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President Ikeda's Dialogues

Dialoge Langbild großSGI president Ikeda's experiences with the war during his time of youth and the encounter with educator and pacifist Josei Toda, then head of the Buddhist lay organizatioin Soka Gakkai in Japan, shaped his commitment to peace. Over the years, Ikeda has engaged in dialogue to global problems with leading politicians, scientists, scholars, and artists, and many of his dialogues have been published and translated into various languages.

After becoming third president of the Soka Gakkai in 1960, following his mentor Josei Toda, Ikeda initiated a, as he has called it, "citizen diplomacy" in order to mediate between the hostile neighbours Russia and China during the Cold War, urging the respective parties to engage in dialogue with each other. During the early 70ies of the past century, when the situation became even worse due to gathering of troops along their common border, Ikeda met with the respective heads of state several times in order contribute to calm down the dangerous situation. Also, the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between China in Japan has been a deep concern for Mr. Ikeda, as well as the establishment of friendly relationships especially with those Asian countries that had to suffer most from the heavy Japanese aggressions during the Second World War.

Up to today, Daisaku Ikeda has been seeking dialogue as a fundamental starting-point for peace. The list of individuals, he held dialogues with, include, among many others: Tshingis Aitmatov, Richard E. Coudenhove-Calergi, Josef Derbolav, Rajiv Gandhi, Michail Gorbachev, Vaclav Havel, René Huyghe, Nelson Mandela, Dr. Hans Mayr, Yehudi Menuhin, Francois Mitterand, Rosa Parks, Linus Pauling, Arnold J. Toynbee, Franz Vranitzky, and Richard v. Weizäcker.

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