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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

Humanitarian Activities | Aug 26 2009

Taiwan Soka Association Aids In Singapore's Mercy Relief Efforts

On August 7 and 8, 2009, Typhoon Morakot brought massive devastation to the southern regions of Taiwan. Floods caused huge loss of life and isolated many towns and villages. In response, Mercy Relief, a humanitarian organization based in Singapore, donated water purification devices to disaster victims in Taiwan. Taiwan ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Aug 23 2009

SGI-Canada Youth Volunteer at Benefit Concert for Free the Children

On August 23, 2009, SGI-Canada youth participated as volunteers at the Free the Children benefit concert held at the Segal Centre for the Performing Arts in Montreal, Canada. Free the Children, an organization dedicated to upholding the rights of children around the world, sponsored the concert to raise funds for ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 23 2009

SGI-Sierra Leone Hosts Buddhist Seminar

On August 23, 2009, SGI members in Freetown, the Republic of Sierra Leone, hosted a seminar on Nichiren Buddhism. This was the second seminar conducted this year. Local members invited their friends, enabling them to gain a deeper understanding of the SGI and Nichiren Buddhism. A question and answer session was ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 23 2009

Annual SGI-Europe Summer Courses Held in Southern France and Denmark

From July 30 to August 3, 2009, men and women attended their respective annual summer courses at the SGI European Center in Trets, southern France. A session for college and university students followed from August 8-11 and one for youth members was held from August 19-23. Some 500 people ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 23 2009

SGI-USA Las Vegas Community Center Opens In Nevada

From August 21-23, 2009, more than 1,200 people came together to commemorate the opening of the newly built SGI-USA Las Vegas Community Center in Nevada. Four celebrations were held over a period of three days. Youth members commemorated the opening by creating a time capsule containing personal goals and determinations ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 22 2009

Brasil Seikyo Celebrates Its 2,000th Issue

On August 22, 2009, the 2,000th issue of the Brasil Seikyo, SGI-Brazil's weekly paper, was published. The publication was launched on May 3, 1965, as a monthly periodical called Nova Era, and was subsequently renamed Brasil Seikyo on April 15, 1966. The newspaper is subscribed to throughout Brazil as ... read more

Sustainable Development | Aug 22 2009

SGI-Canada Youth Support Tree Planting

On August 22, 2009, approximately 60 SGI-Canada youth members and friends participated in an annual tree planting activity held in Alton, Ontario, in collaboration with the Credit Valley Conservation (CVC). Some 400 trees were planted on the CVC site within a few hours. A CVC coordinator commented that it would ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 16 2009

SGI-Ghana Members Gather for General Meeting and Youth Culture Festival

From August 15-16, 2009, SGI-Ghana held a general meeting and the third Youth Culture Festival in Sunyani, Ghana. Some 120 SGI-Ghana members and friends participated in the events together with representatives from Nigeria and Togo. Traditional dances and songs, gymnastics and other performances were part of the festival on August ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 15 2009

SGI-Uganda Holds Annual General Meeting

On August 15, 2009, SGI-Uganda members held their annual general meeting in Kampala, Uganda. The theme for this year's meeting was "Youth and Victory: Taking the First Step." Participants studied Nichiren's writing "Letter to Niike," in which he encourages his followers to maintain a diligent practice throughout their lives. ... read more