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Culture | Dec 27 2013

Impressionism Exhibition Shown at Tokyo Fuji Art Museum

Impressionism Exhibition Shown at Tokyo Fuji Art Museum

On October 22, the exhibition "Impressionists at the Waterside--Depicting Urban Resorts: Paris, the Seine, and Normandy" opened at the SGI-affiliated Tokyo Fuji Art Museum (TFAM) in Hachioji, Japan, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the museum's founding in 1983. ... read more

Interfaith | Dec 22 2013

SGI-Italy Hosts Interfaith Discussion on Religion's Role in Peacebuilding

SGI-Italy Hosts Interfaith Discussion on Religion's Role in Peacebuilding

On December 15, as part of its Senzatomica nuclear disarmament campaign, SGI-Italy sponsored an interfaith roundtable discussion titled "The Power of the Human Spirit is Stronger Than the Atomic Bomb." ... read more

Education | Dec 21 2013

"Has Schooling Interfered with My Education?" Lecture Held in Singapore

"Has Schooling Interfered with My Education?" Lecture Held in Singapore

On December 21, as part of their annual Student Peace Lecture series, Singapore Soka Association (SSA)'s student members invited Betsy Lim, a senior lecturer at the National Institute of Education, to speak on the topic "Has schooling interfered with my education?" ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 16 2013

SGI-South Africa Holds Memorial Prayer Meetings for Mandela and Participates in Day of Reconciliation

SGI-South Africa Holds Memorial Prayer Meetings for Mandela and Participates in Day of Reconciliation

On the evening of December 6, following news of the passing of former South African President Nelson Mandela the previous day, SGI-South Africa (SGI-SA) held a prayer meeting at its national center in Johannesburg. ... read more

Education | Dec 12 2013

New Website Features Animated Children's Stories by SGI President

New Website Features Animated Children's Stories by SGI President

On December 12, a new website titled "Treasures of the Heart" featuring animated adaptions of children's stories by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda was launched. ... read more

Culture | Dec 8 2013

Min-On Commemorates 50th Anniversary with Power of Music Symposium Series

Min-On Commemorates 50th Anniversary with Power of Music Symposium Series

On October 22, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of its founding by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda on October 18, 1963, the Min-On Concert Association launched "The Power of Music" symposium series with a special lecture held at Tsuda Hall in Tokyo. ... read more

Buddhism | Dec 8 2013

Soka Gakkai Headquarters Leaders Meeting Held in Okinawa

Soka Gakkai Headquarters Leaders Meeting Held in Okinawa

On December 8, in conjunction with the Soka Gakkai Okinawa General Meeting, the second Soka Gakkai Headquarters Leaders Meeting of the New Era of Worldwide Kosen-rufu was held in the grounds of the Soka Gakkai Okinawa Training Center, a former missile launch site. ... read more

Press Releases | Dec 6 2013

SGI President's Comment on Passing of Former South African President Nelson Mandela

In response to a request from the Japanese media, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda made the following comment today in tribute to former South African President Nelson Mandela: ... read more

Interfaith | Dec 1 2013

Interfaith Conferences Held in France on Values Needed to Reform Economy

Interfaith Conferences Held in France on Values Needed to Reform Economy

Between September and December, the Soka movement in France held a series of interfaith conferences titled "The Economy in Question: The contributions of spiritual and religious perspectives," focusing on generating the kinds of human values needed to rebuild the economy, at a time when liberal economics is being widely criticized for its excesses. ... read more

Human Rights | Nov 29 2013

SGI Participates in Events in Japan and Italy Calling for Abolition of the Death Penalty

SGI Participates in Events in Japan and Italy Calling for Abolition of the Death Penalty

On October 29, an event calling for the abolition of the death penalty in Japan was held at the Italian Institute of Culture in Tokyo. Sponsored by the Community of Sant'Egidio, a Christian lay movement based in Italy, and the European Commission, the event was organized as part of the Community of Sant'Egidio's "No Justice Without Life" campaign to raise public awareness against the death penalty around the world. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Nov 26 2013

SGI-Philippines' Relief Efforts for Typhoon Victims in the Philippines

SGI-Philippines' Relief Efforts for Typhoon Victims in the Philippines

On November 8, Super Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda), the most powerful typhoon to ever hit land, wreaked havoc across central Philippines, killing more than 5,000 people and leaving nearly one million people displaced. ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 18 2013

Opening of Soka Gakkai Headquarters Building Symbolizes Renewed Dedication to Peace

Opening of Soka Gakkai Headquarters Building Symbolizes Renewed Dedication to Peace

The Hall of the Great Vow for Kosen-rufu located in Shinanomachi, Tokyo, officially opened on November 18 to commemorate the founding of the Soka Gakkai in 1930 and the 69th anniversary of the passing of first Soka Gakkai President Tsunesaburo Makiguchi. This new building will serve as a focal point of SGI's global movement for kosen-rufu, or world peace. ... read more

Humanitarian Activities | Nov 17 2013

First Tohoku Restoration Youth Speech Conference Held

First Tohoku Restoration Youth Speech Conference Held

On November 17, Soka Gakkai youth in Tohoku organized the first Tohoku Restoration Youth Speech Conference in Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture, an area devastated by the March 11, 2011, Great East Japan Earthquake. Speakers included Kunio Sunou, president of the Ishinomaki Fish Market and three Soka Gakkai youth members. All shared their experiences of overcoming difficulties in the aftermath of the earthquake with hope and courage. ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 17 2013

Lecture on Religious Leadership at SGI-New Zealand Commemorative Event

Lecture on Religious Leadership at SGI-New Zealand Commemorative Event

To commemorate the anniversary of the founding of the Soka Gakkai in Japan on November 18, 1930, Soka Gakkai International New Zealand (SGINZ) hosted a special lecture by Peter J. Lineham, professor of history at Massey University, at its Auckland culture center on November 17. ... read more

Buddhism | Nov 17 2013

SGI-Netherlands Holds Soka Peace Festival

SGI-Netherlands Holds Soka Peace Festival

On November 17, 2013, in commemoration of the founding of the Soka Gakkai (on November 18, 1930), SGI-Netherlands held a peace festival at the World Forum International conference center in The Hague. Some 1,600 people participated. ... read more