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  • SGI Members in Singapore and Paraguay Perform at Anniversary Celebrations

    On August 9, some 640 members of Singapore Soka Association (SSA) performed during Singapore's National Day Parade 2014. Themed "Our People, Our Home" and held at the Marina Bay Floating Platform, the parade celebrated the 49th anniversary of the country's independence and was viewed by some 27,000 spectators including Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and President Tony Tan Keng Yam. SSA put on two performances in this, its 29th appearance in the National Day Parade. The first performance, which paid tribute to various sectors of Singapore's workforce and celebrated the nation's diversity, featured synchronized dancing and human formations by members of the

  • SGI-Europe Holds Annual Summer Study Sessions in Milan and Trets

    From July 24-27, SGI-Europe's annual summer study sessions were held on the outskirts of Milan, Italy. Some 500 people of all ages from 31 countries including Belgium, Italy, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland and the UK attended. SGI-Europe Chairman Hideaki Takahashi and SGI-Europe Women's Leader Suzanne Pritchard were also present. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a congratulatory message. Over the four days, participants attended lectures and Q&A sessions led by Hidetoshi Fukuda, general chief of the Soka Gakkai Young Men's Division Study Department, who was visiting from Japan. Drawing from the Lotus Sutra, Nichiren's teachings and President Ikeda's writings on Buddhism,

  • Soka Gakkai Youth from Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Okinawa and Tokyo Hold Annual Peace Summit

    On August 2-3, some 50 Soka Gakkai youth representatives from Okinawa, Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Tokyo held their 23rd annual Youth Peace Summit at the Soka Gakkai Nagasaki Peace Center. At the summit, the youth shared reports on activities in their respective areas organized under the SOKA Global Action peace campaign that was launched in January 2014. Reports included activities such as 40 hibakusha (A-bomb survivor) lectures that aim to ensure the voices of hibakusha are passed onto the younger generation toward the abolition of nuclear weapons, as well as activities supporting the reconstruction of the Tohoku region following the March 11,

  • SGI-Philippines Joins Workshop on Role of Faith-Based Communities in Crisis Response

    From August 4-5, SGI-Philippines participated in a workshop titled "Mobilizing Faith-Based Communities for Crisis Response." The workshop was co-organized by the Office of the United Nations and International Organizations of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) of the Philippines and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) at the DFA auditorium in the City of Pasay, Metro Manila. The workshop brought together representatives from government agencies, academic institutions and more than 10 faith groups from Muslim, Christian, Catholic and Buddhist communities. Among them were the National Council of Churches in the Philippines, the Tzu Chi Foundation Philippines from the Buddhist tradition, the United Religions Initiative, and

  • SGI Makes Donations in Support of Relief Efforts

    On July 27, at its Taoyuan Culture Center, Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) held a prayer service for victims of the July 23 TransAsia Airways plane that crashed in Taiwan's Penghu Islands. TSA General Director Lin Chao led the service at which prayers were offered for the repose of those who lost their lives in the crash and for the rapid recovery of all those affected. Following gas explosions in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung on July 31, TSA set up a relief center and dispatched bottled water to those affected, some of whom had been left without water and electricity. On August


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