From drugs, delinquency and delusion - Chris has turned his life around with his Buddhist practice

Probably not.  But his creator JK Rowling expressed some very Buddhist attitudes in a recent speech to graduates at Harvard University that highlighted the benefits of failure and the importance of imagination




President Faust, members of the Harvard Corporation and the Board of Overseers, members of the faculty, proud parents, and, above all, graduates - the first thing I would like to say is 'thank you'. Not only has Harvard given me an extraordinary honour, but the weeks of fear and nausea I've experienced at the thought of giving this commencement address have made me lose weight. A win-win situation! 

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It is said that religion has caused more wars and violence than any other factor.  Whether that is true or not, we must return to the love of humanity exemplified by the founders of the great faiths, argues Daisaku Ikeda


The utter inability to ignore a person in pain - this fiery compassion encapsulates the spirit of Shakyamuni. I also believe that it was the spirit of Jesus Christ, and of the Prophet Muhammad. For they themselves hurried to the side of peo­ple in pain, extending to them the hand of hope; they shared in others' suffering, in their sorrows and tears.


'I'm not happy about the way the Chinese are treating the Tibetans because I don't think anyone should be unkind to anyone else. And then this earthquake and all this stuff happened, and then I thought, is that karma? When you're not nice that the bad things happen to you?'

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What is the purpose of life? It is to become happy, argues Daisaku Ikeda



Whatever country or society people live in, they all have the same deep desire: to become happy. Yet, there are few ideals as difficult to grasp as that of happiness. In our daily life we constantly experience happiness and unhappiness, but we are still quite ignorant as to what happiness really is.

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'What doesn't kill you only makes you stronger.'  Er - really?  A Buddhist view of obstacles and how to use them.

By Malaika Kusumi


We all know that life comes with its ups and downs. Then why is it that we let life's downs get us so down - or knock us completely sideways? We talk about  karma, cause and effect and the Divine Will or Plan, yet we still have great difficulty in accepting and dealing with troubles that are viewed as barricades or obstacles to our happiness.

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Buddhism is well-known as a religion that rejects the idea of gods and supernatural beings.  So what is its attitude to Jesus Christ and the resurrection?  A personal interpretation by Greg Martin


About two years ago, I was sitting at home minding my own business on a Saturday night and I got a call from a member [of the Buddhist group SGI] in California who is a producer of a TV show by Reverend Lawson, who is a Baptist minister in Los Angeles. His guest cancelled for the next day, it's on the Christian channel, and would I fill in?


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