Selected Quotes

Selection of quotes from Daisaku Ikeda's proposals

“The theory of nuclear deterrence, in seeking to ensure the security of one state by threatening others with overwhelming destructive power, is diametrically opposed to the global ethics the new era demands.”

‘Fulfilling the Mission: Empowering the UN to live up to the world's expectations’
UN Proposal 2006

“The challenge of preventing any further proliferation of nuclear weapons is just such a trial in the quest for world peace, one that cannot be achieved if we are defeated by a sense of helplessness. The crucial element is to ensure that any struggle against evil is rooted firmly in a consciousness of the unity of the human family, something only gained through the mastery of our own inner contradictions.”

‘Restoring the Human Connection: The First Step to Global Peace’
Peace Proposal 2007

“Raising one's voice or taking action is something we all can do. All that is required are the natural feelings shared by people everywhere: the desire to live in peace, the wish to protect those we love, the determination to spare the world's children needless suffering.”

“If we are to put the era of nuclear terror behind us, we must struggle against the real ‘enemy.’ That enemy is not nuclear weapons per se, nor is it the states that possess or develop them. The real enemy that we must confront is the ways of thinking that justify nuclear weapons; the readiness to annihilate others when they are seen as a threat or as a hindrance to the realization of our objectives.”

‘Building Global Solidarity toward Nuclear Abolition’
Peace Proposal 2009

“In an era when all societies must come together to respond to the common challenges facing humankind, such as poverty and environmental destruction, military spending has absorbed far too much of the world's limited human and economic resources. Nuclear weapons, in particular, are a fundamental evil that cannot resolve in any way the complex of global issues, but only exacerbate them.”

‘Toward a New Era of Value Creation’
Peace Proposal 2010

Selection of quotes from Daisaku Ikeda's Dialogues

Krieger: When young people take action for peace they are bound to learn from their experience. It takes courage to speak out and act for nonviolence when surrounded by violence, but it is the only way to transform a culture of violence to a culture of peace.

Ikeda: True. The peace we seek cannot be bought about through a struggle for dominance in military or economic power. It can only be won through peaceful means. Peace built on the unhappiness and sacrifice of others is a meaningless sham. What's needed is to create a world in which people of all races and nations can enjoy peace and happiness.

Choose Hope: Your Role in Waging Peace in the Nuclear Age
David Krieger and Daisaku Ikeda

Ikeda: Certain countries openly possess nuclear weapons. Other countries see themselves as forbidden to possess them. In principle, this situation is unjust, unstable and ultimately unsustainable. Only two possibilities can result from this. Either nuclear weapons with spread to every country on earth, or all countries will agree to abolish them. The first possibility leads to the extinction of the human race. We have no choice but to choose the second option. Just because the choice is a difficult one does not mean we can avoid dealing with it. We must have the courage to grapple with this issue and act on our convictions.

Rotblat: Yes, indeed. Our only salvation from extinction is to make choices that ensure the realization of a peaceful world. For many years security in the world was governed by the ancient Roman dictum, Si vis pacem, para bellum (If you wish for peace, prepare for war). Given the general acceptance of this conventional wisdom, the attitude of people these days is not surprising. However, as history tells us, it is an indisputable reality that preparations for war have generally led to war. Despite this, we have insisted on putting faith in this premise.
If humanity hopes to survive into the third millennium, we must rewrite the ancient Roman dictum to read, Si vis pacem, para pacem (If you wish for peace, prepare for peace).

A Quest for Global Peace: Rotblat and Ikeda on War, Ethics and the Nuclear Threat
Joseph Rotblat and Daisaku Ikeda

Pauling: It is shocking that the modern world still does not ban war as totally degenerate. In our age, not even victors benefit from war. This aspect of the struggle for peace deserves special emphasis.

Ikeda: I agree entirely. As weapons have grown more destructive and national states more confident of their sovereign rights, large-scale, indiscriminate slaughter has become a commonplace of war.
We must do all we can to hasten the arrival of the day when the enlightened commonality of the human race assumes the lead in the work of preserving peace.

A Lifelong Quest for Peace: a Dialogue
Linus Pauling and Daisaku Ikeda

For more information on Ikeda's peace proposals, published dialogues and other writings, please visit http://www.daisakuikeda.org

Selection of quotes from Interviews with Daisaku Ikeda

“Nuclear weapons are entirely impermissible -- both in terms of the grave threat they pose to peace and for their profoundly inhumane nature as an assault on human dignity. This understanding should undergird efforts to establish a Nuclear Weapons Convention. The work of applying the spirit and principles of International Humanitarian Law to nuclear weapons is crucial in bringing down the curtain on the nuclear age.”

“Resolving the long-standing stalemate in the Middle East and dismantling the structures of confrontation will require a persistent effort at dialogue, undoing the tangled threads of fear, suspicion and mistrust. The most basic point to keep in mind, however, is that conflict does not make dialogue impossible, it makes it necessary.”

IDN-InDepth NewsInterview
Buddhist Leader Pushes for Nuclear Abolition Treaty

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“If nuclear weapons epitomize the forces that would divide and destroy the world, they can only be overcome by the solidarity of ordinary citizens, which transforms hope into the energy to create a new era.”

Daisaku Ikeda, Building Global Solidarity Toward Nuclear Abolition, 2009

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