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Buddhism Day by Day

Wisdom for Modern Life by Daisaku Ikeda
Friday, March 29, 2013:

Nichiren spoke of earthly desires being used as fuel for the flame of wisdom. Buddhism teaches the converting of personal ambitions and desires, even base ones, into good traits like wisdom through altruistic living. A Buddhist doctrine that earthly desires are enlightenment indicates that greed, anger (violence) and egocentricism can be transformed into altruistic traits like compassion, trust and nonviolence. The underlying delusions that drive our desiresóincluding the desire for the development of science and civilizationsócan be essentially transformed in a way that changes selfishness into altruism, violence into nonviolence and suspicion into trust.

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These excerpts are from "Buddhism Day by Day: Wisdom for Modern Life " by Daisaku Ikeda. This book is available for purchase at the online store Online Bookstore or your local SGI-USA Community Center bookstore.