"There is no self-improvement without effort. Without taking action, happiness will never come, no matter how long you wait. A life without peaks and valleys is a fairy tale. Reality is strict, because it is a win-or-lose struggle. This is the way it is for human beings. Therefore, you should not allow yourselves to be battered about by reality but rather willingly rise to its challenges and use them as opportunities to train and strengthen yourselves." ~Daisaku Ikeda
Daisaku Ikeda, born January 2, 1928 in Japan is president of Sōka Gakkai International (SGI), a Nichiren Buddhist lay association with over 12 million members in over 192 countries and territories, and founder of several educational, cultural and peace research institutions.