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May 3, Soka Gakkai Day

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Our unflagging optimism, our vigor
in defending justice and our
harmonious unity are the essence
of our victory and fortune.
Unceasing challenge and advancement
are how we celebrate [May 3].[1]June 4, 2004, World Tribune, p. 2.

—SGI President Ikeda

Photo: Seikyo Press
Photo: Seikyo Press

In April 2010, SGI President Ikeda unveiled his calligraphic work inscribed in 1980, featuring “May 3” written down the center. In the margin, President Ikeda inscribed the following dates:

May 3, 1951:

The inauguration of second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda.

May 3, 1960:

President Ikeda’s inauguration as the third Soka Gakkai president.

May 3, 1979:

The headquarters general meeting at which President Ikeda formally stepped down as third president, following his resignation on April 24, a result of schemes and manipulation by the Nichiren Shoshu priesthood.

May 3, 1983:

Reflecting President Ikeda’s determination to open the way for the fresh development of the Soka Gakkai within the following three years.

May 3, 2001:

The first May 3 of the 21st century.

May 3, 1952:

The day President and Mrs. Ikeda were married.


Below the May 3 calligraphy down the center, an inscription reads:

This date is
the starting point of the Soka Gakkai
Inscribed on May 3, 1980
My heart serene and tranquil
With palms pressed together
Daisaku
[2]May 28, 2010, World Tribune, p. 8.

Notes   [ + ]

1. June 4, 2004, World Tribune, p. 2.
2. May 28, 2010, World Tribune, p. 8.