Learning from President Ikeda’s Peace Proposals

Let us learn from the various stories and anecdotes as shared in President Ikeda’s Peace Proposals!

Building An Economy that Inspires Hope in Young People

“Economic recovery is an urgent demand, but unless we can ease the sense of fear and uncertainty felt by so many young people and spark the light of hope in their hearts, not only the economic outlook but all hopes for healthy social development will remain dim.”
~ Daisaku Ikeda, Peace Proposal 2022

Read on to find out why President Ikeda outlines in his 40th Peace Proposal the importance of building an economy that inspires hope in young people following the pandemic outbreak.

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The Physician Named Jivaka

What kind of spirit is needed to establish a consciousness of global solidarity?

Let’s learn from a Buddhist story of Jivaka, a highly honoured healer, as shared by President Ikeda in this year’s 2022 Peace Proposal.

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Realizing Dignity and Happiness for both Oneself and Others

In his 40th peace proposal released on January 26, 2022, SGI President shares, “It is crucial to improve conditions for all these vulnerable populations with an attentive focus on each individual. The time has come, as we squarely face these realities, to break free from the classical idea of mutual advantage. …I likewise cannot but sense a commonality of spirit with the way of life that is the ideal of the SGI — a commitment to realizing dignity and happiness for both oneself and others.”

Let’s learn from a story quoted in the Peace Proposal from the Mahayana Buddhist text the Vimalakirti Sutra that includes an episode resonating with this worldview and sensitivity to life.

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Establishing a Global Solidarity of Action

In President Ikeda’s 2021 Peace Proposal titled, “Value-Creation in a Time of Crisis”, an anecdote on refugees giving back to the communities they lived in was shared to illustrate the importance of establishing a global solidarity of action.

“The irrepressible desire to do what one can to help even one person, the awareness of and concern for others, the wholehearted action taken on their behalf that arises from living in the same community … such awareness and action, sustained and repeated despite differences of nationality or circumstance, can cultivate the soil from which resilience arises and grows. The fundamental challenges will be to create and maintain a shared awareness of the need to work in solidarity to overcome the present crisis and to expand the number of people taking responsibility to build resilience in their respective societies.”
(President Ikeda, 2021 Peace Proposal)

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Anecdote on the King and Queen of Kosala

In President Ikeda’s 2021 Peace Proposal titled “Value-Creation in a Time of Crisis”, an anecdote on the King and Queen of Kosala was shared to illustrate the precious and irreplaceable dignity of life in oneself and others.

Based on the Lotus Sutra’s teaching on the respect for human dignity, let us dispel all forms of discrimination and build an inclusive society for all. As one person after another comes into contact with this notion that all without exception inherently possess the most sublime state of being, they will also begin to recognize the weight and value of the dignity of others.

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Parable of the Poisoned Arrow

In President Ikeda’s 2021 Peace Proposal, an excerpt from the “Parable of the Poisoned Arrow” was shared to illustrate the Buddhist teachings of Nichiren, who stressed the crucial importance of taking action to eliminate suffering and despair.

As the world today is faced with a complex set of urgent crises unprecedented in the history of humankind, let us bring forth the determination never to leave behind those struggling with challenges!

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