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November 9, 2006

Daisaku Ikeda Talks about Stress in New Essay

In a contribution to The Japan Times a major English language newspaper in Japan, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda writes about dealing with stress in a high-pressure society and leading a fulfilling life. Published on November 9, 2006, and titled, "Developing a Broader Concern: Clues to Living in a Stress-Filled Society," the essay begins by examining the syndrome from the build-up of stress and how the way in which society is structured adds to the burden:

"In the past, human society provided encouragement and opportunity for people to extend support to each other, especially in highly stressful situations. Regrettably, many of the networks that supported us have been weakened or undermined. Faced with stress, too many people feel they have nowhere to turn to, that they don't have access to the kind of friendships or communities where they can easily and openly share their problems and worries."

Observing that it seems unlikely that the sources of stress will decrease, President Ikeda writes, "By working with and for the sake of others, it is possible to make even stressful situations an opportunity to lean to live with enhanced energy and focus."

He underlies the need to develop the qualities of "strength, wisdom and hope" while forging expanding networks of mutual support. He also emphasizes that "the key to living in a stress-filled society lies in feeling the suffering of others as our own--in unleashing the universal human capacity for empathy." [Read full text]

[Adapted from article in the November 10, 2006, Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]