SGI-USA Ikeda Kayo-kai

The SGI Ikeda Kayo-kai is an international training group for young women founded by SGI President Ikeda.

The group is modeled after the original Kayo-kai, formed by second Soka Gakkai president Josei Toda on Oct. 12, 1952. The original group, which included 20 young women, met with President Toda twice monthly until May 1956. During these meetings, they studied literary works and discussed subjects ranging from politics to economics to art. President Toda encouraged the young women at the time to "be as beautiful as flowers and proud as the sun." The word kayo is formed by the Japanese characters for flower and sun, while kai means group. Ikeda represents the significance of the mentor-disciple relationship.

The Ikeda Kayo-kai emphasizes study based on The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin. The three eternal guidelines and mottoes for the group are: