Historical Who is Who
1871 - 1944
Joint founder of the Soka Gakkai in 1930. From a background in school teaching Nichiren Buddhism, he developed the system of Value- Creation Education. This adapted the value goals in life from the Good, the True and the Beautiful to those of the Good, the Beautiful and the Profitable. The quality of happiness in everyday life is its major priority and need not be exclusive of material comforts nor of a competitive economy. During the Second World War he resisted State Shinto attempts to subject the movement, and that of other Buddhist sects, to Imperial control. He died in prison in 1944, although the basis of his challenge to the war itself is contested. After the war, his colleague founder Toda was subsequently able to re-establish the movement.