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Daisaku Ikeda

Traveling to a New America – Santa Barbara, Ca. IANDS Talk

Tweet On the evening of January 11, James Hilgendorf presented a one-hour talk to about 100 attendees at Unity of Santa Barbara, presented by the Santa Barbara Chapter of IANDS, the International Association of Near Death Studies. The talk was titled “Waking Up To Who You Really Are”.  During the talk, he presented ideas from [...]

Soka Gakkai – New Religious Kid on the Block

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The Task of Creating Your Own Life

Tweet “Words of Wisdom” by Daisaku Ikeda. _____________ James Hilgendorf is a filmmaker, speaker, and the author of ten non-fiction books.

Ashraf Fayadh & the Thought Police of Saudi Arabia

Tweet Ashraf Fayadh, the renowned Palestinian poet and artist, has been sentenced to death by a Saudi Arabian court on charges of apostasy (renunciation of Islam), spreading atheism, and threatening the morals of Saudi society. What were these charges based on?  A book of poems he published in 2008 in Lebanon. Fayadh is known in [...]

The New Religion: Beyond Dogma or Materialism: A Third Way

Tweet The debate continues to rage between science and religion, between the outdated dogma of our mainline religions and the godless materialism of atheism and secular humanism. On the one hand are faith-based claims for the existence of God and the validity of ancient books and prophets; on the other, the powers of reason and [...]

Daisaku Ikeda – Unknown Nobel Peace Prize Nominee

Tweet Just before the most recent Nobel Peace Prize was announced, CNN ran a piece listing ten people as possible leading nominees.  One of these people was Daisaku Ikeda. I imagine many readers, upon seeing his face and name, would have reacted with a puzzled look of non-recognition.  Who is this man? Daisaku Ikeda is [...]

What is Happiness?

Tweet What is Happiness?  This is a question that many people ask. I find the following passage by Daisaku Ikeda very insightful: “What is the purpose of life? It is to become happy. Whatever country or society people live in, they all have the same deep desire: to become happy. 

Yet, there are few ideals [...]

Sarah Wider/Transcendentalism & Interconnectedness

Tweet In 2014, Sarah Wider, Professor of English and Women’s Studies at Colgate University, and Daisaku Ikeda, founder and president of the Soka Gakkai International, published a dialogue titled “The Art of True Relations: Conversations on the poetic heart of human possibility“. Ms. Wider specializes in the American Renaissance, American women writers of the late [...]

Chingiz Aitmatov/Daisaku Ikeda – Dialogue of Giants

Tweet Chingiz Aitmatov, the great Russian and Kyrgyz writer, is not that well known in the Western world, although he was one of the greatest writers in the Russian and Kyrgyz languages in the latter half of the twentieth century.  He was also the ambassador for Kyrgyzstan to the European Union, NATA, and UNESCO.  He [...]