Some envy and resent those whom they see as more successful than themselves. Others dream of success and social recognition without hard work. All such attitudes stem from the dire delusion that happiness can be gained from somewhere other than within ourselves.

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The Spirit of Reverence for Life

Wangari Maathai

Wangari Maathai will be forever remembered for empowering women and protecting our planet. She also promoted the Japanese “mottainai” spirit—treasuring life and wasting nothing.

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What is Happiness?

Happiness remains the most cherished yet elusive of all human desires. Ikeda asserts that life can be complete with or without the usual requisites of happiness—family, wealth and recognition. The key, he says, lies within. Read here ...

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The Teachers of My Childhood

Even as the storms of war darkened his childhood, Ikeda recalls those who helped brighten his life by planting the seeds of hope and courage.