Humanistic Concepts

  • Empowerment

    • We are not merely passive pawns of historical forces nor victims of the past. We can shape and direct history. Renewing faith in the capacity of people―individually and collectively―to create the future, is the most pressing task facing us today.

      Daisaku Ikeda

  • Interconnectedness

    • Life is a chain. All things are related. When any link is harmed, the other links are affected. We should think of the environment as our mother. There is no crime worse than harming one’s mother.

      Daisaku Ikeda

  • EDUCATION

    • The task of education must be fundamentally to ensure that knowledge serves to further the cause of human happiness and peace.

      Education is not simply the transmission of knowledge. It is not simply the development of talent. Education is the great enterprise of steadily and surely passing on the fullness of humanity from the past to the future.

      Education is to ignite a flame. When teachers burn with a passion for truth, the desire to learn will be ignited in their students’ hearts. When teachers are excited about culture and beauty, the creativity of their students will leap up like a bright flame.

      Daisaku Ikeda

  • DIALOGUE

    • Key to dialogue is respect for the other person, a willingness to listen, and a readiness to learn from them.

      Daisaku Ikeda

  • DETERMINATION

    • When your determination changes, everything will begin to move in the direction you desire. The moment you resolve to be victorious, every nerve and fibre in your being will immediately orient itself toward your success. On the other hand, if you think, “This is never going to work out,” then at that instant every cell in your being will be deflated and give up the fight. Then everything really will move in the direction of failure.

      Daisaku Ikeda

  • PRAYER

    • Prayers are invisible, but if we pray steadfastly, they will definitely effect clear results in our lives and surroundings over time.

      Daisaku Ikeda

  • Culture

    • Culture is the flowering of each individual’s true humanity, which is why it transcends national boundaries, time periods and all other distinctions.

      Daisaku Ikeda

  • Peace

    • Nothing is more precious than peace. Nothing brings more happiness. Peace is the most basic starting point for the advancement of humankind.

      Daisaku Ikeda

  • Health

    • Falling ill is not a misfortune. The misfortune is allowing ourselves to be defeated by illness.

      Daisaku Ikeda

  • Encouragement

    • Just as a spring breeze awakens tender new shoots of green, sincere encouragement can thaw a frozen heart and instill courage. It is the most powerful means to rejuvenate the human heart.

      Daisaku Ikeda

  • Victory

    • There’s no need to be anxious or impatient. This is the time to surely and steadily create the causes for your future victory—to sow seeds that will bear fruit later. [In planting a forest,] some of the seeds might be carried away by birds. If that happens, just plant some more. Some of the young shoots that emerge may be destroyed by the elements. Again, just plant some more. As you repeat this process again and again, eventually you will create a vast forest… Morning always follows night… The important thing is not to quit, not to give up. Always keep taking some positive action. As long as you keep trying, you will be able to move forward. The fact that you are challenging yourself is itself a victory. To win means to never succumb to self-defeat.

      Daisaku Ikeda

  • Happiness

    • Happiness is not the absence of problems or worries; it is to be undefeated no matter what problems or worries we may face. And this happiness is not solely focussed on oneself. Truly happy are those who can help others become happy.

      Daisaku Ikeda

  • Gratitude

    • Having gratitude and appreciation for the countless people and things that support our lives—that awareness, that feeling, that joy—will invite even greater happiness. Rather than being thankful because we are happy, being thankful itself will make us happy… gratitude puts us in rhythm with the universe, turning our lives in a positive direction. When we cannot say thank you, our personal growth has stopped. When we are growing, we can see how wonderful others are, too. When we stop growing, all we see are other people’s faults.

      Daisaku Ikeda

  • Compassion

    • What our society today needs more than anything is the spirit of empathy—the ability to put ourselves in the shoes of those who are facing hardship and suffering, to understand and share what they are going through. When the spirit of compassion becomes the bedrock of society, and is embodied by society’s leaders, the future will be bright with hope.

      Daisaku Ikeda

  • Courage

    • Small things matter. What may look like a small act of courage is courage, nevertheless. The important thing is to be willing to take a step forward… No matter how wonderful our dreams, how noble our ideals or how high our hopes, ultimately, we need courage to make them a reality. We can come up with the greatest ideas or plans in the world, or be filled with boundless compassion for others, but they will all come to naught unless we have the courage to put them into action. Without action, it’s as if they never existed.

      Daisaku Ikeda

  • Hope

    • Hope, in sense, is a decision. It is the most important decision. Hope is a flame that we nurture within our hearts. It may be sparked by someone else – by the encouraging words of a friend, relative or mentor – but it must be fanned and kept burning through our own determination. Most crucial is to continue to believe in the limitless dignity and possibilities of both ourselves and others.

      Daisaku Ikeda