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Peace and Disarmament | Sep 20 2009

SGI-Canada Members Join Peace Pole Event in Calgary

On September 20, 2009, SGI-Canada members from the Calgary area joined with a host of other groups and organizations to celebrate a collective statement for peace in the heart of Calgary's Peace Park. The event included representation from 16 nongovernmental organizations, 15 cultural groups, 15 faith-based groups and denominations, ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 20 2009

SGI-Russia Commemorates 35th Anniversary of SGI President's Visit

During September 2009, SGI-Russia held general meetings in Moscow and other places throughout Russia to commemorate the 35th anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's first visit to the Soviet Union on September 8, 1974. On September 20, 108 SGI-Russia members including representatives from far-flung regions such as Voronezh, Perm and Ufa, ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 19 2009

Peace Activist Betty Williams Speaks at SGI-USA Hawaii Culture Center

On September 19, 2009, more than 700 SGI-USA members, teachers, local officials and guests gathered at the SGI-USA Hawaii Culture Center for a talk given by peace activist Betty Williams. The event was a part of Hawaii's third annual "Peace Day Hawaii: Uniting with Aloha." Ms. Williams, the founder of ... read more

Interfaith | Sep 19 2009

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Participates in Interfaith Prayer Event

On September 19, 2009, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) Perak representatives participated in an interfaith prayer event with the theme "Unity in Diversity in 1 Malaysia" organized by the Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST) at Ipoh City Hall in Ipoh, Malaysia. The event was ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 13 2009

SGI-Italy Marche Community Center Opens in Falconara Marittima

From September 12-13, 2009, opening ceremonies for the SGI-Italy Marche Community Center were held in the municipality of Falconara Marittima in the Marche region of Italy. On September 12, Falconara Marittima Mayor Goffredo Brandoni attended the official opening and expressed his hope that the new center would become a place ... read more

Culture | Sep 13 2009

Min-On Sponsors Japan Tour of Haitian Music Group

On August 20, 2009, the Min-On Concert Association hosted a concert by the Haitian group the Mini All Stars at the Nakano Sun Plaza Hall in Tokyo, Japan, as part of its new concert series "The Caribbean Musical Cruise." This was the first Japan tour by the group. The ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 13 2009

SGI-Germany's Villa Sachsen Celebrates Heritage Day

On September 13, 2009, SGI-Germany's Villa Sachsen Grand Culture Center, located in Bingen, Germany, held its annual open house in celebration of Heritage Day (September 14). More than 1,700 people took part in the festivities, whose highlights included performances from SGI-Germany's Green Hill Orchestra and a jazz band, as well as ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 13 2009

Dewey Scholar Speaks at SGI-USA's Culture of Peace Distinguished Speaker's Lecture Series

On September 13, 2009, Dr. Larry Hickman, professor of philosophy at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and the director of the Center for Dewey Studies, spoke at the SGI-USA Chicago Culture Center as part of the ongoing Culture of Peace Distinguished Speakers Series. Dr. Hickman, a former president of the ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 11 2009

SGI Delegation Attends United Nations NGO Conference in Mexico City, Mexico

From September 9-11, 2009, an SGI delegation led by Hirotsugu Terasaki, Executive Director for Peace Affairs, attended the 62nd annual conference for NGOs associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) in Mexico City, Mexico. This was only the second time in the history of this conference, ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 10 2009

Importance of Courageous Action Emphasized at Soka Gakkai Headquarters Leaders Meeting Held in Tokyo

On September 10, 2009, the monthly Soka Gakkai Headquarters Leaders Meeting was held at the Makiguchi Memorial Hall in Hachioji, Tokyo. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada attended the meeting together with representative members including 74 SGI members from 12 countries and territories. In his ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 10 2009

Conflict Resolution Expert Dr. Fathali Moghaddam Speaks at SGI-USA's Culture of Peace Distinguished Speakers Series

On September 10, 2009—the eve of the eighth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks—150 people gathered at the SGI-USA Washington, D.C. Culture Center to hear a lecture on the themes of peace and violence by Fathali Moghaddam, a professor in the department of psychology and the director of the ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 10 2009

SGI President Ikeda Issues Nuclear Abolition Proposal

On September 8, 2009, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda issued a proposal outlining concrete steps toward nuclear abolition, in commemoration of the 52nd anniversary of second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda's antinuclear declaration. Mr. Ikeda's proposal, titled "Building Global Solidarity Toward Nuclear Abolition," outlines five key steps: 1. The five declared nuclear-weapon states ... read more

Culture | Sep 10 2009

"Beyond the Horizon" Photo Exhibition Held in Accra, Ghana

From September 7-10, 2009, "Beyond the Horizon," an exhibition of photographs taken by the Hato-kai, a group of Soka Gakkai members working on ocean-going vessels, was shown at the Regional Maritime University (RMU) in Accra, Ghana. RMU is a specialized organ of the Maritime Organization of West and Central ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Sep 8 2009

Symposiums on SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's 2009 Peace Proposal Held in Thiruvananthapuram and New Delhi, India

On August 1, 2009, a discussion of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's 2009 Peace Proposal, "Toward Humanitarian Competition: A New Current in History," took place in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, in southern India. Dr. N. Radhakrishnan, a prominent social activist and chair of the Indian Council of Gandhian Studies, New Delhi, organized ... read more

Press Releases | Sep 8 2009

SGI President Issues Five-Point Plan Toward Nuclear Abolition

Tokyo, Japan: Daisaku Ikeda, president of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Buddhist association, issued a proposal Sept. 8 outlining concrete steps toward the abolition of nuclear weapons. A vocal opponent of these inhumane weapons for more than 50 years, he stresses that we now have a unique opportunity to ... read more