The Courage of Nonviolence

In the following essay, Ikeda Sensei draws vital lessons in conflict resolution from the exemplary life of Mahatma Gandhi. It was originally published in the Sept. 23, 2001, issue of the Soka Gakkai’s daily newspaper, Seikyo Shimbun. The essay is also ava

“I don’t want toys or chocolate. All I want is peace and freedom. People of Europe, people of the world, please find the humanity in your hearts to put an end to this war!” —A young girl of the former Yugoslavia Let us amplify the words of that young girl—“It is wrong to kill, even in war!” And let us broadcast them to the world!


Iwas visiting Raj Ghat, where Mahatma Gandhi, the father of Indian independence, had been cremated. Somewhere a bird sang. A forest was nearby, and squirrels ran through its lush green thickets. The area was a spacious, well-tended shrine to...

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