Key Elements of Buddhist Philosophy

Excerpts from the writings of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda on the history of Buddhism, and Buddhist practice and philosophy.

Introductory Materials

Speeches on Buddhism

Short films introducing excerpts from SGI President Ikeda's university lectures on Buddhism.

Mahayana Buddhism and Twenty-first Century Civilization (Parts 1-3) (17:54)

(Harvard University, Cambridge, USA, September 24, 1993)

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Homage to the Sagarmatha of Humanism: The Living Lessons of Gautama Buddha (Parts 1 and 2) (17:17)

(Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal, November 2, 1995)

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Buddhist Parables

Excerpts from Treasures of the Heart, a book of buddhist parables in which SGI President Ikeda highlights core teachings of Buddhism and their relevance to our daily lives.

Study Materials

Daily Encouragement

Daily Encouragement

February 9

When we interact with others with true sincerity, the other person will more often than not come to respect and value our own character. And this is all the more so when our actions are based on prayer. Conversely, holding others in contempt only leads to being held in contempt oneself: one whose life is tainted by feelings of hate toward others will come to be reviled by others. Let us open the path to mutual respect and harmonious coexistence so as to bring an end to this vicious circle that has long been part of human destiny.

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