When we suffer some misfortune, we tend to imagine that no one could possibly be as unhappy or as unfortunate. It’s easy to drown in self-pity and turn a blind eye to everyone and everything else. But dwelling on our own pain or discontent and hopelessness only causes our life force to wane even further. It is at such times that we need to rekindle our connections with others, to be concerned for their struggles. In doing so we discover a renewed strength and the will to live.

Stories of Hope

The Tenacity of Hope

Václav Havel

Václav Havel was a playwright, political dissident and president of the Czech Republic, whose service to freedom, democracy and human rights will always be remembered.

Stories of Hope

Raising Children

What is the greatest gift a parent can bequeath to a child? Ikeda believes the ultimate goal of child-rearing lies in nurturing in children the fortitude to prevail over the tests of life and belief in their limitless potential. Read here ...

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The Power of Words

What is the most powerful tool for change and enrichment in the world? Ikeda maintains it is our ability to engage in dialogue, the exchange of ideas and ideals that is uniquely human. Read here ...