About Sokka Gakkai International Australia
Sokka Gakkai International Australia Sokka Gakkai International Australia From its origins as a movement for educational reform in pre-World War II Japan, to its current status as possibly the world?s largest socially engaged lay Buddhist association, at the core of the Soka Gakkai has always been a conviction in the unbounded potential of each individual and the right of all people to lead happy, fulfilled lives. The Soka Gakkai (literally, ?Society for the Creation of Value?) began in 1930 as a study group of reformist educators. Its founder Tsunesaburo Makiguchi (1871-1944) was an author and educator, inspired by Nichiren Buddhism and passionately dedicated to the reform of the Japanese educational system. His theory of value-creating education, which he published in book form in 1930, is centred on a belief in the unlimited potential of every individual and regards education as the lifelong pursuit of self-awareness, wisdom and development. Today?s successor, Daisaku Ikeda, had also experienced the horrors of war as a youth and was determined to dedicate his life to building peace. He was 32 when he became president of the Soka Gakkai in 1960. Under Ikeda?s leadership, the organisation continued to grow and broaden its focus. In 1975, in response to the needs of an increasingly international membership, the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) was founded. Today it is a worldwide network with 82 registered constituent organizations and members in 192 countries and territories, sharing a common vision of a better world. SGI?s Buddhist philosophy underpins a movement promoting peace, culture and education.
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