"Peace is not some abstract concept. It is a question of how each one of us plants and cultivates the seeds of peace in the reality of daily living, in the depths of our being."

--Daisaku Ikeda

Activity (Peace)

For over 40 years, Ikeda has campaigned for the abolition of nuclear weapons, which threaten humanity's collective right to live. He promotes a culture of peace where differences are treasured and in which dialogue and exchange create bridges that link people's hearts.

Ikeda engaged in personal citizen diplomacy toward the normalization of Sino-Japanese relations from the 1960s onwards and created a web of cultural and educational exchange linking the two countries. He has also worked to rebuild friendships between Japan and its other Asian neighbors.

Ikeda is a steadfast supporter of the ideals and potential of the United Nations and since 1983, he has authored a peace proposal every year offering possible solutions to global issues.

He has taken the lead in SGI's grassroots activities promoting peace and disarmament, humanitarian relief, human rights and education for sustainability.

He founded the Min-On Concert Association (1963) and the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum (1983) to deepen international understanding through music and cultural exchange.

In 1993, he launched the Boston Research Center for the 21st Century, later renamed the Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue, to foster dialogue between scholars and activists on peace and education for global citizenship, and in 1996, the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research which facilitates research on human security and global governance.

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