How can I make a difference? How can I make a change? When I overcome doubt in myself. When I push through the darkness or despondency in my heart. When I reach out beyond myself and connect with another person. This is how the spark of hope ignites. It is here where an ever-youthful spirit can be found, where new possibilities open up and transformation starts.
We each have a story—one that begins from now. The stories of others are an inspiration for that journey, an invitation for us to expand the realm of the possible.
“My efforts will eventually bear fruit so long as I do not give in to doubt.”Read more
“It was not so much about the ‘how’; it was more about taking the first step.”Read more
“The illness became my strict teacher, awakening my sense of purpose in life.”Read more
“Everything in life is interconnected—nothing is wasted.”Read more
“I started to believe that I could bring positive change to those around me.”Read more
“I began to welcome [my problems] for giving me the opportunity to grow as a person.”Read more
“I decided that if I wanted to see a change, I would have to make a change.”Read more
“Even amidst the worst circumstances we can change poison into medicine.”Read more
“Through singing songs I loved, I developed a forward-looking outlook on life again.”Read more
“When problems come up . . . I can start to see them as opportunities for me to change.”Read more
“I smiled genuinely for the first time. I was so grateful to be alive.”Read more
“Despite our different backgrounds and religions, we could still create real heart-to-heart connections.”Read more
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Buddhism is a philosophy and practice of transformation, teaching that each
of us is a seed of untold possibility.
Here are some of the key ideas.
Read more about Buddhist concepts here.
Wherever we are in the world, we are linked by the bonds of our shared humanity. Treasure the connection. Be the change.
Watch more Treasure the Connection videos here.
big” is just about the right size for young people’s dreams.
What we can achieve in a lifetime is always but a fraction of what we would set out to achieve.
—Josei Toda, second Soka Gakkai President
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Includes playlists on Buddhist practice for beginners, members' stories from around the world and Soka Gakkai activities for peace