A New Humanism: The University Addresses of Daisaku Ikeda


These are the speeches of a man equally conversant with the sages of ancient China, the heroes and visionary political leaders of every nation, with Tolstoy, Gandhi, and Hugo--and of course, with the long tradition of Buddhist thought that is his personal commitment and truth.
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New Humanism, A: The University Addresses of Daisaku Ikeda

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These are the speeches of a man equally conversant with the sages of ancient China, the heroes and visionary political leaders of every nation, with Tolstoy, Gandhi, and Hugo--and of course, with the long tradition of Buddhist thought that is his personal commitment and truth.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848854826
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/15/2010
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Daisaku Ikeda (1928-) is the President of Soka Gakkai International, a lay Buddhist organization whose adherents come from over 190 countries throughout the world. He is the author of more than 80 books on Buddhist themes, and received the United Nations Peace Award in 1983.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Editors' note

Preface to the first edition


1 Creative Life

(Institut de France, 1989) 3

2 A Matter of the Heart

(Peking University, 1990) 12

3 Beyond the Profit Motive

(University of the Philippines, 1991) 19

4 The Kemalist Revolution: A Model

(Ankara University, 1992) 23

5 Flight of Creativity

(University of Bologna, 1994) 31

6 Magnificent Cosmos

(Moscow State University, 1994) 41

7 Thoughts On Education For Global Citizenship

(Columbia University Teachers College, 1996) 52


8 A New Road to East-West Cultural Exchange

(Moscow State University, 1975) 65

9 The Mexican Poetic Spirit

(University of Guadalajara, 1981) 76

10 A Harmonious Blend of Cultures

(Sofia University, 1981) 82

11 Crossroads of Civilisation

(University of Bucharest, 1983) 89

12 The Making of History

(Fudan University, 1984) 97

13 A New Global Awareness

(University of East Asia, 1991) 101

14 Surmounting Darkness And the Faustian Agony: Light For Twenty-First-Century Civilisation

(Ateneo de Santander, 1995) 110

15 Building A Great Spiritual Bridge to the New Century

(University of Havana, 1996) 122


16 A Godless Civilisation

(Peking University, 1980) 131

17 The Enduring Self

(Ucla, 1974) 136

18 Gandhism and the Modern World

(National Museum, New Delhi, 1992) 144

19 Ethos of Symbiosis

(Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, 1992) 155

20 Mahayana Buddhism And Twenty-First-Century Civilisation

(Harvard University, 1993) 165

21 Homage to the Sagarmatha of Humanism: The Living Lessons of Gautama Buddha

(Tribhuvan University, 1995) 176


22 The Age Of 'Soft Power'

(Harvard University, 1991) 189

23 Radicalism Reconsidered

(Claremont Mckenna College, 1993) 198

24 Infinite Horizon

(Shenzhen University, 1994) 207

25 Garden of Imagination

(Brazilian Academy of Letters, 1993) 215

26 Globalism and Nationalism

(University of Buenos Aires, 1990) 225

27 Peace and Human Security: A Buddhist Perspective For the Twenty-First Century

(East-West Center, 1995) 229

28 Makiguchi's Lifelong Pursuit of Justice and Humane Values

(Simon Wiesenthal Center, 1996) 241

Glossary 253

Notes 259

Index 273

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2000

    Boundless Wisdom on Every Page

    I first found this book as a result of Larry King Live interview with Tina Turner, a devout practitioner of the Buddhist school led by Daisaku Ikeda, author of A New Humanism. I was so impressed with the wisdom, courage and compassion of Mr. Ikeda's university addresses in A New Humanism that I bought several more of his books and have enjoyed each one more than the previous! It's easy to see from this book why so many prominent universities around the world have bestowed upon Daisaku Ikeda their highest awards and honorary doctorates. He is truly a world-class gentleman and scholar. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the practical applications of ancient Buddhist principles in everyday, modern life.

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