The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation mourns the passing of Daisaku Ikeda, Budhist philosopher and President of Soka Gakkai International and Honorary President of Soka Gakkai. Ikeda passed away on November 15, 2023 in Tokyo. He was 95 years old.

Ikeda lived a long and meaningful life, using his early experience with war as a motivating factor in pursuing peace through citizen diplomacy. Over many decades, he met some of the world’s foremost leaders, including Nelson Mandela, Rosa Parks, Linus Pauling, and Joseph Rotblatt. He was the recipient of numerous awards all around the world and a prolific author of dozens of books on topics ranging from peace, disarmament, art, culture, education, philosophy, and more.

Ikeda was a cherished friend to our President Emeritus, David Krieger. Krieger had this to say about Ikeda: “Daisaku Ikeda was a force of nature and a fount of creativity.  He built educational institutions, including two universities.  He was also a poet, philosopher and photographer – a true renaissance man.  Our dialogue, which was published as a book, Choose Hope, was a highlight of my work on abolishing nuclear weapons.”

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Cover of the book, Choose Hope, by David Krieger and Daisaku Ikeda