Born: Tokyo, January 2, 1928
Family: Married with two sons
Interests: Philosophy, music, poetry and photography
President, Soka Gakkai International* (1975-)
Honorary president, Soka Gakkai (1979-)
President, Soka Gakkai (1960-1979)
Peace and Cultural Institutions Founded:
Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research (1996)
Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue, originally Boston Research Center for the 21st Century (1993)
Victor Hugo House of Literature (1991)
Tokyo Fuji Art Museum (1983)
Min-On Concert Association (1963)
Institute of Oriental Philosophy (1962)
Educational Institutions Founded:
Korea Soka Happiness Kindergarten (2008)
Brazil Soka School (2001)
Soka University of America (2001)
Makiguchi Foundation for Education (1995)
Malaysia Soka Kindergarten (1995)
Singapore Soka Kindergarten (1993)
Hong Kong Soka Kindergarten (1992)
Soka University, Los Angeles Campus (1987)
Soka Women's College (1985)
Kansai Soka Elementary School (1982)
Tokyo Soka Elementary School (1978)
Sapporo Soka Kindergarten (1976)
Kansai Soka Junior and Senior High Schools (1973)
Soka University (1971)
Soka Junior and Senior High Schools (1968)
*Soka Gakkai International (SGI) is a global association of lay Buddhists. As an NGO in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council, it cooperates with the UN in a variety of humanitarian and public information programs. Membership includes more than ten million members in Japan and more than 1.7 million members in 191 other countries and territories worldwide. (http://www.sgi.org)
Numerous works have been translated and published in more than 40 languages. English titles include the following:
New Horizons in Eastern Humanism: Buddhism, Confucianism and the Quest for Global Peace with Tu Weiming, (I.B. Tauris, London, 2011); Into Full Flower: Making Peace Cultures Happen with Elise Boulding, Dialogue Path Press, Cambridge, MA, 2010); The Persistence of Religion: Comparative Perspectives on Modern Spirituality with Harvey G. Cox, (I. B. Tauris, London, 2009); Creating Waldens: An East-West Conversation on the American Renaissance with Ronald A. Bosco and Joel Myerson (Dialogue Path Press, Cambridge, MA, 2009); Buddhism: A Way of Values: A Dialogue on Valorisation across Time and Space with Lokesh Chandra (Eternal Ganges Press, New Delhi, 2009); Human Rights in the Twenty-first Century: A Dialogue--Austregésilo de Athayde and Daisaku Ikeda (I. B. Tauris, London, 2009); Ode to the Grand Spirit: A Dialogue--Chingiz Aitmatov and Daisaku Ikeda (I. B. Tauris, London, 2009); A Passage to Peace: Global Solutions from East and West with Nur Yalman (I. B. Tauris, London, 2009); A Dialogue between East and West: Looking to a Human Revolution with Ricardo Díez-Hochleitner (I. B. Tauris, London, 2008); A Quest for Global Peace: Rotblat and Ikeda on War, Ethics and the Nuclear Threat with Joseph Rotblat (I. B. Tauris, London, 2007); Revolutions: To Green the Environment, to Grow the Human Heart with M. S. Swaminathan (East West Books (Madras), Chennai, 2005); Moral Lessons of the Twentieth Century: Gorbachev and Ikeda on Buddhism and Communism with Mikhail Gorbachev (I. B. Tauris, London, 2005); Planetary Citizenship: Your Values, Beliefs and Actions Can Shape a Sustainable World with Hazel Henderson (Middleway Press, Santa Monica, 2004); Global Civilization: A Buddhist-Islamic Dialogue with Majid Tehranian (British Academic Press, London, 2003); On Being Human: Where Ethics, Medicine, and Spirituality Converge with René Simard and Guy Bourgeault (Les Presses de l’Université de Montréal, Montreal, 2002, Middleway Press, Santa Monica, 2003); Choose Hope with David Krieger (Middleway Press, Santa Monica, 2002); Space and Eternal Life: A Dialogue between Chandra Wickramasinghe and Daisaku Ikeda (Journeyman Press, London, 1998); Choose Peace : A Dialogue--Johan Galtung and Daisaku Ikeda (Pluto Press, London & East Haven, CT, 1995); A Lifelong Quest for Peace: A Dialogue--Linus Pauling and Daisaku Ikeda (Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Boston, 1992, I. B. Tauris, London, 2009); Search for a New Humanity: A Dialogue--Josef Derbolav and Daisaku Ikeda (Weatherhill, New York & Tokyo, 1992, I. B. Tauris, London, 2008); Dawn After Dark: A Dialogue--René Huyghe and Daisaku Ikeda (Weatherhill, New York & Tokyo, 1991, I. B. Tauris, London, 2007); Humanity at the Crossroads: An Inter-cultural Dialogue with Karan Singh (Oxford University Press, Delhi, 1988); Human Values in a Changing World: A Dialogue--Bryan Wilson and Daisaku Ikeda (Lyle Stuart, Syracuse, NJ, 1987, I. B. Tauris, London, 2008); Before It Is Too Late: A Dialogue--Aurelio Peccei and Daisaku Ikeda (Kodansha International, Tokyo & New York, 1984, I. B. Tauris, London, 2009); Choose Life: A Dialogue--Arnold J. Toynbee and Daisaku Ikeda (Oxford University Press, London, 1976, I. B. Tauris, London, 2007).
2. Philosophical Writings
The Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra, Vols. 1-6, Daisaku Ikeda et al. (World Tribune Press, Santa Monica, 2000-03): Unlocking the Mysteries of Birth & Death: ...And Everything In Between, A Buddhist View of Life (Middleway Press, Santa Monica, 2003); The Flower of Chinese Buddhism (John Weatherhill, Inc., New York & Tokyo, 1986, Middleway Press, Santa Monica, 2009); Buddhism and the Cosmos (Macdonald, London, 1985); Life: An Enigma, a Precious Jewel (Kodansha International, Tokyo & New York, 1982); Buddhism, the First Millennium (Kodansha International, Tokyo & New York, 1977, Middleway Press, Santa Monica, 2009); The Living Buddha: An Interpretive Biography (John Weatherhill, Inc., New York & Tokyo, 1976, Middleway Press, Sana Monica, 2008); Buddhism: The Living Philosophy (The East Publications, Tokyo, 1974).
3. Essays, Addresses and Poetry
Embracing the Future (The Japan Times, Tokyo, 2008); One by One (Dunhill Publishing, Sonoma, 2004); Fighting for Peace (Dunhill Publishing, Sonoma, 2004); The World Is Yours to Change (Asahi Press, Tokyo, 2002); Soka Education: A Buddhist Vision for Teachers, Students and Parents (Middleway Press, Santa Monica, 2001); The Way of Youth (Middleway Press, Santa Monica, 2000); A New Humanism: The University Addresses of Daisaku Ikeda (Weatherhill, New York & Tokyo, 1996); A Lasting Peace, 2 volumes (John Weatherhill, New York & Tokyo, 1981, 1987); Glass Children and Other Essays (Kodansha International, Tokyo & New York, 1979); Letters of Four Seasons (Kodansha International, Tokyo & New York, 1980); On the Japanese Classics (John Weatherhill, New York & Tokyo, 1979); Songs from My Heart (John Weatherhill, New York & Tokyo, 1978).
4. Novels and Children's Literature
The New Human Revolution, 22 volumes to date (World Tribune Press, Santa Monica, 1995- ); The Human Revolution, 2 volumes (World Tribune Press, Santa Monica, 2004); Kanta and the Deer (Weatherhill, New York, 1997); Over the Deep Blue Sea (Oxford University Press, London, 1992); The Cherry Tree (Oxford University Press, London, 1991); The Snow Country Prince (Oxford University Press, London, 1990).
"The Interaction of Civilizations Leads to a Flourishing Culture of Humanity" (2007, University of Palermo); "A New Humanism for the Coming Century" (1997, Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies); "Building a Great Spiritual Bridge into the New Century" (1996, University of Havana); "Makiguchi's Lifelong Pursuit of Justice and Humane Values" (1996, Simon Wiesenthal Center); "Thoughts on Education for Global Citizenship" (1996, Teachers College, Columbia University); "Peace and Human Security: A Buddhist Perspective for the Twenty-first Century" (1995, East-West Center); "Leonardo's Universal Vision and the Parliament of Humanity" (1994, University of Bologna); "Mahayana Buddhism and Twenty-first Century Civilization" (1993, Harvard University); "In Search of New Principles of Integration" (1993, Claremont McKenna College); "The Hopeful Dawn of a Humanistic Civilization" (1993, Brazilian Academy of Letters); "A New Silk Road from the Cradle of Civilization" (1992, Ankara University); "The Twenty-first Century and East Asian Civilization" (1992, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences); "Toward a World without War: Gandhism and the Modern World" (1992, Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti); "The Age of 'Soft Power' and Inner-Motivated Philosophy" (1991, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University); "Peace and Business: Toward a Universal Spirit of Fairness and Justice" (1991, University of the Philippines); "Art and Spirituality in East and West" (1989, Institut de France); "A Harmonious Fusion of the Cultures of East and West" (1981, University of Sofia); "A New Path to East-West Cultural Exchange" (1975, Moscow State University); "Toward the Twenty-first Century" (1974, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)); and others.
A Selection of Academic Honors:
Pukyong National University (Hon. Doc. International and Area Studies, 2011, Republic of Korea); University of Zambia (Hon. Doc. Laws, 2011, Zambia); University of Malaya (Hon. Doc. Humanities, 2010, Malaysia); George Mason University (Hon. Doc. Humane Letters, 2010, USA); Tsinghua University (Hon. Prof., 2010, China); Université; Laval (Hon. Doc. Education, 2010, Canada); Universitas Indonesia (Hon. Doc. Philosophy and Peace, 2009, Indonesia); Queen's University Belfast (Hon. Doc. Laws, 2009, UK); University College South (Hon. Doc., 2009, Denmark); Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (Hon. Doc., 2008, Dominican Republic); University of Palermo (Hon. Doc. Communication Sciences, 2007, Italy); Visva-Bharati University (Hon. Doc. Literature, 2006, India); Vietnam National University, Hanoi (Hon. Doc., 2005, Vietnam); University of Guadalajara (Hon. Doc., 2004, Mexico); University of Jordan (Hon. Doc. Humane Letters, 2004, Jordan); University of San Francisco Xavier de Chuquisaca (Hon. Doc., 2004, Bolivia); Chinese Culture University (Hon. Doc. Philosophy, 2003, Taiwan); Moscow State University (Hon. Prof., 2002, Russia); Royal University of Phnom Penh (Hon. Prof., 2002, Cambodia); Universiti Putra Malaysia (Hon. Doc. Letters, 2000, Malaysia); University of Sydney (Hon. Doc. Letters, 2000, Australia); University of Panama (Hon. Doc., 2000, Panama); Queens College, City University of New York (Hon. Doc. Humane Letters, 2000, USA); Nanjing University (Hon. Prof., 1999, China); University of Delhi (Hon. Doc. Letters, 1998, India); Ricardo Palma University (Hon. Doc., 1998, Peru); Kyung Hee University (Hon. Doc. Philosophy, 1998, Republic of Korea); National University of Mongolia (Hon. Doc. Humanities, 1997, Mongolia); University of Kelaniya (Hon. Doc. Letters, 1997, Sri Lanka); University of Ghana (Hon. Doc. Laws, 1996, Ghana); University of Havana (Hon. Doc. Humanities, 1996, Cuba); University of Denver (Hon. Doc. Education, 1996, USA); University of Hong Kong (Hon. Doc. Letters, 1996, Hong Kong); Tribhuvan University (Hon. Doc. Letters, 1995, Nepal); University of the North (Hon. Doc. Education, 1995, South Africa); University of Glasgow (Hon. Doc., 1994, UK); University of Bologna (Hon. Doc., 1994, Italy); Federal University of Paraná (Hon. Doc., 1993, Brazil); National University of Asunción (Hon. Doc., 1993, Paraguay); National University of Córdoba (Hon. Doc., 1993, Argentina); Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Hon. Doc., 1993, Brazil); University of Nairobi (Hon. Doc. Letters, 1992, Kenya); Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (Hon. Research Prof., 1992, China); Ankara University (Hon. Doc. Social Science, 1992, Turkey); University of the Philippines (Hon. Doc. Law, 1991, Philippines); University of Buenos Aires (Hon. Doc., 1990, Argentina); Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (Hon. Prof., Law and Political Science, 1987, Dominican Republic); Peking University (Hon. Prof., 1984, China); Fudan University (Hon. Prof., 1984, China); Sofia University (Hon. Doc. Pedagogy and Sociology, 1981, Bulgaria); National University of San Marcos (Hon. Prof., 1981, Peru); Moscow State University (Hon. Doc., 1975, USSR); and others . [Link to full list]
Honorary director, Jao Tsung-I Petite Ecole, University of Hong Kong (2011, China); honorary member, Russian Academy of Arts (RAA) (2007, Russia); advisory board member, World Centers of Compassion for Children International (WCCCI) (2004, Ireland); honorary advisor, Indian Science Congress Association (2002, India); honorary chairman of the International Appeal Board of Advisers, The Appeal Foundation (2002, Sweden); honorary life member, The Thoreau Society (2001, USA); honorary adviser, Lu Xun Museum (2000, China); honorary adviser, World Federation of United Nations Associations (1999); honorary member, Társalgó Association (1999, Hungary); Diplome D'art Photographique, Photo-Club du Val de Bièvre (1998, France); honorary senator, European Academy of Sciences and Arts (1997); honorary member, The Club of Rome (1996); foreign member, Brazilian Academy of Letters (1993); honorary founding member, Pan African Writers Association (1993); Poet Laureate, World Academy of Arts and Culture (1981); and others.
Hwa-Gwan Order of Cultural Merit (2009, Republic of Korea); Order of Friendship (2008, Russia); Order of Merit of the Italian Republic in the Grade of Grand Officer (2006, Italy); A. S. Pushkin Gold Medal (2005, Russia); Order of Francisco de Miranda, First Class (2005, Venezuela); Global Excellence Award, San Gabriel Valley Chapter, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (2002, USA); Order of Civil Merit "Libertador Simón Bolívar" in the Grade of Grand Cross (2002, Bolivia); Commendation for Peace and Human Rights Contributions, Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine, University of Natal (2002, South Africa); Equestrian Order of Saint Agatha, Knight of the Grand Cross (2001, San Marino); Education as Transformation Award, Education as Transformation Project (2001, USA); Tagore Peace Award (1997, India); Knight Grand Cross of Rizal (1996, Philippines); Simon Wiesenthal Center International Tolerance Award (1993, USA); Rosa Parks Humanitarian Award (1993, USA); Knight Grand Cross of the Most Noble Order of the Crown of Thailand (1991, Thailand); Order of May for Merit in the Grade of Grand Cross (1990, Argentina); National Order of Southern Cross in the Grade of Commander (1990, Brazil); Humanitarian Award (UNHCR) (1989); Kenya Oral Literature Award (1986, Kenya); Peace and Friendship Cup (1986, China); United Nations Peace Award (1983); and others.
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