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This Month in Soka Gakkai History (August)

Photo by Jonathan Wilson.


Ikeda Sensei Begins and Concludes The New Human Revolution

In 1993, Ikeda Sensei began writing The New Human Revolution and completed it exactly 25 years later in 2018. This novel has been published in 13 languages in 24 countries and territories around the world. 


75th Anniversary of Sensei’s First Encounter with Josei Toda

In 1947, Daisaku Ikeda, 19, attended a district discussion meeting in Tokyo, where he encountered his mentor in life, Josei Toda. 


75th Anniversary of Sensei Joining the Soka Gakkai

In 1947, 10 days after attending his first discussion meeting, Daisaku Ikeda decided to take faith and joined the Soka Gakkai. (see The Human Revolution, “Emerging From the Earth” chapter) 

The Starting Point of the Seikyo Shimbun 

In 1950, amid setbacks in Josei Toda’s businesses, he and his disciple Daisaku Ikeda discussed creating an organizational newspaper.

Men’s Division Day

In 1976, this day became Men’s Division Day to commemorate the day Sensei joined the Soka Gakkai. 


Sensei lectures on The Record of the Orally Transmitted Teachings

This year marks the 60th anniversary of Sensei’s lectures on the The Record of the Orally Transmitted Teachings to the student division. The first lecture took place on this day in 1962. The lectures continued for approximately five years. (see The New Human Revolution, vol. 6, “Young Eagles” chapter)

Chanting Helps Me Believe in Myself

All About Sharing Buddhism