In the 50 years since becoming president of the Soka Gakkai lay Buddhist association at the age of 32, Daisaku Ikeda has pursued a diverse range of activities in the pursuit of global peace. As well as building the Soka Gakkai into a grassroots movement of empowered global citizens, his efforts include personal diplomacy during the Cold War, ongoing dialogues with a broad range of individuals from around the world, numerous publications and proposals and the founding of peace-related institutions.

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