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significance of november 18th

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Ai Kamiuchi

on 18 November 2012

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the significance! November 18th November 18th, 1930 PRESTENLY The Soka Gakkai was founded on this date by President Makiguchi. The Gakkai was originally founded as an educational group that aimed to reform the Japanese education system in order to foster unique creative potential of every child. Their endeavor was strengthened by the philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism that stressed the vast potential of every individual. Presidents Makiguchi and Toda were imprisoned as thought criminals, in July 1942, for openly criticizing the militarist authorities of that time.
With his refusal to recant his beliefs, President Makiguchi passed away in prison on November 18th of 1944. 1943-1944 After being released from prison, President Toda vowed to widely spread Makiguchi's ideals of value creation and profound teachings of Nichiren Buddhism and the Lotus Sutra.
Amidst the post war devastation in Japan, Toda began to rebuild the Soka Gakkai as an organization that is committed to eliminating war and human suffering.
Outlining the mission of the Soka Gakkai, Toda remarked, "While laying the groundwork for peace that will last hundreds or even thousands of years so as to repay our debt of gratitude to Nichiren, we must build a foundation for the happiness of all people that will endure throughout eternity." Post WWII Daisaku Ikeda, Toda's successor, was inaugurated as the third president of the Soka Gakkai in 1960, at the age of 32. Under his leadership the movement began an era of innovation and expansion of Nichiren Buddhism which led to the founding of the Soka Gakkai International in 1975. President Daisaku Ikeda Today, November 18 has come to symbolize a day when each individual strengthens their own determination and sense of responsibility to contribute to the welfare of society and world peace in the spirit of the three founding presidents of the Soka Gakkai. The members of the SGI are committed to putting into action the ideals and teachings of Nichiren Buddhism and becoming protagonists of peace within their local communities
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