Ikeda's Six Dialogue Strategies

As outlined by Olivier Urbain

1. Preparing the exchange thoroughly by studying the life and work of the dialogue partners in advance

2. Creating intimacy with the dialogue partners by asking personal questions

3. Moving toward more and more abstract and general topics

4. Highlighting an important principle, in the case of Mr. Ikeda often a Buddhist principle, which can be made explicit using the interlocutor's own words

5. Using even disagreement as the starting point to finding common ground

6. Giving the partners one's full attention, in person or in writing


Source: Olivier Urbain, Daisaku Ikeda's Philosophy of Peace: Dialogue, Transformation and Global Citizenship (London: I.B. Tauris & Co Ltd), p. 128.

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