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Buddhism | Mar 11 2014

Soka Gakkai Holds March 11 Memorial Services

Soka Gakkai Holds March 11 Memorial Services

Marking the third anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake that struck the Tohoku region of northeastern Japan on March 11, 2011, Soka Gakkai members held memorial services in 40 culture centers encompassing the Tohoku region, including Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima Prefectures. ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 22 2014

SGI in Uruguay and Argentina Hold Commemorative Meetings

SGI in Uruguay and Argentina Hold Commemorative Meetings

On February 18, commemorating the 30th anniversary of the formation of its first chapter in 1984, SGI-Uruguay held an annual general meeting at its Montevideo culture center. Former First Lady of Uruguay Maria de las Mercedes Menafra Rodríguez and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent congratulatory messages. ... read more

Press Releases | Feb 21 2014

Compilation of 30 Years of Buddhist Leader’s Proposals for Peace Launched at UN Headquarters: Daisaku Ikeda's Key Ideas on Peace Now in One Volume

NEW YORK: On February 20, 2014, A Forum for Peace: Daisaku Ikeda's Proposals to the UN, a unique collection of 30 years of peace proposals by the president of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Buddhist association, was launched in a high profile event held at the UN Headquarters. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Feb 20 2014

A Forum for Peace: Compilation of 30 years of SGI President Ikeda's Peace Proposals Launched at UN HQ

A Forum for Peace: Compilation of 30 years of SGI President Ikeda's Peace Proposals Launched at UN HQ

On February 20, A Forum for Peace: Daisaku Ikeda's Proposals to the UN, a collection of key excerpts from 30 years of peace proposals by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, was launched in a high profile event held at the UN Headquarters. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Feb 16 2014

30th Anniversary of SGI President's Visit Marked, Brazil SGI Students Hold Human Security Conference

30th Anniversary of SGI President's Visit Marked, Brazil SGI Students Hold Human Security Conference

On February 15, some 3,200 Brazil SGI (BSGI) members gathered to celebrate the anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's historic third visit to Brazil in 1984 by holding a Culture Festival and General Meeting at Brasilia Théatre Pedro Calmon and, on February 16, a commemorative gongyo meeting attended by over 3,000 people was held at the BSGI Peace Auditorium in São Paulo. ... read more

Buddhism | Feb 16 2014

Lotus Sutra Exhibition Debuts in Malaysia

Lotus Sutra Exhibition Debuts in Malaysia

On February 16, "The Lotus Sutra–A Message of Peace and Harmonious Coexistence" exhibition created by the SGI-affiliated Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) opened for the first time in Malaysia at Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM)'s Wisma Kebudayaan culture center in Kuala Lumpur. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Feb 15 2014

SGI Joins Second Conference on Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons

SGI Joins Second Conference on Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons

From February 13-14, SGI delegates participated in the Second Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons, hosted by the Mexican Government and held in Nuevo Vallarta in the state of Nayarit. ... read more

Education | Feb 5 2014

Forty Years of Soka Gakkai Book Donations Celebrated

Forty Years of Soka Gakkai Book Donations Celebrated

In commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the start of the Soka Gakkai's elementary and junior high school book donation initiative, Soka Gakkai donated 300 books each to 3 schools in Okinawa Prefecture. ... read more

Sustainable Development | Feb 4 2014

SGI Participates in Earth Charter International Conference on Education for Sustainable Development

SGI Participates in Earth Charter International Conference on Education for Sustainable Development

On January 31, SGI representatives joined the inauguration of the new Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development on the University for Peace (UPEACE) campus in San José, Costa Rica. ... read more

Interfaith | Feb 1 2014

SGI-Canada Joins World Interfaith Harmony Week Events

SGI-Canada Joins World Interfaith Harmony Week Events

SGI-Canada members in British Columbia took part in two events funded by the provincial government in support of the UN's World Interfaith Harmony Week marked during the first week of February. ... read more

Press Releases | Jan 27 2014

SGI President Calls for Regional Cooperation in Response to Natural Disasters, Youth Summit on Nuclear Weapons Abolition

TOKYO: In his annual peace proposal, "Value Creation for Global Change: Building Resilient and Sustainable Societies," released on January 26, Daisaku Ikeda, president of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Buddhist association, calls for increased regional cooperation in response to extreme weather events and natural disasters. ... read more

Human Rights | Jan 26 2014

Child Rights Campaign Launched by Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee

Child Rights Campaign Launched by Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee

In January, the Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee launched a campaign titled "Building a Culture of Peace Together With Children," to raise awareness of children’s rights and to commemorate the upcoming 25th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) by the UN General Assembly on November 20, 1989. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jan 26 2014

Soka Gakkai Youth Launch "SOKA Global Action" Peace Campaign

Soka Gakkai Youth Launch "SOKA Global Action" Peace Campaign

At the start of January, Soka Gakkai youth in Japan launched a new peace campaign titled "SOKA Global Action." The campaign has three key aims: (1) to contribute to building a culture of peace and work together with SGI youth around the world toward the abolition of nuclear weapons, (2) to promote goodwill and build ties of friendship through cultural exchanges within Asia, and (3) to assist and support reconstruction efforts following the March 11, 2011, Great East Japan Earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster which devastated parts of the Tohoku region. ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jan 20 2014

SGI-USA Cohosts Martin Luther King Jr. Day Events in Santa Monica

SGI-USA Cohosts Martin Luther King Jr. Day Events in Santa Monica

SGI-USA celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 20 with a festival themed "Unity in Community." SGI-USA cohosted the festival, held at its World Peace Ikeda Auditorium in Santa Monica, California, together with The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Westside Coalition and others including the City of Santa Monica and Santa Monica College Associates. ... read more

Buddhism | Jan 19 2014

SGI European Summit Held at New Center in Milan, Italy

SGI European Summit Held at New Center in Milan, Italy

From January 17-19, SGI-Europe held a leaders' summit at the newly opened Milan Ikeda Peace Culture Center, located in Corsico, on the outskirts of Milan. Some 200 leaders from 31 countries across Europe attended. ... read more