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Soka Education: A Buddhist Vision for
Teachers, Students and Parents
"What our world most requires now is the kind of education that fosters love for humankind, that develops character - that provides an intellectual basis for the realization of peace and empowers learners to contribute to and improve society," writes Daisaku Ikeda, respected educator, prolific author and international Buddhist leader.
Soka education strives to do that. Soka is a Japanese word that means "to create value," or to develop within oneself the capacity to find meaning, to enhance one's own existence and contribute to the well-being of others, under all circumstances.
From Soka Education: A Buddhist Vision for Teachers, Students and Parents teachers, students (and their parents) will gain a fresh spiritual perspective from which to view the ultimate purpose of education itself. As Victor H. Kazanjian of Wellesley College writes in the foreword, "Mr. Ikeda provides teachings that will enrich the work of educators everywhere."
Drawing on philosophers and activists from every culture, Mr. Ikeda offers timely and important ideas. He asks "for what purpose education?" and shares his conviction that the answer must always lie in developing within the character of each individual student the "noble spirit to embrace and augment the lives of others."
Mr. Ikeda has made this philosophy the founding spirit for the several Soka schools in Japan and Asia he has established, as well as for Soka University of America in Aliso Viejo, California, which opened in May 2001. The curriculum of these Soka schools, though based on Buddhist principles, is nonsectarian and open to people of all faiths.
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