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Daisaku Ikeda 池田大作 いけだ だいさく (Ikeda Daisaku January 2, 1928- ?) is president of Soka Gakkai International (SGI), a Buddhist association which claims 12 million members in 192 countries and territories, and founder of several educational, cultural and research institutions. He is also an honorary member of the Club of Rome. (members)

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Life and establishment of SGI

Daisaku Ikeda was born of seaweed farmers at Ōta, Tokyo. He was the fifth son. He had four elder brothers who fought in World War II and also had two younger brothers , and a sister. As a child, he suffered from poor health and later tuberculosis, and doctors predicted that he wouldn't survive beyond the age of 30. Ikeda's family endured the hardships of the war, as many did. In his youth, he lost his eldest brother Kiichi Ikeda (1916 -1945) to World War II, which developed in him a strong opposition to war. In his late teens, in August 1947, he learned of Nichiren Buddhism through Josei Toda, a Nichiren Buddhist, educator and peace activist, and then president of the Soka Gakkai. In 1948, he quit night school, in order to help and work for his mentor, Josei Toda's publishing business. In return for this, Mr. Toda taught Ikeda literature, history, chemistry, physics, political science, economics, law, mathematics, and Nichiren Daishonin's Buddhist philosophy. In his writings, Dr.Ikeda, talks about these years from 1948 till Mr.Toda's death in 1958 as Golden Years and says that in those days he attended Toda University. As a disciple of Toda, Ikeda took on Toda's dream and mission to spread the teachings of Nichiren Buddhism and its principles of developing a peaceful world through the spread of the True Teachings of the Lotus Sutra. Following Toda's death in 1958, Ikeda became president of the Soka Gakkai, currently serving since 1960.

From its beginnings in the 1930s, the Soka Gakkai was a lay organization whose role was to support the laity in their practice of Nichiren Shōshū Buddhism. After World War II, as Nichiren Buddhism began to spread throughout the world, Soka Gakkai responded by developing an international outreach program, the SGI (Soka Gakkai International). Ikeda took a lead role in this development and became president of SGI upon its founding in 1975. In 1979, Ikeda was forced to resigned as president of Soka Gakkai to take responsibility of Soka Gakkai's deviation from Nichiren doctrines and the accompanying conflict with the priesthood[1] and was succeeded by Hiroshi Hojo. He was excommunicated by Nichiren Shoshu on August 11, 1992[2][3]. Even so, he remained president of SGI, and the position of Soka Gakkai Honorary President, which he still maintains, was created for him[4].

As of April 2008, he had received 252 honorary doctorates. He has used the principles of Nichiren Buddhism throughout his own life, and in his role as president of SGI, he acts to support the membership in a number of ways, including providing support and encouragement through his writings and lectures, by striving to promote a dialogue on Nichiren Buddhist principles as they apply to today's global challenges with many of today's world leaders. As such, the SGI membership views him as a great role model for how to apply this practice in their own lives. He is referred to by some members as their "mentor in life" (jinsei no shishō, 人生の師匠)[5], and is frequently referred to in the third person as sensei (先生, "our teacher" or "master").

Nichiren Buddhism is a form of Buddhism based on the final teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha, in what is called the Lotus Sutra. The basic premise of this teaching is that Buddhahood and enlightenment are states of being that are as innate to each and every human being, as are the more commonly experienced states of, say, anger, hunger (as in greed, thirst, or insatiable desire), or tranquility (as in calm, complacent, or satisfied). According to the Lotus Sutra, not only are all living beings equally endowed with the potential for enlightenment, but so are they potentially capable of attaining this state, within the current lifetime. According to Nichiren Buddhists' interpretation of the Lotus Sutra, one may awaken one's Buddha Nature through a practice of chanting the phrase Nam myoho renge kyo to develop one's sense of compassion, wisdom, and clarity of mind, and through the development of a sense of the interconnectedness of all life—the "oneness of man and environment," or esho funi—and the ways in which one's thoughts, actions, and deeds—karma—affect one and one's environment throughout the past, present, and future.

Ikeda and his predecessors in Soka Gakkai, Josei Toda and Tsunesaburo Makiguchi, and the founder of Nichiren Buddhism, a 13th-century priest called Nichiren Daishonin, all strove to live according to these and other Buddhist principles and to encourage others to do the same. Through the study of their teachings, the practice of chanting, and the practice of active involvement in the world at large, one is thought to be able to develop the innate Buddha Nature within, leading to a happier, more fulfilling life for oneself and others. Daisaku Ikeda has had dialogues with many people including Arnold J. Toynbee, Linus Pauling, Wangari Maathai, Marianne Pearl, M.S.Swaminathan, Roberto Baggio, Coretta Scott King, Joseph Rotblat, John Kenneth Galbraith, David Norton, Betty Williams (nobel laureate), Ba Jin, and Rosa Parks.

Though not a statesman or politician himself, followers (as well as some Japanese, Chinese, and Russian politicians and statesmen) credit him with having strengthened the relations of Japan with China and Russia by discussions with their leaders with Zhou Enlai, Deng Xiaoping, Jiang Zemin, Hu Jintao, Wen Jiabao, Mikhail Gorbachev and Alexei Kosygin. He has also met various world leaders, including Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki, Henry Kissinger, Prince Hitachi, Rajiv Gandhi, Lech Wałęsa, Raúl Alfonsín, Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, Kurt Waldheim, Eisaku Sato, Takeo Fukuda, Mohamed ElBaradei, James D. Hodgson, Edward Kennedy, Boutros Boutros Ghali, Kofi Annan, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, King Juan Carlos I of Spain, Prince Charles, Margaret Thatcher and Jacques Chirac.

He lives in Tokyo with his wife, Kaneko Ikeda (1932-), whom he married on May 3, 1952. He had three sons, Hiromasa Ikeda (1953-), Shirohisa Ikeda (1955-1984), and, Takahiro Ikeda (1958-).

Accomplishments

Ikeda is a prolific writer, poet, peace activist, educator, and interpreter of Nichiren Buddhism. His interests include art, philosophy, photography, and music. He has signed the Earth Charter, and also is a noteworthy environmentalist. He has travelled to more than 60 countries to hold discussions with many political, cultural, and educational figures, as well as to teach, support, and encourage practitioners of Nichiren Buddhism living in these countries. Topics he has addressed include the transformative value of religion, the universality of life, social responsibility, and sustainable progress and development.

As a mentor of SGI, he has founded several institutions, such as the Soka schools (from kindergarten through university level), the Min-On Concert Association, the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum, the Institute of Oriental Science and the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research to promote educational, cultural, and artistic activities and to conduct exchanges with like groups and institutions on a global scale. In addition, he has guided the Soka Gakkai's support of, and involvement in Komeito,a Japanese Political Party which as of 2007 is part of a coalition with the Liberal Democratic Party. Ikeda has also initiated a wide range of grassroots exchange programs and delivered speeches at a number of institutions of higher learning around the world, including Harvard University, the Institut de France, Beijing University and Moscow State University. Gandhi, King, Ikeda exhibition showcases Mahatma Gandhi's, Martin Luther King Jr's, and Daisaku Ikeda's peace activism. Another exhibition is Dialogue with Nature showcasing Ikeda's photographs. He has also sponsored the documentary film about the environment, A Quiet Revolution.

Ikeda states that he share his honors with SGI members, saying that they are proof of the outstanding lives that ordinary people around the world are living, based on the practice of Nichiren Buddhism. He also acknowledges that these honorary degrees honor the greatness of his mentor Josei Toda, as well as Toda's mentor Tsunesaburo Makiguchi.

For his humanitarian endeavors in a range of fields, he is the recipient of numerous awards, including the United Nations Peace Award, the Rosa Parks Humanitarian Award, National Order of the Southern Cross of the Republic of Brazil, the United States Congressional Award, the Honorary Cross of Science and the Arts from the Austrian Ministry of Education, Medal of the Grand Officer of Arts and Letters from the French Ministry of Culture, the Grand Officer award from the President of the Italian Republic and the World Poet Laureateship from the World Poetry Society, and The Order of Friendship from Russia. Every year, on 26 January, since 1983, President Ikeda, presents a peace proposal to the United Nations. Dr. Ikeda is the founder of Soka University, the Soka School System, the Boston Research Center for the 21st Century, and the Toda Institute for Global Peace Policy and Research, and The Institute of Oriental Philosophy.

Ikeda is also author of numerous books and has held dialogs on peace, education, and culture with numerous scholars and world leaders. Most notable are his dialogues, such as Choose Life: A Dialogue (English edition, Oxford University Press, 1976), in which Ikeda and historian Arnold J. Toynbee discuss "humanity's predicament in all its aspects." More recently, in Planetary Citizenship: Your Values, Beliefs, and Actions Can Shape a Sustainable World (Middleway Press, 2003), futurist Hazel Henderson and Ikeda "explore the rise of 'grassroots globalists,' ordinary citizens all over the world who are taking responsibility to build a more peaceful, harmonious and sustainable future."

He is also the recipient of the most honorary doctorates awarded to a single individual, including the United Nations Peace Award (1983); Kenya Oral Literature Award (1986, Kenya); 1986 Chinese Peace and Friendship Trophy, the International Tolerance Award of the Simon Wiesenthal Center (1993, U.S.A.); Rosa Parks Humanitarian Award (1993, U.S.A.); Tagore Peace Award (1997, India); the Albert Einstein Peace Award, and the Global Excellence Award, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (2002, U.S.A.). Daisaku Ikeda's many children's books have been animated into cartoons in Japan.

Honorary Doctorates and Professorships

Number Country Institution Title Conferred Date
1 U.S.S.R. Moscow State University honorary doctorate May 1975
2 Peru National University of San Marcos hon. professorship April 1981
3 Bulgaria Sofia University honorary doctorate May 1981
4 China Peking University honorary professorship June 1984
5 China Fudan University honorary professorship June 1984
6 Dominican Republic Autonomous University of Santo Domingo honorary professorship February 1987
7 Argentina University of Buenos Aires honorary doctorate March 1990
8 Mexico University of Guanajuato honorary doctorate (Maestro Emérito) March 1990
9 China Wuhan University honorary professorship November 1990
10 Macau University of Macau honorary professorship January 1991
11 Philippines University of the Philippines honorary doctorate of law April 1991
12 Argentina University of Palermo honorary doctorate May 1991
13 Hong Kong Chinese University of Hong Kong distinguished visiting professor January 1992
14 Turkey Ankara University honorary doctorate of social science June 1992
15 China Chinese Academy of Social Sciences honorary research professor October 1992
16 Kenya University of Nairobi honorary doctorate of letters December 1992
17 Brazil Federal University of Rio de Janeiro honorary doctorate February 1993
18 Argentina National University of Lomas de Zamora honorary doctorate February 1993
19 Argentina National University of Lomas de Zamora honorary professorship, faculty of law February 1993
20 Argentina National University of Cordoba honorary professorship February 1993
21 Paraguay National University of Asuncion honorary doctorate of philosophy February 1993
22 Brazil University of São Paulo honorary visiting professor February 1993
23 Brazil Federal University of Paraná honorary doctorate March 1993
24 Bolivia Del Valle University honorary doctorate March 1993
25 China Shenzen University honorary professorship November 1993
26 China Xinjian Uygur Autonomous Region Museum honorary professorship January 1994
27 Russia International University in Moscow honorary doctorate May 1994
28 Italy University of Bologna honorary doctorate June 1994
29 United Kingdom University of Glasgow honorary doctorate June 1994
30 China Xinjiang University honorary professorship August 1994
31 China Xiamen University honorary professorship November 1994
32 South Africa University of the North honorary doctorate of education September 1995
33 Nepal Tribhuvan University honorary doctorate of letters November 1995
34 Macau University of Macau honorary doctorate of social sciences November 1995
35 Hong Kong University of Hong Kong honorary doctorate of letters March 1996
36 China Xinjiang University honorary president April 1996
37 United States University of Denver honorary doctorate of education June 1996
38 Cuba University of Havana honorary doctorate of letters June 1996
39 Ghana University of Ghana honorary doctorate of law August 1996
40 Russia Far Eastern State University honorary doctorate of international education November 1996
41 China Zhongshan (Sun Yat-Sen) University honorary professorship November 1996
42 China Jilin University honorary professorship February 1997
43 Philippines De La Salle University honorary doctorate of humane letters (international education) March 1997
44 Sri Lanka University of Kelaniya honorary doctorate of letters May 1997
45 China Shanghai University honorary professorship May 1997
46 China Inner Mongolia University honorary professorship October 1997
47 Mongolia National University of Mongolia honorary doctorate of humanities November 1997
48 Philippines University of the City of Manila honorary doctorate of humanities February 1998
49 Argentina Universidad de Morón honorary doctorate March 1998
50 Russia Institute for High Energy Physics honorary doctorate April 1998
51 Brazil Rio de Janeiro State University honorary doctorate April 1998
52 Republic of Korea Kyung Hee University honorary doctorate of philosophy May 1998
53 Republic of Korea Chung Cheong College honorary professorship July 1998
54 Peru Ricardo Palma University honorary doctorate July 1998
55 Peru Association of Doctors of Education honorary doctorate July 1998
56 China Yanbian University honorary professorship November 1998
57 China Nankai University honorary professorship November 1998
58 Brazil Northern Paraná University honorary doctorate November 1998
59 India University of Delhi honorary doctorate of letters December 1998
60 Argentina University of Flores honorary doctorate January 1999
61 China Sichuan University honorary professorship April 1999
62 Peru Federico Villarreal National University honorary doctorate April 1999
63 Republic of Korea Cheju National University honorary doctorate of Korean language and literature May 1999
64 Bolivia University of Santa Cruz de la Sierra honorary doctorate June 1999
65 China Northeastern University honorary professorship July 1999
66 Kyrgystan Institute of Oriental Languages and Cultures, Kyrgyz State Pedagogical University honorary professorship August 1999
67 Peru National University of Central Peru honorary doctorate September 1999
68 China Hunan Normal University honorary professorship September 1999
69 Argentina National University of Lomas de Zamora honorary professorship, faculty of social sciences October 1999
70 Argentina National University of Comahue honorary doctorate October 1999
71 China Nanjing University honorary professorship December 1999
72 Russia St. Petersburg State University honorary doctorate January 2000
73 United States University of Delaware honorary doctorate of humane letters January 2000
74 United States Queens College, City University of New York honorary doctorate of humane letters January 2000
75 Guam (United States) University of Guam honorary doctorate of humane letters January 2000
76 Philippines Angeles University honorary doctorate of humanities February 2000
77 China Central University for Nationalities honorary professorship February 2000
78 China Guangdong University of Foreign Studies honorary professorship February 2000
79 Argentina National University of Nordeste honorary doctorate February 2000
80 China Northeast Normal University honorary doctorate March 2000
81 Sakha Republic (Russia) Yakutsk State University honorary professorship March 2000
82 El Salvador Latin American Technical University honorary doctorate April 2000
83 China Inner Mongolia Art Academy preeminent honorary professor April 2000
84 India Sri Sitaramdas Omkarnath Institute of Sanskrit Learning honorary doctorate (Mahamahopadhyaya) April 2000
85 Mongolia Mongolian Institute of Literature and Social Work honorary rector May 2000
86 China Beijing Administrative College honorary professorship May 2000
87 China Yunnan University honorary professorship June 2000
88 China South China Normal University honorary professorship August 2000
89 India Bundelkhand University honorary doctorate of letters August 2000
90 Venezuela University of Zulia honorary doctorate September 2000
91 Panama University of Panama honorary doctorate September 2000
92 India Bundelkhand University honorary lifetime professor in the Ambedhar School of Social Sciences October 2000
93 Thailand Siam University honorary doctorate of public administration November 2000
94 Tonga Tonga Institute of Education and Tong Tonga Institute of Schinece and Technology honorary professorship of education November 2000
95 Australia University of Sydney honorary doctorate of letters November 2000
96 Malaysia Putra University, Malaysia honorary doctorate of letters November 2000
97 Hong Kong Chinese University of Hong Kong honorary doctorate of social science December 2000
98 Mongolia Mongolian University of Arts and Culture honorary doctorate December 2000
99 India Purvanchai University honorary doctorate of letters January 2001
100 China Guangdong Province Academy of Social Sciences honorary professorship February 2001
101 China Northwest University honorary professorship April 2001
102 China Anhui University honorary professorship April 2001
103 Puerto Rico Carlos Albizu University honorary doctorate of humane letters in behavioral sciences May 2001
104 Mongolia Kharakhorum University honorary doctorate May 2001
105 China Fujian Normal University honorary professorship June 2001
106 China Huaqiao University honorary professorship June 2001
107 China Jinan University honorary professorship July 2001
108 Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Northern Marianas College honorary professorship July 2001
109 China Soochow University honorary professorship October 2001
110 China Liaoning Normal University honorary professorship October 2001
111 Philippines University of Southern Philippines honorary doctorate of humanities October 2001
112 China Guangzhou University honorary professorship November 2001
113 Republic of Korea Kyongju University honorary professorship December 2001
114 Republic of Korea Changwon National University honorary doctorate of education December 2001
115 Kazakhstan International Kazakh-Turkish University honorary professorship December 2001
116 Dominican Republic Santiago Technical University honorary doctorate February 2002
117 Uzbekistan National Institute of Arts and Design (Uzbekistan) honorary professorship February 2002
118 China Liaoning Academy of Social Sciences senior research professor March 2002
119 Philippines Gregorio Araneta University Foundation honorary doctorate of humanities March 2002
120 Cambodia Royal University of Phnom Penh honorary professorship March 2002
121 China Liaoning University honorary professorship April 2002
122 United States Morehouse College honorary doctorate of humane letters April 2002
123 China Qingdao University honorary professorship April 2002
124 India Chhatrapati Shahu Ji Maharaj University honorary doctorate of letters April 2002
125 Kenya Kenyatta University honorary doctorate of humane letters May 2002
126 China Heilongjiang Academy of Social Sciences honorary professorship May 2002
127 Russia Moscow State University honorary professorship June 2002
128 China Nanjing Normal University honorary professorship June 2002
129 Republic of Korea Sorabol College honorary professorship June 2002
130 India Himachal Pradesh University honorary doctorate of literature August 2002
131 China Renmin University of China honorary professorship September 2002
132 China University of Science and Technology of China honorary professorship October 2002
133 China Zhejiang University honorary professorship November 2002
134 Mongolia Shihihutung Law School honorary doctorate November 2002
135 Ukraine Kiev National University of Trade and Economics honorary doctorate November 2002
136 Republic of Korea Dong-A University honorary doctorate of philosophy December 2002
137 China Shanghai International Studies University honorary professorship December 2002
138 China Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences honorary professorship December 2002
139 India Bharathidasan University honorary doctorate of literature January 2003
140 Peru National University of Piura honorary doctorate February 2003
141 Taiwan Chinese Culture University honorary doctorate of philosophy March 2003
142 China Dalian University of Foreign Languages honorary professorship April 2003
143 Paraguay Columbia University of Paraguay honorary doctorate of sociology April 2003
144 Peru Jorge Basadre Grohmann National University honorary doctorate September 2003
145 China Northwest Normal University honorary professorship October 2003
146 Republic of Korea Gwangju Women’s University honorary professorship October 2003
147 China Shanghai Jiao Tong University honorary professorship October 2003
148 United States Chapman University honorary doctorate of humane letters December 2003
149 China Zhaoqing University honorary professorship December 2003
150 Sakha Republic Arctic State Institute of Culture and Arts honorary professorship January 2004
151 India Rabindra Bharati University honorary doctorate of literature February 2004
152 United States Mineral Area College honorary professorship of humanities February 2004
153 China National Prosecuters College honorary professorship March 2004
154 Taiwan National Pingtung University honorary doctorate of agricultural sciences March 2004
155 Buryat Republic Buryat State University honorary professorship April 2004
156 Brazil Londrina State University honorary doctorate April 2004
157 Bolivia University of San Francisco Xavier of Chuquisaca honorary doctorate May 2004
158 China University of Petroleum honorary professorship May 2004
159 Philippines Capitol University honorary doctorate of humanities June 2004
160 China Sanda University, Shanghai honorary professorship June 2004
161 Jordan University of Jordan honorary doctorate of humane letters July 2004
162 Mexico University of Guadalajara honorary doctorate September 2004
163 China Fujian Academy of Social Sciences honorary professorship September 2004
164 China Changchun University honorary professorship October 2004
165 China Qufu Normal University honorary professorship October 2004
166 Kyrgyzstan Osh State University honorary professorship November 2004
167 Republic of Korea Paekche Institute of the Arts honorary professorship November 2004
168 Mongolia Otgontenger University honorary doctorate December 2004
169 Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Northern Marianas College honorary president January 2005
170 Peru Enrique Guzman y Valle National University of Education honorary doctorate January 2005
171 Belarus Minsk State Linguistics University honorary professorship February 2005
172 Philippines Batangas State University honorary doctorate of pedagogy March 2005
173 China Shanghai University of Finance and Economics honorary professorship April 2005
174 Paraguay National University of Itapua honorary doctorate April 2005
175 China Beijing Language and Culture University honorary professorship May 2005
176 Brazil Cornélio Procópio College of Philosophy, Science, and Letters honorary doctorate May 2005
177 China Huazhong Normal University honorary professorship June 2005
178 China Guangxi Normal University honorary professorship July 2005
179 Mongolia Mongolian Academy of Sciences Institute of Philosophy, Sociology and Law honorary professorship, philosophy September 2005
180 Vietnam Vietnam National University, Hanoi honorary doctorate September 2005
181 China East China University of Science and Technology honorary professorship October 2005
182 Serbia and Montenegro Braca Karic University honorary doctorate October 2005
183 Russia Academy of Security, Defense, and Law Enforcement honorary professorship December 2005
184 India Symbiosis International Educational Centre (Deemed University) honorary doctorate of literature December 2005
185 Russia Ural State University honorary doctorate January 2006
186 Laos National University of Laos honorary professorship of humanities February 2006
187 Philippines Pampanga Agricultural College honorary doctorate of humanities March 2006
188 China Hunan University honorary professorship April 2006
189 Ukraine National Technical University of Ukraine "KPI" honorary doctorate April 2006
190 China East China Normal University honorary professorship May 2006
191 China Nanjing Arts Institute honorary professorship May 2006
192 India Visva-Bharati honorary doctorate of literature May 2006
193 China China Southwest University of Political Science and Law honorary professorship June 2006
194 United States Southern Illinois University Carbondale honorary doctorate of humane letters June 2006
195 United States Los Angeles Southwest College honorary professorship June 2006
196 China Shaoguan University honorary professorship June 2006
197 Republic of Korea Dong Shin University honorary doctorate of public administration June 2006
198 Thailand Maejo University honorary doctorate of administration July 2006
199 Brazil Catholic College of Economic Science of Bahia honorary doctorate September 2006
200 China Beijing Normal University honorary professorship October 2006
201 Philippines University of Rizal System honorary doctorate of humanities Nov 24, 2006
202 China Dalian University of Technology honorary professorship Dec 8, 2006
203 Republic of Korea Dongju College honorary professorship Feb 6, 2007
204 China Guizhou University honorary professorship Feb 26, 2007
205 Russia Baikal National University of Economics and Law honorary professorship Mar 13, 2007
206 Venezuela Rafael Belloso Chacín University honorary doctorate Mar 20, 2007
207 Venezuela Santa María University honorary doctorate of law Mar 20, 2007
208 Italy University of Palermo honorary doctorate of communication sciences Mar 23, 2007
209 Brazil Brazilian Academy of Philosophy honorary doctorate Apr 2, 2007
210 United States University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee honorary doctorate of humane letters Apr 17, 2007
211 China Harbin Engineering University honorary professorship Apr 18, 2007
212 Brazil Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul honorary doctorate Apr 29, 2007
213 China Tianjin Academy of Social Sciences honorary professorship May 5, 2007
214 Taiwan Southern Taiwan University of Technology honorary doctorate of engineering May 28, 2007
215 Russia Russian State University for the Humanities honorary doctorate May 31, 2007
216 Peru National University of El Santa honorary doctorate Jun 23, 2007
217 Sakha Republic (Russia) The Yakut State Agricultural Academy honorary professorship Jul 4, 2007
218 Russia Far Eastern State Technical University honorary professorship Jul 9, 2007
219 Philippines University of Southeastern Philippines honorary doctorate of education Sep 13, 2007
220 China Shaanxi Normal University honorary professorship Oct 6, 2007
221 Mexico University of Humanistic Integration honorary doctorate of human sciences Oct 8, 2007
222 Brazil Ingá University (UNINGÁ) honorary professorship Oct 10, 2007
223 China China Youth University for Political Sciences honorary professorship Oct 21, 2007
224 Mongolia Mongolian State University of Education honorary doctorate Oct 24, 2007
225 China Wenzhou Medical College honorary professorship Nov 30, 2007
226 China Shanghai Normal University honorary professorship Dec 17, 2007
227 Dominican Republic Autonomous University of Santo Domingo honorary doctorate Jan 19, 2008
228 Taiwan National Yunlin University of Science and Technology honorary doctorate of philosophy in management Jan 21, 2008
229 Philippines Laguna State Polytechnic University honorary doctorate of philosophy in humanities Jan 26, 2008
230 China Hunan University of Science and Technology honorary professorship Mar 1, 2008
231 Kyrgyz Republic I. Arabaev Kyrgyz State University honorary doctorate Mar 21, 2008
232 China Jiaying University honorary professorship Mar 31, 2008
233 Russia Tula Lev Tolstoy State Pedagogical University honorary professorship Apr 2, 2008
234 China Hebei University honorary professorship Apr 13, 2008
235 China Yan'an University honorary professorship May 4, 2008
236 China Eastern Liaoning University lifetime honorary professorship May 30, 2008
237 China Changchun University of Technology honorary professorship Jun 2, 2008
238 Brazil Centro Universitário de Goiás honorary doctorate Jun 17, 2008
239 Brazil Centro Universitário Ítalo Brasileiro honorary doctorate Jun 20, 2008
240 Philippines Benguet State University honorary doctorate of humanities Jul 10, 2008
241 Taiwan Chungyu Institute of Technology honorary professorship Jul 22, 2008
242 Taiwan Tainan University of Technology honorary professorship Jul 24, 2008
243 Malaysia Open University Malaysia honorary doctorate of Arts Feb 24, 2009
250 Denmark South Danish University honorary doctorate March 21, 2009

Criticism

In 1995, Daisaku Ikeda and the Soka Gakkai were negatively reported on in Time magazine[6]. In 1999, The New York Times also did a piece on the uneasy rise of the New Komeito party in Japan funded largely by Ikeda and the Soka Gakkai.[7]Daisaku Ikeda has also shown signs of narcissism and religious propaganda by raising himself to a god-like status by enforcing a Third Silent Prayer in SGI Buddhist daily practices in recognition of his personal achievements and contribution to Soka Gakkai International.

I pray that the great desire for kosen-rufu be fulfilled and that the Soka Gakkai International develop in this endeavor for countless generations to come.I offer appreciation and pray to repay my debt of gratitude for the three founding presidents-Tsunesaburo Makiguchi,Josei Toda and Daisaku Ikeda-as eternal models of selfless dedication to the propogation of the Law.[8]

Books

  • The Human Revolution (12 volumes)
  • The New Human Revolution (10 Volumes)
  • Choose Life: A Dialogue with Arnold J. Toynbee
  • Dawn After Dark with René Huyghe
  • Before It Is Too Late with Aurelio Peccei
  • Human Values in a changing world with Bryan Wilson
  • A Lifelong Quest for Peace with Linus Pauling
  • Dialogue of World Citizens with Norman Cousins
  • Choose Peace with Johan Galtung
  • Planetary Citizenship with Hazel Henderson
  • Moral Lesson of the Twentieth Century with Mikhail Gorbachev
  • A Quest for Global Peace: Rotblat and Ikeda on War, Ethics, and the Nuclear Threat with Joseph Rotblat
  • Global Civilization: A Buddhist-Islamic Dialogue With Majid Tehranian
  • Toward Creating an Age of Humanism with John Kenneth Galbraith
  • Dialogical Civilization with Tu Weiming
  • My Recollections
  • One By One
  • For the Sake of Peace
  • A Youthful Diary
  • The Living Buddha
  • Buddhism, the First Millenium
  • The Flower of Chinese Buddhism
  • The Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra (6 volumes)
  • On Peace, Life and Philosophy with Henry Kissinger
  • Revolutions: to green the environment, to grow the human heart with M.S. Swaminathan
  • Unlocking the Mysteries of Birth and Death: A Buddhist View of Life
  • Life: An Enigma, a Precious Jewel
  • Humanity at the Crossroads with Karan Singh
  • The Snow Country Prince (children's book)
  • The Cherry Tree (children's book)
  • The Princess and the Moon (children's book)
  • Over the Deep Blue Sea (children's book)
  • Kanta and the Deer (children's book)
  • The Way of Youth: Buddhist Common Sense for Handling Life's Questions (with a foreword by Duncan Sheik)
  • Planetary Citizenship with Hazel Henderson
  • Songs of Peace: Rendezvous with Nature (Photographs) (Tokyo: Soka Gakkai, 2005)
  • "A Dialogue Between East and West: Looking to a Human Revolution" with Ricardo Diez-Hochleitner

Notes

  1. ^ Shimada, Hiromi: Kōmeitō vs. Sōka Gakkai ("Conflicts between Komeitō and Sōka Gakkai"). Asahi Shinsho, Tokyo: May 2007. ISBN 978-4-02-273153-1. p. 114. (Japanese)
  2. ^ Mizoguchi, Atsushi: Ikeda Daisaku: Kenryokusha no Kōzō ("Daisaku Ikeda: The structure behind a man with power"). Kōdansha, Tokyo: September 2005. ISBN 4-06-256962-0. p. 396 (Japanese)
  3. ^ Taisekiji: Nichiren Shōshū Nyūmon ("An introduction to Nichiren Shoshu"). Fujinomiya, 2002. p. 332 (chronology) and p. 240 (Japanese)
  4. ^ Shimada, Hiromi: Kōmeitō vs. Sōka Gakkai, p. 116. (Japanese)
  5. ^ Shimada, Hiromi: Kōmeitō vs. Sōka Gakkai, p. 120–121. (Japanese)
  6. ^ 11/20/95 INT/JAPAN: THE POWER OF SOKA GAKKAI
  7. ^ A Sect's Political Rise Creates Uneasiness in Japan - New York Times
  8. ^ The Liturgy of Nichiren:Daishonin's Buddhism, p.18.

References

  • Seager, Richard: Encountering the Dharma: Daisaku Ikeda, Soka Gakkai, and the Globalization of Buddhism. University of California Press, 2006.

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"The various artworks left behind by this great woman and the children of Terezin are their legacy to the present, to all of us today. They demand that we continue in our quest for a society that truly treasures human life, transcending all differences of race, religion, politics and ideology. It remains my heartfelt hope that this exhibit may provide a moment of introspection for its viewers, a moment for us to reaffirm the importance of our rights as human beings and the value of life itself."

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