Quotes by: Daisaku Ikeda

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Daisaku Ikeda
President of Soka Gakkai International (SGI)
Incumbent
Assumed office
26 January 1975
Honorary President of Soka Gakkai
Incumbent
Assumed office
23 April 1979
3rd President of Soka Gakkai
In office
3 May 1960 – 23 April 1979
Preceded by Jōsei Toda
Succeeded by Hiroshi Hojo (北条浩)
Personal details
Born (1928-01-02) 2 January 1928 (age 89)
Ōta, Tokyo, Japan
Spouse(s) Kaneko Ikeda (池田香峯子)
Children
Hiromasa Ikeda (池田博正) Takahiro Ikeda (池田尊弘)
Parents
Ichi Ikeda (mother) Nenokichi Ikeda (father)
Residence Tokyo, Japan
Alma mater Fuji Junior College (present-day Tokyo Fuji University)[1]
Website daisakuikeda.org

The reactions of the human heart are not mechanical and predictable but infinitely subtle and delicate.
Daisaku Ikeda
Human rights will be a powerful force for the transformation of reality when they are not simply understood as externally defined norms of behavior but are lived as the spontaneous manifestation of internalized values.
Daisaku Ikeda
It is natural for us, as human beings, to look forward. Our eyes naturally look ahead. In this sense, we are made for moving toward a goal.
Daisaku Ikeda
It is only through such real-life daily struggles and challenges that a genuine sensitivity to human rights can be inculcated. This is a truth that is not limited to school education: it applies to all of us.
Daisaku Ikeda
The eyes of a poet discover in each person a unique and irreplaceable humanity. While arrogant intellect seeks to control and manipulate the world, the poetic spirit bows with reverence before its mysteries.
Daisaku Ikeda
Women are, in my view, natural peacemakers. As givers and nurturers of life, through their focus on human relationships and their engagement with the demanding work of raising children and protecting family life, they develop a deep sense of empathy that cuts through to underlying human realities.
Daisaku Ikeda
The idea of interdependence is central to Buddhism, which holds that all things come into being through the mutual interactions of various causes and conditions.
Daisaku Ikeda
The wisdom and experience of older people is a resource of inestimable worth. Recognizing and treasuring the contributions of older people is essential to the long-term flourishing of any society.
Daisaku Ikeda
There are no greater treasures than the highest human qualities such as compassion, courage and hope. Not even tragic accident or disaster can destroy such treasures of the heart.
Daisaku Ikeda
A person, who no matter how desperate the situation, gives others hope, is a true leader.
Daisaku Ikeda
Ultimately, all human activities have as their goal the realization of happiness. Why, then, have we ended up producing the opposite result? Could the underlying cause be our failure to correctly understand the true nature of happiness?
Daisaku Ikeda
I firmly believe that the mission of religion in the 21st century must be to contribute concretely to the peaceful coexistence of humankind.
Daisaku Ikeda
Likewise, education can direct people toward good or evil ends. When education is based on a fundamentally distorted worldview, the results are horrific.
Daisaku Ikeda
Where there is an absence of international political leadership, civil society should step in to fill the gap, providing the energy and vision needed to move the world in a new and better direction.
Daisaku Ikeda
We must take steps to prevent further nuclear weapons development or modernization.
Daisaku Ikeda
So long as nuclear weapons continue to exist, so will the temptation to threaten others with overwhelming military force.
Daisaku Ikeda
Rather than turning away from the staggering scale and depth of misery caused by war, we must strive to develop our capacity to empathize and feel the sufferings of others.
Daisaku Ikeda
Japan learned from the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that the tragedy wrought by nuclear weapons must never be repeated and that humanity and nuclear weapons cannot coexist.
Daisaku Ikeda
But I think we need to remember that democracy everywhere is by its nature incomplete, a work in progress.
Daisaku Ikeda
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