Buddhist leader, Peacebuilder, Educator, Author and Poet, Soka Gakkai International (SGI)

Third president of the Soka Gakkai and Founder of Soka Gakkai International

Founder, Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning and Dialogue 

Founder, Toda Peace Institute

Founder, Soka Schools which include universities in Japan and the USA

Founder, Tokyo Fuji Art Museum

Daisaku Ikeda, third president of the Soka Gakkai Buddhist organization in Japan and founding president of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI), is a Buddhist thinker and leader, peacebuilder, prolific writer and poet, educator, and proponent and practitioner of wide-ranging dialogue. Ikeda’s dialogue partners have included Arnold Toynbee, Mikhail Gorbachev, Nelson Mandela, Rosa Parks, Linus Pauling and other influential figures in the promotion of a culture of peace and mutual understanding, including representatives of different faiths. As third president of the Soka Gakkai and founder of the SGI, Mr. Ikeda has developed and inspired the largest, most diverse international lay Buddhist association in the world. Based on the 700-year-old tradition of Nichiren Buddhism, a form of Mahayana Buddhism based on the Lotus Sutra, the movement is characterized by its emphasis on value creation (Soka), with each individual finding value in their unique path while contributing to humanity. Mr. Ikeda has stressed that the inner motivated change of even a single individual, known as “human revolution,” can change the world. He has founded a number of cultural, educational, and peace research institutions, including the Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue, the Toda Peace Institute and Soka University of America. All of these institutions share a commitment to the Soka values of peace and humanism, but function as independent organizations. Mr. Ikeda has also authored peace proposals offering solutions to global issues based on the philosophy of Buddhism every year since 1983.

Main Publications: 

1.) Daisaku Ikeda. Choose Life: A Dialogue with Arnold J. Toynbee (Oxford University Press, London, 1976; I.B. Tauris, London · New York, 2007)

2.) Daisaku Ikeda. Moral Lessons of the Twentieth Century with Mikhail Gorbachev (I.B. Tauris, London · New York, 2005)

3.) Daisaku Ikeda. Before It Is Too Late: A Dialogue with Aurelio Peccei (Kodansha International, Tokyo & New York, 1984; I.B. Tauris, London · New York, 2009)

4.) Daisaku Ikeda. The Wisdom of Tolerance: A Philosophy of Generosity and Peace with Abdurrahman Wahid (I.B. Tauris, London · New York, 2015)

5.) Daisaku Ikeda. The Persistence of Religion: Comparative Perspectives on Modern Spirituality with Harvey G. Cox (I.B. Tauris, London · New York, 2009)

6.) Daisaku Ikeda et al. The Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra, Vols. 1–6 (World Tribune Press, Santa Monica, 2000–03)

7.) Daisaku Ikeda. A Forum for Peace: Daisaku Ikeda’s Proposals to the UN (Edited by Olivier Urbain, I.B. Tauris, London · New York, 2014)

8.) Daisaku Ikeda. Journey of Life: Selected Poems of Daisaku Ikeda (I.B. Tauris, London · New York, 2014)

Areas of Actions: 
Interreligious DialogueIntercultural DialoguePeaceful CoexistencePeace and ReconciliationPluralismYouthReligious, Confessional and Spiritual Activities
Forms of Actions: 
Educational ProgrammesCapacity Building and EmpowermentInformation DistributionNetworkingAdvocacy