The Date of October 2 is very famous as it is celebrated by SGI as the World Peace Day while marking the day as the key milestone in the international development of Nichiren Buddhism. While the main motive goal of contributing and building a long lasting peace throughout the world.
The Whole world is growing to go against the backdrop of the Cold War and as the increasing number of nuclear arms race throughout the world. Then one day Soka Gakkai who is the president of Daisaku Ikeda, left the Tokyo’s Haneda Airport on October 2, 1960, while he was traveling outside of Japan for the very first time to visit the USA, Canada, and Brazil. Ikeda was 32 years old at that time and had been inaugurated as the third president of the lay Buddhist group just five months earlier.
It was Ikeda’s mentor, second Soka Gakkai president Josei Toda, who had encouraged Ikeda to develop a global vision and to travel outside Japan to build the foundations of a truly international movement which could contribute towards to build a global peace among the world through the spread of a philosophy which teaches the supreme value and dignity of human life.
Having lived through World War II, both men knew that peace is the most basic starting point for the development and origin of a noble humanity.
While he was doing every possible work and efforts in achieving his objectives, in addition, to encouraging the few members of the Soka Gakkai living outside Japan in their faith and practice, Ikeda strove to understand the prevailing social, political and cultural conditions in these countries.
Through citizen diplomacy, he also wished to play his part in decreasing and degrading the tensions between the countries of the West, Soviet Union, and China.
While completing all the above-given objectives, Ikeda almost traveled to more than 50 countries and on every continent, while holding dialogues with all the leading cultural and intellectual figures to increase their mutual understanding and strengthen the foundations for peace.
Today, within SGI, October 2 has become the symbol to symbolize the shared commitment of SGI members which is being spread around the world in creating a wave of positive change in society through promoting nonviolence and working for the happiness of all humanity.