Hope Is a Decision: Selected Essays

Hope Is a Decision: Selected Essays

by Daisaku Ikeda

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How do we remain optimistic when the world seems to be falling apart around us? In these intimate essays, the author leads the reader on an inspirational journey to find answers and hope in troubled times. The book includes incisive commentaries on terrorism, good and evil, and aging and death that provide a new perspective on approaching the world with hope. The lyrical reflections on poetry and friendship highlight how such spiritual pursuits are the wellsprings of hope in dark times. Each essay suggests ways in which anyone can connect their personal search for strength, wisdom, and hope to the collective desire to bring about a just, humane, and caring society.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781938252709
Publisher: Middleway Press
Publication date: 05/01/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 723,267
File size: 965 KB

About the Author

Daisaku Ikeda is the founder and president of the Soka Gakkai International. He has written and lectured widely on Buddhism, humanism, and ethics, and he has published dialogues with global figures such as Arnold Toynbee, Linus Pauling, and Mikhail Gorbachev. He is the author of Buddhism Day By Day, Unlocking the Mysteries of Death, The Way of Youth and the coauthor of America Will Be!, Art of True Relations, Choose Hope, Knowing Our Worth, and Our Word to Make. He lives in Tokyo, Japan.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Editors' Note xiii

Hope and Happiness

The Most Important Decision 3

Courage, Conviction, Hope 9

Truth Close at Hand 15

Winter Never Lasts 23

Too Much Stress 31

Friendship and Poetry

True Friends 37

Children of War 41

Cemetery Days 47

An Unforgettable Book 53

Each of Us a Poet 59

Good and Evil

An Enemy Falls From the Sky 67

The Supreme Jewel 77

A Piece of Broken Mirror 83

The Path Called Dialogue 89

A Single Word 95

A Necessary Evil? 101

Life and Death

Our Pomegranate Tree 109

To Risk Our Lives 113

My Mentor's Death 119

The Real Thing 123

An Aging Society 129

Every Moment of Every Day 133


A Revolution Open to All 139

Notes 143

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