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The New Human Revolution

The New Human Revolution

Mahatma Gandhi proclaimed that the "power of the spirit" is stronger than any atomic bomb. To transform this century of war into a century of peace, we must cultivate the limitless inherent power of human life. This is the "human revolution," and it will be the theme that flows consistently throughout the novel. - Daisaku Ikeda

The New Human Revolution, chronicles the growth of the Soka Gakkai from the time Daisaku Ikeda became Soka Gakkai President in 1960. This is the story of Josei Toda's disciples as they strive to carry on his spirit to share the humanism of Nichiren Buddhism throughout the world. 

Much more than a novelized history, The New Human Revolution is also a pertinet textbook of how to practice Buddhism and build a movement for peace today. 


The Human Revolution

The Human Revolution

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 all humankind. - Shin'ichi Yamamoto

With this [above quote] as the heart of his message, the author wrote his twelve-volume account of Josei Toda's life and the phenomenal growth of the Soka Gakkai in postwar Japan. Published here in slightly abridged form, this work paints a fascinating and empowering story of the power of one person's inner determination. In Josei Toda's awakening and transformation, as well as his leading others to lives of genuine happiness, we find a model for a life of happiness for ourselves and for all humankind. 


The Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra

The Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra
A Discussion

The Lotus Sutra teaches of the great hidden treasure of the heart, as vast as the universe itself, which dispels any feelings of powerlessness. It teaches a dynamic way of living in which we breathe the immense life of the universe itself. It teaches the true great adventure of self-reformation." - Daisaku Ikeda

Now, in clear, down-to-earth terms, SGI President Ikeda and Soka Gakkai Study Department leaders Katsuji Saito, Takanori Endo and Haruo Suda explore the profound meaning of the Lotus Sutra's twenty-eight chapters. Basing themselves on Nichiren Daishonin's lectures on the Lotus Sutra, "The Record of Orally Transmitted Teachings," they explain the concepts that form the foundation of SGI members' Buddhist practice. Through their discussions, the ancient text of the Lotus Sutra comes alive, brimming with profound significance and practical advice for living in today's world. 


The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin
Volumes 1 & 2

More valuable than treasures in a storehouse are the treasures of the body, and the treasures of the heart are the most valuable of all. From the time you read this letter on, strive to accumulate the treasures of the heart! - Nichiren Daishonin

Nichiren Daishonin (1222-1282) wrote numerous letters, as well as doctrinal writings and official treatises, throughout his life, writings that overflow with a spirit imbued with great wisdom, courage and compassion. Even though they were written over 700 years ago in a cultural context and time period different from our own, the principles therein continue to pulse and resonate in the minds of the people across the world, offering wisdom and encouragement that is universal and timeless.

Nichiren Library

The Record of Orally Transmitted Teachings

Basing himself upon the Lotus Sutra, Nichiren did not look to some external being such as a Buddha or the gods as the source of this revolution in the individual and in society. Instead he perceived a Law or truth that permeates both the inner being of the individual and the life force of the universe as a whole, and sought to open up and disseminate an understanding of that truth. - Daisaku Ikeda

The Record of Orally Transmitted Teachings contains Nichiren Daishonin's interpretation of key passages of each chapter of the Lotus Sutra.

Record of Orally Transmitted Teachings

The Soka Gakkai Dictionary of Buddhism

...the Dictionary [of Buddhism]...provides essential knowledge not only for students of Nichiren Buddhism, but for anyone reading Buddhist texts. - George J. Tanabe Jr., Departement of Religion, University of Hawaii

The Soka Gakkai Dictionary of Buddhism was Published in 2002 by the Soka Gakkai International. 

Dictionary of Buddhism

The Lotus Sutra
And It's Opening and Closing Sutras

The Lotus Sutra is one of the most important and influential of all the sutras or sacred scriptures of Mahayana Buddhism, revered by almost all branches of the Mahayana teachings, and over many centuries the object of intense veneration among Buddhist believers throughout China, Korea, Japan, and other regions of eastern Asia. - Burton Watson, American Scholar and Translator

The Lotus Sutra is widely regarded as one of the most important and influential sutras, or scriptures, of Buddhism. 

Lotus Sutra