Ryuho Okawa

Ryuho Okawa

Founder and CEO of the Happy Science Group

Founder and CEO

The Happy Science Group

Master Ryuho Okawa, president and founder of Happy Science, has devoted his life to the exploration of the Truth and bringing happiness to people all around the world.


He was born on July 7th 1956 in Tokushima, Japan. After graduating from the University of Tokyo, he joined a Tokyo-based trading house. While working at its New York headquarters, he studied finance at the City University of New York.


On March 23rd 1981, he achieved Great Enlightenment, and awakened to the hidden part of his consciousness, El Cantare, whose mission is to bring happiness to all humanity.
In October 1986 he established Happy Science to convey the Truth. Since then, he has been giving lectures all around the world and designing spiritual workshops for people from all walks of life. He has published over 1800 books, including ‘The Laws of the Sun’, ‘The Golden Laws’, ‘The Laws of Eternity’, ‘The Laws of Happiness’, and ‘The Essence of Buddha’ and delivered over 2300 lectures. His books sold millions of copies worldwide. He has also produced successful feature-length films based on his works.


It is also the fastest growing with great reason, as its influence reaches all areas of life and society, such as: politics, medical science, art and culture, education and the media.People from all backgrounds, cultures, professions and faiths, whether Christian, Buddhist, Jewish, Muslim or Hindu, have been attracted to our open movement and unique teachings – studying together in unity, harmony and deep-found respect.

Quotes by ryuho okawa

“I love everybody.
I came here on earth to love everybody.”
“I have no like or dislike.
I have no tendency of discrimination.
I love every people,
every nation,
every religion,
and every civilization.”
~ Ryuho Okawa


Master Okawa’s first lecture took place on November 23rd, 1986. In 1987, the foundation of the teachings was laid out in his publications – The Laws of the Sun, The Golden Laws and Nine Dimension: Unveiling the Laws of Eternity.


On November 18th, 2007, Master Ryuho Okawa gave his first official overseas lecture in Hawaii, entitled “Be Positive.” This marked the beginning of Master Okawa’s world missionary tour, and he has given lectures in English in all of the five continents.Since then, Master Okawa has been lecturing around the world as a World Teacher.


His teachings based on universal religious Truths expand to cover concrete proposals for resolving worldwide political and economic situations, and he has given over 3,150 lectures in both Japanese and English.
His lectures have been published as books, and a number of them have become bestsellers. He has published more than 2,650 books, including The Laws of the Sun, which sold a million copies. He has held numerous seminars and produced 20 films based on his teachings. In 2011, he recorded in the Guinness World Records as “the most books written in one year by an individual,” after publishing 52 books in 2010 alone. His publications continued to increase after that, and he published 161 books in 2014. Furthermore, his books have been translated into 31 languages, beginning with English, German, French, Portuguese, Chinese and Korean, and for the readers all over the world.


Happy Science activities mainly take place at the local branches, local temples and the Shojas, on the content of education, politics, and making further publications to bring improvements to society.


He has also laid the foundation for ideal politics and education by establishing the Happiness Realization Party in 2009, and the Happy Science Academy – the Nasu Main Campus in 2010 and the Kansai Campus in 2013.


Additionally, he is also the founder of Happy Science University (HSU), which opened as an unaccredited institution of higher education in April 2015.


Happy Science currently has more than 10,000 local branches and temples and the Shojas around the world, and we are actively involved in charity works. For instance, the HS Nelson Mandela Fund is established to support people who cannot receive education due to poverty or racial and caste discrimination, people who are oppressed by their government and people who cannot receive medical treatment.