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Back to listMar 5, 2006

Soka Gakkai Delegates Visit Renowned Chinese Scholar, Professor Jao Tsung-i

On March 3, a Soka Gakkai delegation headed by SGI Vice President Hiromasa Ikeda visited renowned Chinese scholar, Professor Jao Tsung-I, professor emeritus of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, in Hong Kong City. Known as the "Leonardo da Vinci of the Orient" and "Great Sage of Chinese Literature," Professor Jao, a world authority on the Chinese classics, has extensive knowledge of Eastern and Western literature from the classical to contemporary, as well as a broad range of disciplines. He has been awarded numerous awards and honors, including the French Stanisles Julien Award for Sinology and the Hong Kong SAR government's Grand Bauhinia Medal.

Professor Jao reminisced on his visit to the fledgling Soka University in 1973, just three years after its establishment. He marveled at the speed at which the university has developed into an internationally competitive institution of higher learning and expressed hopes for a return visit. Remarking on his 30-year exchange with Soka University founder Daisaku Ikeda, he said Mr. Ikeda's philosophical ideas spark inspiration and send forth refreshing breezes that stimulate the bourgeoning of culture and peace. On the occasion, Professor Jao received an honorary doctorate from Soka University.