Building in Jakarta. The event was also held in commemoration of "SGI-Indonesia Women's Day" on May 14. On May 15, Linda Amalia Sari Gumelar, from Indonesia's Ministry of Women Empowerment & ... read more

Buddhism | May 16 2010

SGI-Hungary Holds Training Session

SGI-Hungary Holds Training Session

From May 15-16, 2010, SGI-Hungary held a training session in Budapest that some 50 members attended. During the two day event, representatives from the young women and young men's groups shared how their Buddhist practice had resulted in advancements in their daily lives. The meeting also included a performance of ... read more

Culture | May 15 2010

SGI-Canada Holds "Youth Fest 2010" in Toronto

SGI-Canada Holds "Youth Fest 2010" in Toronto

On May 15, 2010, SGI-Canada held a festival titled "Youth Fest 2010" at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto, Canada. The show included a multimedia, bilingual show titled "Your Victory is My Victory" that explored how to achieve a more meaningful and rich life through challenging and overcoming difficulties. Song, dance ... read more

Education | May 13 2010

SGI-Paraguay Receives Letter of Appreciation from Community Education Center

SGI-Paraguay Receives Letter of Appreciation from Community Education Center

On May 13, 2010, SGI-Paraguay received a letter of appreciation from the General Patricio Escobar Community Education Center in Encarnación, Paraguay, for its contributions to promote peace education. The letter was presented during the official opening of SGI's exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming ... read more

Press Releases | May 13 2010

SGI President Awarded Honorary Professorship from Tsinghua University, China

TOKYO, May 13: Daisaku Ikeda, president of the Soka Gakkai International lay Buddhist organization, was awarded the title of honorary professor from Tsinghua University*, China, at a ceremony held in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward on May 13. Tsinghua University President Gu Binglin headed a delegation that included Deputy Secretary-General Wang ... read more

Press Releases | May 12 2010

Two Million Youth Call for Nuclear Weapon-Free World

NEW YORK, May 12: On May 11, a petition of 2,276,167 signatures from youth calling for the adoption of a Nuclear Weapons Convention which would comprehensively ban nuclear weapons was presented to Ambassador Leslie B. Gatan, adviser to the president of the ongoing Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference, ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | May 11 2010

SGI Youth in Eight Countries Conduct Survey on Nuclear Abolition

SGI Youth in Eight Countries Conduct Survey on Nuclear Abolition

From January to March 2010, youth members of SGI in eight countries conducted surveys of their peers’ attitudes toward nuclear weapons and their abolition in advance of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference (from May 3-28) in New York. A total of 4,475 interview surveys were conducted of people from ... read more

Sustainable Development | May 8 2010

Chairman of Taiwan Institute for Sustainable Energy Speaks at Taiwan Soka Association Center

Chairman of Taiwan Institute for Sustainable Energy Speaks at Taiwan Soka Association Center

On May 8, 2010, Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) invited Dr. Eugene Chien Y.H., chairman of the Taiwan Institute for Sustainable Energy (TISE), to speak at its Banciao Culture Center. More than 300 attended the lecture entitled, "The Significance Behind this Age of Climate Change." Dr. Chien, former director of Taiwan's Environmental ... read more

Buddhism | May 2 2010

SGI-Dominican Republic Appoints New General Director

SGI-Dominican Republic Appoints New General Director

On May 2, 2010, SGI Dominican Republic held a leaders' meeting at its culture center in Santo Domingo. At the meeting, Pedro Familia was appointed the new general director of SGI-Dominican Republic and former General Director Takashi Nishio became director of the SGI-Dominican Republic's Executive Guidance Council. Mr. Familia began ... read more

Interfaith | May 2 2010

SSA Promotes Interfaith Exchange

SSA Promotes Interfaith Exchange

On May 2, 2010, Singapore Soka Association (SSA) held the inaugural event for its public lecture series titled "Living Buddhism" at the Hall of Trust located in the OnePeople.sg Center in Singapore. OnePeople.sg is an organization that champions racial harmony initiatives in Singapore. SSA members delivered the presentation entitled "Transforming ... read more

Buddhism | May 2 2010

SGI Commemorates May 3

SGI Commemorates May 3

On May 2, 2010, commemorative general meetings were held at various locations throughout the world to celebrate the 50th anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's inauguration as the third Soka Gakkai president on May 3, 1960. A meeting held at the Panama Culture Center in Panama City included festive ... read more

Sustainable Development | May 2 2010

"Seeds of Change" Shown in United Arab Emirates, Canada and India

"Seeds of Change" Shown in United Arab Emirates, Canada and India

On May 2, 2010, SGI members residing in the Persian Gulf organized a showing of the environmental exhibition "Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter & Human Potential" at the head office of Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Several members of ENOC senior management attended ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 28 2010

Establishment of Nichiren Buddhism Celebrated

Establishment of Nichiren Buddhism Celebrated

On April 28, 2010, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda attended a commemorative service to mark the 757th anniversary (April 28, 1253) of the establishment of Nichiren Buddhism, at the Soka Gakkai Headquarters Annex 2 in Shinanomachi, Tokyo. Together with Soka Gakkai representative leaders, he paid deep tribute to Nichiren's lifetime ... read more

Press Releases | Apr 28 2010

Youth Reject Nuclear Weapons, SGI Survey Shows

TOKYO, Apr. 28: From January to March 2010, youth members of Soka Gakkai International (SGI) in six countries conducted surveys of their peers' attitudes toward nuclear weapons and their abolition in advance of the upcoming NPT Review Conference. A total of 4,362 interview surveys were conducted of people from their teens ... read more