By Ved Nanda and Daisaku Ikeda
Dialogue Path Press (Sept. 2015)
$12.95 USA / $14.95 CANADA
In Our World To Make, authors Ved Nanda, a practicing Hindu and prominent figure in the field of international law, and Daisaku Ikeda, a Buddhist thinker and peace advocate, engage in an expansive dialogue that demonstrates that it is but a short leap — or no leap at all — from the personal practice of religion to resolute support for the emerging norms and institutions of global civil society. Our World To Make shows that religion practiced with integrity demands nothing less.
After an exploration of the shared principles of Hinduism and Buddhism that guide their work for peace and justice, Nanda and Ikeda look closely at international movements aimed at the development and protection of human rights, the elimination of nuclear weapons, and the creation of legal frameworks to punish war crimes and crimes against humanity. The overall impact of Our World To Make is to fill the reader, religious or not, with a powerful sense of hope for our shared global future.
Ved Nanda is Evans University Professor and Thompson G. Marsh Professor of Law at the University of Denver. Among many positions of international service, he is past president of the World Jurist Association and now its honorary president, and a member of the advisory council of the United States Institute of Human Rights.
Daisaku Ikeda is president of the Soka Gakkai International, a lay Buddhist organization with more than twelve million members worldwide. He has written and lectured widely on Buddhism, humanism, and global ethics.
Indeed the world is ours and it is up to us to make it as beautiful and free as it can be! Our World To Make is a book of inspired words and inviting references. It is impossible to read it without being invited into the space of enriched possibilities explored by these two wise men. Our World is a gift to Hinduism, Buddhism, and humanity as a whole. Let’s hope that the dialogue between Nanda and Ikeda will continue and that many will join in!
—Andrea Bartoli, Dean, School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University
In today’s world, people are asking about who we are as human beings and what we have become. In Our World To Make, two eminent thinkers have employed an intriguing dialogue on Buddhism and Hinduism to inform us about how we might individually and collectively respond to these questions, and that we have but to look within ourselves and our living universe for the needed capacity to shape a world of peace and well-being for all. Our World To Make merits our committed reading.
—Winston Langley, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, University of Massachusetts Boston
Our World To Make was a privilege to read. Daisaku Ikeda and Ved Nanda engage in a warm exchange, addressing how to face the challenge of transforming reality through the spirit of compassion. Their rich sharing of the beliefs, values, and history of Hinduism and Buddhism reflects an authentic curiosity and joyfulness, as they uncover their own mutual understanding of each other's life philosophies. Their dialogue gently pushed me to consider how to persist with unyielding courage, putting people first, and moving from nationalism to humanism.
—Maria Guajardo, Dean, Faculty of International Liberal Arts, Soka University, Japan
This dialogue, between two scholars who have dedicated their lives to public service in more ways than normal, brings forth many foundational values from Hindu and Buddhist practice and applies them to modern times. Our World To Make is engaging and articulate, and it will help contemporary intellectuals hone their thought processes to advance global harmony and peace.
—Bal Ram Singh, Founding Director, Center for Indic Studies, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and President, Institute of Advanced Sciences