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Where Does World Peace Begin?
With Each One of Us, Says Buddhist Leader

(Tokyo) Wars rip across the Congo, guerilla fighters hijack cars on the highways of Peru, the United States and China slap down billions of dollars to build space age weapons. What can the average guy do? Daisaku Ikeda didn't write his book on world peace for just national leaders or even political activists. Unlike other books on the subject, For the Sake of Peace: Seven Paths to Global Harmony, a Buddhist Perspective speaks to the individual's role. "The real seeds of peace lie not in lofty ideas," says Ikeda, a recipient of the United Nations Peace Award, "but in human understanding and the empathy of ordinary people."

Ikeda draws on the Buddhist perspective-compassion, the interconnectedness of all life, and absolute respect for human life-to offer seven paths to world peace. These range from dialogue to tolerance, from global awareness to disarmament, and the path of self-mastery that underlies them all. Ikeda says, "The issue of how to build the 'defenses of peace' within the hearts of individuals takes precedence over any external systemic factors and represents both the wellspring and the core of any attempt to build peace."

Ikeda's perspective is particularly relevant as the world struggles to reform itself with the ending of the Cold War and regional animosities reassert themselves across the globe. Old ways of looking at the world are no longer working. The Buddhist perspective is also relevant as the United States considers whether to build an anti-ballistic missile shield and considers how to deal with biological terrorism. While nations can make changes in policy in the short term, Ikeda says the long-term solution for world peace begins when individuals follow the seven paths, and that will "lead us out of our internal wilderness and allow us to live together happily, the way humanity has always dreamed of."

Ikeda is the author of more than 200 books, many of which have been translated into several languages. In 1960 he became president of Soka Gakkai International (SGI), which promotes education, international cultural exchange and world peace. SGI currently has over 12 million members worldwide.

For your review copy of For the Sake of Peace, please contact Reiko Groshell at (310) 260-8955 or email middlewaypress@sgi-usa.org.

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