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The Italian Buddhist Institute Soka Gakkai gathers together those in Italy who follow and practice the Buddhism taught by Nichiren Daishonin, a Japanese master of the 13th century, and spread by the Soka Gakkai.
This Buddhism reaches Italy in the 1970s. The first association, consisting of a few hundred followers, takes the name of INS (Italian Nichiren Shoshu).
After some years (in 1987) it becomes a non-profit corporation, known as the Italian Nichiren Shoshu Association (AINS).
Following the separation from the Nichiren Shoshu clergy, the Association changes its name to Italian Soka Gakkai Association (1990), and by 1993 it counts 13.000 members.
The Italian Buddhist Institute Soka Gakkai is founded on 27th March 1998; it is a nonprofit coorporation recognized by the President of the Republic with a decree dated 20th November 2000.
The Institute is part of the Soka Gakkai International, the organization promoting the values of peace, culture and education worldwide.
Whoever embraces and practises the religious, ethical and humanitarian principles of Nichiren Daishonin's Buddhism can become a member of the Institute, which currently numbers over 50.000 people.

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