Buddhist leader, philosopher and educator Daisaku Ikeda offers encouraging words on many issues. Here are a few quotations on transcending differences, finding compassion and empathy for others and exerting yourself to make not only your own life happier but the lives of others as well. “If you light a lantern for another, it will brighten your own way.”
The wonderful thing about a custom built home is that you can have everything exactly as you want. The terrible thing about a custom built home is that you can have everything exactly as you want. Huh? Yes, they’re both true. You actually have to decide what you want. Well, isn’t that the whole point? Yes, but the decisions never stop until all the furnishings are in their final place. For some, it all may be simple enough. For others, it may be so daunting they wouldn’t even consider it. Of course, for many it’s not an option due to the expense or the time it takes to completion.
The SGI-USA website has a continuing feature on what it means to be a Buddhist in America. Jimmy Anicet is just one of many people whose experiences have been chronicled in a video on their site. From a guy who grew up with a stutter and a language learning delay he has become a standup comedian.
“A great human revolution in just a single individual will help achieve a change in the destiny of a nation and, further, will enable a change in the destiny of humankind.” So says Daisaku Ikeda, President of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) the largest Buddhist organization in the world. To make this more understandable—and add a little humor to lighten the conceptual load, let’s make this a dialogue.
Whether one is willing to accept the tenets of the Buddhist faith that he embraces or practice it diligently in pursuit of happiness and enlightenment, one can appreciate the wisdom of his encouragement. For that reason, we are including four of many quotes from him found on a website dedicated to that purpose. Along with the quotes is the experience of editor, publisher and author John Maberry in relation to these passages.
This is my strange story of the unlikely encounter of a lonely sickly boy and the greatest philosopher of our time, in the world’s most beautiful city. My practice of Buddhism began at the age of thirteen in Los Angeles. My oldest brother introduced me. Those were the pioneering days of our movement in North America. Most of the members were young but none as young as me.
Wayne Shorter is a co-president of the International Coalition of Artists for Peace (ICAP). According to this jazz virtuoso, the power of women was shown to him at an early age, especially through the example of his mother. In this video introduction to ICAP’s most recent exhibition, Voices of Change—The Power of Women, Mr. Shorter and others
We have set forth basic principles of both Buddhism and Pragmatism in the two previous articles. In the process, we gave some hints of the correlations between the two. In this concluding article we will elaborate on those connections. There is a long history of common conceptual understandings, even before the existence of Pragmatism as a philosophical theory.
“The core of pragmatism was the pragmatist maxim, a rule for clarifying the contents of hypotheses by tracing their ‘practical consequences’. In the work of Peirce and James, the most influential application of the pragmatist maxim was to the concept of truth.”
“[Pragmatism] has significantly influenced non-philosophers—notably in the fields of law, education, politics, sociology, psychology, and literary criticism . . .”
Buddhism is a 2,500 plus year old religion that began in India. Pragmatism is a philosophical system that began in America in the late 19th century. Surprisingly enough, they have some core elements in common. The bottom line, Buddhism is consistent with the traditional aspirations of Americans (and among members of other cultures as well)