It is with great pleasure and pride that we present the first edition in English of this book.
Originally written in this language for its supervision by Dr. Yoichi Kawada, Director of the Institute for Oriental Philosophy of Soka Gakkai International (SGI), it had two previous editions in Spanish, with wide acceptance in Latin America and Spain.
Now it is available for the English speaking public, thanks to the contribution of the Amazon and Lulu publishing companies and also through the Flores University publishing department.
I trust that it will provide valuable information, both for the members of the Soka Gakkai organization worldwide. As well as other Buddhist organizations and for the academic and general public interested in the interactions and mutual enrichment of the ancestral wisdom of Buddhism and the new behavioural sciences.
I am deeply indebted to the constant and generous encouragement of Dr. Daisaku Ikeda, President of the SGI, as expressed in his Preface, and keep fond memories of our meeting with him and other distinguished authorities of the organization, during our visit to Tokyo in 1999.