By Olivier Urbain
Who is Daisaku Ikeda? At one point, he's the chief of a non secular movement--Soka Gakkai--which started in Japan, the place it nonetheless has its headquarters, yet which now claims 12 million adherents worldwide. At one other point, he's a globetrotting determine whose formal conversations with diversified writers, thinkers and diplomats--including Arnold Toynbee, Joseph Rotblat and Mikhail Gorbachev--have garnered him a global profile, in addition to educational popularity. maybe mainly else, Daisaku Ikeda is seen as a campaigner for peace. And it truly is Ikeda's particular contribution to peacebuilding, particularly during the significant emphasis he has put on the importance of debate, that this e-book explores: the 1st to take action in a concerted method. Olivier Urbain exhibits that whereas Soka Gakkai (the ""value society"") could stem from the medieval rules of Nichiren Buddhism, lower than Ikeda's management it has taken those vintage wisdoms and remodeled them. Now basically classless and secularised, in addition to adaptable and delicate to trendy demanding situations like source shortages and weather switch, this, argues the writer, is a realistic method of peace which has proved either renowned and eminently transportable.
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Totani 2008, 4). There has never been serious talk about condemning anybody for annihilating two cities with atomic weapons, showing that in military affairs, justice and history belong to the victors. 20 Daisaku Ikeda’s Philosophy of Peace From indoctrination to confusion (1940–47) Ikeda graduated from elementary school in 1940. He then took a two-year course called higher elementary school. When he was in his second year, he was still delivering newspapers, like the one in December 1941 announcing the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Toda entrusted Ikeda with the leadership of many Soka Gakkai activities from that time. Two notable achievements by Ikeda are the 1952 conversion of 201 new households in Kamata within one month, followed by the conversion of 11,111 households in Osaka in 1956. Concerning private matters, Toda was also instrumental in the marriage of Ikeda and Kaneko Shiraki in 1952. They had three sons (one of them passed away in 1984) and two grandchildren. In 1955 Toda encouraged Soka Gakkai members to run for local elections, and 53 were elected.
Ikeda had to quit school to save Toda from ruin, and Toda offered to tutor Ikeda privately instead, taking care of his education until 1957. ’ In August 1950 Toda had resigned from his position as general director of the Soka Gakkai to protect the organization. Indeed, his businesses had failed and he did not want to damage the credibility of the Soka Gakkai. Within less than a year, on 3 May 1951, with his financial affairs in order, Toda became the second President of the Soka Gakkai. He vowed to turn a small group of 3,000 Buddhists into a vast organization of 750,000 households, and Ikeda took this goal seriously.