Hope Is a Decision

Selected Essays of Daisaku Ikeda

Published by Middleway Press in association with Dialogue Path Press, 2017
ISBN 978-0-9979245-8-5


How do we remain optimistic when the world seems to be falling apart around us? In these intimate essays, representing several decades of Daisaku Ikeda's writings, the reader is invited on an inspirational journey to find answers and hope in troubled times. The book includes incisive commentaries on terrorism, good and evil, and aging and death that provide a new perspective on approaching the world with hope. The lyrical reflections on poetry and friendship highlight how such spiritual pursuits are the wellsprings of hope in dark times. Each essay suggests ways in which anyone can connect their personal search for strength, wisdom, and hope to the collective desire to bring about a just, humane, and caring society.

DAISAKU IKEDA is president of the Soka Gakkai International, a lay Buddhist organization with more than twelve million members worldwide. He has written and lectured widely on Buddhism, humanism, and global ethics.

Advance Praise

"Ikeda reminds us that hope is neither easy nor does it mean acquiescence to injustice. These essays open our eyes to the profound and courageous determination required of those who decide for hope." — Sarah Wider, professor, English and Women's Studies, Colgate University

"Daisaku Ikeda draws from the well-spring of his eventful life and imparts page after page of rich insight, royal wisdom and spiritual truth. This volume will greatly strengthen your devotional meditations and commitment to personal and global peace." — Lawrence E. Carter Sr., Dean, Martin Luther King Jr. Chapel, Morehouse College

"In this collection Daisaku Ikeda beckons us to probe deeper into our own lives so that we can change the world around us. Having witnessed and experienced the worst, he reaffirms that life does continue, that the light of hope can be found in the very darkest corners." — Anwarul K. Chowdhury, former Under-Secretary-General, United Nations

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