|President of Sōka Gakkai International|
26 January 1975
|Honorary President of Sōka Gakkai|
24 April 1979
|President of Sōka Gakkai|
3 May 1960 – 23 April 1979
|Preceded by||Josei Toda|
|Succeeded by||Hiroshi Hōjō (北条浩)|
2 January 1928 |
Ōta, Tokyo, Japan
|Spouse(s)||Kaneko Ikeda (池田香峯子)|
|Children||Hiromasa Ikeda (池田博正)
Takahiro Ikeda (池田尊弘)
|Alma mater||Fuji Junior College (present-day Tokyo Fuji University)|
Daisaku Ikeda (池田 大作 Ikeda Daisaku , born January 2, 1928, Japan) is the current president and founder of Sōka Gakkai International (SGI), the international offshoot of Sōka Gakkai, a Nichiren Buddhist lay association which has, by its own account, more than 12 million members. In 1996, he was described in a Los Angeles Times article as a "puzzle of conflicting perceptions", ranging from "Japan's most powerful man" and a "threat to democracy", to an "inspired teacher" and "man of deep learning". Ikeda and Soka Gakkai have been the frequent targets of criticism for fostering a cult of personality centered around Ikeda.
Life and establishment of SGI
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Ikeda was born the fifth son of struggling seaweed farmers in Ōta, Tokyo. His four older brothers fought in World War II, during which the eldest, Kiichi Ikeda (1916–1945), was killed in action and his familyʼs home destroyed. As a child, he suffered from poor health and tuberculosis and doctors predicted that he would not survive beyond the age of 30.
In August 1947, he met Jōsei Toda at a Sōka Gakkai discussion meeting and joined the organization that month. In April 1948, Ikeda entered the night school of Taisei Gakuin (later Tokyo Fuji University); he left it in the same year and spent the next few years shifting his employment between various Toda-owned enterprises.
Ikeda regarded Toda as his spiritual mentor and writes that he influenced him through "the profound compassion that characterized each of his interactions". After Toda's death in 1958, Ikeda succeeded his mentor to become the third President of Sōka Gakkai in 1960, after which he began to travel abroad to realize Toda's vision of expanding the Sōka Gakkai movement.
While Soka Gakkai saw its most dramatic growth after the World War II under the leadership of Toda, Ikeda led the international growth of the organization and turned it into what has been called be the largest, most diverse international lay Buddhist association in the world. He reformed many of the organizations more controversial practices, such as the aggressive and sometimes forced shakubuku (折伏) conversions the group was infamous for in Japan and did much to improve the organization's public image, though it is still widely viewed with suspicion in Japan.
By the 1970s Ikeda's leadership had expanded the Soka Gakkai into an international lay Buddhist movement increasingly active in peace, cultural and educational activities and shifting away from "a very rigid fundamentalistic and evangelical stance." In 1975, at an international meeting of member representatives held in Guam, Sōka Gakkai formed Sōka Gakkai International (SGI) to support its overseas membership. Ikeda took a leading role in this development and, at the request of the membership, became President of SGI.
In 1979, Ikeda resigned as the president of Sōka Gakkai, accepting responsibility for its purported deviation from Nichiren Shōshū doctrines, and the accompanying conflict with the priesthood,. Nichiren Shōshū was the Buddhist denomination to whom which Sōka Gakkai had belonged since its founding, but the relationship between the two was often a strained one. Ikeda was succeeded by Hiroshi Hōjō, but remained president of the SGI and was also made Sōka Gakkai Honorary President. He, along with Sōka Gakkai, was excommunicated by Nichiren Shōshū on August 11, 1992. SGI members often describe their group as Buddhism's first Protestant movement, since its excommunication by Nichiren Shōshū in 1991.
Under Ikeda's leadership SGI has developed as a broad-based grassroots peace movement around the world. He has fostered among SGI members a strong ethos of responsibility for the society with global citizenship spirit.
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Ikeda is a prolific writer, peace activist and interpreter of Nichiren Buddhism. His interests include photography, art, philosophy, and music. He has signed the Earth Charter. He has traveled to more than 50 countries to hold discussions with political, cultural, and educational figures, as well as to teach, support, and encourage SGI practitioners.
Topics he has addressed include the transformative value of religion, the universal sanctity of life, social responsibility, and sustainable progress and development.
As head of SGI, Ikeda has founded several institutions, such as the Sōka University, Sōka schools, the International Committee of Artists for Peace,[n 1] the Min-On Concert Association,[n 2] the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum (TFAM),[n 3] the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP),[n 4] and the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research.[n 5]
In addition, he has guided Sōka Gakkai's support of, and involvement in, the New Komeito Party (Kōmeitō), a Japanese political party which, as of 2007, is part of a coalition with the Liberal Democratic Party. Ikeda has also initiated a wide range of grassroots exchange programs, and delivered speeches at a number of institutions of higher learning around the world, including Harvard University, the Institut de France, Beijing University, and Moscow State University. The Gandhi, King, Ikeda exhibition showcases the peace activism of Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr, and Ikeda. Another exhibition is Dialogue with Nature showcasing Ikeda's photographs. He has also sponsored a documentary film about the environment, A Quiet Revolution.
Honorary doctorates and professorships
Ikeda received his 300th degree from the University of Massachusetts Boston on November 21, 2010. He has said that "The academic honors I have accepted have all been on behalf of the members of SGI around the world." His pursuit to promote peace through humanism over the past 60 years has been recognised worldwide, for which he has received over 340 academic honours.
As a Buddhist leader, philosopher, educator and poet, Mr. Ikeda founded several institutions whose mission is to promote his underlying conviction that all individuals possess the ability to create limitless value in harmony with others. Notable among these are the Soka schools, which are based on the philosophy of value-creating education. As an educational system from kindergarten through post-graduate university level, these schools are a concrete expression of his belief that education is one of humanity’s most important, long-term undertakings.
Soka University was founded in 1971. It has exchange agreements with more than 50 institutions of higher learning worldwide. The Soka University of America graduate school was established in Calabasas, California in September of 1994 and offers a Master of Arts degree in Second and Foreign Language Education. Soka University of America, a four-year, Liberal Arts College in Aliso Viejo, California graduated its first class of 100 students in the spring of 2005 with Bachelor of Arts degrees. Thirty-two of these students have already moved on to pursue graduate degrees in universities around the world. As a means of nurturing mutual understanding in our diverse world, Mr. Ikeda has worked actively to promote intercultural exchange.
— Southern Illinois University, The President, on the recommendation of the Honorary Degree and Distinguished Service Award Committee and the Chancellor of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, presents to the Board of Trustees a resolution recommending that Daisaku Ikeda be awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters at the May 2006 commencement of the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts, Southern Illinois University Carbondale., SIUC
|Number||Country||Institution||Title conferred||Place and date|
|1||U.S.S.R.||Moscow State University||honorary doctorate||May 1975|
|2||Peru||National University of San Marcos||hon. professorship||April 1981|
|3||Bulgaria||Sofia University||honorary doctorate||May 1981|
|4||China||Peking University||honorary professorship||June 1984|
|5||China||Fudan University||honorary professorship||June 1984|
|6||Dominican Republic||Autonomous University of Santo Domingo||honorary professorship||February 1987|
|7||Argentina||University of Buenos Aires||honorary doctorate||March 1990|
|8||Mexico||University of Guanajuato||honorary doctorate (Maestro Emérito)||March 1990|
|9||China||Wuhan University||honorary professorship||November 1990|
|10||Macau||University of Macau||honorary professorship||January 1991|
|11||Philippines||University of the Philippines||honorary doctorate of law||April 1991|
|12||Argentina||University of Palermo||honorary doctorate||May 1991|
|13||Hong Kong||Chinese University of Hong Kong||distinguished visiting professor[dubious ]||January 1992|
|14||Turkey||Ankara University||honorary doctorate of social science||June 1992|
|15||China||Chinese Academy of Social Sciences||honorary research professor||October 1992|
|16||Kenya||University of Nairobi||honorary doctorate of letters||December 1992|
|17||Brazil||Federal University of Rio de Janeiro||honorary doctorate||February 1993|
|18||Argentina||National University of Lomas de Zamora||honorary doctorate||February 1993|
|19||Argentina||National University of Lomas de Zamora||honorary professorship, faculty of law||February 1993|
|20||Argentina||National University of Córdoba||honorary professorship||February 1993|
|21||Paraguay||National University of Asunción||honorary doctorate of philosophy||February 1993|
|22||Brazil||University of São Paulo||honorary visiting professor[dubious ]||February 1993|
|23||Brazil||Federal University of Paraná||honorary doctorate||March 1993|
|24||Bolivia||Del Valle University||honorary doctorate||March 1993|
|25||China||Shenzhen University||honorary professorship||November 1993|
|26||China||Xinjian Uygur Autonomous Region Museum||honorary professorship||January 1994|
|27||Russia||International University in Moscow||honorary doctorate||May 1994|
|28||Italy||University of Bologna||honorary doctorate||June 1994|
|29||United Kingdom||University of Glasgow||honorary doctorate||June 1994|
|30||China||Xinjiang University||honorary professorship||August 1994|
|31||China||Xiamen University||honorary professorship||November 1994|
|32||South Africa||University of the North||honorary doctorate of education||September 1995|
|33||Nepal||Tribhuvan University||honorary doctorate of letters||November 1995|
|34||Macau||University of Macau||honorary doctorate of social sciences||November 1995|
|35||Hong Kong||University of Hong Kong||honorary doctorate of letters||March 1996|
|36||China||Xinjiang University||honorary president||April 1996|
|37||United States||University of Denver||honorary doctorate of education||June 1996|
|38||Cuba||University of Havana||honorary doctorate of letters||June 1996|
|39||Ghana||University of Ghana||honorary doctorate of law||August 1996|
|40||Russia||Far Eastern State University||honorary doctorate of international education||November 1996|
|41||China||Zhongshan (Sun Yat-Sen) University||honorary professorship||November 1996|
|42||China||Jilin University||honorary professorship||February 1997|
|43||Philippines||De La Salle University||honorary doctorate of humane letters (international education)||March 1997|
|44||Sri Lanka||University of Kelaniya||honorary doctorate of letters||May 1997|
|45||China||Shanghai University||honorary professorship||May 1997|
|46||China||Inner Mongolia University||honorary professorship||October 1997|
|47||Mongolia||National University of Mongolia||honorary doctorate of humanities||November 1997|
|48||Philippines||University of the City of Manila||honorary doctorate of humanities||February 1998|
|49||Argentina||Universidad de Morón||honorary doctorate||March 1998|
|50||Russia||Institute for High Energy Physics||honorary doctorate||April 1998|
|51||Brazil||Rio de Janeiro State University||honorary doctorate||April 1998|
|52||Republic of Korea||Kyung Hee University||honorary doctorate of philosophy||May 1998|
|53||Republic of Korea||Chung Cheong College||honorary professorship||July 1998|
|54||Peru||Ricardo Palma University||honorary doctorate||July 1998|
|55||Peru||Association of Doctors of Education||honorary doctorate||July 1998|
|56||China||Yanbian University||honorary professorship||November 1998|
|57||China||Nankai University||honorary professorship||November 1998|
|58||Brazil||Northern Paraná University||honorary doctorate||November 1998|
|59||India||University of Delhi||honorary doctorate of letters||December 1998|
|60||Argentina||University of Flores||honorary doctorate||January 1999|
|61||China||Sichuan University||honorary professorship||April 1999|
|62||Peru||Federico Villarreal National University||honorary doctorate||April 1999|
|63||Republic of Korea||Cheju National University||honorary doctorate of Korean language and literature||May 1999|
|64||Bolivia||University of Santa Cruz de la Sierra||honorary doctorate||June 1999|
|65||China||Northeastern University||honorary professorship||July 1999|
|66||Kyrgyzstan||Institute of Oriental Languages and Cultures, Kyrgyz State Pedagogical University||honorary professorship||August 1999|
|67||Peru||National University of Central Peru||honorary doctorate||September 1999|
|68||China||Hunan Normal University||honorary professorship||September 1999|
|69||Argentina||National University of Lomas de Zamora||honorary professorship, faculty of social sciences||October 1999|
|70||Argentina||National University of Comahue||honorary doctorate||October 1999|
|71||China||Nanjing University||honorary professorship||December 1999|
|72||Russia||St. Petersburg State University||honorary doctorate||January 2000|
|73||United States||University of Delaware||honorary doctorate of humane letters||Tokyo, 16 January 2000|
|74||United States||Queens College, City University of New York||honorary doctorate of humane letters||January 2000|
|75||Guam (United States)||University of Guam||honorary doctorate of humane letters||January 2000|
|76||Philippines||Angeles University Foundation||honorary doctorate of humanities||February 2000|
|77||China||Central University for Nationalities||honorary professorship||February 2000|
|78||China||Guangdong University of Foreign Studies||honorary professorship||February 2000|
|79||Argentina||National University of Nordeste||honorary doctorate||February 2000|
|80||China||Northeast Normal University||honorary doctorate||March 2000|
|81||Sakha Republic (Russia)||Yakutsk State University||honorary professorship||March 2000|
|82||El Salvador||Latin American Technical University||honorary doctorate||April 2000|
|83||China||Inner Mongolia Art Academy||preeminent honorary professor||April 2000|
|84||India||Sri Sitaramdas Omkarnath Institute of Sanskrit Learning||honorary doctorate (Mahamahopadhyaya)||April 2000|
|85||Mongolia||Mongolian Institute of Literature and Social Work||honorary rector||May 2000|
|86||China||Beijing Administrative College||honorary professorship||May 2000|
|87||China||Yunnan University||honorary professorship||June 2000|
|88||China||South China Normal University||honorary professorship||August 2000|
|89||India||Bundelkhand University||honorary doctorate of letters||August 2000|
|90||Venezuela||University of Zulia||honorary doctorate||September 2000|
|91||Panama||University of Panama||honorary doctorate||September 2000|
|92||India||Bundelkhand University||honorary lifetime professor in the Ambedhar School of Social Sciences||October 2000|
|93||Thailand||Siam University||honorary doctorate of public administration||November 2000|
|94||Tonga||Tonga Institute of Education and Tong Tonga Institute of Schinece and Technology||honorary professorship of education||November 2000|
|95||Australia||University of Sydney||honorary doctorate of letters||24 November 2000|
|96||Malaysia||Putra University, Malaysia||honorary doctorate of letters||November 2000|
|97||Hong Kong||Chinese University of Hong Kong||honorary doctorate of social science||7 December 2000|
|98||Mongolia||Mongolian University of Arts and Culture||honorary doctorate||December 2000|
|99||India||Purvanchal University||honorary doctorate of letters||January 2001|
|100||China||Guangdong Province Academy of Social Sciences||honorary professorship||February 2001|
|101||China||Northwest University||honorary professorship||April 2001|
|102||China||Anhui University||honorary professorship||April 2001|
|103||Puerto Rico||Carlos Albizu University||honorary doctorate of humane letters in behavioral sciences||May 2001|
|104||Mongolia||Kharakhorum University||honorary doctorate||May 2001|
|105||China||Fujian Normal University||honorary professorship||June 2001|
|106||China||Huaqiao University||honorary professorship||June 2001|
|107||China||Jinan University||honorary professorship||July 2001|
|108||Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (United States)||Northern Marianas College||honorary professorship||July 2001|
|109||China||Soochow University||honorary professorship||October 2001|
|110||China||Liaoning Normal University||honorary professorship||October 2001|
|111||Philippines||University of Southern Philippines Foundation||honorary doctorate of humanities||October 2001|
|112||China||Guangzhou University||honorary professorship||November 2001|
|113||Republic of Korea||Kyongju University||honorary professorship||December 2001|
|114||Republic of Korea||Changwon National University||honorary doctorate of education||December 2001|
|115||Kazakhstan||International Kazakh-Turkish University||honorary professorship||December 2001|
|116||Dominican Republic||Santiago Technical University||honorary doctorate||February 2002|
|117||Uzbekistan||National Institute of Arts and Design (Uzbekistan)||honorary professorship||February 2002|
|118||China||Liaoning Academy of Social Sciences||senior research professor||March 2002|
|119||Philippines||Gregorio Araneta University Foundation||honorary doctorate of humanities||March 2002|
|120||Cambodia||Royal University of Phnom Penh||honorary professorship||March 2002|
|121||China||Liaoning University||honorary professorship||April 2002|
|122||United States||Morehouse College||honorary doctorate of humane letters||April 2002|
|123||China||Qingdao University||honorary professorship||April 2002|
|124||India||Chhatrapati Shahu Ji Maharaj University||honorary doctorate of letters||April 2002|
|125||Kenya||Kenyatta University||honorary doctorate of humane letters||May 2002|
|126||China||Heilongjiang Academy of Social Sciences||honorary professorship||May 2002|
|127||Russia||Moscow State University||honorary professorship||June 2002|
|128||China||Nanjing Normal University||honorary professorship||June 2002|
|129||Republic of Korea||Sorabol College||honorary professorship||June 2002|
|130||India||Himachal Pradesh University||honorary doctorate of literature||August 2002|
|131||China||Renmin University of China||honorary professorship||September 2002|
|132||China||University of Science and Technology of China||honorary professorship||October 2002|
|133||China||Zhejiang University||honorary professorship||November 2002|
|134||Mongolia||Shihihutung Law School||honorary doctorate||November 2002|
|135||Ukraine||Kiev National University of Trade and Economics||honorary doctorate||November 2002|
|136||Republic of Korea||Dong-A University||honorary doctorate of philosophy||December 2002|
|137||China||Shanghai International Studies University||honorary professorship||December 2002|
|138||China||Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences||honorary professorship||December 2002|
|139||India||Bharathidasan University||honorary doctorate of literature||January 2003|
|140||Peru||National University of Piura||honorary doctorate||February 2003|
|141||Taiwan||Chinese Culture University||honorary doctorate of philosophy||March 2003|
|142||China||Dalian University of Foreign Languages||honorary professorship||April 2003|
|143||Paraguay||Columbia University of Paraguay||honorary doctorate of sociology||April 2003|
|144||Peru||Jorge Basadre Grohmann National University||honorary doctorate||September 2003|
|145||China||Northwest Normal University||honorary professorship||October 2003|
|146||Republic of Korea||Gwangju Women's University||honorary professorship||October 2003|
|147||China||Shanghai Jiao Tong University||honorary professorship||October 2003|
|148||United States||Chapman University||honorary doctorate of humane letters||December 2003|
|149||China||Zhaoqing University||honorary professorship||December 2003|
|150||Sakha Republic (Russia)||Arctic State Institute of Culture and Arts||honorary professorship||January 2004|
|151||India||Rabindra Bharati University||honorary doctorate of literature||February 2004|
|152||United States||Mineral Area College||honorary professorship of humanities||February 2004|
|153||China||National Prosecuters College||honorary professorship||March 2004|
|154||Taiwan||National Pingtung University||honorary doctorate of agricultural sciences||March 2004|
|155||Republic of Buryatia (Russia)||Buryat State University||honorary professorship||April 2004|
|156||Brazil||Londrina State University||honorary doctorate||April 2004|
|157||Bolivia||University of San Francisco Xavier of Chuquisaca||honorary doctorate||May 2004|
|158||China||China University of Petroleum||honorary professorship||May 2004|
|159||Philippines||Capitol University||honorary doctorate of humanities||June 2004|
|160||China||Sanda University||honorary professorship||June 2004|
|161||Jordan||University of Jordan||honorary doctorate of humane letters||July 2004|
|162||Mexico||University of Guadalajara||honorary doctorate||September 2004|
|163||China||Fujian Academy of Social Sciences||honorary professorship||September 2004|
|164||China||Changchun University||honorary professorship||October 2004|
|165||China||Qufu Normal University||honorary professorship||October 2004|
|166||Kyrgyzstan||Osh State University||honorary professorship||November 2004|
|167||Republic of Korea||Paekche Institute of the Arts||honorary professorship||November 2004|
|168||Mongolia||Otgontenger University||honorary doctorate||December 2004|
|169||Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (United States)||Northern Marianas College||honorary president||January 2005|
|170||Peru||Enrique Guzman y Valle National University of Education||honorary doctorate||January 2005|
|171||Belarus||Minsk State Linguistic University||honorary professorship||February 2005|
|172||Philippines||Batangas State University||honorary doctorate of pedagogy||March 2005|
|173||China||Shanghai University of Finance and Economics||honorary professorship||April 2005|
|174||Paraguay||National University of Itapua||honorary doctorate||April 2005|
|175||China||Beijing Language and Culture University||honorary professorship||May 2005|
|176||Brazil||Cornélio Procópio College of Philosophy, Science, and Letters||honorary doctorate||May 2005|
|177||China||Huazhong Normal University||honorary professorship||June 2005|
|178||China||Guangxi Normal University||honorary professorship||July 2005|
|179||Mongolia||Mongolian Academy of Sciences Institute of Philosophy, Sociology and Law||honorary professorship, philosophy||September 2005|
|180||Vietnam||Vietnam National University, Hanoi||honorary doctorate||September 2005|
|181||China||East China University of Science and Technology||honorary professorship||October 2005|
|182||Serbia and Montenegro||Braca Karic University||honorary doctorate||October 2005|
|183||Russia||Academy of Security, Defense, and Law Enforcement||honorary professorship||December 2005|
|184||India||Symbiosis International Educational Centre (Deemed University)||honorary doctorate of literature||December 2005|
|185||Russia||Ural State University||honorary doctorate||January 2006|
|186||Laos||National University of Laos||honorary professorship of humanities||February 2006|
|187||Philippines||Pampanga Agricultural College||honorary doctorate of humanities||March 2006|
|188||China||Hunan University||honorary professorship||April 2006|
|189||Ukraine||National Technical University of Ukraine "KPI"||honorary doctorate||April 2006|
|190||China||East China Normal University||honorary professorship||May 2006|
|191||China||Nanjing Arts Institute||honorary professorship||May 2006|
|192||India||Visva-Bharati||honorary doctorate of literature||May 2006|
|193||China||China Southwest University of Political Science and Law||honorary professorship||June 2006|
|194||United States||Southern Illinois University Carbondale||honorary doctorate of humane letters||June 2006|
|195||United States||Los Angeles Southwest College||honorary professorship||June 2006|
|196||China||Shaoguan University||honorary professorship||June 2006|
|197||Republic of Korea||Dong Shin University||honorary doctorate of public administration||June 2006|
|198||Thailand||Maejo University||honorary doctorate of administration||July 2006|
|199||Brazil||Catholic College of Economic Science of Bahia||honorary doctorate||September 2006|
|200||China||Beijing Normal University||honorary professorship||October 2006|
|201||Philippines||University of Rizal System||honorary doctorate of humanities||Nov 24, 2006|
|202||China||Dalian University of Technology||honorary professorship||Dec 8, 2006|
|203||Republic of Korea||Dongju College||honorary professorship||Feb 6, 2007|
|204||China||Guizhou University||honorary professorship||Feb 26, 2007|
|205||Russia||Baikal National University of Economics and Law||honorary professorship||Mar 13, 2007|
|206||Venezuela||Rafael Belloso Chacin University||honorary doctorate||Mar 20, 2007|
|207||Venezuela||Santa María University||honorary doctorate of law||Mar 20, 2007|
|208||Italy||University of Palermo||honorary doctorate of communication sciences||Mar 23, 2007|
|209||Brazil||Brazilian Academy of Philosophy||honorary doctorate||Apr 2, 2007|
|210||United States||University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee||honorary doctorate of humane letters||Apr 17, 2007|
|211||China||Harbin Engineering University||honorary professorship||Apr 18, 2007|
|212||Brazil||Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul||honorary doctorate||Apr 29, 2007|
|213||China||Tianjin Academy of Social Sciences||honorary professorship||May 5, 2007|
|214||Taiwan||Southern Taiwan University of Technology||honorary doctorate of engineering||May 28, 2007|
|215||Russia||Russian State University for the Humanities||honorary doctorate||May 31, 2007|
|216||Peru||National University of El Santa||honorary doctorate||Jun 23, 2007|
|217||Sakha Republic (Russia)||The Yakut State Agricultural Academy||honorary professorship||Jul 4, 2007|
|218||Russia||Far Eastern State Technical University||honorary professorship||Jul 9, 2007|
|219||Philippines||University of Southeastern Philippines||honorary doctorate of education||Sep 13, 2007|
|220||China||Shaanxi Normal University||honorary professorship||Oct 6, 2007|
|221||Mexico||University of Humanistic Integration||honorary doctorate of human sciences||Oct 8, 2007|
|222||Brazil||Ingá University (UNINGÁ)||honorary professorship||Oct 10, 2007|
|223||China||China Youth University for Political Sciences||honorary professorship||Oct 21, 2007|
|224||Mongolia||Mongolian State University of Education||honorary doctorate||Oct 24, 2007|
|225||China||Wenzhou Medical College||honorary professorship||Nov 30, 2007|
|226||China||Shanghai Normal University||honorary professorship||Dec 17, 2007|
|227||Dominican Republic||Autonomous University of Santo Domingo||honorary doctorate||Jan 19, 2008|
|228||Taiwan||National Yunlin University of Science and Technology||honorary doctorate of philosophy in management||Jan 21, 2008|
|229||Philippines||Laguna State Polytechnic University||honorary doctorate of philosophy in humanities||Jan 26, 2008|
|230||China||Hunan University of Science and Technology||honorary professorship||Mar 1, 2008|
|231||Kyrgyz Republic||I. Arabaev Kyrgyz State University||honorary doctorate||Mar 21, 2008|
|232||China||Jiaying University||honorary professorship||Mar 31, 2008|
|233||Russia||Tula Lev Tolstoy State Pedagogical University||honorary professorship||Apr 2, 2008|
|234||China||Hebei University||honorary professorship||Apr 13, 2008|
|235||China||Yan'a University||honorary professorship||May 4, 2008|
|236||China||Eastern Liaoning University||lifetime honorary professorship||May 30, 2008|
|237||China||Changchun University of Technology||honorary professorship||Jun 2, 2008|
|238||Brazil||Centro Universitário de Goiás||honorary doctorate||Jun 17, 2008|
|239||Brazil||Centro Universitário Ítalo Brasileiro||honorary doctorate||Jun 20, 2008|
|240||Philippines||Benguet State University||honorary doctorate of humanities||Jul 10, 2008|
|241||Taiwan||Chungyu Institute of Technology||honorary professorship||Jul 22, 2008|
|242||Taiwan||Tainan University of Technology||honorary professorship||Jul 24, 2008|
|243||Malaysia||Open University Malaysia||honorary doctorate of Arts||Feb 24, 2009|
|250||Denmark||University of Southern Denmark||honorary doctorate||March 21, 2009|
|251||Republic of Korea||Korea Maritime University||University Professor||Apr 2, 2009|
|252||Armenia||Yerevan State Academy of Fine Arts and Artists||honorary doctorate||Japan, April 2, 2010|
|253||Canada||Université Laval||honorary doctorate of education||May 4, 2010|
|254||Malaysia||University of Malaya||honorary doctorate of humanities||August 2, 2010|
|Malaysia||Open University Malaysia||honorary doctor of arts (humanities)||Soka International Friendship Hall, 2010|
|255||Chile||Universidad Pedro de Valdivia||honorary doctorate||Soka University, August 30, 2010|
|263||Indonesia||Universitas Indonesia||Honorary Doctorate in Philosophy and Peace||Soka University, October 10, 2009|
|300||United States||University of Massachusetts Boston||honorary degree||Shinjuku, Tokyo, November 18, 2010|
|301||Philippines||University of Southern Mindanao||honorary doctorate of humanities||October 9, 2010|
|317||U.K.||University of Buckingham||Honorary Doctorate of Literature||Oct 25, 2011|
|318||China||Jimei University||Honorary Professor||Nov 9, 2011|
|319||Ethiopia||Microlink Information Technology College||Honorary Professor emeritus||Aug 4, 2012|
- United Nations Peace Award
- Rosa Parks Humanitarian Award
- National Order of the Southern Cross of the Republic of Brazil
- United States Congressional Award
- Honorary Cross of Science and the Arts from the Austrian Ministry of Education
- Medal of the Grand Officer of Arts and Letters from the French Ministry of Culture
- Grand Officer award from the President of the Italian Republic 
- Order of Friendship from Russia.
- Kenya Oral Literature Award (1986)
- International Tolerance Award of the Simon Wiesenthal Center (1993, U.S.A.)
- Commendation for Peace and Human Rights Contributions, Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine
- Tagore Peace Award (1997, India)
- Albert Einstein Peace Award
- Global Excellence Award, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (2002, U.S.A.)
- Goethe Medal (Weimar Goethe Institute) (Dec 2009)
- Jamnalal Bajaj Award (2005) for "promoting Gandhian values outside India".
- Peace and Friendship Cup (China)
- Knight Grand Cross of the Most Noble Order of the Crown (Thailand)
- Order of Merit "Grand Officer" (Italy)
- Hwa-Gwan Order of Cultural Merit (South Korea)
- World Poet Laureateship, the World Poetry Society 
Ikeda lives in Tokyo with his wife, Kaneko Ikeda (born 1932), whom he married on May 3, 1952. He has three sons, Hiromasa Ikeda (born 1953; Vice-president of Sōka Gakkai), Shirohisa Ikeda (1955–1984), and Takahiro Ikeda (born 1958).
- Compassionate Light in Asia with Jin Yong
- The Human Revolution (12 volumes):Human Revolution in SGI
- The New Human Revolution (30+ Volumes, this is an ongoing series)
- Choose Life: A Dialogue with Arnold J. Toynbee
- Dawn After Dark with René Huyghe
- Before It Is Too Late with Aurelio Peccei
- Human Values in a changing world with Bryan Wilson
- A Lifelong Quest for Peace with Linus Pauling
- Dialogue of World Citizens with Norman Cousins
- Choose Peace with Johan Galtung
- Planetary Citizenship with Hazel Henderson
- Moral Lesson of the Twentieth Century with Mikhail Gorbachev
- A Quest for Global Peace: Rotblat and Ikeda on War, Ethics, and the Nuclear Threat with Joseph Rotblat
- Global Civilization: A Buddhist-Islamic Dialogue With Majid Tehranian
- Toward Creating an Age of Humanism with John Kenneth Galbraith
- Dialogical Civilization with Tu Weiming
- My Recollections
- One By One
- For the Sake of Peace
- A Youthful Diary
- The Living Buddha
- Buddhism, the First Millennium
- The Flower of Chinese Buddhism
- The Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra (6 volumes)
- On Peace, Life and Philosophy with Henry Kissinger
- Human Rights on the 21st Century with Austregesilo de Athayde
- Revolutions: to green the environment, to grow the human heart with M.S. Swaminathan
- Unlocking the Mysteries of Birth and Death: A Buddhist View of Life
- Life: An Enigma, a Precious Jewel
- Humanity at the Crossroads with Karan Singh
- The Snow Country Prince (children's book)
- The Cherry Tree (children's book)
- The Princess and the Moon (children's book)
- Over the Deep Blue Sea (children's book)
- Kanta and the Deer (children's book)
- The Way of Youth: Buddhist Common Sense for Handling Life's Questions (with a foreword by Duncan Sheik)
- Planetary Citizenship with Hazel Henderson
- Songs of Peace: Rendezvous with Nature (Photographs) (Tokyo: Sōka Gakkai, 2005)
- "A Dialogue Between East and West: Looking to a Human Revolution" with Ricardo Diez-Hochleitner
- Ode to the Grand Spirit — A dialogue — with Chingiz Aitmatov
- 'La fuerza de la Esperanza; Reflexiones sobre la paz y los derechos humanos en el tercer milenio' (dialogue between Argentine Nobel Peace laureate Dr. Adolfo Pérez Esquivel and Daisaku Ikeda) (Buenos Aires, Emecé, 2011)
Lawrence Carter, an ordained Baptist minister and the dean of the Martin Luther King Jr. Chapel at Morehouse College in Atlanta, has worked with the SGI-USA and Daisaku Ikeda for many years. Morehouse gave an honorary doctorate to Ikeda, and Carter also initiated the annual "Gandhi, King, Ikeda: A Legacy of Building Peace" award as a way of extolling those whose actions for peace have cut across human boundaries. When a Shūkan Shinchō article criticized these aspects of the award, Carter wrote a protest to the magazine:
"Controversy" is an inevitable partner of greatness. No one who challenges the established order is free of it. Gandhi had his detractors, as did Dr. King. Dr. Ikeda is no exception. Controversy camouflages the intense resistance of entrenched authority to conceding their special status and privilege. "Insults" are the weapons of the morally weak; "slander" is the tool of the spiritually bereft. Controversy is testament to the noble work of these three individuals in their respective societies.
Ikeda has often been the subject of controversy. The British journalist and political commentator Polly Toynbee was invited to meet Ikeda in 1984, as Ikeda "was hoping to tighten the public connection between himself and Polly Toynbee's famous grandfather, Arnold Toynbee, the prophet of the rise of the East." She described him as "a short, round man with slicked down hair, wearing a sharp Western suit"; they talked from "throne-like" chairs in "an enormous room" reached via "corridors of bowing girls dressed in white". Toynbee wrote "I have met many powerful men — prime ministers, leaders of all kinds — but I have never in my life met anyone who exudes such an aura of absolute power as Mr. Ikeda." within the "Jiyuno Toride" website appears to present the entirety of the article also published in the Daily Yomiuri; here it is titled "The Value of a Grandfather Figure" and anachronistically attributed to the Manchester Guardian of May 19, 1984. (The title of the British newspaper The Guardian lost "Manchester" in 1959.)</ref> She also voiced the wish that her grandfather, Arnold J. Toynbee, would not have endorsed their dialogue, Choose Life, remarking that her grandfather at the time had been "so old" and "was a frail man."
In contrast, Toynbee, himself, stated in the book's preface (in the third person), "[On arranging the meetings, translations, and publications] Arnold Toynbee is very grateful to Daisaku Ikeda for having it upon his younger shoulders.".[n 6] He also expressed his "agree[ment] with Soka Gakkai on religion as the most important thing in human life, and on opposition to militarism and war."  The book has been translated and published in twenty languages.
The houses of representatives in Georgia,  Missouri, and Illinois  recognize the service and dedication of Daisaku Ikeda "who has dedicated his entire life to building peace and promoting human rights through education and cultural exchange with deep conviction in the shared humanity of our entire global family"  in which he "values education and culture as the prerequisites for the creation of true peace in which the dignity and fundamental rights of all people are respected." 
In 1990 Frederick Kempe reported allegations that Ikeda had provided financial assistance to Manuel Noriega in 1987 and 1988. Sōka Gakkai spokesmen denied this and that Noriega had officially become a member of SGI.
A 1995 San Francisco Chronicle article titled "Japan Fears Another Religious Sect" outlined charges in Japan of "heavy-handed fund raising and proselytizing [by Sōka Gakkai], as well as intimidating its foes and trying to grab political power". It quotes Takashi Shokei, a professor at Meisei University, as describing Ikeda as "a power-hungry individual who intends to take control of the government and make Soka Gakkai the national religion"; the article describes a videotape made in 1993 of "Ikeda yelling and pounding on tables in anger and later railing against President Clinton for having refused to meet with him".
A 1995 Time article criticized Daisaku Ikeda and Sōka Gakkai, claiming "according to a member who was present" that Ikeda, as "honorary president and unquestioned commander" of Sōka Gakkai, had said of Kōmeitō: "This time, not the next time, [the election] is going to be about winning or losing. We cannot hesitate. We must conquer the country with one stroke."
In 1999, The New York Times published an article on the uneasy rise of the New Kōmeitō Party in Japan (funded largely by Ikeda and Sōka Gakkai). In response, a letter to the editor by Alfred Balitzer (later of Soka University of America) offered a more sympathetic portrayal of Sōka Gakkai.
- International Committee of Artists for Peace
- Min-On Concert Association
- Tokyo Fuji Art Museum.
- Institute of Oriental Philosophy.
- Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research
- This preface was written by Toynbee in the third person on behalf of both authors.
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- Watanabe, Teresa (15 March 1996). "Japan's Crusader or Corrupter?". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
- Bluck, Robert (2008). British Buddhism Teachings, Practice and Development. Routledge. pp. 98–99. ISBN 978-0415483087.
- Befu, edited by Harumi; Guichard-Anguis, Sylvie (2003). Globalizing Japan : ethnography of the Japanese presence in Asia, Europe, and America (1. publ. ed.). London: Routledge. pp. 104–105. ISBN 978-0415285667.
- Prohl, edited by Inken; Nelson, John (2012). Handbook of contemporary Japanese religions. Leiden: Brill. pp. 300–302. ISBN 978-9004234352.
- "Komeito: Searching for Party Reconstruction". Japan Quarterly (Asahi Shimbun-Sha) 28 (2): 155. January–March 1981.
- Harding, edited by John S.; Hori, Victor Sōgen; Soucy, Alexander (2010). Wild geese : Buddhism in Canada. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press. p. 93. ISBN 978-0773536678.
- Petersen, edited by James R. Lewis, Jesper Aagaard (2004). Controversial new religions ([Reprint.] ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 149. ISBN 978-0195156836.
- Métraux, Daniel A. (1994). The Soka Gakkai revolution. Lanham, Md.: University Press of America. p. 58. ISBN 978-0819197337.
- Jones, Ken (2003). The new social face of Buddhism : an alternative sociopolitical perspective. Boston, MA: Wisdom Publications. pp. 197–198. ISBN 978-0861713653.
- Ikeda, Daisaku (May 11, 1998). "My Mother". The Mirror Weekly(The Philippines).
- M. LaVora Perry (2010). PeaceBuilders--Daisaku Ikeda & Josei Toda, Buddhist Leaders. Fortune Child Books. ISBN 978-0977111312.
- Timeline of Ikeda's life, daisakuikeda.org. Accessed 6 November 2013.
- "Daisaku Ikeda". Hosshaku Kempon. 1928-01-02. Retrieved 2013-11-06.
- Ikeda, Daisaku. "Thoughts on Education for Global Citizenship" (daisakuikeda.org). Teachers College, Columbia University, June 13, 1996]
- Tricycle Magazine Interview: http://www.daisakuikeda.org/sub/resources/interview/interview2/2008tricycle.html
- Choy, Lee Khoon (1995). Japan, between myth and reality. Singapore [u.a.]: World Scientific. ISBN 981-02-1865-6.
- Lewis, James R. (2003). Legitimating new religions ([Online-Ausg.]. ed.). New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press. ISBN 978-0813533247. "Soka Gakkai ... was not infrequently stereotyped as a brainwashing cult, particularly by anti-cult authors."
- Fujiwara, Hirotatsu (1970). I Denounce Soka Gakkai. Tokyo: Nisshin Hodo. ISBN 9110135502.
- cho, Furukawa Toshiaki (2000). Karuto to shite no Sōka Gakkai = Ikeda Daisaku (Shohan. ed.). Tōkyō: Daisan Shokan. ISBN 978-4807400171.
- Yanatori, Mitsuyoshi (1977). Sōka Gakkai (in Japanese). Tokyo: Kokusho Kankōkai.
- Queen, Christopher S. and Sallie B. King, eds. (1996). Engaged Buddhism: Buddhist Liberation Movements in Asia. Albany: State University of New York Press. p. 365. ISBN 0791428443.
- Seager, Richard Hughes. Encountering the Dharma: Daisaku Ikeda, Soka Gakkai, and the Globalization of Buddhist Humanism. Berkeley, Los Angeles, London: University of California Press, 2006. p.128
- Shimada, Hiromi: Kōmeitō vs. Sōka Gakkai ("Conflicts between Komeitō and Sōka Gakkai"). Asahi Shinsho, Tokyo: May 2007. ISBN 978-4-02-273153-1. p. 114. (Japanese)
- Shimada, Hiromi: Kōmeitō vs. Sōka Gakkai, p. 116. (Japanese)
- Mizoguchi, Atsushi: Ikeda Daisaku: Kenryokusha no Kōzō ("Daisaku Ikeda: The structure behind a man with power"). Tokyo: Kōdansha, 2005. ISBN 4-06-256962-0. p. 396 (Japanese)
- Taisekiji: Nichiren Shōshū Nyūmon ("An introduction to Nichiren Shōshū"). Fujinomiya, 2002. p. 332 (chronology) and p. 240 (Japanese)
- Howard W. French, "A Sect's Political Rise Creates Uneasiness in Japan", 14 November 1999. Accessed 19 November 2011.
- Jacqueline I. Stone, "Nichiren's activist heirs: Sōka Gakkai, Risshō Kōsekai, Nipponzan Myōhōji", in Christopher Queen, et al., eds, Action Dharma: New Studies in Engaged Buddhism (London: Routledge Curzon, 2003). Scan (PDF) available here .
- "Stop the Killing", The World is Yours to Change, [by Daisaku Ikeda, Asahi Press, Tokyo, 2002]. Accessed April 29, 2013.
- Ecological paradise, The Times of India
- Survey of Youth Attitudes to Nuclear Weapons, Nuclear Power
- UNHCR Recognises Importance of Faith for the Uprooted
- Adam Gamble and Takesato Watanabe, A Public Betrayed: An Inside Look at Japanese Media Atrocities and Their Warnings to the West (Regnery Publishing, 2004).
- Levi McLaughlin, Sōka Gakkai in Japan, PhD dissertation, Princeton University, 2009. This dissertation is mentioned here  (academia.edu).
- Joam Evans Pim, ed., Toward a Nonkilling Paradigm, 8th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates.
- Educating kids through animated films, The Hindu
- Chinese Part 1 – Dr. Daisaku Ikeda's animation stories – Malaysia ntv7
- list of honorary members, Club of Rome.
- "Daisaku Ikeda Receives Honorary Degree from UMass Boston at Special Ceremony in Japan", University of Massachusetts Boston, 23 November 2010. Accessed 2 January 2010.
- Recommendation of the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, Southern Illinois University, Board of Trustees, March 9, 2006
- "Honorary Degrees and Titles" (PDF), University of Macau. Accessed 1 January 2010.
- "Conferral Ceremony". Retrieved 2012-10-05.
- Citation, University of Hong Kong, 2005. Accessed 1 January 2010.
- "Honorary degree awarded U.N. Peace Award winner", University of Delaware Update vol. 19, no. 18, 3 February 2000. Accessed 1 January 2010.
- Press release, University of Sydney, 7 October 2010. Accessed 1 January 2010.
- Press release, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 16 October 2000. Retrieved 1 January 2010.
- "RUC and the world", Renmin University of China. Accessed 12 February 2013.
- Untitled page, Jiaying University. Accessed 12 February 2013.
- "Yan'an University in Shaanxi, China, Confers Lifetime Professorship", Yan'an University. Accessed 12 February 2013.
- "Rector traveled to Japan to present the respective certificates to of honorary doctorate", Yerevan State Academy of Fine Arts and Artists, reproduced at World News, 26 March 2011.
- "Monsieur Daisaku Ikeda, philosophe bouddhiste japonais, artisan de la paix, auteur et poète", Université Laval. Accessed 1 January 2010.
- "the chancellor conferred an honorary doctorate of humanities to peace activist Dr Daisaku Ikeda", Universiti Malaya.
- "OUM honors proponent of world peace and humanity", Open University Malaysia, 1 April 2010. Accessed 11 February 2011.
- "Rector UPV nombra Doctor Honoris Causa al destacado líder pacifista japonés Daisaku Ikeda", Universia, 9 September 2010. Accessed 19 March 2012.
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- "Buckingham delegation visits Japan". Retrieved 2011-11-27.
- NAPF Youth Outreach: Peace Heroes: Daisaku Ikeda, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
- "Special Advisors", G8 Information Centre, University of Toronto, 2007. Accessed 13 February 2013.
- Congressional Record: Volume 153-Part 8, United States Government Printing Office
- One page of the Congressional Record
- SGI President was Conferred with the Order of Friendship on behalf of the Russian Federation, Science 2.0
- "Goethe Society in Weimar Commends Daisaku Ikeda for His Commitment to Peace and Promotion of Goethe's Achievements". Daisakuikeda.org. 2009-12-12. Retrieved 2013-11-06.
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- Peter Popham, Tokyo: The City at the End of the World (Tokyo: Kodansha International, 1985; ISBN 4-7700-1226-8), p. 64.
- Polly Toynbee, "Soka Gakkai and the Toynbee 'Endorsement'", Daily Yomiuri, May 27, 1984; quoted in Popham, Tokyo, p.64.
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- Choose Life: A Dialogue
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- E103 CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, the House of Representatives, State of Georgia; January 15, 2009
- House Resolution No. 0620C.01, the state of Missouri grant an exceptional honor, the House of Representatives, State of Missouri, 2004
- Bill Status of HR0791, Illinoise General Assembly, State of Illinois, October 24, 2007
- Bill Status of HR0797, Illinoise General Assembly, State of Illinois, December 23, 2009
- CONGRESS 1ST SESSION H. RES. 844, Recognizing the service and dedication of Dr. Daisaku Ikeda and celebrating his 80th birthday, 110TH, the House of Representatives, State of Illinois, December 5, 2007
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