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This Month in Soka Gakkai History (June)

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SGI Ikeda Kayo-kai Day

In 2009, Ikeda Sensei and his wife, Kaneko, visited the Soka Young Women’s Center in Shinanomachi, Tokyo, for the first time and presented five eternal guidelines for the young women’s division. To commemorate this day, June 4 is celebrated as SGI Ikeda Kayo-kai Day.


Tsunesaburo Makiguchi’s Birthday

In 1871, founding Soka Gakkai President Tsunesaburo Makiguchi was born in Arahama village in present-day Kashiwazaki, Niigata Prefecture. In 1928, Mr. Makiguchi embraced Nichiren Buddhism. On Nov. 18, 1930, he published the first volume of The System of Value-Creating Education. This came to be recognized as the founding date of the Soka Gakkai (formerly known as the Soka Kyoiku Gakkai). (See The New Human Revolution, vol. 2, “Courageous Endeavor” chapter and NHR-15, “Flowering” chapter)


High School Division Established

In 1964, inaugural meetings of the high school division were held across Tokyo. Sensei attended the inaugural meeting for the Tokyo No. 2 Headquarters young men’s high school division and did gongyo together with the participants. (See NHR-9, “Young Phoenixes” chapter)


Women’s Division Established

In 1951, just after Josei Toda was inaugurated as second Soka Gakkai president, 52 representatives gathered with him, establishing the women’s division. (See The Human Revolution, “Overwhelming Joy” chapter)


Student Division Established

In 1957, in Tokyo, an inaugural meeting of the student division was held. Sensei, who was taking the lead in a struggle for human rights in Hokkaido, sent the student division members a congratulatory telegram. (See The Human Revolution, “Students” and “Yubari” chapters)

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