University Lectures

Daisaku Ikeda has delivered lectures on topics relevant to education and civilization at over 30 universities and academic institutions around the world, starting with the University of California at Los Angeles in April 1974, and spanning 18 countries from the U.S.A. to Italy, China, Russia, Cuba and Turkey.

11 February 1992, Ikeda delivered the fourth Gandhi Memorial Lecture of Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti at the National Museum, New Delhi. The lecture is titled ‘Towards a World Without War — Gandhism and the Modern World’.

21 October 1997, Ikeda delivered a lecture titled ‘A New Humanism for the Coming Century’ at the invitation of Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies at the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation Headquarters in New Delhi.

Selected Universities Lectures
Date Country Institution Title
Apr. 1, 1974 USA University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Toward the Twenty-First Century
May 27, 1975 USSR Moscow State University A New Path to East-West Cultural Exchange
May 21, 1981 Bulgaria University of Sofia A Harmonious Fusion of the Cultures of East and West
June 14, 1989 France L’Institut de France Art and Spirituality in East and West
May 28, 1990 China Peking University The Path of Education, the Bridge of Culture: A Personal Observation
Sept. 26, 1991 USA Harvard University The Age of “Soft Power” and Inner-Motivated Philosophy
Feb. 11, 1992 India Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti Toward a World without War: Gandhism and the Modern World
Feb. 12, 1993 Brazil Brazilian Academy of Letters The Hopeful Dawn of a Humanistic Civilization
June 1, 1994 Italy University of Bologna Leonardo’s Universal Vision and the Parliament of Humanity
Oct. 21, 1997 India Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies A New Humanism for the Coming Century
Selected Quotes from Lectures

Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti – “Toward a World Without War: Gandhism and the Modern World” 1992

Gandhi’s optimism was absolute and not relative. It was never contingent on his analysis of objective conditions. . . . His belief in nonviolence and justice grew out of his absolute trust in humanity. This was an unconditional faith which he came to through a rigorous process of introspection, probing the very depths of his being. The indestructible conviction which he thus gained was something which not even death could take from him.

Harvard University – “The Age of ‘Soft Power’ and Inner-Motivated Philosophy” 1991

We must seek harmony on a deeper level―a level where it is truly possible to “kill the will to kill.” More than objective awareness, we must achieve a state of compassion transcending distinctions between self and other. We need to feel the compassionate energy that beats within the depths of all people’s subjective lives where the individual and the universal are merged.