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 (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 (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

June 26

This spirit of engaging others in dialogue on equal terms is the essence of Buddhism. Ordering people about in a high-handed, arrogant manner, shouting at them to do one's bidding, is truly deplorable behavior. Such a world has no relation to Buddhism. Through dialogue Shakyamuni opened hearts that were closed, softened hearts that had grown hard and melted hearts that were frozen.

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