A New Way Forward

A New Way Forward

US University Lectures

Daisaku Ikeda


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“Wisdom and compassion are intimately linked and mutually reinforcing.Compassion in Buddhism does not involve the forcible suppression ofour natural emotions, our likes and dislikes. Rather, it is the realization thateven those whom we dislike have qualities that can contribute to our livesand can afford us opportunities to grow in our own humanity.”—Daisaku IkedaPeace lies along the path of humanity's growth and inner transformation. With this as a major theme, Daisaku Ikeda offers fresh insights and new ways of thinking in each of his seven US university lectures collected in A New Way Forward.These explorations on the power of dialogue, the interdependence of all life, the importance of developing in one's character the attributes of wisdom, courage, and compassion, and other topics, stir the heart and mind and lead to the inevitable conclusion that each individual holds the key to a lasting peace.


Daisaku Ikeda:
Daisaku Ikeda is president of the Soka Gakkai International and founder of the Soka schools system, which includes Soka University of America. A prolific author, poet, philosopher, and peace activist, he has traveled the world since 1960 to spread a life-affirming philosophy of peace and happiness, bringing the ancient ideas of Buddhism to bear on modern problems of life and society.