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7,460 Installments Surpassed

SGI President Ikeda's life’s work, The New Human Revolution.

Ceaseless—SGI President Ikeda encourages members through his writings, Tokyo, April 2009. Photo: Seikyo Press.
Ceaseless—SGI President Ikeda encourages members through his writings, Tokyo, April 2009. Photo: Seikyo Press.

As a young man, Daisaku Ikeda vowed to write The Human Revolution to transmit a record of the towering life of his mentor, second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda, for future generations.

On Dec. 2, 1964, in Okinawa, he began writing the first installment of The Human Revolution, a serialized account of the Soka Gakkai’s history and conviction. “Ultimately, President Toda’s life itself was an example of a single individual’s sublime human revolution,” President Ikeda would later recall. “I was convinced that chronicling it would make it possible for multitudes of people to pursue that same path” (The Human Revolution, p. 1973).

On Nov. 24, 1992, President Ikeda completed the manuscript of the 12th and final volume of The Human Revolution, which by then totaled 1,509 installments.

NHR 1He then began work on a subsequent novel, The New Human Revolution, on Aug. 6, 1993, coinciding with the anniversary of the Hiroshima atomic bombing. What inspired him was “my thought that the extent to which kosen-rufu has unfolded since my mentor’s passing serves as genuine proof of his greatness. In addition, to transmit my mentor’s spirit for eternity, I felt that I must leave a record of the path his disciples, who inherited his legacy, have followed” (vol. 1, pp. ix–x).

Today, the combined number of installments of The Human Revolution and The New Human Revolution has surpassed 7,460.

As of this printing, the Seikyo Shimbun, the Soka Gakkai’s daily newspaper, is carrying installments of vol. 29, chapter four. President Ikeda has written that he expects the series to be composed of 30 volumes when completed.

He writes: “I have taken writing The New Human Revolution as my life’s work. In it, I am determined to continue to record, to the limits of my ability, the diamondlike, genuine path of mentor and disciple, and depict the grand portrait of glory created by the precious children of the Buddha as they have advanced with the dream of worldwide kosen-rufu, just as Nichiren Daishonin taught” (p. xi).

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