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Seikyo Shimbun Highlights for November 20, 2020

November 20, 2020

Issue 29 | Nov. 20, 2020

New Soka Gakkai Global Site

The Soka Gakkai global website was launched on November 18 to mark the 90th anniversary of the organization. The new website now contains a news section as well as a media room with some FAQ and a media kit.

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Brazilian Bar Association Confers Award upon SGI President Ikeda 

On November 5, the Diadema chapter of the Order of Attorneys of Brazil (OAB-Diadema) conferred an award upon SGI President Ikeda for his contributions to human rights. The Order of Attorneys of Brazil, founded on the same day as the Soka Gakkai, November 18, 1930, authorizes lawyer’s licenses and promotes ethics. It has 1.2 million members. President of the OAB-Diadema Fernando Duque Rosa delivered a congratulatory speech at the online event, and Hélio Braz Lorenzetti, a regional BSGI leader, shared SGI’s commitment to further contribute to society.

Educators Group in Brazil Makes Fresh Departure toward 2030 

On November 7, the Brazil SGI educators group held an online meeting, joined by some 1,000 members nationwide. Representatives shared experiences and a proposal on education for the happiness of children. Participants were encouraged to foster capable individuals who can contribute to local communities toward 2030. BSGI General Director Miguel Shiratori commended the growth in exchanges between Soka University in Japan and universities in Brazil.
Brazil SGI educators group © Seikyo Shimbun

SGI-Korea Advances toward 2021 

On November 8, the 37th SGI-Korea (KSGI) Headquarters Leaders Meeting of the New Era of Worldwide Kosen-rufu was held at the KSGI Ikeda Memorial Hall in Seoul. The meeting was simulcast to 145 venues across the country. A Women’s Division member and a Young Women’s Division member shared experiences, and an all-female traditional music and dance group performed. KSGI General Director Kim In Soo thanked the members for sending encouragement to those around them in spite of the pandemic.
Performance at the KSGI Headquarters Leaders Meeting © Seikyo Shimbun

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. 

Media Watch

Times of India (India): Let us overcome the pandemic crisis together (Daisaku Ikeda, November 18, 2020)

SGI President Ikeda contributed an article to the Speaking Tree section of the Times of India on developing empathy for the poor who have been hit the worst in this pandemic.

"In their recent book ‘Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty’, Massachusetts Institute of Technology professors Abhijit V Banerjee and Esther Duflo, co-winners of the 2019 Nobel prize in economics, note that ‘not only do the poor lead riskier lives than the less poor, but a bad break of the same magnitude is likely to hurt them more.’ They stress that we should not blame those suffering from poverty for the situation they are in, emphasising the need to always seek to appreciate the actual conditions in which people live…In any era, such attitudes can take hold – the fatalism, for example, that sees poverty or other dire conditions as an individual’s fixed destiny, or the result of their personal failings, or the denial of responsibility for any harm, or pain one has inflicted on others. Shakyamuni’s response was his teaching that although the various sufferings of life may be unavoidable, our efforts to empathise with and support those struggling with difficulties can help weave networks of mutual encouragement, and give rise to an expanding sense of security and hope… As we see an unprecedented number of people around the world confronted with acute distress and poverty because of the pandemic, it is imperative that we all deepen our compassionate understanding of their suffering, feeling it as our own as we embark together on the challenge to overcome this crisis." Read more


Tricycle (USA): On Hardship & Hope: Two teachings to instill inspiration when we feel paralyzed by despair (Daisaku Ikeda, November 16, 2020)

Tricycle magazine’s Instagram account posted a quote on hope and despair taken from the article they published in the Fall 2017 issue titled “On Hardship & Hope” by SGI President Ikeda. 

“Hope is a flame that we nurture within our hearts. It may be sparked by someone else – by the encouraging words of a friend, relative, or mentor – but it must be fanned and kept burning through our own determination.”
Latest Online Updates

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The quotations are from Daisaku Ikeda’s writings and speeches and are arranged according to themes. 

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Toward a Humanistic Era —The Encounter between Gorbachev and Ikeda 

This Beautiful Earth 

Stories of Hope 

Bulgarian Edition of Second Djourova-Ikeda Dialogue Published

Education Proposals
Building a Society That Serves the Essential Needs of Education: Some Views on Education in the Twenty-first Century (2000) 

Reviving Education: The Brilliance of the Inner Spirit (2001) 

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