January 2, 2008, marks the 80th birthday of Dr. Daisaku Ikeda, a staunch believer in nonviolence and admirer and supporter of Gandhi and his philosophy of action. He has dedicated his entire life to building peace and promoting human rights through education and cultural exchange with deep conviction in the shared humanity of our entire global family.
Daisaku Ikeda, who actualizes the philosophy of human revolution inherited from his mentor Josei Toda, is similar to Gandhi in that his activism continues to set an example for humanity.
Dr. Ikeda is President of the Soka Gakkai International, a network of 12,000,000 people in 192 countries and territories around the world. He has worked tirelessly for more than 60 years to promote peace and understanding around and has built a foundation for the spread of Buddhism through the SGI movement. He has been recognised as a philosopher and peace builder by over 200 universities and institutions around the world and is constantly acclaimed for his work to build a sustainable peace in our lifetime.
In view of the extremely important contribution Dr. Ikeda has been making to world peace through multifarious world-wide initiatives and his special affection and respect towards India and the reverence with which he looks at Gandhi and Gandhian Values, the 80th Birthday of Dr. Ikeda be celebrated with year-long programs under the combined auspices of Ikeda Centre for Value Creation, Thiruvananthapuram and Ikeda Ramachandran Award Committee in association with the Bharat Soka Gakkai, Indian Council of Gandhian Studies, and Ikeda College for Women, Chennai.
The year-long program will commence with a day-long special program on 2 January 2008, at Gandhi Park, Thiruvananthapuram and Gandhi Bhavan, Thiruvananthapuram Details of the Program are as follows:
- Gandhi – King – Ikeda - G.R. Pictorial Exhibition at Gandhi Park, East Fort
The exhibition will be for three days (one day at Gandhi Park, the next two days at Gandhi Bhavan, Thycaud)
- Book exhibition
An exhibition of books and other publications on or by Dr. Ikeda at Gandhi Bhavan.
- Community painting on the theme World Peace
On a scroll of canvas of 30 Meters long eminent citizens, artists, community leaders, students and others will express their solidarity with the efforts of Dr. Ikeda for world peace.
- Public Meeting
A public meeting at which eminent citizens will pray for the success of Dr. Ikeda’s efforts will begin at 4 pm.
- Inter-religious prayer in honour of Dr. Ikeda
Religious leaders representing the various religions will join to pay their regards to Dr. Ikeda.
- Release of the first part of the 12 series monographs
Release of the first part of the 12 series monographs on Dr. Ikeda’s contribution to World Peace
- Music for harmony
A special music program by GR Public School
- Let us be Value Creators – Dance recital
A special dance recital by Rangaprabhat Children’s Theatre on Value Creation.
Please join us to wish Dr. Ikeda 'Happy Birthday”, good health and long life to continue his work for many more years.
Dr. Daisaku Ikeda
Buddhist philosopher, author and peace proponent, Dr. Daisaku Ikeda is President of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI), a nongovernmental organization (NGO) with more than 12 million members in 190 countries and territories. He is also founder of many institutions, including the Boston Research Center for the 21st Century, the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research and the comprehensive Soka education systems, Soka University(Tokyo) and Soka University of America, Los Angeles USA.
Born in Tokyo in 1928, Ikeda experienced firsthand the human loss, anguish and turmoil of a nation at war. In the chaos of postwar Japan, he came to embrace Buddhism through his encounter with educator and ardent pacifist Josei Toda, head of the Buddhist society Soka Gakkai, who had been imprisoned for his beliefs during World War II. These experiences shaped Ikeda’s deep commitment to peace and underlie his efforts toward the creation of a global culture of peace.
In the decades since, Ikeda has engaged many of the world’s leading thinkers in dialogue, addressed audience in over fifty countries, inspired the SGI support of United Nations activities and written extensively on a range of issues related to peace and the human condition.
A central theme in the his writings is his probing into the transformative means by which human dignity and peace can be at once accessible and extended to all humanity. His annual proposals for peace issued each year on the anniversary of the founding of the SGI-January 26, 1975-review the state of the world and contribute suggestions of practical initiatives as viable responses grounded in Buddhist philosophy.
Daisaku Ikeda firmly holds that dialogue is the key to surmounting cultural and philosophical boundaries and forging the mutual trust and understanding necessary for lasting peace.
A staunch believer in Nonviolence and admirer and supporter of Gandhi and his philosophy of action, Dr Ikeda will be 80 years old on 2nd January 2008.