About the Soka Philosophy of
Buddhism is a tradition based on a profound reverence for life and the unlimited potential within every living being. Beginning with Shakyamuni Buddha in India, it has focused on awakening the individual to the courage, compassion, hope, wisdom and joy within. Soka, or “value creation,” brings this truth to life in society, where a transformation in a single individual can enable a change in their family, community and society as a whole.
Applying the Philosophy
Resolving Conflicts as Buddhists
After World War II, the United Nations was established in 1946 to “save succeeding generations from the scourge of war.” Unfortunately, since then, some 250 armed conflicts have broken out around the world, claiming hundreds of millions of lives. Conflict resolution, which aims to resolve tense situations between opposing parties peacefully, became a significant field
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The Buddhist View on Caregiving
Caregiving for an elderly family member is a great responsibility. Truth be told, while it can be incredibly rewarding, it can also be extremely challenging at times. In this issue, we interview SGI-USA members about their caregiving experiences, and include guidance from Ikeda Sensei’s book On Health and Long Life to those undertaking this important
The Soka Philosophy of Empowerment
Merriam-Webster defines powerlessness as lacking the capacity or authority to act. To be sure, modern psychology suggests that when confronting a problem, lacking a defined role can make us feel less in control of a situation. Considering the nature of the pandemic and other world events, it may seem like many of society’s most significant
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