Buddhism Day by Day

Wisdom for Modern Life
by Daisaku Ikeda | 393 pages

Buddhism Day by Day is a collection of thoughts from Daisaku Ikeda, the leader of Nichiren Buddhism and one of the most respected Buddhist philosophers alive whose work has inspired millions around the world. It’s a very ENGAGED form of Buddhism that I love. Big Ideas we explore include: True enlightenment, making a vow, the real optimism, repaying debts of gratitude, nourishing our soul and how to measure our true worth.


“Every day, we face new challenges, fresh opportunities for growth. It is in the realm of life’s ups and downs, the tempestuous struggles, that Buddhism’s value is most keenly demonstrated.

Buddhism is sometimes characterized as a religion of mysticism, practiced in remote temples far from the worries of everyday life. This is a misconception. From the very beginning, the sole purpose of Buddhism has been to lead people to a state of indestructible happiness and wisdom, wherever they are.

Buddhism is a philosophy of life—an engaged and courageous way of being—in which compassion and respect for all people’s inherent worth lead to tremendous growth and joy.”

~ The Editors of Buddhism Day by Day

Buddhism Day by Day is a collection of thoughts from Daisaku Ikeda, the leader of Nichiren Buddhism and one of the most respected Buddhist philosophers alive whose work has inspired millions around the world.

I was first introduced to Nichiren Buddhism via Alex Lickerman’s great book The Undefeated Mind (which I was introduced to via Ryan Holiday’s The Obstacle Is the Way).

Whereas a lot of Buddhist approaches can feels a little mystical and detached, Nichiren Buddhism is all about a practical, powerful, ENGAGEMENT in life in which we make each day a victory.

The book is basically 365 Big Ideas—nearly any one of which could have been used as a Big Idea for this Note. (Get the book here.)

I’m excited to share a few of my favorites so let’s jump straight in!

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Daisaku Ikeda

Buddhist philosopher, peacebuilder, and educator.