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Celebrating SGI President Ikeda's 90th Year

1928 marked the year Tsunesaburo Makiguchi was introduced to a practitioner of Nichiren Buddhism and that SGI President Daisaku Ikeda was born.

Photo: DANIELPRUDEK / GETTYIMAGES.


“My life is one great journey for kosen-rufu. Before me I see the hope-filled mountain range of the 21st century.”[1]see p. 21
— SGI President Ikeda

1928: An Auspicious Year

TSUNESABURO MAKIGUCHI
AND JOSEI TODA TAKE FAITH

Photo: Seikyo Pres.s

In 1928, Tsunesaburo Makiguchi, who was the principal of Shirokane Elementary School in Tokyo, was introduced to a practitioner of Nichiren Buddhism. Through this interaction, Mr. Makiguchi converted to Nichiren Buddhism. Josei Toda, Mr. Makiguchi’s disciple, joined him in practicing Nichiren Daishonin’s teachings. In 1930, they founded the Soka Kyoiku Gakkai, the forerunner of the Soka Gakkai.

DAISAKU IKEDA IS BORN

On January 2, 1928, Daisaku Ikeda was born in Tokyo, Japan, the fifth of eight children to a family of seaweed harvesters.

His family was quite poor, and his four older brothers were all drafted into the army and sent to war, where his eldest brother died.

Due to his family’s circumstances, Mr. Ikeda had neither the money nor time to go to school like others did. He worked during the day and used the money he made to attend school in the evening. Throughout his early life, he suffered from poor health and was told by his doctor that he would not live beyond the age of 30.

At 19, in 1947, he met his lifelong mentor, Josei Toda, and joined the Soka Gakkai.

Now, at 90, he continues to instill hope and courage in the hearts of SGI members in 192 countries and territories.

 

(p. 3)

Notes   [ + ]

1. see p. 21