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Sarah Wider

In Conversation Five of The Art of True Relations, co-author Sarah Wider offered this encouragement:

"To paraphrase Mary Moody Emerson’s words, sublime motivation yields sublime character. Here is wonderful encouragement for any person who might see himself or herself as just one inconsequential individual in a sea of billions. Worth is determined not by class, rank, or wealth but by the qualities that compose an individual’s motivation.

"What are that person’s aspirations or larger understanding of purpose? What is an individual’s source of insight? Does he or she...

The late Vincent Harding loved these lines from Langston Hughes: "Oh let America be America again / The land that never has been yet / And yet must be." But what must happen, in Harding's view, for this new birth, this new Independence Day, to happen? A look at Dr. Harding's work created over the years in collaboration with the Ikeda Center gives us some clues.

First, he reminds us that we need a revolution in values — a nonviolent revolution in which we transform and overcome what Dr. King identified as the three evils afflicting American life: racism, militarism, and extreme...

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 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 and the building...

In this 2014 video Sarah Wider of Colgate University talks about the unique contributions of women such as Margaret Fuller and Elizabeth Palmer Peabody to the American Renaissance. This is the lead piece in Part 2 of our multi-clip video interview with Dr. Wider (conducted Feb. 2014) on the themes relating to The Art of True Relations, her recently published dialogue with Daisaku Ikeda.

View the full set of videos here

 

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On September 24, 1993, Daisaku Ikeda lectured at Harvard University on the topic, "Mahayana Buddhism and 21st Century Civilization." Speaking at the invitation of eminent Harvard faculty Harvey Cox, John Kenneth Galbraith, and Nur Yalman, Mr. Ikeda outlined many of the themes that would inspire the founding of the Center later that year.

The lecture begins:

It was the Greek philosopher Heraclitus who, with his famous panta rhe, declared that all things are in flux and that change is the essential nature of reality. Indeed, everything,...

Humanity has lost a friend of the truest kind. On May 19, 2014, historian Vincent Harding passed away in Philadelphia, where he was being treated for an aneurysm. A friend and advisor to Martin Luther King Jr., Dr. Harding was a towering, irreplaceable figure in the fields of peace, justice, religious pluralism, and social transformation. Just last year, author and public radio host Krista Tippett described Dr. Harding to us as "a national treasure."

Over the course of nearly two decades, we at the Ikeda Center have benefited beyond measure from Dr. Harding's wisdom...

Creativity and education are unambiguously good, right? Actually, said professors Stephen Gould and Bernice Lerner during their May 2014 dialogue session with local university students, without being careful of how we define these terms and understanding the ways they interact, we run the risk of condoning practices that aren’t necessarily of value for humankind and our world. That said, they argued that creativity and education, informed by wisdom, constitute the foundation for the practices that will lead to peacefully harmonious development in our rapidly globalizing world. Gould and...

In this new video Dr. Sarah Wider discusses "The Path of Motherhood," a way of being centered on resonance with others, and which, in this sense, is open to all human beings. Happy Mother's Day!

 

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Sarah Wider

We are pleased to present Part One of our new video interview with Dr. Sarah Wider exploring themes from "The Art of True Relations," her new book co-authored with Daisaku Ikeda. The four topics of Part One are: 1) "Dialogue and the Art of True Relations," 2) "The True Meaning of Emerson's Self-Reliance," "Joy Harjo's Metaphor of the Kitchen Table," and 4) "Transcendentalism and Interconnection." Dr. Wider is Professor of English and Women's Studies at Colgate University.

View the video clips here!

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America Will Be! cover

America Will Be! Conversations on Hope, Freedom, and Democracy, by Vincent Harding and Daisaku Ikeda, has won the Society of Professors of Education (SPE) book award for 2014. Founded in 1902, the Society’s primary goal is to provide a forum for consideration of major issues, tasks, problems and challenges confronting professional educators. SPE is an interdisciplinary organization. Members include both theoreticians and practitioners in education. The second chairman of SPE was John Dewey of the University of Chicago,...

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