“If you shine with a radiant light, there can be no darkness in your life.”
–Sensei Ikeda



“When we change, the world changes. The key to all change is in our inner transformation—a change of our hearts and minds. This is human revolution. We all have the power to change. When we realize this truth, we can bring forth that power anywhere, anytime, and in any situation.”

–Daisaku Ikeda


Shine from Within

Today is a bright and beautiful day in Southern California. I feel very optimistic about things that are changing in my life and environment. It has been an interesting two years. I have learned so much about myself and about other people. I think the most important thing that I have learned is to trust my intuition. Through my Buddhist practice, I have learned to develop it and hone it. In the past, I would always rely on the opinions of other people. I would even go to get psychic readings before I would reach within myself to find the answers to my questions. All of that was really a reflection of my lack of self-confidence and my fears about making mistakes. I am surely not alone. In reflecting on these thoughts today, I am reminded of a quote from Daisaku Ikeda found in the book called The New Human Revolution, Volume 2 (1995). On page 154, Ikeda states:

The path of human evolution lies in an ongoing commitment to self-reflection and improvement based on the teachings of the Daishonin’s Buddhism — striving each day to become a better person today than we were yesterday, even if only a little bit, and better tomorrow than today. Unlimited benefit and good fortune are found only in such unflagging efforts.

It is an ongoing process, and at times, I will probably need to remind myself of the progress that I have made so far to continue pushing myself forward still. I give myself permission to trust the process as I shine from within and undergo my human revolution.


You Chose

“Buddhism is win or lose.” –Daisaku Ikeda


Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning & Dialogue Founded Today

Today marks the 18th anniversary of the founding of the Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning and Dialogue. It is an institute for peace, learning, and dialogue located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In honor of this anniversary, I would like to share this quote with you:

“I hope you will always have the spirit to learn with a lively curiosity and interest. When leaders are enthusiastic to keep on learning and growing, they inspire others. New ideas emerge and spread. Fresh energy to advance surges forth.” –Daisaku Ikeda

This is the true spirit of the one of the Ten Worlds of Existence. The highest of these is called Four Noble Worlds. It includes: Buddhahood, Bodhisattva, Realization and Learning.

I encourage all people to embrace the philosophy of learning at all times in life. It is the key to an enlightened state of being.

By Michelle Flowers (c) 2011, All rights reserved


Be Patient

“In all things patience is the key to victory. Those who cannot endure cannot hope to win. Ultimate triumph belongs to those who can forbear.”

–President Daisaku Ikeda











Be Strong

“Strength is happiness. Strength is itself victory. In weakness and cowardice there is no happiness. When you wage a struggle, you might win or you might lose. But regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being. A strong spirit, strong faith and strong prayer—developing these is victory and the world of Buddhahood.” –President Ikeda


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