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April 16, 1995
The mention of the Buddhist organization Soka Gakkai in "Japan Sects Offer Personal Path in Rudderless Society" (March 26) gives a sketchy and unfair picture of a movement devoted to the happiness of individuals and a peaceful world. The reason that Soka Gakkai (Society for the Creation of Value) has become "entrenched and powerful" is because it offers people a sound philosophy along with a religious practice for developing their lives in a healthy way. On a societal level, Soka Gakkai promotes peace, culture and education for the purpose of raising the human condition and providing common ground where all people can engage in dialogue and work together toward a better world.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 6, 2011 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
The new Soka Performing Arts Center in Aliso Viejo will debut Sept. 17, offering what appear to be by far the lowest major-venue ticket prices in the region, for its opening season of 23 shows. The 1,034-seat hall features acoustics by Yasuhisa Toyota, famed for his work on such projects as Walt Disney Concert Hall. Jazz, classical music and world music will be the main fare at the $73-million auditorium and arts classroom complex on the Orange County campus of Soka University, a small liberal arts institution affiliated with the Tokyo-based Buddhist movement Soka Gakkai.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 1999 | GENA PASILLAS
Soka Gakkai International-USA will host "The Winning Life--An Introduction to Buddhism" at 10 a.m. Sunday. The program will explore courage, relationships, health, success and more. Soka Gakkai is at 1500 E. Warner Ave., Santa Ana. (714) 444-9580. The Rev. Ed Ewart will continue his "Ten Commandments for Today's Generation" series with the sermon "Never on a Sunday" at 9 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Geneva Presbyterian Church of Laguna Hills.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 2, 2011 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
What the San Fernando Valley is celebrating this week ? the debut of a major performing arts center that figures to be a source of enjoyment and pride for an area that had been short on cultural bragging rights ? is on the agenda for southern Orange County too. In Aliso Viejo, a small but wealthy private school, Soka University of America, has begun the countdown toward October, when it expects the first public notes to sound in its Soka Performing Arts Center. Construction has been completed on the 1,034-seat auditorium that, together with a companion building for arts classrooms, studios and offices, cost $73 million (the Valley Performing Arts Center, at 1,700 seats plus an educational building, cost $125 million)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 1987 | BOB POOL, Times Staff Writer
Declaring that they have come to stay, leaders of a Japan-based Buddhist group opened their $17-million college in Calabasas on Tuesday to the beat of a jazz band, Oriental drums and dancers wearing top hats and tails. Officials of Soka Gakkai, whose 10 million members chant for personal prosperity and global peace, also disclosed that major construction projects may be in store for their rural campus at the intersection of Mulholland Highway and Las Virgenes Road.
NEWS
December 16, 1991 | LESLIE HELM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the foothills of Mt. Fuji, just lightly dusted with snow this time of year, are the sprawling grounds of Taisekiji, the ancient temple headquarters of the Buddhist order of Nichiren Shoshu. It's a startling sight. Attached like a misplaced appendage to the 700-year-old temple compound of prayer halls, pagoda and inner gardens is a stadium-sized, white granite structure shaped like a slice of melon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 1990
Along with the supposed millions who belong to the Soka Gakkai and NSA are thousands who have left the sect; they considered it a dangerous cult. ALLAN B. ALTSCHULER Santa Barbara
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 1991
The article on Soka Gakkai was most interesting. It should put an end to the idea that anyone who opposes Soka University that would be located on Las Virgenes/Malibu Canyon Road is a racist, xenophobe or is anti-religion. It is hard to believe that one organization could be involved in so many unsavory activities. The statement by Bernetta Reade, Soka University spokesperson, that Soka Gakkai and Soka University are "separate corporate entities" is irrelevant. They are both branches of the same tree and everyone knows it. WILLIAM P. WELLS Calabasas
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 1991 | ALAN C. MILLER and MYRON LEVIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The Japanese Buddhist organization affiliated with Soka University, whose expansion plans have generated intense public debate in Los Angeles, is also embroiled in controversy in Japan, where the powerful group has been wracked by a series of scandals. The organization, Soka Gakkai, recently paid $4.5 million in back taxes in Japan in a bizarre tax evasion case involving unreported income from the sale of grave sites to its members.
NEWS
December 16, 1991 | AMY PYLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The conflict between Japan's largest Buddhist sect and its powerful lay organization has reverberated through the Southern California-based U.S. wing of the Soka Gakkai, according to former and current members of the group. Earlier this year, when the split became evident, the U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 2001 | JEFF GOTTLIEB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
This weekend, about 120 freshmen are walking onto the campus of the first private liberal arts college built in California in more than 25 years. They're attending an educational experiment, a place where traditional faculty tenure has been tossed out and a global focus means they will spend at least five months abroad and will study a Pacific Rim language.
BUSINESS
August 8, 2000 | BOB HOWARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Buddhist cultural organization Soka Gakkai International will redesign and renovate its facilities in Santa Monica as part of a construction project slated to be completed next year. Soka Gakkai, also known as SGI, has named Santa Monica-based architectural firm WWCOT to design the improvements and renovations at the organization's World Culture Center in downtown Santa Monica. SGI is a worldwide educational and cultural organization based on Buddhist teachings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 1999 | ELAINE GALE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Perched on 100 acres at the edge of a majestic canyon in Aliso Viejo, a university campus is being built by an international Buddhist organization that hopes to build cultural bridges between East and West. A skeleton of a campus now sits on the wind-swept plateau, with half-built buildings draped in plastic and surrounded by construction workers, trowels and scaffolding.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 1999 | GENA PASILLAS
Soka Gakkai International-USA will host "The Winning Life--An Introduction to Buddhism" at 10 a.m. Sunday. The program will explore courage, relationships, health, success and more. Soka Gakkai is at 1500 E. Warner Ave., Santa Ana. (714) 444-9580. The Rev. Ed Ewart will continue his "Ten Commandments for Today's Generation" series with the sermon "Never on a Sunday" at 9 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Geneva Presbyterian Church of Laguna Hills.
BUSINESS
April 6, 1998
Michael P. Smith, 48 Retail manager As a professional auto parts retail manager and practicing Buddhist for 28 years, I've had my share of challenges in balancing my career with my spiritual pursuits. What helped me was the realization that difficulties only arise when daily life and religious practice are viewed as two different things. I've found that I'm at my best, both as a manager and as a Buddhist, when I practice my religion at work and apply my work skills in my practice of faith.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 1998
Re "Coastal Commission Consideration of Soka," Feb. 1. Thank you for printing a letter from Jeff Ourvan, PR man for so-called Soka University. I am pleased to have the opportunity to answer Ourvan on behalf of the Coalition to Preserve Las Virgenes. We are dedicated to preserving the public's great investment in public land, which surrounds the Soka-owned property. How did you obtain that land, Mr. Ourvan? The BBC claims your bank account is $125 billion strong. No wonder you were able to outbid the National Park Service.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 1991 | AMY PYLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At first glance, the alphabet soup of acronyms and names may appear to be a series of unrelated groups: Soka Gakkai International, Soka University, NSA, NSC, SUA and SGI-USA. But tax and land transaction documents filed in the United States and Canada, plus interviews and information supplied by the organizations themselves, indicate that all are closely linked.
NEWS
March 15, 1996 | TERESA WATANABE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He is, by some accounts, the most powerful man in Japan--and certainly one of the most enigmatic: Daisaku Ikeda, leader of the nation's largest religious organization, has been condemned and praised as a devil and an angel, a Hitler and a Gandhi, a despot and a democrat. He is a grasping power-monger aiming for political control by rallying the 8 million families of the Soka Gakkai lay Buddhist organization, critics say.
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