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A selection of quotes from Daisaku Ikeda’s published works on inspiration for daily living.

2022-10-06

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However difficult our situation or profound our anguish, we always retain the capacity to light the flame of encouragement. This light dispels not only the darkness of others’ suffering, but also that which envelops our own heart.
Peace is not some abstraction far beyond our reach. It begins with creating a circle of trust and friendship right where we are. Each of these circles expands to include more people; this is the basis of global peace.
Sincerity knows no barriers of age or nationality. Words spoken out of genuine concern for others strike a powerful chord in people’s hearts.
The true value of a philosophy or religion is conveyed by people’s actions, by how they live their lives. Buddhism comes alive in the joyous and dedicated efforts of its practitioners for the welfare of others and society.
To make our ideals a reality, we must first examine actual conditions. If we avert our eyes from reality, our ideals become nothing more than illusions.
Words of encouragement motivated by the wish for someone’s happiness can function as a source of revitalizing light, rousing courage and strength.
Day after day, steadily press ahead, one step at a time, with all your strength. The accumulation of such small actions, such small triumphs, will result in a historic victory.
Religion must always be for the people. People do not exist for the sake of religion. This must be the fundamental guideline of religion in the twenty-first century.
How others view us is not important. Temporary successes or failures also do not matter. What counts is whether our faces shine with happy smiles at the very end of our lives.
Freedom doesn’t mean the absence of all restrictions. It means possessing unshakable conviction in the face of any obstacle. This is true freedom.
In any struggle, the person who decides they are going to succeed does so. Such firm resolve gives rise to unlimited power and energy.
Dialogue is the special prerogative of human beings. It transcends the barriers that separate us and links our hearts and the world with the strongest of ties.
Having goals for the future keeps the sun of hope burning in our hearts. As long as we have hope, we will never be deadlocked or discouraged.
A religion truly concerned with people’s happiness brings them courage, hope, and wisdom, fortifies their spirits, and enables them to free themselves from the chains of suffering.
Keep moving forward with a firm eye on the future, telling yourself, “I'll start from today!” “I'll start afresh from now, from this very moment!”
Transforming our karma doesn’t mean becoming a different person; it means establishing an inner state of supreme happiness, just as we are.
Greater energy and enthusiasm arise when people understand and appreciate the significance of their efforts.
It is important for young people to create a record of personal victories. This shapes their path in life and becomes a treasure they can always be proud of.
There is a time for every undertaking. The time we have in this life is limited. If we don’t do what needs to be done when the moment calls for it, we will be left with regrets.
Trying to improve ourselves and make the world a better place involves an unremitting struggle with problems and difficulties. But the lives of those who challenge themselves in this way are filled with satisfaction, exhilaration, and the wonderful reward of personal growth.
The way to overcome lies and misinformation is to courageously set the record straight. Failing to speak up allows lies to prevail over truth.
To commiserate with, or feel pity for, someone falls short of genuine compassion. Understanding is key. People can find the strength to carry on simply knowing that there is someone out there that understands them unconditionally.
To encourage another is an intense task of inspiration, of rekindling their life energy and calling forth their indomitable spirit. Underlying this must be an earnest wish for their happiness.
Trust isn’t built overnight. It is fostered through the accumulation of our daily actions. Such trust is the cornerstone of human relationships.
Culture and art have always been inextricably linked with religion. They have flourished through its rich influence. When human hearts are cultivated and ennobled by religion, a brilliant flowering of culture and art ensues.
There can be no revealing the true without refuting the erroneous. In fact, failure to correct what is wrong amounts to condoning evil and makes one complicit with it.
What is it that defines outstanding leaders? They are determined to achieve their goals without fail and lead by example in getting things done. They also always remember to have appreciation and consideration for those who work alongside them with the same dedication.
The truth is that devoting ourselves to others’ happiness is actually a necessary condition for becoming genuinely happy ourselves.
Buddhism is a teaching of value creation, and value creation begins with having the wisdom to appreciate every situation we face and transform it into joy, hope, and victory.
By challenging trials and difficulties, using them as an impetus instead of being defeated by them, we can achieve fresh growth and victory.
Truly great achievements are carried out with quiet determination, without praise or acclamation.
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