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SGI President Conveys New Year's Message

100106daisaku_ikeda.jpg SGI President Daisaku Ikeda

The year 2010 marks the 80th anniversary of the Soka Gakkai's founding (November 18, 1930) and the 35th anniversary of the SGI's establishment (January 26, 1975). In celebration of the New Year, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a message of encouragement to SGI members around the world, stating that the organization has succeeding in building "a vast network of rich diversity transcending national and ethnic boundaries and encompassing people from all walks of life." He emphasized that each person has the innate potential to make their life blossom.

Describing his own personal quest to raise awareness about global issues and promote a peaceful world, Mr. Ikeda said:

"Today, there is a new global momentum for peace, for a world free of nuclear weapons. I believe this is a sign that our planet is beginning to move in the direction of making this a century of life and peace—a goal that the SGI has long worked toward.

"There are still many challenges facing humankind, but the key to solving all our problems—whether it be building a secure and lasting peace, protecting our environment, or overcoming economic difficulties—is to cast off apathy and preconceived notions that lead us to view a situation as unsolvable or unavoidable. It is my firm belief that problems caused by human beings can be solved by human beings."

In conclusion, Mr. Ikeda emphasized the importance of working for the happiness of humanity and of fostering youth for the sake of the future. He encouraged SGI members to live with an ever-youthful spirit, taking on new challenges and achieving an expansive, confident life-state of complete fulfillment.


[Adapted from an article in the January 2010 issue of the SGI Graph, Soka Gakkai, Japan]