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Education

"For what purpose should one cultivate wisdom? May you always ask yourself this question.

--Daisaku Ikeda

With pupils at the Singapore Soka Kindergarten (Nov 2000) With pupils at the Singapore Soka Kindergarten
(Nov. 2000)

Ikeda believes that the task of education is to foster people of character who will contribute to building a just and peaceful world. He is also a firm believer in the importance of empowering young people.

Ikeda has put into practice the philosophy of Soka or "value-creating" education of Soka Gakkai first president Tsunesaburo Makiguchi (1871-1944), a student-centered approach based on a belief in the limitless potential of every individual.

He has founded the Soka education system, with kindergartens in six countries, elementary to graduate level study in Japan and a liberal arts university in the USA.

He has delivered lectures on themes related to peace, Buddhism and the human condition at more than 30 universities and academies worldwide, including Harvard University, the University of Bologna, the University of Havana and Peking University.

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