The President of the Soka Gakkai International is Daisaku Ikeda (1928- ). Based in Tokyo, Japan, Ikeda is a leading Buddhist philosopher, peacebuilder and educator. In the 50 years since he became the third president of Soka Gakkai, Ikeda has devoted himself to fostering a global grassroots network of empowered individuals inspired by Buddhism who are dedicated to personal transformation and peace.
A prolific writer whose works have been published in more than 40 languages, Ikeda has traveled widely to promote dialogue and creative responses to the pressing issues facing humankind. He has also founded schools, universities and institutions promoting peace, culture and international exchanges.
"Empowerment of the people, by the people and for the people--individuals taking initiative to realize their infinite potential as they contribute to society--is the basis for the SGI movement."
"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."
"For what purpose should one cultivate wisdom? May you always ask yourself this question."
President Toda said: "Those who do not value the organization are practicing self-centered faith. With such faith you cannot expect to receive the truly profound benefits of this practice." Working hard within the organization for people's happiness and welfare is itself a truly noble Buddhist practice.