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THE SGI’S SEVEN BELLS

‘Let’s sound the bell every seven years to mark our progress toward kosen-rufu,’ President Toda said, laying out a future vision for the SGI.

The 1st Seven Bells – 1930 -1979

The 1st Bell (1930-37)

The Soka Kyoiku Gakkai transition from educational reformation to religious reformation.
. Nov. 18,1930 – Foundation of the Soka Kyoiku Gakkai (Value-Creation Education Society)
.1937 – Inaugural Ceremony for the Soka Kyoiku Gakkai

The 2nd Bell (1937-44)

The Soka Gakkai makes it clear that its goal is kosen-rufu, as it confronts militarism head-on.
. Nov. 18, 1944 – First Soka Gakkai President Tsunesaburo Makiguchi dies a martyr in prison for standing up to the military government.

 

The 3rd Bell (1944-51)

Second Soka Gakkai president Josei Toda rebuilds the Soka Kyoku Gakkai as the Soka Gakkai.
. July 3, 1945 – Jose Toda released from prison
. Aug.24, 1947 – Daisaku Ikeda joins the Soka Gakkai.
. May 3, 1951 – Josei Toda is inaugurated as second Soka Gakkai President

 

The 4th Bell (1951-58)

The Soka Gakkai starts its phase of rapid growth.
. Sept. 8, 1957 – Josei toda makes his "Declaration for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons."
. Dec. 25, 1957 – President Toda Achieves his goal of reaching a membership of 750,000 households.
. March 16, 1958 – President Toda holds a ceremony to pass on the responsibility for achieving kosen-rufu to the youth.
. April 12, 1958 – President Toda dies.

 

The 5th Bell (1958-65)

The Soka Gakkai sets its membership goal as 3 million.
. May 3, 1960 – Daisaku Ikeda is inaugurated as the third Soka Gakkai president.
. Oct 2, 1960 – President Ikeda arrives in Hawaii, his first stop in his travels for worldwide kosen-rufu.
. Nov. 27, 1962 – The Soka Gakkai achieves its membership goal of 3 million households.

 

The 6th Bell (1965-72)

The Soka Gakkai sets its membership goal as 6 million.
. Jan 1, 1965 – The serialization of President Ikeda’s novel ‘The Human Revolution’ begins in the Seikyo Shimbun, the Soka Gakkai’s daily newspaper.
. April 8, 1968 – The first entrance ceremony is held for the Soka Schools (junior high and high school).
. Jan 28, 1970 – The Soka Gakkai achieves a membership of 7 ,550,000 households.
. April 2, 1971 – Soka University, Japan opens..

 

The 7th Bell (1972-79)

The Soka Gakkai begins its full-scale worldwide kosen-rufu movement as the SGI.
. Jan 26,1975 – The SGI is founded on the island of Guam.
. April 24, 1979 – President Ikeda resigns as Soka Gakkai president to protect the organization when various anti-Soka Gakkai parties incite a conflict between the Nichiren Shoshu priesthood and the organization.

 

The 2nd Seven Bells (2001-50)

Goal: To secure the foundation for peace in Asia and throughout the world.

. 3 May 2001 – The dedication of Soka University of America, Aliso Viejo.

 

The 3rd Seven Bells (2051-2100)

Goal: To see the philosophy of the sanctity of life established as the spirit of the age and the world.

 

The 4th Seven Bells (2101-50)

Goal: To lay the indestructible foundation for wold peace.

 

The 5th Seven Bells (2151-2200)

Goal: To see the brilliant flowering of an age of humanism

 
 

The 6th and 7th Seven Bells will follow in the 23rd century, which will see the 1,000th anniversary of the establishment of Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism in 2253.