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

April 30

Nobel laureate Gabriela Mistral (1889-1957) of Chile was well respected as a humanistic educator. Indicative of the great spirit of compassion and caring with which she interacted with her students is her "Teacher's Prayer": "Let me be more mother than the mother herself in my love and defense of the child who is not flesh of my flesh. Help me to make one of my children my most perfect poem and leave within him or her my most melodious melody from that day when my own lips no longer sing." With this same spirit, let us care for and nurture young people.

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