Confucius through the eyes of world renowned figures - Daisaku Ikeda

(| Updated : 2023-09-22

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Editor's note: Confucius, a revered Chinese philosopher, holds an esteemed position as one of the most influential figures in history due to his profound teachings on ethics, morality, and social harmony, all of which continue to shape and guide individuals and societies worldwide.

This series offers a unique perspective on how influential figures from different backgrounds and time periods perceive and interpret this renowned Chinese philosopher. Through their eloquent and authentic perspectives, readers can gain a deeper understanding of Confucius' significance and his enduring appeal in the global arena.


Daisaku Ikeda is a prominent Japanese Buddhist philosopher, educator, and peace advocate. He has dedicated his life to promoting peace, culture, and education around the world through his leadership of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) organization. Ikeda is recognized for his extensive writings on subjects such as philosophy, dialogue, and the importance of fostering global citizenship.

In the book New Horizons in Eastern Humanism: Buddhism, Confucianism and the Quest for Global Peace, which Ikeda wrote with Tu Weiming, a professor of Chinese history and philosophy and of Confucius studies at Harvard University, the Japanese wrote, "Confucius can truly be called one of humanity's great teachers."