Tribute to Nelson Mandela (extracts from essay by Daisaku Ikeda)

Thanking the Spoon

A victory of hope over despair, of shared humanity over hatred, and of justice over inequality… these are my thoughts reflecting on the legacy of Nelson Mandela, who passed away this evening. My admiration for Mandela comes mostly from reading essays by Daisaku Ikeda, leader of the Soka Gakkai Buddhist movement that I belong to.

Mandela heard about Ikeda’s humanistic writings while in prison and after his release requested a meeting with him during a visit to Japan. Here are some extracts from an essay written by Daisaku Ikeda, reflecting on the two dialogues he had with South Africa’s first black President:

Nelson Mandela & Daisaku Ikeda

“There is something very special about Nelson Mandela’s smile. It is honest and pure, full of gentle composure. There isn’t a single line on his face that would suggest anything cold and harsh. And yet it embodies the conviction and strength of character of a man who has…

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In Memory

Today would be my sisters 33rd birthday if she was still with us. We lost her to cancer 9 years ago when she was just 23, 2 days before her 24th birthday. I miss her everyday but I know her beautiful soul lives on, This is a poem I wrote for her called Beautiful, as she was in every way;


You were so beautiful like a beacon of light

But you had such a hard life like the darkest of nights

I will always miss you for you were never afar

I will never forget you; you are always in my heart

Now I know you are in the lightest of light

Where nothing can hurt you and one day we’ll reunite

~ M.L. Adams