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Humanitarian Activities | Oct 19 2009

SGI-Hong Kong Donates Money to UNICEF to Assist Humanitarian Efforts in the Philippines

On October 19, 2009, SGI-Hong Kong General Director John Ng Chor Yuk and several representatives presented a check for the amount of HKD 79,719.40 (US$14,199) to the UNICEF Hong Kong Committee in response to the damage caused by tropical Storm Ketsana that struck the Philippines in September 2009. Tropical Storm Ketsana ... read more

Education | Oct 18 2009

Forums on Humanistic Education Held in Japan

On October 18, 2009, Soka Gakkai educators sponsored a "Forum on Humanistic Education 2009" at Kimitsu Civic Cultural Hall in Chiba Prefecture, Japan. Soka Gakkai Education Group Chief Hajime Miyamoto and representatives from a local Soka Gakkai educators group in Chiba participated in the event. Sho Takakura, professor emeritus ... read more

Culture | Oct 18 2009

Soka Gakkai Orchestras Win Gold Medals at All-Japan Band Competition

On October 18, 2009, two Soka Gakkai Brass Band music groups entered the "Company and Community Bands" section at the 57th All-Japan Band Competition, held at the Nagoya Congress Center in Nagoya, Japan. The Soka Gakkai Kansai Wind Orchestra from the Kansai region won a gold medal for the twelfth ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Oct 18 2009

Singapore Soka Association Supports Mercy Relief's Humanitarian Efforts

On October 18, 2009, at Singapore's Senja Soka Center, Singapore Soka Association (SSA) General Director Mr. Ong Bong Chai presented a check to Mercy Relief Vice Chairman Professor Abdul Wahab bin Abdul Rahman in the amount of S$25,292 (US$18,206). The donation was made in support of Mercy Relief's mission to ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 16 2009

Poet of the Amazon Lectures on SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's Peace Proposals

On October 16, 2009, the renowned Brazilian poet Amedeu Thiago de Mello gave a lecture on SGI President Ikeda's peace proposals at the SGI-Brazil Ikeda Culture Center in São Paulo. Having dedicated himself to the preservation of the Amazon rain forest, Mr. Thiago de Mello expressed his appreciation for Mr. ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 14 2009

Symposium on Society and Religion Held at Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

From October 13-14, 2009, a symposium on society and religion was sponsored by the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) and the Institute of World Religions of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences(CASS)in Beijing, China. Renowned Buddhist scholar and professor at Peking University Lou Yulie participated in the symposium. More ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 14 2009

Soka Gakkai Young Women's International Group Celebrates Anniversary

On October 14, 2009, Soka Gakkai Japan young women along with SGI members living in Japan commemorated the 30th anniversary of the establishment of Soka Gakkai Young Women's International Group at the Soka Young Women's Center in Shinanomachi, Tokyo. This group was established on October 24, 1979, made up ... read more

Buddhism | Oct 13 2009

Soka Gakkai Holds Memorial Services on the Anniversary of Nichiren's Passing

Memorial services took place throughout Japan on the anniversary of Nichiren's passing (October 13, 1282). The services also commemorated October 12, 1279, the day Nichiren inscribed the Dai-Gohonzon, the object of devotion in Nichiren Buddhism, for all humanity. [Dai means great. Go is an honorific prefix, and honzon means ... read more

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