As Dr Daisaku Ikeda, Founder of the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) and President of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) has shared,
“Shakyamuni, the historical Buddha, sought out a vast ‘eternal universe’ within his own self, and in doing so, surmounted his inner self and expanded it until it became one with the great universe, the life force of the universe, which he understood as the Dharma or the Law of Life.
His wisdom and compassion, which were directed towards the salvation of the people, was embodied in many Buddhist scriptures or sutras.
Among them, the Lotus Sutra, as a representation of the embodiment of the Law of Life that Shakyamuni was enlightened to, stood out based on three characteristics:
- The Co-existence of All Forms of Life
- The Search for the Eternal; and
- The Movement to create Peace
The Coexistence of All Forms of Life
All people are endowed with Buddhahood and have the ability to live life to the fullest regardless of ethnicity, gender, occupation or culture. This creates the possibility for a world culture of coexistence and harmony.
The Search for the Eternal
True enlightenment is a realm of absolute happiness that is ever-present and eternal. It is a realm that transcends life and death, rather than a final destination of rest. Based on this principle of eternity, it also shows us the boundless potential we can realize in our lives in an enlightened state.
The Movement to Create Peace
Since all human beings have a Buddha nature and are therefore equal, the concept of peaceful coexistence can be developed and global citizens can contribute to the creation of world peace.