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A New Humanism: The University Addresses of Daisaku Ikeda Hardcover – May 1, 1995


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Weatherhill; 1st edition (May 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0834803348
  • ISBN-13: 978-0834803343
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,160,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Japanese

About the Author

Daisaku Ikeda (1928-) is the President of Soka Gakkai International, a lay Buddhist organization whose adherents come from over 190 countries throughout the world. He is the author of more than 80 books on Buddhist themes, and received the United Nations Peace Award in 1983.

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Daisaku Ikeda is the president of the Soka Gakkai International and the founder of the Soka University of America. He is the author of For the Sake of Peace, Unlocking the Mysteries, and The Way of Youth.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 17, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Despite lots of slander or malicious gossip, nobody can not deny the fact that the author is the recipient of honorary proffessor tiltes or doctor's degrees from more than 60 universities of all over the world.
Readers easily understand why worldwide reputed universities have given such honors to him. This is the very book for people who love peace, intellect and culture.
As for human rights situation in China, not Soka Gakkai International but PRC should be to blame for it. If you read this book, you may soon realize that the author's approch to China is to encourage the people there to change their own country towards democracy. Isn't it really democratic and humanistic?
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 13, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Tina Turner is the reason I found this book, and all others by Daisaku Ikeda, president of the Soka Gakkai International. After hearing Tina Turner speak about her Buddhist practice in interviews, and hearing her give credit to Buddhism for her happiness and in life, I decided to look further into it myself. Tina Turner is one of my favorite performers, and her life story has inspired me for many years.
Tina mentioned Daisaku Ikeda as the person who brought Nichiren Daishonin's Buddhism, the practice of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, to America. This is the Buddhist practice to which Tina attributes her spiritual fulfillment and strength. Thanks to Tina's explanations, I was able to locate the Soka Gakkai International and from there I discovered many profound, inspirational and educational writings by Daisaku Ikeda. This book is just one of Mr. Ikeda's many contributions to further the understanding of Buddhist principles and their application in every day life.
I highly recommend that anyone interested in the Buddhist practice of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo read the writings of Daisaku Ikeda to learn more about Nichiren Daishonin's Buddhism.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Richard Nelson on May 31, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I agree with another reviewer that you certainly don't need to be a university student to gain much from this book - a collection of addresses given by Soka Gakkai International president Daisaku Ikeda at renowned institutions of higher learning throughout the world.
"A New Humanism" has deep insight into our shared humanity and the path to universal respect for life, thereby creating a genuine peace. I found this section of books by Daisaku Ikeda after hearing an interview with Tina Turner, a practitioner of the Buddhist school led by Daisaku Ikeda, author of A New Humanism.
It's obvious from the wisdom expounded in these addresses why so many top universities and institutions around the world have bestowed upon Mr. Ikeda their highest honors. As his writings and addresses demonstrate, he is truly a world-class gentleman and scholar.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Gerald Rosen on May 26, 2000
Format: Hardcover
As a graduate student and a student of Buddhism myself, I found this book, "A New Humanism: The University Addresses of Daisaku Ikeda" to be an excellent collection of Mr. Ikeda's trademark profound insights. As other authentic reviewers have mentioned, you certainly don't need to be a university student to gain a lot from this book.
The book "A New Humanism" is a collection of addresses given at renowned institutions of higher learning around the world by Dr. Daisaku Ikeda, president of the Soka Gakkai International. I've heard many addresses at some of the finest universities in the world in my life, but none as profound and inspiring as these! Perhaps I am biased, since my focus of study in higher learning has always been Buddhism and Nichiren Buddhism in particular, but I sure wish someone gave these kind of addresses at my university!
"A New Humanism," like all the books I've read by Dr. Ikeda, is filled with deep insights from the perspective of Nichiren Buddhism regarding our common destiny as one human family, the future of our planet, building a universal respect for life, and the path to a lasting peace.
I recommend this book to all university students as well as anyone intersted in the study of Buddhism (in college or not!) and to anyone interested in learning more about the life-philosophy of Nichiren and the Soka Gakkai International, the largest Buddhist organization in the world (of which Daisaku Ikeda, the author, is the current president).
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Alexandra McKinley on March 8, 2000
Format: Hardcover
You certainly don't need to be a university student to gain much from this gem - a collection of addresses given at renowned institutions of higher learning throughout the world by Dr. Daisaku Ikeda, president of the Soka Gakkai International. I sure wish someone had given these kind of addresses to my university when I was a student.
"A New Humanism" is filled with deep insight into our shared humanity, our future as a planet and the road to universal respect for life, the road to a genuine peace.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By David Holladay on March 7, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I first found this book as a result of Larry King Live interview with Tina Turner, a devout practitioner of the Buddhist school led by Daisaku Ikeda, author of A New Humanism.
I was so impressed with the wisdom, courage and compassion of Mr. Ikeda's university addresses in A New Humanism that I bought several more of his books and have enjoyed each one more than the previous! It's easy to see from this book why so many prominent universities around the world have bestowed upon Daisaku Ikeda their highest awards and honorary doctorates. He is truly a world-class gentleman and scholar.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the practical applications of ancient Buddhist principles in everyday, modern life.
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