October 18, 2014 Faith Into Action: Applying Moral Force to the Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear Weapons

10:00am–12 noon Symposium
12noon–2pm Exhibition Viewing, "Everything You Treasure – For a World Free From Nuclear Weapons"

Thank you for joining us—check out the photos in our gallery! We had a great discussion on the essay "The Flowering of Creative Life Force":

"Never for an instant forget the effort to renew your life, to build yourself anew. Creativity means to push open the heavy, groaning doorway of life itself. This is not an easy task. Indeed, it may be the most severely challenging struggle there is. For opening the door to your own life is in the end more difficult than opening the door to all the mysteries of the universe." –Daisaku Ikeda

April 17, 2014 @ 7:00pm
Latimer Hall 121

Thank you for coming out to our last Introduction to Buddhism meeting on Nov 7, 2013!
It was great to see diverse Cal students and staff come together. We're looking forward to seeing you again soon. 
Dwinelle, Room 250

Past events:
Saturday, April 13th 2013

Joseph Wood Krutch Theater, Clark Kerr Campus 2601 Warring St., Berkeley
Emcee: Dale Allender, Lecturer and National Council of Teachers of English-West at UC Berkeley

*Exhibit: "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: 
 Transforming the Human Spirit"

*Keynote Speech by Francesca Giovannini, Ph.D.
 Postdoctoral fellow at Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University, on
 prospects of nuclear abolition

*Opening words by Mitsuko Anna Ikeda, M.A.
SGI-USA National Coordinator of the New Clear Future campaign for nuclear abolition

To be followed by a question and answer session

We are very excited to bring to campus the nuclear-abolition exhibit "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit." This will be the first exhibit sponsored by the World Peace Buddhists since 2002! 

It is also a great honor for us to welcome our two special guests, who have generously agreed to give their time and expertise to enrich our discussion. Our keynote speaker, Francesca Giovannini, is researching nuclear policy as a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford University. She recently completed her D.Phil at Oxford University in the Department of Politics and International Relations. 

After earning her Bachelor's degree in Political Science at the University of Bologna, she completed several peacekeeping missions with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United Nations. As a Rotary World Peace Fellow, she went on to complete two master's degrees here at the University of California, Berkeley and became a lecturer in the Department of International and Area Studies. 

We are also very honored to welcome our second guest speaker, the SGI-USA National Student Division leader, Mitsuko Anna Ikeda. She is the national coordinator for Our New Clear Future, the youth-led movement of SGI-USA for nuclear abolition. In this capacity, Ms. Ikeda has traveled widely across the United States, participating in panel discussions hosted by university student groups and meeting with students. She is also a nonprofit project manager currently working in the field of oral health access and serves on the Board of Directors for Children's Hope Fund. We are looking forward to learning about the dynamic grassroots efforts being led by other students towards the objectives of nuclear abolition and a culture of peace.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact yukoramos@berkeley.edu


Please note there is NO PARKING ALLOWED in the horseshoe-shaped parking lot at the main entrance. There is paid parking available in the lot behind the Krutch Theater. Please also note that much of the neighborhood parking is restricted to 2 hours. We encourage guests to take public transportation.


         The World Peace Buddhists of the University of California, Berkeley, also known as the World Peace Buddhist Club (WPB), was founded in 1999, by four students who wished to introduce to their peers the compassionate and self-empowering life view of Nichiren Buddhism.

        Though the group was humble in birth, it has since enjoyed a healthy growth in membership and constant support from the community. Major events hosted by the students of WPB include: A Philoshophy of Life: A Buddhist Perspective on Diversity, Peace, Culture, and Education seminar on Nichiren Buddhism and Gandhi, King, Ikeda: A legacy of Building Peace exhibition.

        CAL’s World Peace Buddhists is affiliated with the SGI, or the Soka Gakkai (Value-Creating Society) International, which is a world-wide Buddhist organization with 12 million members in 190 countries and territories. The sheer diversity, and the ability to empower and unite individuals regardless of social standing, racial and ethnic differences, is what makes our organization unique. We focus on the individual’s ability to become happy in this lifetime. This desire is a driving force in transforming one’s life and ultimately society and the world. Therefore, we chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo daily and recite gongyo, or part of the Lotus Sutra.


  1. "Modest people are naturally filled with appreciation. The spirit of appreciation gives rise to deep feeling, which becomes the wellspring of happiness!" Daisaku Ikeda.
  2. "Compassion is not a Buddhist austerity. It is something that should be expressed unconsciously and naturally in one's actions, and in the workings of one's heart. The Buddha knows no path of living apart from that of living with compassion." (Josei Toda)
  3. "Every obstacle could become a springboard for future victory. The cause for victory is made in the midst of adversity!" Daisaku Ikeda.
  4. "Wasting time is wasting life. Creating value starts with the effective use of one's time." Ralph Waldo Emerson. 
  5. "Nam-myoho-renge-kyo is the fundamental Law of the entire universe, the ultimate force that moves everything." Daisaku Ikeda. 
  6. "Even if we are bedridden or paralyzed, as long as we have breath in our body, we can continue to encourage others." Daisaku Ikeda.
  7. "Nichiren Buddhism is the philosophy that life is the most basic and important thing of all, deserving of our highest respect and reverence." Daisaku Ikeda. 
  8. "Life is precious." Daisaku Ikeda. 
  9. "Nothing is a match for a mother's prayers for her children. They are filled with compassion deeper than the sea." Daisaku Ikeda. 
  10. "Nothing is more barbarous than war. Nothing is more cruel." Daisaku Ikeda. 
  11. "One can never be unhappy as long as one's life is based on a strong foundation of faith." Leo Tolstoy. 
  12. "Buddhas are never defeated by misfortune or problems. They transform all their sufferings into joy, expand their state of life and undergo their human revolution. And it is through this process that they change their karma." Daisaku Ikeda. 
  13. "Summoning wholehearted resolve produces the power to change any circumstance." Daisaku Ikeda. 
  14. "Buddhist practice is the way to polish, strengthen and change ourselves for the better." Daisaku Ikeda.