Thursday, November 25, 2010

SGI President Awarded 300th Academic Honor From University of Massachusetts Boston

TOKYO, Nov. 22, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Daisaku Ikeda, president of the Soka Gakkai International Buddhist association and founder of Soka University, was awarded the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, from the University of Massachusetts Boston at a ceremony held in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward on November 21.

This brings to 300 the total number of honorary doctorates, honorary professorships and equivalent titles conferred upon Mr. Ikeda by institutions of higher education in some 50 countries for his efforts to build peace and promote cultural exchange and humanistic education.

University of Massachusetts Boston Chancellor Dr. J. Keith Motley headed a delegation including Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Dr. Winston E. Langley and Associate Provost and Director of International and Transnational Affairs Professor Eunsook Hyun which was visiting Japan to sign an academic exchange agreement with Soka University and present the honorary doctorate to Ikeda.

The University of Massachusetts Boston is part of the University of Massachusetts system. A research-intensive public university, it enrolls 11,000 undergraduate and 4,000 graduate students.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Under Construction

As you might have noticed, things have been added and/or changed around here! We are trying to get this blogspot ready for the New Year so everyone can check here for any meetings and gatherings we may have! Please keep checking back for changes!


Our lives, when brimming with a deep,
  seeking spirit in faith and dedication to kosen-rufu,
  will blossom fragrantly
  with boundless fortune and benefit.
Our state of life will also develop and expand.
Everyone will advance along the supreme path of
  happiness.
Above is a translation of "To My Friends" that is based on President Ikeda's recent guidance, published in the Seikyo Shimbun.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

President Ikeda's Daily Encouragement for July 31st

What is the secret to victory? Mr. Toda once described that in a certain sense life is a gamble. "If you are lucky, you will win," he said. "But if you are unlucky, then sometimes no matter how hard you try you lose. This is a hard fact." That is why, in addition to ability, good fortune is essential. The key to creating good fortune is found in faith and daimoku. I hope that you will all act in accord with the fundamental Law of Buddhism and lead victorious lives filled with unsurpassed good fortune.