HUMANISM is not some grand, high sounding theory. It is having faith in human beings and forging links with others. This is true humanism. In other words, it is making friends.
In the course of Buddhist practice, various things arise on account of the negative causes and tendencies in our own lives. There may be times when we think, “What did I do to deserve this?” But we should not be swayed every time such phenomena arise; for it is already certain that we will become happy in the end. We should regard as training everything that happens to us in our practice to reach the destination of happiness.
Wisdom for Modern Life by Daisaku Ikeda
As long as we have someone in our life who truly understands us, we feel comfortable and confident to give full expression to our abilities. That’s just how precious the bonds of the heart are. Bonds between parents and children, teacher and student, mentor and disciple, are some such examples. As the tree of our life accumulates more connections, we will learn to appreciate the importance of the bonds that support us more than ever before.
Life contains the capacity, like flames that reach toward heaven, to transform suffering and pain into the energy needed for value-creation, into light that illuminates darkness. Like the wind traversing vast spaces unhindered, life has the power to uproot and overturn all obstacles and difficulties. Like clear flowing water, it can wash away all stains and impurities. And finally, life, like the great earth that sustains vegetation, impartially protects all people with its compassionate, nurturing force.
Daisaku Ikeda, SGI President