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Peace and Disarmament | Dec 1 2006

IAEA Director General Meets with SGI President

On November 30, Nobel Peace Laureate Mohamed ElBaradei, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), an inter-governmental organization under the auspices of the United Nations, met with SGI President Daisaku Ikeda in Tokyo. Dr. ElBaradei and his wife, Aida Elkachef, received a warm welcome from SGI President Daisaku ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 29 2006

SGI-Mexico and Veracruz City Cosponsor Youth Peace Convention

On November 19, SGI-Mexico and Veracruz, a major port city in Mexico, cosponsored the "2nd Youth Peace Convention" at Redondo Campo Hall. Some 600 young people attended from throughout Mexico. Panelists SGI-Mexico Young Men's Leader Roberto Toledo, Jésus Orosco, Veracruz Youth Assembly chair, and Eduardo Muñoz, professor ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 29 2006

SGI Members Gather in Uganda, Cameroon and Ghana

Uganda: On November 11-12, 2006, SGI-Uganda women participated in their first training course in Kampala at a ranch on the shores of Lake Victoria. Among the 16 participants were two women from Kenya and one from Rwanda. The women studied "Happiness in this World" from Nichiren's writings and discussed core ... read more

Culture | Nov 28 2006

Min-On Cosponsors 18th Kyoto Foreign Students Music Festival

140 international students studying in Kyoto and vicinity participated in the annual festival On November 26, some 140 international students from 23 countries and regions studying at universities and colleges in Kyoto and vicinity participated in the 18th Kyoto Foreign Students Music Festival at Kyoto Kaikan Hall, Kyoto City. Adorned in ... read more

Culture | Nov 26 2006

Thai-Japan Performing Arts Collaboration in Tokyo Commemorates 60th Anniversary of Thai King's Coronation

On November 25, "A Rainbow of Dance Part 9: A Tale of Two Cities," a blending of traditional Japanese and Thai performing arts, commemorating the 60th anniversary of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej's accession to the throne, was held at the Tokyo International Forum, Chiyoda, Tokyo. The event was sponsored ... read more

Sustainable Development | Nov 23 2006

Oman Hosts "Seeds of Change" Environment Exhibition

"Seeds of Change--the Earth Charter and Human Potential," an exhibition created by Soka Gakkai International (SGI), was held in two cities in the Sultanate of Oman: in Muscat from November 4-12; and in Sur on November 16, 2006. The exhibition highlights the Earth Charter as a "map" pointing toward sustainable ... read more

Education | Nov 23 2006

SGI-Bolivia Hosts Seminar on Nichiren Buddhism

On November 23, 2006, SGI-Bolivia sponsored a seminar on Nichiren Buddhism at the SGI-Bolivia Culture Center in Santa Cruz, in collaboration with Nur University. Since July 2003, SGI Bolivia has hosted lectures and seminars on Buddhism as part of a class curriculum at the university at the request of Professor ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 20 2006

21st "Boys and Girls Art of Hope Exhibit" Opens at Josei Toda International Center in Tokyo

The 21st "Boys and Girls Art of Hope Exhibit" opened November 19 at the Josei Toda International Center in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. Subtitled "With Courage and Hope Let's Launch a Great Voyage of Peace," the exhibit will show through December 3, 2006. Some 80 drawings and paintings ... read more

Culture | Nov 20 2006

21st "Boys and Girls Art of Hope Exhibit" Opens at Josei Toda International Center in Tokyo

The 21st "Boys and Girls Art of Hope Exhibit" opened November 19 at the Josei Toda International Center in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. Subtitled "With Courage and Hope Let's Launch a Great Voyage of Peace," the exhibit will show through December 3, 2006. Some 80 drawings and paintings selected from among ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 18 2006

SGI-Cameroon Women Hold General Meeting

On November 18, 2006, some 110 SGI-Cameroon women and 20 guests participated in a general meeting in Yaounde City, Cameroon's capital. Another 40 men and youth members provided support behind the scenes. With a theme of "Women and Environmental Protection--Challenges and Hopes for Building the Century of Life," women representatives ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 18 2006

SGI-Macedonia Holds First Study Examination on Nichiren Buddhism

On November 18, 2006, SGI-Macedonia held its first study examination on Nichiren Buddhism for 11 candidates in Skopje, the nation's capital. The candidates studied material translated into Macedonian from Serbian and English by the SGI-Macedonia Study Committee. To prepare for the exam, candidates participated in seminars and study sessions. [Adapted from ... read more

Culture | Nov 18 2006

SGI-Dominican Republic Combined Band Wins Silver Prize in National Competition

On November 18, 2006, the SGI-Dominican Republic Brass Band and Fife-and-Drum Corps combined to participate in the "2nd Youth Musical Band Festival" in Santo Domingo, the nation's capital. Competing with bands from throughout the country, the SGI-Dominican Republic group won the silver prize in the "Junior and Senior High School" ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 15 2006

English Edition of The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Volume II to be Released Soon

The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin (WND), Volume II, was recently published in commemoration of November 18, Soka Gakkai Founding Day. Next year also marks the 55th anniversary of Nichiren Daishonin gosho zenshu, a compilation of Nichiren's writings in the original classical Japanese. WND Volume II comprises 234 ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 15 2006

SGI-Taiwan Publishes Contemporary Chinese Language Editions of "Opening of the Eyes" from Nichiren's Writings

SGI-Taiwan recently published contemporary Chinese language translations (in traditional Chinese characters) of "The Opening of the Eyes" parts I and II, as volumes 3 and 4 of the Collection of Nichiren's Writings in Contemporary Chinese. In the books, the contemporary Chinese translation appears alongside the classical Chinese ... read more

Interfaith | Nov 11 2006

Taiwan Soka Association Participates in Conference on Religion

"Dialogue and Innovation: The Second Conference on New Religious Organizations and Trends in Society" that brought together people of various faiths was held on November 10 and 11 at Nanhua University, Chiayi County, Taiwan. Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) member Robin Lu spoke on the focus of TSA's activities in recent ... read more