Daisaku Ikeda

Japanese Spiritual Leader
President, Soka Gakkai International
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation's World Citizenship Award

birthdate: January 2
birthplace: Ota, Tokyo, Japan

Daisaku Ikeda is the president and founder of Soka Gakkai International (SGI), a lay Buddhist association with 12 million members in 192 countries and territories. SGI's aim is to promote peace, culture and education and believes that the best way to bring about change for a more peaceful, just and sustainable world is by changing ourselves and empowering individuals to engage in service for a better world. This concept is best explained in one of Daisaku Ikeda's books, The Human Revolution: "A great inner revolution in just a single individual will help achieve a change in the destiny of a nation and, further, will enable a change in the destiny of all humankind." Daisaku Ikeda has written numerous other books and has also founded many other cultural, educational and peace research institutions worldwide, including the Soka University, the International Committee of Artists for Peace and the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research. Daisaku Ikeda has received many awards and honors including being recognized by the houses of representatives of Georgia, Illinois and Missouri for dedicating "his entire life to building peace and promoting human rights through education and cultural exchange with deep conviction in the shared humanity of our entire global family."

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