Consideration is training ourselves in the art of encouraging others. The important thing is not just to sympathize with or to pity others, but to really understand what they’re going through. Empathy is crucial. Sometimes just having someone who really understands can give us the strength to go on.

Stories of Hope

The Courage to Rebuild

Following the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami in Japan in March 2011, Ikeda applauds the hope, strength and resilience of those battling to rebuild their lives and communities.