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Buddhist wisdom for the week of October 1, 2017

Knowledge gives rise to wisdom. If you like, knowledge is the pump; wisdom is the water that we get from the pump. If we can’t obtain water, the pump is useless. At the same time, without knowledge, without the pump, we won’t be able to obtain water.

— Daisaku Ikeda

Nam myoho renge kyo

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Buddhist wisdom for the week of September 24, 2017

Before comparing yourself with others, win the battle with yourself. Strive to be better today than yesterday, and better tomorrow than today.

— Daisaku Ikeda

Nam myoho renge kyo

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Buddhist wisdom for the week of September 10, 2017

One of the fascinating things about human beings is this. Believe for long enough that you are not as smart as others and this will actually lead to intellectual ineptitude. But, confronted with the same doubts, if you choose to believe that your mind is merely dormant for now, lacking in exercise, once you begin to train it, there are no bounds to what you can achieve.

— Daisaku Ikeda

Nam myoho renge kyo

 

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Buddhist wisdom for the week of September 3, 2017

It is important to remember that your worth as a person is not based on your profession. It is not based on wealth, fame or academic credentials. What counts is how hard you have striven in your chosen path, how much good you have accomplished, how earnestly you have devoted your energies to it. It is your spirit of devotion, your sincerity, that determines your true worth.

— Daisaku Ikeda

Nam myoho renge kyo

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Buddhist wisdom for the week of August 27, 2017

Ultimately, we are responsible for our own destiny. It may seem to us that our fate is predetermined, whether by our genes or by our environment. What really matters, however, is how we can improve ourselves from this moment forward, how we can change the circumstances that we find ourselves in. This enormous transformative force is what Buddhism is all about in this struggle lies the source of never-ending youth and vitality.

— Daisaku Ikeda

Nam myoho renge kyo

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Buddhist wisdom for the week of August 20, 2017

From a healed, peaceful heart, humility is born; from humility, a willingness to listen to others is born; and from mutual understanding, a peaceful society will be born. Nonviolence is the highest form of humility; it is supreme courage.

— Daisaku Ikeda

Nam myoho renge kyo

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Buddhist wisdom for the week of August 13, 2017

“Non-violence” does not merely mean to refrain from violence. Violence erupts when one person blames another for a problem or conflict. Conversely, nonviolence is a way of life in which one resolves, “Let me be the one to change first.” If this spirit were to be embraced, how much more at peace would our families and society itself be?

— Daisaku Ikeda

Nam myoho renge kyo

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Buddhist wisdom for the week of August 6, 2017

None of us can exist in isolation. Our lives and existence are supported by others in seen and unseen ways, be it by parents, mentors or society at large. To be aware of these connections, to feel appreciation for them, and to strive to give something back to society in a spirit of gratitude is the proper way for human beings to live.

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Buddhist wisdom for the week of July 30, 2017

“Faith enables us to secure ultimate victory. It enables us to live with vigor and joy and to strive to improve ourselves – to become the very best people we can be. Moreover, faith enables us to walk through life with complete assurance and confidence, unafraid of anything.”

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