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Our world is tragically divided, and we need dialogue. On these things, we in the peace-oriented community agree. But what kind of dialogue is up to the challenge of bridging the various divisions in our world? That was the question that guided a seminar held at the Ikeda Center in 2009 to honor the publication of social anthropologist Nur Yalman's book-length dialogue with Center founder Daisaku Ikeda, A Passage To Peace. On hand for the discussion were a number of Professor Yalman's friends and colleagues on the Harvard faculty: Islam scholar Shahab Ahmed, Divinity School...

Taylor Holland

In her new essay, "Taking Dignity Digital," our fall 2015 Northeastern University co-op student Taylor Holland writes: "At the Ikeda Center, one of our core convictions is that respect for human dignity provides a baseline ethical standard for our thoughts and actions. When I consider how to bring an awareness of dignity into my life, there is no doubt that such awareness must also extend to social media. While social media is in some ways different from offline interaction in the ways it affirms and violates dignity, there are dignity-building ideas that scholars and mediators have...

This new feature combines photographic portraits with brief reflections from each portrait subject on themes and ideas relating to our core convictions. These profiles, which feature friends of the Ikeda Center, are posted regularly to our social media sites and are archived here by topic, for cumulative viewing. Our first profile set features reflections on the topic of dignity. These were created following our 2015 Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue, "The Practice of Dignity: What It Looks Like Today." Dignity is at the heart of our fourth core conviction.

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Gail Thomas

For the first time in its twelve-year history, the Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue revisited a topic from a previous forum. Though the topic in question — dignity — was addressed just last year, it proved so rich and multivalent that there was little sense of repetition. To the extent that there was repetition, it only reinforced the truth that dignity is central to our efforts toward peace and well-being.  

Called “The Practice of Dignity: What It Means Today,” the forum featured three speakers: Meenakshi Chhabra, Associate Professor of Global Interdisciplinary Studies,...

UPDATE! The event will be live-streamed from our YouTube page!

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Save the Date for the
12th Annual Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue!

The Practice of Dignity: What It Means Today

Saturday, October 24
1:00 – 5:00pm
(Followed by reception)

Continuing with our recent focus on dignity, this year’s Ikeda Forum will explore complexities and...

Ved Nanda

Eminent figure in international law Ved Nanda recently spoke at the Ikeda Center about themes from Our World To Make: Hinduism, Buddhism, and the Rise of Global Civil Society, which he co-authored with Daisaku Ikeda. The event nicely illustrated the Ikeda Center’s commitment to peace building at every level, from the personal to the global, the microcosm to the macrocosm. It celebrated friendship among individuals as well as the friendship toward humanity demonstrated by the individuals and NGOs who work internationally to promote human rights, widespread education, and the rule...

Nanda Audience

Last weekend Ved Nanda spoke with a diverse gathering of Boston-area residents, including many university students, about themes from Our World To Make: Hinduism, Buddhism, and the Rise of Global Society. Dr. Nanda, who is Evans University Professor and Thompson G. Marsh Professor of Law at the University of Denver, co-authored the book with Center founder Daisaku Ikeda. Click to view a photo gallery of the event!

Go here to view the gallery!

 

Peter Stearns

Peter Stearns is University Professor at George Mason University, where he also served as provost from 2000 to June 2015. His areas of research and teaching include world history, social history, globalization, and the history of emotions. Dr. Stearns has served since 1967 as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Social History and has published widely in his areas of expertise. This interview covers themes related to his 2014 title, Peace in World History. Provost Stearns spoke with Ikeda Center publications associate Mitch Bogen on September 16,...

Thanks to all who attended!

Check back soon for a photo gallery and feature story.

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Our World To Make: A Public Talk With Ved Nanda

Saturday, September 26th
3:00 - 5:00pm
(Followed by reception)

On Saturday, September 26th, the Center will host a public event with Ved Nanda, Evans University Professor and...

Olivier UrbainA core conviction of the Center, grounded in Buddhist philosophy, is that the reform of self is essential to the reform of society. Daisaku Ikeda describes the relationship this way: "A great human revolution within just a single individual . . . will enable a change in the destiny of all humankind." But what exactly constitutes this reform of self, this "human revolution...

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