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

May 7

Many things happen in life. There are joyous days and times of suffering. Sometimes unpleasant things occur. But that's what makes life so interesting. The dramas we encounter are part and parcel of being human. If we experienced no change or drama in our lives, if nothing unexpected ever happened, we would merely be like automatons, our lives unbearably monotonous and dull. Therefore, please develop a strong self so that you can enact the drama of your life with confidence and poise in the face of whatever vicissitudes you may encounter.

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