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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

Buddhism | Sep 6 2009

Taiwan Soka Association Holds Study Examination

On September 6, 2009, Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) held study examinations at 31 venues throughout Taiwan for those who had previously passed entrance-level examinations. Some 4,000 candidates were tested on their knowledge and understanding of Buddhist history, the Lotus Sutra, concepts and core beliefs relating to Nichiren Buddhism and ... read more

Buddhism | Sep 5 2009

SGI-Fiji Holds District General Meeting

On September 5, 2009, SGI-Fiji members gathered for their fourth district general meeting in Lautoka City, Fiji. The district was first established in 2005. During the annual gathering, members shared experiences, including one woman who talked about using her Buddhist practice to overcome difficulties at work and transform her workplace ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Aug 31 2009

Taiwan Soka Association Members Volunteer for Typhoon Relief

On August 9, the Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) created temporary emergency centers in five of its community centers in the cities of Tainan, Chiayi and Kaohsiung Cities, located in the disaster area. Local TSA ... read more

Education | Aug 29 2009

SGI-Chile Youth Hold Seminar on Science and Buddhism

On August 29, 2009, SGI-Chile youth members held a seminar on science and Buddhism at the SGI-Chile Culture Center in Santiago, and welcomed astronomer Faviola Molina as a guest speaker. Prof. Molina received her Bachelors Degree in Physics from the Universidad de Los Andes in Mérida, Venezuela, acquiring her Masters ... read more

Education | Aug 27 2009

SGI-Bolivia Hosts Education Seminars

On August 27, 2009, SGI-Bolivia conducted a youth education seminar at the Guadalupe Secondary School in the municipality of Concepción, Bolivia. Approximately 350 students attended. After reading Daisaku Ikeda's book Conversations with Youth and learning about SGI's contributions to peace, culture and education, Guadalupe Secondary School principal Sister Elvy Cortez ... read more