Humanistic Concepts

  • 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
      The Wisdom for Creating Happiness & Peace, Chapter 15: Faith for a Harmonious Family

  • 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
      ‘The Power of Courage’, Discussions on Youth Vol. 2

  • 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
      Essay titled ‘The Most Important Decision’, book ‘Hope is a Decision’