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Peace and Disarmament | Nov 23 2009

Toda Institute Holds International Conference on the Power of Dialogue

From November 22-23, 2009, the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research held a conference on "The Power of Dialogue in a Time of Global Crisis" at Soka University in Hachioji, Tokyo. Scholars specializing in peace and environmental studies gathered to discuss how true intra- and inter-civilizational dialogue ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 22 2009

Brazil, Mexico and the Netherlands Celebrate Soka Gakkai Day

On November 15, 2009, SGI-Netherlands held a leaders meeting in Zeist, commemorating the anniversary of the establishment of the Soka Gakkai (November 18, 1930). A youth training session was attended by members from throughout the country, focusing on the themes of leadership, how to raise capable successors and the ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 15 2009

SGI Autumn Training Session Held in Tokyo, Japan

On November 12, 2009, 250 leaders from 60 countries and territories participated in the opening meeting of the 2009 SGI Autumn Training Session at the Soka International Friendship Hall in Sendagaya, Tokyo. In his message to the SGI members attending the training course, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda expressed his appreciation ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 15 2009

SGI-Korea Youth and Men Gather Throughout the Country

On November 15, 2009, SGI-Korea youth members attended general meetings based on a theme of realizing true victory in one's life through a lifelong spirit to learn from one's mentor. Meetings were held at 124 venues throughout South Korea. Over 10,000 young men and women participated, including many college students. ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 15 2009

SGI-UK Members Challenge Study Exam on Key Concepts of Nichiren Buddhism

On November 15, 2009, hundreds of SGI-UK members demonstrated their understanding of Nichiren Buddhism by taking the Level 1 study exam, held at 60 venues around the country. Examinees spent the last several months preparing by attending study sessions to supplement their own individual efforts. Over 3,000 members have ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 14 2009

Leaders from 60 Countries and Territories Gather in Japan for SGI General Meeting

On November 14, 2009, Soka Gakkai's monthly leaders meeting coincided with the SGI general meeting held at the Tokyo Makiguchi Memorial Hall in Hachioji, Japan, commemorating the Soka Gakkai's 79th anniversary (November 18, 1930). SGI President Daisaku Ikeda attended along with Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada, SGI General Director ... read more

Education | Nov 14 2009

Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue Holds Forum

On November 14, the Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue (formerly the Boston Research Center for the 21st Century) held its Sixth Annual Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue, titled "John Dewey, Daisaku Ikeda, and the Quest for a New Humanism." The forum marked the 150th anniversary of John Dewey's ... read more

Interfaith | Nov 14 2009

Three Faiths Community Education Conference Held in U.K.

On November 14, 2009, a "Three Faiths Community Education Conference" was held at the SGI-UK South London National Center by young Buddhists, Muslims and Christians. The event was an offshoot of the Three Faiths project which was initiated by SGI-UK in 2008 to address concerns about racial discrimination and ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Nov 12 2009

Taiwan Soka Association Wins National Civic Service Award

On November 12, 2009, the Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) received theNational Civic Service Award from the Premier of Taiwan, Wu Den-yih. The award ceremony took place at the Grand Hotel in Taipei, Taiwan. Created by the Federation of Non-Profit Associations under Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior, the National Civic ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Nov 11 2009

Dr. Jeffrey Boutwell of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs Speaks at SGI-USA's Culture of Peace Distinguished Speakers Series

On November 11, 2009, Dr. Jeffrey Boutwell, the executive director of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs for the last 10 years, spoke at the SGI-USA Washington, D.C., Culture Center before some 100 people. His talk marked the first anniversary of the Culture of Peace Distinguished Speakers ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Nov 8 2009

SGI-Sweden Join International Conference on Nuclear Disarmament

From November 6-8, 2009, SGI-Sweden participated in an international conference on nuclear disarmament together with 17 organizations including the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War and the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, in Stockholm, Sweden. The Sweden Pugwash Committee and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs ... read more

Education | Oct 31 2009

SGI-UK Educators Gather for Annual Meeting

On October 31, 2009, the annual SGI-UK Education Division meeting was held at the London Ikeda Peace Center. The title of this year's event was "Humanistic Education for a Peaceful Society and the Happiness of Humankind." Education Division Men's Leader Nigel Straker shared how his life as a teacher had changed ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Oct 31 2009

SGI-Philippines Members Assist with Typhoon Relief

During the months of September and October, 2009 SGI-Philippines members promptly organized a relief effort in response to the damage caused by tropical storm Ondoy that hit the city of Manila in the Philippines on September 26, dumping a reported 34 centimeters of rain – equivalent to a month's worth ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 30 2009

"Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World" Exhibition Opens in Guwahati, India

From October 10-16, 2009, the "Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World" exhibition was officially on show at the Pragjyoti ITA Centre for Performing Arts in Guwahati, India. The exhibit subsequently toured three other venues in the city until October 30. Governor of Meghalaya State, His ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Oct 28 2009

"From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit" Exhibition Shown in Fukuoka, Japan

On October 28, 2009, the exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit" was shown at the Kyushu Auditorium in Fukuoka, Japan. This is the first time the exhibition has been shown in Japan. Among those attending the opening were several representative ... read more