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Humanitarian Activities | Feb 23 2010

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Continues Partnership with SMART Program

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Continues Partnership with SMART Program

On February 23, 2010, the Tan Sri Tan Chin Tuan Foundation presented RM (Ringgit Malaysia) 120,000 (US$ 36,171) to Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) Johor. Since 2007, SGM has been overseeing distribution of financial aid, books, stationary, uniforms and various other items to needy students, as part of the ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 22 2010

SGI-Russia Members Attend Training Course in Austria

SGI-Russia Members Attend Training Course in Austria

From February 21-22, 2010, SGI-Russia members gathered at the SGI-Austria Culture Center in Vienna, Austria, for a conference on putting the teachings of the Lotus Sutra into practice in one's daily life. Some 44 SGI-Russia members from Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Vladivostok attended. During the two day course, SGI-Russia ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 21 2010

SGI-Haiti and Dominican Republic Members Attend Joint Meeting in Haiti

SGI-Haiti and Dominican Republic Members Attend Joint Meeting in Haiti

On February 21, 2010, SGI members from Haiti and the Dominican Republic held a joint discussion meeting in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. In spite of the incredible destruction caused by the recent earthquake in Haiti, SGI-Haiti members expressed their determination not to be defeated and to transform their suffering into joy. ... read more

Education | Feb 21 2010

Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee Hosts Lecture on Protection of Youth

Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee Hosts Lecture on Protection of Youth

On February 21, 2010, the Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee hosted a lecture on protecting youth from violence and drugs. The lecture at the Soka International Women's Center in Shinanomachi, Tokyo, Japan, marked the 35th event organized by the committee. The guest lecturer, Mr. Osamu Mizutani, is a volunteer late-night watchman ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Feb 20 2010

SGI-El Salvador Youth Members Visit Nursing Home

SGI-El Salvador Youth Members Visit Nursing Home

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. The young people performed music and dance for the elderly residents. The visit was reported on a national TV network in El Salvador. As part of ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Feb 18 2010

Victory Over Violence Exhibition Tours High Schools in Hawaii

Victory Over Violence Exhibition Tours High Schools in Hawaii

From January 20 to February 18, 2010, the International Committee of Artists for Peace (ICAP) in partnership with Victory Over Violence (VOV) presented a three-part program at 10 high schools in Hawaii with an aim to empower youth to make positive choices to counteract violence. The program included "iChoose," a short ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 16 2010

Anniversary of Nichiren's Birth Celebrated

Anniversary of Nichiren's Birth Celebrated

On February 16, 2010, Soka Gakkai members in Japan together with SGI members around the world held prayer meetings commemorating the anniversary of Nichiren's birth (February 16, 1222). SGI President Daisaku Ikeda attended a service with representative leaders at the Soka Gakkai Headquarters No. 2 Annex in Shinanomachi, Tokyo. ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 16 2010

SGI to Offer Study Exams on Nichiren Buddhism in 46 Countries During 2010

SGI to Offer Study Exams on Nichiren Buddhism in 46 Countries During 2010

This year, constituent SGI organizations will hold study exams on Nichiren Buddhism, representing 46 countries. Approximately 120,000 SGI members plan to participate. In the United States, an elementary-level exam will be held in several languages, including Chinese and Japanese. Study materials will be derived from SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's lecture titled, ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 14 2010

SGI-UK Members Gather for Buddhist Study Seminars

SGI-UK Members Gather for Buddhist Study Seminars

On February 13, 2010, SGI-UK members gathered at SGI-UK's Taplow Court Grand Culture Center to take part in a Buddhist study seminar. Participants deepened their understanding of the humanistic philosophy of Nichiren and the insights of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, in particular how to apply the philosophy in daily ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 14 2010

Buddhist Study Seminars Held in India

Buddhist Study Seminars Held in India

From February 13-14, 2010, Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai (BSG) held study seminars on Nichiren Buddhism at two locations in India. SGI Study Department Chief Katsuji Saito attended as a guest lecturer. On February 13, two sessions were held at the National Cooperative Union of India in New Delhi. Some 600 ... read more

Education | Feb 11 2010

Soka Gakkai Education Counseling Centers Hold Conference

On February 11, 2010, the Soka Gakkai Educational Counseling Center (SGECC) of the Soka Gakkai Education Department held a conference at the Shinanomachi Culture Center in Tokyo, Japan. At the conference, Yoshinori Ito, Shinsaku Ohira and Shige Yamaguchi were newly appointed as directors of respective SGECC centers in Matsudo, Chiba and ... read more

Interfaith | Feb 11 2010

Singapore Soka Association Engages in Interfaith Dialogues

Singapore Soka Association Engages in Interfaith Dialogues

On February 6, 2010, Singapore Soka Association (SSA) youth members attended an interfaith forum titled "Religious Boundaries and Common Space," organized by the Tampines West Inter-Racial and Religious Confidence Circle (IRCC), held at the Tampines West Community Club. Attendees included Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Education and Home Affairs Masagos Zulkifli, ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Feb 10 2010

SGI-Thailand Makes Donation in Support of Haitian Relief Efforts

SGI-Thailand Makes Donation in Support of Haitian Relief Efforts

On February 10, 2010, SGI-Thailand (SGT) made a donation in the amount of THB 1,274,691 (approximately US$38,342) to assist relief efforts in Haiti in the wake of the devastating earthquake almost one month earlier in January. Several SGT representatives, including Executive Chair Somsak Likijariyanon, notified Culture Minister Teera Slukpetch at ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Feb 8 2010

Soka Gakkai Youth in Japan, Host Lecture on Nuclear Weapons Abolition

Soka Gakkai Youth in Japan, Host Lecture on Nuclear Weapons Abolition

On February 8, 2010, Soka Gakkai youth members in Nagasaki, Japan, hosted a lecture on peace to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the establishment of the Soka Gakkai International (January 26, 1975). David Krieger, president of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and the keynote speaker, delivered a lecture titled "A Message ... read more

Culture | Feb 7 2010

Culture Festival Held in Korea

Culture Festival Held in Korea

On February 7, 2010, SGI-Korea young women's Culture Department held a festival at the SGI-Korea headquarters in Seoul, South Korea. Including families and friends, some 400 attended the event. A number of performing groups make up the Culture Department, the SGI-Korea Arirang Fife-and-Drum Corps and Puroonvit Chorus, which won ... read more