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Bernice Lerner

In her contribution to our "Thoughts On Our Convictions" feature, Bernice Lerner reflected on convictions 1 and 3, having to do with dialogue and faith in people's potential for good, respectively. In her reflection she quotes Hannah Senesh: “There are stars whose light reaches the earth long after they have disintegrated and are no more. And there are men whose scintillating memory lights the world long after they have passed from it. These lights which shine in the darkest night are those which illuminate for us the path.” Dr. Bernice Lerner is director of adult learning at Hebrew...

Joel Myerson

Joel Myerson is Carolina Distinguished Professor of American Literature, Emeritus, at the University of South Carolina, participated with Ronald A. Bosco and Daisaku Ikeda in the dialogue Creating Waldens: An East‑West Conversation on the American Renaissance (2009). He has published over fifty books on American Renaissance authors. For our special section featuring scholars' reflections on our core convictions, Dr. Myerson addressed conviction five, Reform of Self Is Essential to...

Lamp Post

Thanks for sharing in our Twentieth Anniversary year. This section features short reflections on our core convictions contributed by diverse scholars from our Ikeda Center community. As with all our work, we encourage individuals to provide their unique perspectives on values and principles that flow out of Buddhism and are universal in scope and applicability. As or September 28 we have fifteen reflections posted. We will continue to post reflections throughout the fall, so please check back.



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Masao Yokota

In February 2013, former Center president Masao Yokota sat down with Ikeda Center publications associate Mitch Bogen to discuss the process of founding the Center twenty years ago, in 1993. The interview proved a good opportunity to establish a timeline of events and talk about many of the key people involved in the founding. It also served as a time to consider Daisaku Ikeda's vision for the Center and the ideals and values that guided the activities of the Center's original team of staff and advisors. Among those values were twin commitments to listening...

Fernando Reimers

[Posted by M. Bogen, 9-18-13] Fernando Reimers is Ford Foundation Professor of International Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), and was a featured speaker at our 2010 Ikeda Forum on the democratic spirit. The Fall 2013 issue of HGSE's Ed. Magazine includes a contribution from Dr. Reimers in a long feature, called "What's the Big Idea," in which thinkers from the HGSE community succinctly identify those actions they think could have the biggest impact on schooling. Dr...

Nel Noddings

Nel Noddings is Lee L. Jacks Professor of Education, Emerita, at Stanford University, and past president of the National Academy of Education, the Philosophy of Education Society, and the John Dewey Society. Known for her work on the ethics of care, her many books include Caring: A Feminine Approach to Ethics and Moral Education. A former public school mathematics teacher and a mother of ten, Dr. Noddings’ work is grounded in richly lived experience.

She talked with Ikeda Center publications associate Mitch Bogen in July 2013 about her...

Daisaku Ikeda

September 2013 marks the twentieth anniversary of the Ikeda Center, founded in 1993 as the Boston Research Center for the 21st Century. In 2003, to mark the 10th anniversary, founder Daisaku Ikeda sent a message to confirming the ongoing primacy of open dialogue, even during — actually, especially during — the violent aftermath of 9/11. In that message he said:

"Since the tragedy of September 11th two years ago, many people have been suffering from intense anxiety and fear, imagining that such a 'clash of civilizations' may soon occur on a...

Sarah Wider

Dr. Sarah Wider of Colgate University delivered the keynote talk at the 3rd Annual Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue (September 2006). The theme of the Forum was "Emerson and the Power of Imagination." During her remarks Dr. Wider explained:

"If we want to make imagination feel at home, generosity shows us the way. How else can imagination thrive but in the place where welcoming comes first and where judgment feels no need to speak? Finally feels no need to be. Open hearted, open handed, open minded, equivalent to the expansiveness...

Vincent Harding

America Will Be!
Conversations on Hope, Freedom, and Democracy

By Vincent Harding and Daisaku Ikeda

Join historian Vincent Harding (left), a friend and adviser to Martin Luther King Jr., and Buddhist leader Daisaku Ikeda as they engage in a thrilling cross-cultural dialogue illuminating the historic events of the American civil rights movement. The movement’s victories, say the authors, expressed a profound vision of freedom, equality, and nonviolent social change that can and should guide our modern experiments in democracy. Above all, the message of...


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