• Altruism

    Altruism is the most effective means of self-realization and self-perfection. Doing good for others is the best way to develop one’s own character and find greater happiness for oneself.

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  • Attitude

    No matter what the problem is, the way it is interpreted can have a positive or negative effect on one’s life. By adopting a positive interpretation, one can make one’s problems a source of nourishment for personal growth.

    Daisaku Ikeda

  • Bodhisattva is a World Citizen

    You must not yoke yourself to nationality or to ethnicity. You are more than just your physical being. Do not regard yourself as a slave to your genes. Fundamentally, all human beings have limitless and immense potential.

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  • Desires

    We could not live without desires. Often, desires generate the energy that enables us to move forward and improve ourselves. The key question, therefore, is how we use desires.

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  • Determine to win

    We are not defeated by adversity but by the loss of the will to strive. However devastated you may feel, so long as you have the will to fight on, you can surely triumph.

    Daisaku Ikeda

  • Fearlessness

    Chanting is the way to destroy all fear. It is the way to banish sorrow, the way to light a torch of hope. It is the revolution that rewrites the scenario of our destiny.

    Daisaku Ikeda

  • Hope

    As long as one has hope, there is nothing one cannot achieve; everything is born from hope. Our life force, our fundamental energy, is fueled by hope.

    Daisaku Ikeda

  • Inner Resolve

    To resolve to accomplish your goals is what counts. If you earnestly put your mind to something, your brain, your body, your environment – everything – will start working toward achieving that end.

    Daisaku Ikeda

  • Keep moving

    The important thing is to start from where you can and give your all to challenging something new. Then, just like climbing a mountain, keep moving towards your goal, one step at a time.

    Daisaku Ikeda

  • Love

    Ideal love is fostered only between two sincere, mature and independent people. Real love is not two people clinging to each other; it can only be fostered between two strong people secure in their individuality.

    Daisaku Ikeda

  • Making a start

    Whatever your circumstances, whatever your past, the forces that determine your future are nowhere but within your own heart and mind. It is here that the star of your destiny shines.

    Daisaku Ikeda

  • Openness

    Make an effort to meet with people. Interaction with others opens up new and exciting possibilities. Meeting people stimulates our minds, gives us energy, leads to more new encounters and infinitely expands our life and our world

    Daisaku Ikeda

  • Purpose

    Everyone born in this world has a unique role that only he or she can fulfill. Were this not the case, we would not be here. The universe never acts without cause; everything invariably has a reason for being. Even the weeds people love to loathe serve a purpose.

    Daisaku Ikeda

  • Relationships

    If you want to change another person, first change your own heart. When you change, others around you will change.

    Daisaku Ikeda

  • Rise to the challenges

    Rise to the challenge of life’s trials and tribulations. You can’t develop genuine character and ability by sidestepping adversity and struggle. Work hard. Sometimes others may taunt you or try to deter you, but just keep pressing forwards and win. All of this is training in life, and all of it becomes your treasure.

    Daisaku Ikeda

  • Setting goals

    Life moves toward the direction our mind aims it in. A goal activates our minds and bodies; it stimulates wisdom and energy from within.

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  • Sharing strength

    When we care for others our own strength to live increases. When we help people expand their state of life, our lives also expand. Actions to benefit others are not separate from actions to benefit oneself. Our lives and the lives of others are ultimately inseparable.

    Daisaku Ikeda

  • Step by step

    A pyramid isn’t built from the top down. The apex is attained only by laying strong foundation stones, one by one. The same is true of achieving a lofty objective. T he crucial thing is to lay the first stone, to take the first step.

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  • The present moment

    Even a cave that has been in total darkness for millions of years will become brightly illuminated the moment a light is brought inside. It is always the present that counts.
    It is what we do in the present moment that decides our future.
    Our past causes do not govern our future.

    Daisaku Ikeda

  • Transformation

    Transform sadness into courage. Transform karma into a mission. Break through the darkness and make the morning sun rise in your hearts. Come, dancing forth like a reborn sun heralding the arrival of spring

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  • Uniqueness

    Just as cherry, plum, peach and damson blossoms all possess their own unique qualities, each person is unique. We cannot become someone else. The important thing is that we live true to ourselves and cause the great flower of our lives to blossom.

    Daisaku Ikeda

  • What is Goodness?

    “Goodness” can be defined as that which moves us in the direction of harmonious coexistence, empathy and solidarity with others. The nature of evil, on the other hand, is to divide: people from people, humanity from the rest of nature.

    Daisaku Ikeda

  • Wholeheartedness

    If you are half-hearted about your job, you can never put your full strength into your religious activities either.
    Now is the time for you to clench your teeth and exert yourself both in your work and your faith, no matter how hard pressed you are.

    Daisaku Ikeda

  • Working together

    Instead of one person taking one hundred steps forwards, let’s aim at one hundred people taking one step forwards! It’s when many capable people are awakened to their noble missions it is certain that they can each achieve fresh new victories.

    Daisaku Ikeda

  • ‏Starting afresh

    The worst mistake you can make is to give up on yourself and stop challenging yourself for fear of failure. Keep moving forward with a firm eye on the future, telling yourself, “I’ll start from today!” “I’ll start afresh from now, from this very moment!”

    Daisaku Ikeda

Rarely Asked Questions

Meditation and Chanting

How does chanting work?

The difference between the Gohonzon and a statue as Objects of Devotions

The Difference between Rebirth and Reincarnation

Nichiren Buddhism View on Death

What Happens After Death?

The concept of Karma is taught in many ways. What is SGI Teaching of Karma?

The Concept of Time in Buddhism

What is Enlightenment?

What is Fundamental Darkness?

How does the Buddhist “Philosophy of Value” differ from Western perspective?

What is the Fusion of Reality and Wisdom?

Emptiness of Inherent Nature (Sunyata)

How does the Positive and Negative Influence of Others affect us?

What is Soka Buddha?

Identity and the concept of World Citizen

The Concept of The Eternal Buddha

What is the Buddhanature?

What were Nichiren’s Contribution to Mahayana Buddhism?

Mentorship & the Transfer of Knowledge

The Role of Mentor-Disciple Bond in SGI and in Traditional schools

How did the Lotus Sutra view the traditional teaching of The Four Noble Truths?

Is the belief in Future Buddha redundant? The Maitreya Myth

Did Shakyamuni Buddha practice own Human Revolution?

The Lotus Sutra’s Unique Teachings on Attaining Enlightenment

What is the Buddhist Concept of the Divine?

Prayers in Nichiren Buddhism

What is SGI Buddhism view on Chakras?

What is “Truth”?

The Ten Factors of Life

What is TrueSelf?

Forgiveness in Nichiren Buddhism

Is Buddhism a philosophy or a religion?

Buddhist Flags & Symbols

What is Nonduality?

Where Do Benefits come from?

How to understand that “my life is Myoho-Renge-Kyo”?

Come capire il concetto che la mia vita è Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo?

Buddhism and Vegetarianism

Soka Gakkai Joju Gohonzon

The Enlightenment of Women

The Practical Meaning of IchinenSanzen