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  • Lotus Sutra Exhibition Held in Hong Kong and Taiwan

    On May 3, "The Lotus Sutra--A Message of Peace and Harmonious Coexistence" exhibition opened at Soka Gakkai International of Hong Kong (HKSGI) Culture Center in Kowloon, organized by HKSGI and the SGI-affiliated Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP). Created by the IOP, the exhibition introduces the history and transmission of the Lotus Sutra and features materials related to the sutra's seven parables and the IOP's Lotus Sutra Manuscript Series, an ongoing project commissioned by Soka Gakkai to produce facsimile editions of original Lotus Sutra manuscripts. Among the special guests who attended the opening ceremony were: Jao Tsung-I, professor emeritus at the Chinese University of

  • SGI Makes Donations in Support of Nepal Earthquake Relief Efforts

    In response to the devastation caused by the magnitude 7.9 earthquake that hit Nepal on April 25 and ensuing aftershocks, Soka Gakkai Thailand (SGT), Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) and Soka Gakkai in Japan made donations to various relief funds in the days following the disaster. On April 27, TSA Vice General Director Lin Ting-fung visited the Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) in Taipei and made a donation of 1 million Taiwanese dollars (US$32,642) to support relief efforts in Nepal that are being coordinated by the Taiwanese government. The donation was presented to MOFA Vice Minister Vanessa Yea-Ping Shih who stated

  • Joint Statement of Faith Groups Calling for Nuclear Abolition Shared at UN during NPT Review Conference

    NEW YORK: "Nuclear weapons are incompatible with the values upheld by our respective faith tradition—the right of people to live in security and dignity; the commands of conscience and justice; the duty to protect the vulnerable and to exercise the stewardship that will safeguard the planet for future generations. . ." So reads a statement calling on faith groups to speak out against nuclear weapons that was presented on May 1 at the UN Headquarters in New York as part of the official Civil Society Presentation at the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference under the name of Faith Communities Concerned

  • SGI-Germany Participates in Interreligious Panel on Euthanasia

    On April 16, representatives of different religious traditions and civil society came together at the Stefan-George House in Bingen to present perspectives on euthanasia. Pastor Olliver Zobel of the Evangelical Church of St. John, gave an opening speech in which he welcomed the 90 participants. He noted that out of the 10 interreligious dialogues his church had organized with the Bingen adult education center this discussion on euthanasia had attracted the most people. Speaker Barbara Schoppmann of the St. Hildegard Maltese Hospice in Bingen drew on her professional experience in hospice care and her values as a Catholic. Citing that a primary

  • SGI-Russia Youth Training Course Held

    From March 27-29, some 80 SGI-Russia youth members attended a training course held in Istra near Moscow.The theme of the course was "Be the light of hope in society." The course included a lecture on one of Nichiren's writings focusing on the significance of the Bodhisattvas of the Earth, experiences in faith and a skit. The course was also attended by SGI-Europe Chair Hideaki Takahashi, SGI-Europe Vice Chair Yoshio Nakamura, and SGI-Europe Vice Women’s Leader Kimiko Brummer. Course participants (left) and performing the skit (right)   [Adapted from an article in April 27, 2015, issue of Seikyo Shimbun; photos courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]


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