Buddhism is characterized by an emphasis on the possibility of inner transformation—a process of bringing forth our full human potential. There is a common perception that the discipline and focus necessary for such a process requires a set of ideal circumstances not available to most. Nichiren Buddhism, however, teaches that it is only by squarely facing the challenges that confront us amidst the harsh contradictions of society that we can carry out the task of changing our own lives and the world for the better.
Human revolution is the term used by second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda to describe a fundamental process of inner transformation whereby we break through the shackles of our lesser self bound by self-concern and the ego growing in altruism toward a greater self capable of caring and taking action for the sake of othersultimately all humanity. As Daisaku Ikeda explains There are all sorts of revolutions: political revolutions economic revolutions industrial revolutions scientific revolutions artistic revolutions but no matter what one changes the world will never get any better as long as people themselves remain selfish and lacking in compassion. In that respect human revolution is the most fundamental of all revolutions and at the same time the most necessary revolution for humankind.