“True Friendship is not a Relationship of Dependence but of Independence”

The bamboo groves of autumn are gorgeous. Each bamboo tree stands independently, growing straight and tall toward the sky. Yet in the ground, out of sight, the roots of each tree are interconnected.

In the same way, true friendship is not a relationship of dependence but of independence. It is the enduring bond that connects self-reliant individuals, comrades who share the same commitment, on a spiritual dimension.

– Daisaku Ikeda

From Discussions on Youth (Page 46, 2010 World Tribune Press) 

Discussions on Youth


The discussions in this book took place among Soka Gakkai youth leaders and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda during the course of several years. SGI-USA previously published part one as two volumes in English. This new edition includes both part one and part two, the latter appearing in book form for the first time in English.

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