Daisaku Ikeda: Influential leader of Japan's Soka Gakkai Buddhist group dies

AOL -- Nov 19

Daisaku Ikeda, a former leader of Japan's influential Buddhist group Soka Gakkai, has died at the age of 95.

Over decades Ikeda expanded the organisation's international following and forged links with the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP).

He died from natural causes at his home near Tokyo, a statement on Soka Gakkai's website said.

The lay Buddhist organisation claims 12 million members worldwide and is known for its association with celebrities.

Ikeda became president of Soka Gakkai in 1960. He went on to promote the organisation globally by founding Soka Gakkai International in 1975. ...continue reading

Nov 19 (ANNnewsCH) - 創価学会の池田大作名誉会長が亡くなったことが分かりました。95歳でした。  ...continue reading