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Peace and Disarmament | Mar 3 2010

Carla Koppell at SGI-USA Culture of Peace Distinguished Speaker Series

Carla Koppell at SGI-USA Culture of Peace Distinguished Speaker Series

On March 3, 2010, SGI-USA members and guests welcomed Carla Koppell as part of the ongoing Culture of Peace Distinguished Speakers Series at the Washington DC Culture Center on Embassy Row. Ms. Koppell, director of The Institute for Inclusive Security—which uses research, training and advocacy to promote the inclusion of women ... read more

Buddhism | Mar 1 2010

SGI-Korea Holds General Meetings for Men's, Women's and Student Groups

SGI-Korea Holds General Meetings for Men's, Women's and Student Groups

On February 28, 2010, SGI-Korea men gathered for a general meeting at the Daejeon Culture Center in Daejeon, South Korea. Approximately 1,200 attended. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda conveyed a message to participants, calling on them to become "golden pillars of trust and security" in their communities. The event included formal ... read more

Education | Feb 28 2010

City of San Carlos Commends SGI-Bolivia's Contributions to Society

City of San Carlos Commends SGI-Bolivia's Contributions to Society

On February 28, 2010, the City of San Carlos, in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, honored both SGI-Bolivia and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda for their contributions to civil society. The award ceremony took place at the city's Central Park. On the same day, Santa Rosa del Sara City Board of Education, ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Feb 28 2010

Transforming the Human Spirit Exhibition Shown in Bangkok, Thailand

Transforming the Human Spirit Exhibition Shown in Bangkok, Thailand

From February 20-28, 2010, SGI-Thailand, in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, hosted the exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit" in Bangkok. Some 500 visited the show, which was on the second floor of the Paragon Shopping Center. Minister of Culture ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Feb 27 2010

"Women and a Culture of Peace" Forum Held in Japan

"Women and a Culture of Peace" Forum Held in Japan

On February, 27, 2010, the Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee (WPC) hosted a Culture of Peace Forum titled "Women and a Culture of Peace" at the Soka International Women's Center in Tokyo, Japan. The event observed the 10th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Feb 27 2010

SGI-Argentina Hosts Peace Festival

SGI-Argentina Hosts Peace Festival

On February 27, 2010, SGI-Argentina held a culture festival at a stadium in Buenos Aires to commemorate Argentina's bicentennial and the Soka Gakkai's 80th anniversary. Over 10,000 attended the festival, including Dr. Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, 1980 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate; Presidency Under-Secretary- General Gustavo López; and Minister of Education Alberto Sileoni. ... read more

Culture | Feb 25 2010

Min-On Concert Association Hosts Chinese Acrobatics Troupe Performance

Min-On Concert Association Hosts Chinese Acrobatics Troupe Performance

On February 25, 2010, the Min-On Concert Association hosted a performance of the China National Acrobatic Troupe at Act City in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Founded in 1950 under Premier Zhou Enlai, the China National Acrobatic Troupe is the first troupe of its kind created after the establishment of the ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Feb 23 2010

Peace Exhibition Held at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, Japan

Peace Exhibition Held at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, Japan

On February 23, 2010, the exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit" was shown at the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, Nagasaki, Japan. Approximately 60 guests attended, including past mayors of Nagasaki, Journal Nagasaki Executive Director Tadahiro Motomura and Nagasaki Bureau Chief ... read more

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