Seven Wonders

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“As Daisaku Ikeda has written, an understanding of the interconnectedness of all life can lead to a more peaceful world:
“We’re all human beings who, through some mystic bond, were born to share the same limited life span on this planet, a small green oasis in the vast universe. Why do we quarrel and victimize one another? If we could all keep the image of the vast heavens in mind, I believe that it would go a long way toward resolving conflicts and disputes. If our eyes are fixed on eternity, we come to realize that the conflicts of our little egos are really sad and unimportant.” (July 1999 SGI Publications/Quarterly)

  • President Ikeda on Nelson Mandela. He was brimming with confidence when I greeted him in Tokyo on a July afternoon in 1995. It was our second meeting, and also a little over a year since he had been elected president of South Africa. The “dangerous criminal” who had been imprisoned for 27 years for high treason had emerged from that prison to become president of his country. Justice, which had been locked away for so many decades, had finally begun to reign again in South Africa. As Mandela has commented, “South Africa’s prisons were intended to cripple us so that we should never again have the strength and courage to pursue our ideals.” The prisoners were awakened before dawn to start a long day of forced labor. For 13 years Mandela was led in chains to a limestone quarry and forced to extract lime from the hard cliffs beneath a burning sun. Even under these hellish conditions, Mandela managed to study and encouraged the other prisoners to share their knowledge with each other and to debate their ideas. Lectures were arranged in secrecy and the prison came to be known as “Mandela University.” Mandela never relented in his efforts to change mistaken views and create allies among those around him. Eventually, his indomitable spirit gained the respect of even the prison guards. -Daisaku Ikeda
The Power of Nam Myoho Renge Kyo

Seven wonders of the buddhist world BBC Documentary

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