Daisaku Ikeda-Quotes on "The Drama of Life"




"Whenever I encounter a trial or a obstacle, I just regard it as another of life's dramas and I face it head on. We are all the protagonists in the drama of our own lives so we may as well play our role as the hero to the fullest. Its especially important for the young people to have this attitude. If we react to everything that happens with surprise, panic, complaint and sadness, we can't be a hero.We will just end up ruining the whole drama."


"Many things happen in life. There are joyous days and times of suffering. Sometimes unpleasant things occur. But that's what makes life so interesting. The dramas we encounter are part and parcel of being human. If we experienced no change or drama in our lives, if nothing unexpected ever happened, we would merely be like automatons, our lives unbearably monotonous and dull. Therefore, please develop a strong self so that you can enact the drama of your life with confidence and poise in the face of whatever vicissitudes you may encounter."

"Life is a drama of encounters, Beautiful encounters. Momentary encounters. Each person's drama is unique."

"Daily life can seem all too drab and unexciting. Living itself can sometimes seem a strain, and few of us realistically expect what joy we feel to last forever. But when we fall in love, life seems filled with drama and excitement. We feel like the leading character in a novel."

"Do not wait! While still in your youth, you can become the main actors in the human drama unfolding around you, the shapers of history. Even if you feel powerless, that it is difficult to believe in yourself, please try not to be easily swayed by the views of others, and hold true to what you know is right. Try to believe in yourself. "

"Courage is the driving force" of our lives. Whether we have courage has a dramatic bearing on our accomplishments, the direction of our lives and happiness.

"The Lotus Sutra has the drama of fighting for justice against evil. It has the warmth that comforts the weary. It has a vibrant, pulsing courage that drives away fear. It has a chorus of joy at attaining absolute freedom throughout past, present and future. It has the soaring flight of liberty. It has brilliant light, flowers, greenery, music, paintings, vivid stories. It offers unsurpassed lessons on psychology, the workings of the human heart; lessons on life; lessons on happiness; and lessons on peace. It maps out the basic rules for good health. It awakens us to the universal truth that a change in one's heart can transform everything."

"As evidenced in many of his writings, Nichiren repeatedly stresses the crucial importance of the heart or mind. It is in this deep inner realm of life that the potential resides for dramatic shifts from evil to good or from good to evil. "

"Revolution means "to overturn." It means a sudden and dramatic change. Gradual change over the years as we grow and mature is part of the natural process of life. But human revolution occurs when we transcend that normal pace of growth and undergo a rapid change for the better. The process of human revolution is one of steady, marked improvement, enabling us to keep growing and developing throughout our lives and for all eternity. We will never hit a limit, a dead end, in our journey for self-perfection. And faith is the engine, the power source for our ongoing human revolution."

"History is created by people. Each individual is a key protagonist in that endeavor. Instead of relying on others, we must enact our own great drama of creativity. Then we can break through the shell of our limited self, advancing and improving ourselves day after day. "

"Transform your karma into your mission
and adversities into fuel for taking a
flying leap forward in life.
Remember, Buddhism elucidates the
principle of "changing poison into medicine."
Let's write a drama about a winning life
with prayer grounded in great conviction."

President T. Makiguchi on drama of life

"It is my belief-
- that a person, a people,
who embrace a noble philosophy,
people upholding sublime faith--
that only a person, a people,
who, amidst raging storms,
live out the drama
of reality and grand ideals,
subjected to and enduring
limitless persecution--
that only such a person,
only such a people,
will be bathed in the sunlight
of perpetual joy, glory and victory."
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