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Accolades Serving Humanity


“When the skies are clear, the ground is illuminated. Similarly, when one knows the Lotus Sutra, one understands the meaning of all worldly affairs.”[1]“The Obejct of Devotion for Observing the Mind,” The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, p. 376. —Nichiren Daishonin

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In an effort to bolster the foundations of a lasting culture of peace, SGI President Ikeda has met with key leaders, cultural figures and scholars from every region of the world to discuss ways of resolving the common problems facing humanity.

Since 1974, he has also delivered lectures at more than 30 universities around the world, including Harvard, the Institut de France and Peking University, exploring the themes of education, cultural exchange and peace, grounded in his Buddhist perspective.

In recognition for his tireless efforts to create inroads to peace through cultural and educational exchange, President Ikeda has received honors for academic institutions, nations and cities—awards he has accepted on behalf of the 12 million SGI members in 192 countries and territories.

He writes: “I am a graduate of ‘Toda University.’ Josei Toda gave me personal instruction in a broad range of subjects. As such, every award presented to me is an honor that I automatically dedicate to my mentor. I also want you to know that every time I am given such an award, I accept it as your representative and share it with all our members working tirelessly for peace, culture and education everywhere.”[2]April 3, 2009, World Tribune, p. 5.

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Notes   [ + ]

1. “The Obejct of Devotion for Observing the Mind,” The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, p. 376.
2. April 3, 2009, World Tribune, p. 5.

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