Daisaku IkedaBuddhism, the First Millennium

About the Author

Born in Tokyo in 1928, Daisaku Ikeda is a Buddhist philosopher, an educator and the author and co-author of over 60 books on a wide range of topics including Buddhist philosophy and history, dialogues with world leaders, poetry, novels, and books for children. His books have been translated into more than 40 languages.

As president of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) lay Buddhist movement, he has devoted himself to wide-ranging efforts for peace and individual empowerment, and has founded cultural, educational and peace research institutions around the world including the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research and the Boston Research Center for the 21st Century, among others.

He is the recipient of the United Nations Peace Award, the Rosa Parks Humanitarian Award, and the International Tolerance Award of the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

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About the Translator

Burton Watson is a widely known and respected translator of Chinese and Japanese literature.  A former professor at Columbia, Stanford, and Kyoto Universities, his translations include The Lotus Sutra, The Vimalakirti Sutra, Chuang Tzu: Basic Writings, Mo Tzu: Basic Writings, Ryokan: Zen Monk-Poet of Japan, and Saigyo: Poems of a Mountain Home. He received the PEN Translation Prize in 1981.

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