A selection of narrated excerpts from the writings of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda. Click to download or listen now.

1. On Shakyamuni

Daisaku Ikeda discusses the early life of Shakyamuni and his quest for enlightenment.

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2. The Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra

Comments made by Daisaku Ikeda during a discussion on the Lotus Sutra with members of the Soka Gakkai's study department.(See text)

3. On Attaining Buddhahood in This Lifetime

The first in a series of lectures by Daisaku Ikeda on Nichiren's writing "On Attaining Buddhahood in This Lifetime."

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4. The Bodhisattva Ideal and Human Rights Culture

Daisaku Ikeda considers the concept of the Bodhisattva spirit and its relevance in the modern world.

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5. Human Revolution

"Human Revolution"–-the inner transformation of the individual-–discussed by Daisaku Ikeda in a dialogue with young people. (See text)

6. On Practice

In this excerpt from his book Discussions on Youth, Daisaku Ikeda talks about approaches to the practice of Buddhism in modern society.

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7. Someone to Trust

Daisaku Ikeda recalls his first meeting with his mentor in life, Josei Toda.

8. A Grand Declaration of Gender Equality

Daisaku Ikeda explores the Lotus Sutra's assertion that women and men are equally capable of attaining Buddhahod. (See text)

9. A Healthy Life

Comments on the real meaning of health from Daisaku Ikeda’s discussion with members of the Soka Gakkai Doctors' Division.

10. Thoughts on Friendship

Daisaku Ikeda comments on the true value of friendship in discussion with Soka Gakkai youth representatives.

11. What is Love?

In discussion with youth representatives, Daisaku Ikeda shares his thoughts on the varied aspects of love.

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12. The Meaning of Work

Daisaku Ikeda explores the significance of work, from a discussion with Soka Gakkai youth members in Japan.

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