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16 April 2015

The world is an intricately interwoven web of infinite relations. When we apply this worldview to matter and to all living things, including people, we can see the world as one great life entity. This is the true nature of our own life. Every single thing in existence is worthy of supreme reverence. Nature is not something for human beings to exploit as they see fit, solely for their own interests. Both nature and humanity are part—and at the same time complete expressions—of the life of the universe. To destroy the natural world is to destroy human life. The external desertification of the planet corresponds precisely with the spiritual desertification of human life. Buddhahood exists in all things in the universe, both sentient and insentient. This includes the land or the environment, which consists of insentient beings like trees and rocks. Therefore, anything which leads to the destruction of the environment is seen as a grave offense in the light of Buddhism.

http://www.ikedaquotes.org/environment/
“In life, the final victory is the true victory. The victories of youth are not the decisive ones. They are nothing but training for that final, ultimate victory in life.”

http://www.joseitoda.org/quotations/messages

” Rather than provide knowledge itself, we must encourage the joy and excitement that arise from learning.”

http://www.tmakiguchi.org/quotes

Stories of Hope
The Spirit of Reverence for Life
Wangari Maathai
Wangari Maathai will be forever remembered for empowering women and protecting our planet. She also promoted the Japanese “mottainai” spirit—treasuring life and wasting nothing.
Stories of Hope
A Message of Hope
Hazel Henderson
In the 1960s, “ordinary housewife” Hazel Henderson fought successfully to secure the right for children to breathe clean air.
Life is filled with potential that is truly unfathomable. At last we are coming to see the enormous power it possesses. That is why we must never write anyone off. In particular, we mustn’t put boundaries on our own potential. In most cases, our so-called limitations are nothing more than our own decision to limit ourselves.

Stories of Hope
Opening the Door to a World of Dreams, Hope and Magic
Brian Wildsmith
Through his illustrations of children’s books—likened to “sunlight streaming from the page”—Brian Wildsmith has long striven to awaken the creativity of young readers.

Stories of Hope
Human Revolution
Revolutions have come and gone, but human revolution, a self-directed process of inner change for the better, is the most meaningful transformation there is. If Ikeda’s vision and values are defined by a single tenet, this is it. Read here … > http://www.ikedaquotes.org/stories/human-revolution.html
Stories of Hope
The Creative Spirit
A vivid description of the challenges and rewards of living a creative and active life; the opening and expansion of one’s inner life that leads to a true sense of fulfillment.

http://www.ikedaquotes.org/daisaku-ikeda.html

Profile of Daisaku Ikeda
Daisaku Ikeda is a Buddhist philosopher, an educator and a prolific writer and poet. As president of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) lay Buddhist movement, he has devoted himself to wide-ranging efforts for peace and individual empowerment, and has founded cultural, educational and peace research institutions around the world.

Born in Tokyo in 1928, Ikeda experienced firsthand the tragic reality of war and militarism. In the chaos of postwar Japan, he came to embrace Buddhism through an encounter with the educator and pacifist Josei Toda, head of the Soka Gakkai Buddhist association, who had been imprisoned for his beliefs during World War II.

These experiences shaped Ikeda’s commitment to peace. Over the years, in search of viable responses to global problems, Ikeda has engaged in dialogue with many of the world’s leading thinkers and leaders, inspired the SGI’s support of United Nations activities and written extensively on a range of issues related to peace and the human condition.

Central to Ikeda’s thinking is the idea that a self-directed transformation within the life of each individual, rather than societal or structural reform alone, holds the key to lasting peace and human happiness. This is expressed most succinctly in a passage from his best-known work, The Human Revolution: “A great human revolution in just a single individual will help achieve a change in the destiny of a nation and, further, will enable a change in the destiny of all humankind.”

Ikeda’s books, offering perspectives grounded in Buddhist humanism on ways of overcoming the challenges facing individuals in their daily lives and humanity as a whole, have been translated into and published in more than 40 languages

http://www.ikedaquotes.org/daisaku-ikeda.html

http://www.daisakuikeda.org/

Daisaku Ikeda is a Buddhist leader, peacebuilder, a prolific writer, poet, educator and founder of a number of cultural, educational and peace research institutions around the world.

As third president of the Soka Gakkai (value-creating society) and founder of the Soka Gakkai International, Daisaku Ikeda has developed and inspired what may be the largest, most diverse international lay Buddhist association in the world today. Based on the 700-year-old tradition of Nichiren Buddhism, the movement is characterized by its emphasis on individual empowerment and social engagement to advance peace, culture and education.

This website details Ikeda’s accomplishments and contributions as a Buddhist philosopher and leader, a peacebuilder, and an educator, as well as presenting a selection of Ikeda’s own writings relevant to these themes. The Profile section presents a biography of his life and a selection of short autobiographical essays. For more on Ikeda’s writings and his thoughts on writing, visit the Books section of this site. …>

http://www.daisakuikeda.org/sub/books/
(All banner photos by Daisaku Ikeda)
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Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue [www.ikedacenter.org]
(formerly Boston Research Center for the 21st Century)
People’s Decade for Nuclear Abolition [www.peoplesdecade.org]
Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research [www.toda.org]

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Min-On Concert Association [www.min-on.org]
Tokyo Fuji Art Museum [www.fujibi.or.jp]

Academia
Institute of Oriental Philosophy [www.iop.or.jp]
Soka Junior and Senior High Schools [Kansai] | [Tokyo (Japanese)]
Soka University [www.soka.ac.jp]
Soka University of America [www.soka.edu]
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Words of Wisdom by Buddhist Philosopher Daisaku Ikeda [www.ikedaquotes.org]
Treasures of the Heart [www.treasures-of-heart.com]
Josei Toda: Reviving Buddhism in Today’s World [www.joseitoda.org]
Tsunesaburo Makiguchi: Value-creating Education [www.tmakiguchi.org]
Soka Gakkai International (SGI) [www.sgi.org]
SGI Quarterly [www.sgiquarterly.org]
Nichiren Buddhism Library [http://www.nichirenlibrary.org]

Peace
Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue [www.ikedacenter.org]
(formerly Boston Research Center for the 21st Century)
People’s Decade for Nuclear Abolition [www.peoplesdecade.org]
Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research [www.toda.org]

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Min-On Concert Association [www.min-on.org]
Tokyo Fuji Art Museum [www.fujibi.or.jp]

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Institute of Oriental Philosophy [www.iop.or.jp]
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Soka University [www.soka.ac.jp]
Soka University of America [www.soka.edu]
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Soka Junior and Senior High Schools [Kansai] | [Tokyo (Japanese)]
Soka University [www.soka.ac.jp]
Soka University of America [www.soka.edu]

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Words of Wisdom by Buddhist Philosopher Daisaku Ikeda [www.ikedaquotes.org]
Treasures of the Heart [www.treasures-of-heart.com]
Josei Toda: Reviving Buddhism in Today’s World [www.joseitoda.org]
Tsunesaburo Makiguchi: Value-creating Education [www.tmakiguchi.org]
Soka Gakkai International (SGI) [www.sgi.org]
SGI Quarterly [www.sgiquarterly.org]
Nichiren Buddhism Library [http://www.nichirenlibrary.org]

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Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue [www.ikedacenter.org]
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Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research [www.toda.org]

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Min-On Concert Association [www.min-on.org]
Tokyo Fuji Art Museum [www.fujibi.or.jp]

Academia
Institute of Oriental Philosophy [www.iop.or.jp]
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Soka University [www.soka.ac.jp]
Soka University of America [www.soka.edu]

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Treasures of the Heart [www.treasures-of-heart.com]
Josei Toda: Reviving Buddhism in Today’s World [www.joseitoda.org]
Tsunesaburo Makiguchi: Value-creating Education [www.tmakiguchi.org]
Soka Gakkai International (SGI) [www.sgi.org]
SGI Quarterly [www.sgiquarterly.org]
Nichiren Buddhism Library [http://www.nichirenlibrary.org]

Peace
Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue [www.ikedacenter.org]
(formerly Boston Research Center for the 21st Century)
People’s Decade for Nuclear Abolition [www.peoplesdecade.org]
Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research [www.toda.org]

Culture
Min-On Concert Association [www.min-on.org]
Tokyo Fuji Art Museum [www.fujibi.or.jp]

Academia
Institute of Oriental Philosophy [www.iop.or.jp]
Soka Junior and Senior High Schools [Kansai] | [Tokyo (Japanese)]
Soka University [www.soka.ac.jp]
Soka University of America [www.soka.edu]

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Words of Wisdom by Buddhist Philosopher Daisaku Ikeda [www.ikedaquotes.org]
Treasures of the Heart [www.treasures-of-heart.com]
Josei Toda: Reviving Buddhism in Today’s World [www.joseitoda.org]
Tsunesaburo Makiguchi: Value-creating Education [www.tmakiguchi.org]
Soka Gakkai International (SGI) [www.sgi.org]
SGI Quarterly [www.sgiquarterly.org]
Nichiren Buddhism Library [http://www.nichirenlibrary.org]

Peace
Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue [www.ikedacenter.org]
(formerly Boston Research Center for the 21st Century)
People’s Decade for Nuclear Abolition [www.peoplesdecade.org]
Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research [www.toda.org]

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Min-On Concert Association [www.min-on.org]
Tokyo Fuji Art Museum [www.fujibi.or.jp]

Academia
Institute of Oriental Philosophy [www.iop.or.jp]
Soka Junior and Senior High Schools [Kansai] | [Tokyo (Japanese)]
Soka University [www.soka.ac.jp]
Soka University of America [www.soka.edu]

Related Sites
Words of Wisdom by Buddhist Philosopher Daisaku Ikeda [www.ikedaquotes.org]
Treasures of the Heart [www.treasures-of-heart.com]
Josei Toda: Reviving Buddhism in Today’s World [www.joseitoda.org]
Tsunesaburo Makiguchi: Value-creating Education [www.tmakiguchi.org]
Soka Gakkai International (SGI) [www.sgi.org]
SGI Quarterly [www.sgiquarterly.org]
Nichiren Buddhism Library [http://www.nichirenlibrary.org]

Peace
Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue [www.ikedacenter.org]
(formerly Boston Research Center for the 21st Century)
People’s Decade for Nuclear Abolition [www.peoplesdecade.org]
Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research [www.toda.org]

Culture
Min-On Concert Association [www.min-on.org]
Tokyo Fuji Art Museum [www.fujibi.or.jp]

Academia
Institute of Oriental Philosophy [www.iop.or.jp]
Soka Junior and Senior High Schools [Kansai] | [Tokyo (Japanese)]
Soka University [www.soka.ac.jp]
Soka University of America [www.soka.edu]

Related Sites
Words of Wisdom by Buddhist Philosopher Daisaku Ikeda [www.ikedaquotes.org]
Treasures of the Heart [www.treasures-of-heart.com]
Josei Toda: Reviving Buddhism in Today’s World [www.joseitoda.org]
Tsunesaburo Makiguchi: Value-creating Education [www.tmakiguchi.org]
Soka Gakkai International (SGI) [www.sgi.org]
SGI Quarterly [www.sgiquarterly.org]
Nichiren Buddhism Library [http://www.nichirenlibrary.org]

Peace
Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue [www.ikedacenter.org]
(formerly Boston Research Center for the 21st Century)
People’s Decade for Nuclear Abolition [www.peoplesdecade.org]
Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research [www.toda.org]

Culture
Min-On Concert Association [www.min-on.org]
Tokyo Fuji Art Museum [www.fujibi.or.jp]

Academia
Institute of Oriental Philosophy [www.iop.or.jp]
Soka Junior and Senior High Schools [Kansai] | [Tokyo (Japanese)]
Soka University [www.soka.ac.jp]
Soka University of America [www.soka.edu]

Related Sites
Words of Wisdom by Buddhist Philosopher Daisaku Ikeda [www.ikedaquotes.org]
Treasures of the Heart [www.treasures-of-heart.com]
Josei Toda: Reviving Buddhism in Today’s World [www.joseitoda.org]
Tsunesaburo Makiguchi: Value-creating Education [www.tmakiguchi.org]
Soka Gakkai International (SGI) [www.sgi.org]
SGI Quarterly [www.sgiquarterly.org]
Nichiren Buddhism Library [http://www.nichirenlibrary.org]

Peace
Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue [www.ikedacenter.org]
(formerly Boston Research Center for the 21st Century)
People’s Decade for Nuclear Abolition [www.peoplesdecade.org]
Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research [www.toda.org]

Culture
Min-On Concert Association [www.min-on.org]
Tokyo Fuji Art Museum [www.fujibi.or.jp]

Academia
Institute of Oriental Philosophy [www.iop.or.jp]
Soka Junior and Senior High Schools [Kansai] | [Tokyo (Japanese)]
Soka University [www.soka.ac.jp]
Soka University of America [www.soka.edu]

Related Sites
Words of Wisdom by Buddhist Philosopher Daisaku Ikeda [www.ikedaquotes.org]
Treasures of the Heart [www.treasures-of-heart.com]
Josei Toda: Reviving Buddhism in Today’s World [www.joseitoda.org]
Tsunesaburo Makiguchi: Value-creating Education [www.tmakiguchi.org]
Soka Gakkai International (SGI) [www.sgi.org]
SGI Quarterly [www.sgiquarterly.org]
Nichiren Buddhism Library [http://www.nichirenlibrary.org]

Peace
Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue [www.ikedacenter.org]
(formerly Boston Research Center for the 21st Century)
People’s Decade for Nuclear Abolition [www.peoplesdecade.org]
Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research [www.toda.org]

Culture
Min-On Concert Association [www.min-on.org]
Tokyo Fuji Art Museum [www.fujibi.or.jp]

Academia
Institute of Oriental Philosophy [www.iop.or.jp]
Soka Junior and Senior High Schools [Kansai] | [Tokyo (Japanese)]
Soka University [www.soka.ac.jp]
Soka University of America [www.soka.edu]
Related Sites
Words of Wisdom by Buddhist Philosopher Daisaku Ikeda [www.ikedaquotes.org]
Treasures of the Heart [www.treasures-of-heart.com]
Josei Toda: Reviving Buddhism in Today’s World [www.joseitoda.org]
Tsunesaburo Makiguchi: Value-creating Education [www.tmakiguchi.org]
Soka Gakkai International (SGI) [www.sgi.org]
SGI Quarterly [www.sgiquarterly.org]
Nichiren Buddhism Library [http://www.nichirenlibrary.org]

Peace
Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue [www.ikedacenter.org]
(formerly Boston Research Center for the 21st Century)
People’s Decade for Nuclear Abolition [www.peoplesdecade.org]
Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research [www.toda.org]

Culture
Min-On Concert Association [www.min-on.org]
Tokyo Fuji Art Museum [www.fujibi.or.jp]

Academia
Institute of Oriental Philosophy [www.iop.or.jp]
Soka Junior and Senior High Schools [Kansai] | [Tokyo (Japanese)]
Soka University [www.soka.ac.jp]
Soka University of America [www.soka.edu]

Related Sites
Words of Wisdom by Buddhist Philosopher Daisaku Ikeda [www.ikedaquotes.org]
Treasures of the Heart [www.treasures-of-heart.com]
Josei Toda: Reviving Buddhism in Today’s World [www.joseitoda.org]
Tsunesaburo Makiguchi: Value-creating Education [www.tmakiguchi.org]
Soka Gakkai International (SGI) [www.sgi.org]
SGI Quarterly [www.sgiquarterly.org]
Nichiren Buddhism Library [http://www.nichirenlibrary.org]

Peace
Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue [www.ikedacenter.org]
(formerly Boston Research Center for the 21st Century)
People’s Decade for Nuclear Abolition [www.peoplesdecade.org]
Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research [www.toda.org]

Culture
Min-On Concert Association [www.min-on.org]
Tokyo Fuji Art Museum [www.fujibi.or.jp]

Academia
Institute of Oriental Philosophy [www.iop.or.jp]
Soka Junior and Senior High Schools [Kansai] | [Tokyo (Japanese)]
Soka University [www.soka.ac.jp]
Soka University of America [www.soka.edu]

Related Sites
Words of Wisdom by Buddhist Philosopher Daisaku Ikeda [www.ikedaquotes.org]
Treasures of the Heart [www.treasures-of-heart.com]
Josei Toda: Reviving Buddhism in Today’s World [www.joseitoda.org]
Tsunesaburo Makiguchi: Value-creating Education [www.tmakiguchi.org]
Soka Gakkai International (SGI) [www.sgi.org]
SGI Quarterly [www.sgiquarterly.org]
Nichiren Buddhism Library [http://www.nichirenlibrary.org]

Peace
Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue [www.ikedacenter.org]
(formerly Boston Research Center for the 21st Century)
People’s Decade for Nuclear Abolition [www.peoplesdecade.org]
Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research [www.toda.org]

Culture
Min-On Concert Association [www.min-on.org]
Tokyo Fuji Art Museum [www.fujibi.or.jp]

Academia
Institute of Oriental Philosophy [www.iop.or.jp]
Soka Junior and Senior High Schools [Kansai] | [Tokyo (Japanese)]
Soka University [www.soka.ac.jp]
Soka University of America [www.soka.edu]

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