Humanistic Concepts

  • 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