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Buddhism | Oct 11 2009

SGI-Panama Senior Citizens Group Hold General Meeting

On October 11, 2009, SGI-Panama senior citizen group members met for a general meeting at the SGI-Panama Culture Center in Panama City. About 400 members participated in the meeting which focused on how to maintain a youthful spirit even as one ages. The ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 11 2009

SGI Portugal Creates New Chapters and Young Men's Support Group

On October 10, 2009, SGI-Portugal held a national training session for leaders in Lisbon, Portugal. Some 130 participated, including members who traveled from the Portuguese archipelago of Azores. The formation of Lisbon and Vale do Tejo Norte Chapters was announced at the meeting as well as new appointments of area ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 11 2009

SGI-UK Youth Leaders Meet at Taplow Court

On October 11, 2009, SGI-UK held its 3rd National Youth Leaders' Training Session at SGI-UK's Taplow Court Grand Culture Centre. The event included discussion of youth activities for 2010. Youth Leader Moni Shrestha shared a passage from Nichiren's writing "The Three Obstacles and Four Devils" which states, "the wise will ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 10 2009

SGI-USA Chicago Promotes Peace Through Art

On October 10, 2009, nearly 500 SGI-USA members and guests filled the hallways and conference rooms of the SGI-USA Chicago Culture Center to take part in "Inspiring a Culture of Peace: A Day of Artful Action and Creativity." SGI-USA Chicago's Think Peace Take Action Committee and the International Committee ... read more

Human Rights | Oct 10 2009

Singapore Soka Association Supports World Mental Health Day

From October 1-4, 2009, members from the Singapore Soka Association's (SSA) Soka Volunteer Group joined hands with interns from the Silver Ribbon Singapore (SRS) organization to pack 10,000 information and support packages to combat the stigma of mental illness. The packages were created to help raise people's awareness of mental ... read more

Culture | Oct 7 2009

China National Peking Opera Company Commences Japan Tour

On October 7, 2009, commemorating the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, China National Peking Opera Company (CNPOC) launched its third Japan tour at Aichi Prefecture Performing Arts Theater located in Nagoya. Organized by the Min-On Concert Association, CNPOC will perform its new production ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 6 2009

SGI-Argentina Opens New Center in Buenos Aires

On October 6, 2009, SGI-Argentina's South Community Center opened in Temperley, Buenos Aires, Argentina. SGI-Argentina members celebrated the opening of the center which is anticipated to become a center of activities for members living in Southern Argentina. Many distinguished guests participated in the opening ceremony, including former Vice Rector of ... read more

Sustainable Development | Oct 2 2009

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Hosts "Seeds of Change" Exhibition

During the months of September and October 2009, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) Perak showed the "Seeds of Change: Earth Charter and the Human Potential" exhibition in several locations throughout Malaysia. The showings coincided with the United Nations International Day of Peace (September 21, 2009) and served to promote greater ... read more

Culture | Oct 2 2009

Soka Gakkai Thailand Commended for Cultural Contributions

On October 2, 2009, Soka Gakkai Thailand (SGT) was commended by the Ministry of Culture of the Kingdom of Thailand for their longstanding contributions to cultural enhancement and the arts. SGT received a plaque and certificate at the ceremony which commemorated the 7th anniversary of the establishment of the Ministry ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 1 2009

Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research Announces New Appointments

On October 1, 2009, Professor Kevin Clements was appointed Secretary General of the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research. Dr. Clements will work closely with current director of the institute, Dr. Olivier Urbain. Dr. Satoko Takahashi, with experience organizing international conferences and supporting research activities at the ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 30 2009

SGI-Peru Appoints New General Director, Creates Executive Guidance Committee

On September 30, 2009, SGI-Peru held a leaders meeting at the SGI-Peru Culture Center in Lima, Peru. SGI General Director Yoshitaka Oba and SGI Women's Chief Kayoko Asano, both visiting from Japan, participated together with some 500 members. During the gathering, José Juárez Salazar was newly appointed as SGI-Peru ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 27 2009

SGI-Sri Lanka Women Hold General Meeting

On September 27, 2009, SGI-Sri Lanka women met at the SGI-Sri Lanka Culture Center in Colombo. The general meeting centered around the theme of building a foundation for happiness within the family. Ms. Mendis, wife of former governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, attended the gathering. One woman ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 27 2009

SGI Meetings Held in Southern Africa

The three-day event included sharing of experiences, study and dialogue sessions. Participants were encouraged to strengthen their resolve to realize their own personal victories and share the humanistic ideals of Nichiren Buddhism with others. On August 30, SGI-Zambia held a general meeting at the SGI-Zambia Grand Culture Center located in ... read more

Culture | Sep 26 2009

SGI-Bolivia Fife-and-Drum Corps Celebrates 45th Anniversary

On September 26, 2009, the SGI-Bolivia Fife-and-Drum Corps held a festival commemorating the 45th anniversary of its establishment. Formed in 1964, the Fife-and-Drum Corps began with 17 members and has now grown to a membership of 200. The music corps performs at events and ceremonies throughout Bolivia and South ... read more

Culture | Sep 26 2009

Children's Art Exhibitions Open in Brazil and Mongolia

On September 1, 2009, the SGI-Brazil sponsored "Boys and Girls Art Exhibition," featuring art by children from Brazil and around the world, opened at the Victor Brecheret Convention Center in Atibaia, São Paulo State, Brazil. The exhibition ran through September 26. Among those attending the opening was Atibaia's Vice Mayor ... read more