Buddhism for You: Courage

Buddhism for You: Courage 2018-01-18T16:21:33-08:00

“One who has the courage to speak the truth
lives a truly splendid and fulfilling life.”

—Daisaku Ikeda

Without a deep inner resolve to stand up to our obstacles, we’re simply tossed here and there by life’s vagaries. Without courage, real happiness is impossible.

Buddhism For You: Courage presents the thoughts of Daisaku Ikeda, Buddhist scholar and spiritual leader for millions worldwide, focusing on the importance of a dauntless spirit.

Daisaku Ikeda is the author of more than 60 books, including UNLOCKING THE MYSTERIES OF BIRTH AND DEATH, SOKA EDUCATION, FOR THE SAKE OF PEACE, and THE LIVING BUDDHA.

Daisaku Ikeda is a prolific writer, poet and peace activist, recognized as one of the leading interpreters of Buddhism, bringing its timeless wisdom to bear on the many contemporary issues confronting humanity. He is President of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI), a lay Buddhist association pursuing the values of peace, culture and education and committed to fostering within individuals a sense of responsibility for the shared global community. Today the SGI is one of the most dynamic and diverse Buddhist organizations in the world.

As president of the organization, Ikeda has traveled widely and held dialogues with leading thinkers of the world, based on his belief that dialogue is the most basic starting point for peace. He has also written extensively, with over 50 publications to his name.

Ikeda is the founder of a number of independent, secular organizations to further the pursuit of peace, culture and education. This includes the Soka school system, the Min-On Concert Association, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy, the Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue, the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research and the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum.

He is the recipient of 200 honorary doctorates and numerous awards such as the recipient of the United Nations Peace Award, the Rosa Parks Humanitarian Award, and the International Tolerance Award of the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

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The human will is an asset, equally distributed among everyone,
and any individual can allow it to manifest itself from
one’s inner possible resources if one has a mind to do so.

Rather than lift your voice in a thousand laments
at the encroaching darkness, light a single candle!

The deeper the darkness, the more crucial it is for us
to make our lives shine like the sun and
brilliantly illuminate the surrounding gloom.
This is the way of Buddhism.

Fear is hell; courage is joy.

The most important kind of courage
is the courage required to live a good life each day.