By Awwabin Zainuddin
GOMBAK, 21 March 2018 – Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) yesterday presented 120 books and four DVDs related to global peace and harmony to the IIUM Library.
Present at a brief presentation ceremony at the office of the President were the President, Tan Sri Dr. Rais Yatim, SGM representatives, IIUM University Management Committee (UMC) members, IIUM Library committees and a few IIUM Chinese students.
In his speech at the presentation, the President of SGM, Micheal Kok introduced the author/co-author for most of the books, Daisaku Ikeda, who was the third president of the Soka Gakkai lay Buddhist organisation in Japan and founder of Soka Gakkai International (SGI), as well as a peace builder, a Buddhist philosopher, an educator, a poet, and a prolific writer.
“Today at the age of 90 he still keeps on writing non-stop,” said Kok.
Ikeda has produced more than 150 volumes of publications discussing on history, politics, peace, social issue, astronomy, science, medicine, literature, philosophy, arts, and many more, without graduating from any university.
Kok mentioned that besides publications, since 1983, Ikeda has published peace proposals to the United Nations (UN) touching on issues such as education reform, environment, human security and nuclear abolition.
“I hope these 120 books will be shared and read by IIUM members and would inspire them to have a brighter future filled with peace and harmony,” he said before ending his speech.
Meanwhile, Tan Sri Dr. Rais Yatim in his speech, claimed that the university should highlight the east religions and beliefs such as Buddhism in comparative religions other than just focusing on the Abrahamic religions and beliefs such as Judaism and Christianity.
Tan Sri Rais stated, “We have done enough Buddhism. We have not done enough Hinduism but the Chinese are here, the Indians are here in Malaysia.”
“We take this thing for granted but do we understand them?” he asked.
Tan Sri Rais implied that with these 120 books, SGM had done a very big Nobel-prized type of pursuit in life.
In addition, Tan Sri Rais also announced that he will visit Soka University during the first week of April this year to find out more about the philosophy of this Japanese Buddhist religious movement. This visit would also enhance cooperation between Malaysia and Japan in terms of knowledge, learning, culture and heritage, as well as arts.
The book presentation ended with a token giving from IIUM Library to the President of SGM, Micheal Kok.
Here’s the list of books and titles of DVDs received from SGM:
|English books authored / co-authored by Daisaku Ikeda|
|1.||CHOOSE LIFE: A dialogue (Author: Arnold Toynbee & Daisaku Ikeda)||2|
|2.||A QUEST FOR GLOBAL PLACE: Roblat and Ikeda on War, Ethics and the Nuclear Threat (Author: Joseph Roblat & Daisaku Ikeda)||2|
|3.||A DIALOGUE BETWEEN EAST AND WEST: Looking to a Human Revolution (Author: Ricardo Diez-Hochleitner & Daisaku Ikeda)||2|
|4.||CHOOSE HOPE: YOUR ROLE IN WAGING PEACE IN THE NUCLEAR AGE (Author: Daisaku Ikeda, David Krieger (Joint Author), Richard L. Gage (Translator))||2|
|5.||GLOBAL CIVILIZATION – A BUDDHIST-ISLAMIC DIALOUGE (Author: Daisaku Ikeda & Majid Tehranian)||2|
|6.||DAWN AFTER DARK (Author: Daisaku Ikeda & Rene Huyghe)||2|
|7.||HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE TWENTY FIRST CENTURY: A dialogue (Author: Austregesilo de Athayde & Daisaku Ikeda)||2|
|8.||INTO FULL FLOWER – MAKING PEACE CULTURES HAPPEN (Author: Elise Boulding & Daisaku Ikeda)||2|
|9.||A PASSAGE TO PEACE: GLOBAL SOLUTIONS FROM EAST AND WEST (Author: Nur Yalman & Daisaku Ikeda)||2|
|10.||ODE TO THE GRAND SPIRIT: A DIALOGUE (Author: Chingiz Aitmatov & Daisaku Ikeda)||2
|11.||A LIFELONG QUEST FOR PEACE: A DIALOGUE (Author: Linus Pauling & Daisaku Ikeda)||1|
|12.||PLANETARY CITIZENSHIP : Your Values, Beliefs, and Actions Can Shape a Sustainable World||1|
|13.||THE PERSISTENCE OF RELIGION: Comparative Perspectives on Modern Spirituality (Author: Harvey G. Cox & Daisaku Ikeda)||1|
|14.||A NEW HUMANISM: The University Addresses of Daisaku Ikeda||2|
|15.||SOKA EDUCATION (Author: Daisuka Ikeda)||2|
|16.||HUMANISM AND THE ART OF MEDICINE: A New Century of Health (Author: Daisaku Ikeda||2|
|17.||LIGHT OF EDUCATION – Thought and Vision for Humanistic Education (Author: Daisaku Ikeda)||2|
|18.||FOR THE SAKE OF PEACE A Buddhist Perspective for the 21st Century (Author: Daisaku Ikeda)||2|
|19.||UNFORGETTABLE FRIENDS (Author: Daisaku Ikeda)||2|
|20.||WONDERFUL ENCOUNTERS (Author: Daisaku Ikeda)||2|
|21.||DIALOGUE WITH NATURE: Photographs by Daisaku Ikeda||2|
|22.||KEMANUSIAAN BARU: Koleksi Ucapan Universiti (Author: Daisaku Ikeda, translated by B.C. Tan.)||10|
|23.||LAGU KALBUKU – Puisi dan Foto by Daisaku Ikeda||5|
|24.||SEPANJANG HAYAT MENCARI KEAMANAN SEBUAH DIALOG (Linus Pauling & Daisaku Ikeda)||5|
|25.||DIALOG TIMUR – BARAT – Melihat Kepada Revolusi Manusia (Author: Ricardo Diez-Hochleitner & Daisaku Ikeda)||5|
|26.||PERTEMUAN YANG INDAH (Author: Daisaku Ikeda diterjemah oleh Nazel Hashim Mohamad)||5|
|27.||SAHABAT YANG SENTIASA DI HATI – Kenangan Pertemuan dengan Tokoh-tokoh dari Seluruh Dunia yang Tidak Dapat Dilupakan (Author: Daisaku Ikeda)||5|
|28.||PERADABAN GLOBAL – Dialog Buddha-Islam (Author: Majid Tehranian & Daisaku Ikeda)||5|
|29.||KE ARAH KEAMANAN: Satu Dialog (Author: Daisaku Ikeda & Nur Yalman)||5|
|30.||MEMILIH KEHIDUPAN: Satu Dialog (Author: Daisaku Ikeda & Arnold Toynbee)||1|
|31.||WARKAH EMPAT MUSIM (Author: Daisaku Ikeda & Yasushi Inoue)||1|
|32.||KEAMANAN ABADI I: Kumpulan Ucapan Daisaku Ikeda||1|
|33.||KEAMANAN ABADI II: Kumpulan Ucapan Daisaku Ikeda||1|
|34.||A PUBLIC BETRAYED: AN INSIDE LOOK AT JAPANESE MEDIA ATROCITIES AND THEIR WARNINGS TO THE WEST||5|
|35.||EXCELLENCY – JOURNAL OF A DIPLOMAT (Author: Tan Koon San)||5|
|36.||THE LIVING DIALOGUE: Socrates to Ikeda (Author: N.Radhakrishnan)||2|
|37.||IKEDA SENSEI – The Triumph of Mentor-Disciple Spirit||2|
|38.||MALAYSIA: FIFTY YEARS OF DIPLOMACY 1957-2007 (Author: Chandran Jeshurun)||5|
|39.||THE JOURNAL OF ORIENTAL STUDIES – Volume 25||2|
|40.||HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI THAT WE NEVER FORGET – Hibakusha share their testimonies of survival (Publisher: Soka Gakkai Youth Division)||5|
|41.||MAKIGUCHI THE VALUE CREATOR – Revolutionary Japanese Educator and Founder of Soka Gakkai (By Dayle M. Bethel)||2|
|42.||A GEOGRAPHY OF HUMAN LIFE – Author: Tseunesaburo Makiguchi, Editor: Dayle M. Bethel||2|
|43.||A QUIET REVOLUTION: The Earth Charter and Human Potential (Produced by the Earth Council in cooperation with IJNDP and UNEP, and supported by Soka Gakkai International)||2|
|44.||TESTIMONIALS OF HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI – Women Speak Out for Peace (Filmed by Soka Gakkai Women’s Peace Committee, Japan)||2|