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This Month in Soka Gakkai History (November)

Photo by Debbie Williams.


40th Anniversary of the ‘Song of Crimson’

Nov. 14, 1981: The “Song of Crimson” was completed after more than 20 revisions by Ikeda Sensei and the young men’s division of Shikoku. This song expressed everything that Sensei wished to convey to the youth to whom he entrusted the future of kosen-rufu. (See The New Human Revolution, vol. 30, “Cheers of Victory” chapter)


Soka Gakkai Founding Day

Nov. 18, 1930: Founding Soka Gakkai President Tsunesaburo Makiguchi and his disciple Josei Toda published the first volume of The System of Value-Creating Education. This publication date later came to be known as Soka Gakkai Founding Day. (See NHR-23, “Bold Struggle” chapter; and NHR-27, “Justice” chapter)


30th Anniversary of Spiritual Independence Day

Nov. 28, 1991: Nichiren Shoshu priests, who were plotting to destroy the Soka Gakkai and create separation between the mentor and disciples of Soka, sent the Soka Gakkai a notice of excommunication. This day, when the Soka Gakkai took flight as a world religion, later came to be known as Spiritual Independence Day. (See NHR-16, “Soaring” chapter; and NHR-30, “Vow” chapter)

Adapted from the Oct. 14, 2021, issue of the Soka Gakkai’s daily newspaper, Seikyo Shimbun.

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