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April 1, 2007

Liaoning Normal University, China, Hosts Forum on Humanism

On April 1, 2007, the Daisaku Ikeda Peace and Culture Research Institute at Liaoning Normal University (LNNU), Dalian, China, hosted a forum attended by scholars and students who engage in research and study regarding the ideals and activities of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda. Among the participants were: LNNU President Qu Qingbiao, who serves as director of the Ikeda Institute; Zhang Guangxin, head of LNNU public information; and Wang Yulang, director of the research center on the history of northeastern China at Dalian University.

The participants presented the results of their research on the ideals and thoughts of Daisaku Ikeda related to topics such as the modernization of Buddhism, corporate culture, the purpose of education, global vision and oriental civilizations. This was followed by active discussions on the Toynbee-Ikeda dialogue, the acceptance of Mr. Ikeda's philosophy in China and its relevance to humanism. Vice Director Cui Xuesen also reported on collaborative efforts with Soka University's Institute for the Study of Soka (value-creating) Education that took place in January 2007.

[Adapted from an article in the April 16, 2007, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]