Posts Tagged ‘josei toda’

Towards May 3rd, Soka Gakkai Day

April 27, 2008

SGI President Ikeda’s Essay
The Deepest of Commitments
By HO GOKU

Recalling the 1951 inauguration of Josei Toda as president of the Soka Gakkai: ‘True unity is the joint struggle of courageous individuals who share and put into action the stand-alone spirit,” writes SGI President Ikeda, under the pen name of Ho Goku. “In such unity lies the key to achieving the unprecedented undertaking of kosen-rufu.”

That day, an intrepid lion arose. On May 3, 1951, Josei Toda was inaugurated as the second Soka Gakkai president. A mighty roar for the propagation of Buddhism — for the sake of world peace and the happiness of all humanity — reverberated across the land: “I will give my life for the propagation of Buddhism! I vow to convert, through my own efforts, 750,000 households during my lifetime!”

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Towards 3.16 Kosen-rufu Day

February 19, 2008

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the upcoming March 16, Kosen-rufu Day!
The SSA Youth Division plans to commemorate March 16 by holding a three-tier programme:

1) SGI Asia Youth Exchange
– Exchange with SGI youth representatives around the region

2) 3.16 Commemorative Meeting
– Peace declaration by youth representatives from different countries
– Opening of SGI exhibition, “From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit”
– Cultural performances

3) First Youth for Peace Interfaith Symposium @ Singapore Expo
– “Humanising Religion: Creating Peace.” (This theme is adopted based on the title of President Ikeda’s 2008 Peace Proposal).
– Guest-of-Honour: Foreign Minister George Yeo
– Inter Religious Organizations’ (IRO) youth representatives
– Sharing of the efforts for peace by various religious organizations
– Promote interfaith initiative and bring about inter-religious understanding and harmony in Singapore.

(Source: SSA Times, Issue 312.)

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Let’s learn together! 🙂

Link: Articles by Daisaku Ikeda and Rika Hagiyama

 

Mr. Toda’s Birthday on 11th Febuary 1900

February 11, 2008

Excerpts from A Youthful Diary” by Ikeda Sensei – On Feb 11th (Toda Sensei’s Birthday)

1951
Visited Mr.Toda’s home at 6.00. He began 2nd stage of his lecture…. Determined all the more to advance towards kosen-rufu with my teacher…. Today was Mr.Toda’s birthday. Sadly reflected that I did not offer him my best wishes.

1954
Today is President Toda‘s fifty-fourth birthday. In the morning, I gave him a white shirt and necktie as a gift…..

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