SGI: Soka Gakkai Important Dates 2017-2018 - Reena Rawat

SGI: Soka Gakkai Important Dates 2017-2018

Soka Gakkai is a Japanese Buddhist religious movement based on the teachings of the 13th-century Japanese priest Nichiren as set into motion by its first three presidents Tsunesaburō Makiguchi, Jōsei Toda and Daisaku Ikeda.

February 2017
65 years since the Kamata Chapter campaign

The Significance of March 16:

March 16 is a symbolic day for Soka Gakkai and SGI members, commemorating the occasion on March 16, 1958, when Josei Toda, second president of the Soka Gakkai, then in frail health, made an impassioned speech to 6,000 Soka Gakkai youth, entrusting them with the responsibility for the future of the Soka Gakkai and its efforts to contribute to the creation of a peaceful world and promote understanding of the humanistic philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism.

The Establishment of Nichiren Buddhism

April 28 marks the anniversary of the establishment of Nichiren Buddhism on April 28, 1253.
The Japanese Buddhist priest Nichiren first invoked the chant “Nam-myoho-renge-kyo” (literally “I devote myself to the wonderful law of the Lotus Sutra”) on April 28, 1253, at Seichoji Temple in what is today Chiba Prefecture, where he had first studied Buddhism as a young boy.

August 24, 2017
70 years since SGI President Ikeda received the Gohonzon

September 8, 2017
60 years since second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda’s Declaration for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons

December 2017
• 60 years since achieving the goal of having the Gohonzon in 750,000 households in Japan

• 55 years since achieving the goal of having the Gohonzon in 3 million households in Japan

January 2, 2018
90th birthday of SGI President Ikeda

November 18, 2018
5th anniversary of the opening of the Hall of the Great Vow for Kosen-rufu

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