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The Complete Works of Daisaku Ikeda

Tohan Co., Ltd., a distributor of books and electronic media, reported in its annual survey that Ikeda Daisaku zenshu (The Complete Works of Daisaku Ikeda--tentative translation), a comprehensive collection of the SGI president's Japanese-language writings, is Japan's best seller in the "complete works" category for 2006. The complete works series, published by the Seikyo Press and introduced in 1988, has led the category for 18 consecutive years.

Ikeda Daisaku zenshu features the author's entire body of published works in Japanese, including essays, university lectures, articles, dialogues, poetry, treatises on Buddhist philosophy, and proposals for the advancement of peace, education and environmental protection. To date, 98 of the 150 planned volumes have been released.

Among the better-known complete works are the 100-volume set of Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) published by the Indian government and the 143-volume Weimar edition of the writings of Johan Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832).

[Adapted from an article in the December 15, 2006, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]