By Olivier Urbain
Who is Daisaku Ikeda? At one point, he's the chief of a non secular movement--Soka Gakkai--which started in Japan, the place it nonetheless has its headquarters, yet which now claims 12 million adherents world wide. At one other point, he's a globetrotting determine whose formal conversations with varied writers, thinkers and diplomats--including Arnold Toynbee, Joseph Rotblat and Mikhail Gorbachev--have garnered him a global profile, in addition to educational popularity. maybe chiefly else, Daisaku Ikeda is seen as a campaigner for peace. And it truly is Ikeda's particular contribution to peacebuilding, particularly in the course of the crucial emphasis he has put on the importance of discussion, that this booklet explores: the 1st to take action in a concerted manner. Olivier Urbain indicates that whereas Soka Gakkai (the ""value society"") may well stem from the medieval rules of Nichiren Buddhism, lower than Ikeda's management it has taken those vintage wisdoms and reworked them. Now primarily classless and secularised, in addition to adaptable and delicate to fashionable demanding situations like source shortages and weather swap, this, argues the writer, is a realistic method of peace which has proved either well known and eminently transportable.
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Extra resources for Daisaku Ikeda’s Philosophy of Peace: Dialogue, Transformation and Global Civilization
Ikeda 1980, 30). ” sailed into the jaws of death’ (Ikeda 1980, 30). One can only imagine the shock millions of Japanese people must have felt when the emperor publicly announced the end of the war on 15 August 1945. Daisaku Ikeda Introduction and his Circumstances 21 Ikeda and his compatriots had sincerely believed that all the sacrifices asked by the military government were going to lead them to victory and glory. Now there was only defeat, humiliation, poverty and the utter meaningless ness of it all.
8 The conferment took place during the entrance ceremony of Soka University in Tokyo. Vladimir Tolstoy, 22 Daisaku Ikeda’s Philosophy of Peace a direct descendant of the great writer and director of the Museum-Estate of Leo Tolstoy, was also present for the occasion. I was invited to attend and was able to hear directly what Ikeda said. During his acceptance speech, he shared how he felt at the end of World War II. He mentioned the fact that his four brothers were sent to the army, that his elder brother died in Burma, that he was in poor health, that war propaganda was pervasive in schools and elsewhere, and that it was in the middle of all this confusion that he met Josei Toda for the first time.
At the same time, he was horrified by the destruction and suffering he witnessed. In the spring of 1945 the saturation air raids over Tokyo were sure signs that defeat was imminent. The Ikeda house had to be torn down to prevent the spread of fires, and they had no choice but to take refuge in the home of an aunt. It took many hours to move all their belongings using a two-wheeled cart, and for Ikeda this was very difficult work, weakened as he was by tuberculosis. Despite his desperate efforts, the move was all in vain: Then, on the night before we were to move, a direct hit burned our aunt’s house down.