Dr. Daisaku Ikeda

  • 2005
  • Jamnalal Bajaj Award for Promoting Gandhian Values Outside India

Born: January 2, 1928

Graduate in Economics, Doctor of Philosophy

President of Soka Gakkai International (SGI) since 1975 and Honorary President of Soka Gakkai since 1979. For SGI members, Buddhism is a practical philosophy of individual empowerment and inner transformation that enables people to develop themselves and take responsibility for their lives. The promotion of peace, culture and education is central to SGI's activities. It is recognized by the United Nations (UN) as a NGO. It co-operates with the UN in a variety of humanitarian and public information programmes.

Is also the founder of numerous educational, cultural and peace institutions. Has published more than 100 works. Mahatma Gandhi is one of the most frequently cited world figures in his writings, speeches and guidance to the membership.

Is a member of a large number of national and international organizations. Is associated, along with other eminent personalities, with the founding of the Gandhi Institute for Reconciliation whose objectives include "to heal and revive human hearts and minds deeply wounded by violent ideologies.”

Has received numerous doctorates, awards and distinctions including the Commendation for Peace and Human Rights Contributions, Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine, University of Natal (South Africa); Tagore Peace Award (India); Simon Wiesen Thai Centre International Tolerance Award (USA); Rosa Parks Humanitarian Award (USA); United Nation Higher Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Humanitarian Award and the United Nations Peace Award.

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