OPC Expressions of Interest

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SGINZ - Expression of Interest for OPC Training Course 2019 Expression of interest form for 2020 OPC Training Course in Australia. SGINZ Members please register interest below... (more…)
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Violence is Weakness, Prayer is Power

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What is power and what is weakness? What is active and what is passive? In the Christchurch mosque terror attack on Friday, 15 March Naeem Rashid tried to stop the shooter but was killed trying to save others' lives. Abdul Aziz confronted the perpetrator with an EFTPos machine, called out 'Look! I'm in the car park; come park - come this way, come this way!' to draw the shooter away from the people in the mosque and then chased the shooter away with a discarded and unloaded shotgun. What we saw during that terrible and cowardly attack was the selfless humanity of  people who rushed to the aid of others both from within and outside of the mosque. We were presented with the stark contrast of someone who had surrendered their…
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SGINZ Statement on the Mass Shooting at the Mosques in Christchurch

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On behalf of the Soka Gakkai International New Zealand Buddhist community we offer our condolences and deepest sympathy to the loved ones of those who lost their precious lives as well as those wounded in the senseless act of terrible violence that occurred in Christchurch. We stand together in mourning and in solidarity with the affected families, the Muslim community and people of Christchurch. (more…)
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New Zealand Open Day – 26 August

New Zealand Open Day – 26 August

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 On Sunday 26th Aug 2018, SGINZ will be hosting the New Zealand Open Day under the theme 'Peace Through Humanity and Diversity'. There will be an exhibition, games, entertainment, kids story telling, Introduction to Buddhism and more. The venue is the SGINZ's New Zealand Culture Centre at 40 Eaglehurst Road, Ellerslie, Auckland. The Open day will be from 10am until 1pm, all are welcome to attend, this event is open to the public.  
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TŪMANAKO! Whakatāne Children’s World Peace Flags

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Report by Laura Gow On 6 August 2017, the opening ceremony for Tūmanako was held outside Whakatāne library. It was an amazing community celebration with over 450 people attending. The ceremony began with a Karakia and blessing, and included items from the Schools throughout Whakatane. This was followed by words from Whakatāne’s Mayor, Mr Tony Bonne and a waiata sung by members of SGINZ. A representative from each of the nineteen schools that took part in Tūmanako cut the ribbon at the entrance of the library to open the exhibition. Due to exhibition space being limited, the Whakatāne District Council decided that rather than ask each child to create an artwork for peace, instead they would encourage children to design and create a peace flag for Tūmanako.  Preschools and primary…
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SGI urges nuclear weapons abolition at Vatican conference

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Tokyo, 13 November, 2017: Hiromasa Ikeda, Vice President of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Buddhist association, joined other participants in stressing the moral case for ridding the world of nuclear weapons and urged increased efforts in raising awareness at the conference on ‘Perspectives for a World Free from Nuclear Weapons and for Integral Disarmament’ held at the Vatican in Rome on 10/11 November. Mr Ikeda stated: ‘Nuclear weapons are dangerous from a security perspective. From an ethical and moral perspective, they are wrong. This renders them unacceptable in any hands. With the geopolitical risks of nuclear conflict rising to unprecedented levels, it is vital that this awareness be shared widely by all people.’ He also stressed the SGI’s educational focus on creating opportunities for dialogue. ‘This can foster a shared awareness…
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TUMANAKO! Children’s Art Works for a Peaceful World 2017

TUMANAKO! Children’s Art Works for a Peaceful World 2017

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TUMANAKO! Children’s art works for a peaceful world commemorating Hiroshima Day is an opportunity for 8 to 15-years-old children to create artwork sharing their aspirations for a peaceful world. The artworks will then be displayed at exhibitions around the country.  There will be an opening day events in August.
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