Fostering Youth

SGI President Ikeda leads a life dedicated to fostering the future.

Photo by Ariel Chen.

SGI President Ikeda has devoted his life to fostering young people into capable and humanistic individuals who have the strength, wisdom and compassion to transform their communities, societies and the world into a realm of peace and harmony.

Photo: Seikyo Press.

In his travels around the world, he has focused especially on encouraging the youth and future division members to ensure that the flow of kosen-rufu powerfully progresses into the distant future. In addition, President Ikeda has founded schools and universities in Japan, the U.S., Brazil, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and Korea to foster global citizens who are committed to leading contributive lives. About fostering youth, he has said: “My sole concern is fostering capable individuals. The most important thing is the eternal transmission of the Mystic Law. I am wholeheartedly committed to the Soka Gakkai and kosen-rufu” (December 14, 2012, World Tribune, p. C).

In West Territory: San Francisco

SGI President Ikeda is greeted at the San Francisco Culture Center by future division members, March 1993.

Photo: Seikyo Press.

The youth division of Northern California has grown dynamically since President Ikeda’s visit 25 years ago.

Photo: Judy Richards Cappello.

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In West Territory: Los Angeles

Youth division members in Los Angeles gather to take a photo with President Ikeda during his historic 17-day visit in February 1990, Calabasas, California.

Photo: Seikyo Press.

The youth division of Southern California has grown into an undefeatable force, spreading the philosophy of hope and respect for the dignity of life, Santa Monica, California.

Photo: Paul Lim.

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In Central Territory: Chicago

President Ikeda encourages neighborhood youth in Chicago, October 1980. His visit came shortly after he waged a dynamic effort to spread the humanistic teachings of Buddhism throughout the world.

Photo: Seikyo Press.

Nearly four decades later, youth division members gather triumphantly in Chicago.

Photo: Bob Nardi.

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In Central Territory: Denver

President Ikeda embraces future division members in Denver, June 1996. During this visit, he made every effort possible to encourage young people in Denver to secure the future of the organization.


Photo: Seikyo Press.

Denver youth two decades later rejoice in their positive development.

Photo: Averill Sehler.

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In East Territory: New York

President Ikeda meets with future division members and expresses his deep desire for their growth and happiness, New York, June 1996.

Photo: Seikyo Press.

The members of the New York youth division have powerfully responded to President Ikeda’s hopes by developing the organization and showing actual proof in society.

Photo: Masayuki Tsujimura.

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In East Territory: Boston

During his visit to Boston to lecture a second time at Harvard University, President Ikeda spends informal time with members and their children, September 1993.

Photo: Seikyo Press.

Since his visit 25 years ago, the youth of Boston have developed tremendously.

Photo: Cherie Willoughby.
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