An excerpt of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda’s dialogue with legendary jazz artists Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter.
“What is the source of jazz’s appeal and power? When one explores the culture of jazz in earnest, one is bound to discover an expression of the great soul that pulses within the lives of all people” (Daisaku Ikeda, Reaching Beyond, pp. 5–6).
In Reaching Beyond: Improvisations on Jazz, Buddhism, and a Joyful Life, Daisaku Ikeda explores the origins, development and international influence of jazz with legendary artists Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter.
Reflecting on their lives and careers, Mr. Hancock and Mr. Shorter share the lessons they have learned from their musical mentors, including Miles Davis and Art Blakey, and how the Buddhist philosophy they’ve learned from President Ikeda over the past 40 years deeply resonates with the emancipatory spirit of jazz.