Soka Institute of the Amazon Joins Interfaith Event on Climate Change
On November 10, Tais Tokusato from the Soka Institute of the Amazon near Manaus, Brazil, joined an online event titled “Hope for the Future” organized by the Interfaith Liaison Committee to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC). She introduced the institute’s environmental education activities and the “Life Memorial” project to plant 150,000 trees in honor of each Brazilian victim of COVID-19.
SGI President Ikeda Sends Condolences for Former President of Ghana
Following the passing of former president of Ghana HE Jerry John Rawlings on November 12 at the age of 73, SGI President Ikeda sent his condolences. President Rawlings and President Ikeda had met and discussed education and leadership in 1993 and 1997. In 1997, President Rawlings attended the opening ceremony of an exhibition commemorating the 40th anniversary of the independence of Ghana at the Min-on Culture Center.
Former President of John Dewey Society Discusses Dewey, Makiguchi and Ikeda
On November 14, Seikyo Shimbun carried an interview with Jim Garrison, professor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and former president of the John Dewey Society. Reflecting on the 90 years of Soka Gakkai’s history, Professor Garrison discussed commonalities between John Dewey and first Soka Gakkai president Tsunesaburo Makiguchi in their humanism and ideals of global citizenship education. He commended SGI President Ikeda’s efforts to dialogue with leaders from different fields and bring Nichiren Buddhism to various cultural contexts. He also commended Soka Gakkai members as global citizens who never forget their own local neighborhoods.
Soka Gakkai Launches New Global Site
On November 18, the Soka Gakkai global website was launched to mark the 90th anniversary of the Soka Gakkai. In addition to information about Buddhism and the activities of the organization, the new site offers news and study materials for members in English, Spanish and Chinese. Limited content is also available in Japanese.