Soka Gakkai International
Buddhism in Action for Peace
History & Philosophy
Stories and reflections on the Buddhist approach to life
The Soka Gakkai and the SGI have several affiliated organizations. These were mostly founded by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda in line with his vision of a peaceful world. Their activities are open to all, regardless of religious affiliation, and they broadly further the SGI’s mission of promoting peace, culture and education.
Founded in 1962 by Daisaku Ikeda, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy organizes seminars and conferences that examine social and scientific issues from the perspectives of Buddhism and other religions. Its Buddhist manuscript series is helping preserve ancient Lotus Sutra texts and make them more widely available to scholars.
The Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, was founded in 1993 as the Boston Research Center for the 21st Century. It runs public forums and academic seminars focused on global ethics and hosts the annual Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue which honors the founder’s commitment to dialogue as the surest path to peace.
The Toda Peace Institute (formerly the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research) was founded in 1996 by Daisaku Ikeda in honor of the ideals of second Soka Gakkai president Josei Toda, a staunch pacifist who called for the abolition of all nuclear weapons. The Institute brings peace researchers, policy makers and activists together on projects related to peace-building and dialogue among civilizations.
Building on the child-centered educational philosophy of Soka Gakkai founder Tsunesaburo Makiguchi, the Soka education system was founded by Daisaku Ikeda in order to foster global citizens who will contribute to society and help strengthen the foundations of peace. In Japan, the Soka education system runs from kindergarten to graduate study. Kindergartens have also been opened in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Brazil and Korea. Soka University of America (SUA) in Aliso Viejo, California, offers a unique liberal arts program focused on study of global issues.
The Min-On Concert Association in Tokyo was founded in 1963 by Daisaku Ikeda with the aim of deepening mutual understanding and friendship among countries by promoting global music and cultural exchange. To date, Min-On has participated in music, dance and performing arts exchanges with groups from more than 100 countries and regions. Min-On has also established a music museum and a music library, initiated music competitions to encourage young talent and provided free school concerts.
Founded in 1983 by Daisaku Ikeda, the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum houses over 30,000 items of artwork—paintings, pottery, lacquerware, calligraphy, woodblock prints, sculptures and photographs—from East and West, ancient and modern.
The Soka Institute Amazon Environmental Research Center is situated near Manaus, Brazil, in the middle reaches of the Amazon River. The center carries out research pertaining to the conservation of the global ecosystem, preserves seeds of useful tree species in the Amazon and undertakes reforestation initiatives. In cooperation with Brazil’s National Institute of Amazonian Research, the center contributes to the development and promotion of knowledge building and environmental education programs.