Soka Gakkai Headquarters Leaders Meeting Held in Tokyo
On July 16, 2009, at Soka Gakkai's monthly leaders' meeting held at the Soka International Friendship Hall in Sendagaya, Tokyo, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda received an honorary doctorate from the Federal University of Rondônia in Brazil. University Rector José Januário de Oliveira Amaral, accompanied by Professor Célio José Borges, presided over the conferral ceremony. This was the university's first honorary degree awarded to an Asian recipient. More than a hundred SGI members from 10 countries and territories attended the meeting.
Rector Amaral stated that the university's selection committee judged Mr. Ikeda to be a worthy recipient of the university's highest honor on the basis of not only his prolific works but also his extensive activities and extraordinary contributions to the establishment of a more humane society.
In his remarks, Mr. Ikeda spoke about Cândido Rondon (1865-1958), after whom the university was named and a key figure in the building of a telegraph network through western Brazil, a feat many thought to be impossible. Rondon, a true humanist, dedicated his life to the happiness and prosperity of the people.
Mr. Ikeda talked about the three keys to Rondon's success: first, he followed the lessons of those he looked up to as his mentors; second, he stayed wisely committed to the course of unity; lastly, he tenaciously pursued the course of dialogue.
[Adapted from an article in the July 17, 2009 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]