A Message from our Executive Director

April 12, 2020

Dear Friends,

Like our fellow global citizens, we staff of the Ikeda Center are doing all we can to avoid spreading the contagion of COVID-19 and are grateful for the brave souls fighting on the front lines against this global pandemic. Also, as we hope and pray for an early end to the outbreak, we are digging deeper within our own hearts to find an even stronger aspiration toward a shared future of respect for the dignity of life.

In a recent article, Center founder Daisaku Ikeda recalled British historian Arnold Toynbee’s conviction that “those living in an age of crisis must become pioneers of a better age, striving to find positive solutions.” This way, Dr. Toynbee said, we can turn our own time into one of “achievement.” For us at the Ikeda Center, achievement means building a culture of peace through learning and dialogue. This is nothing but an extraordinary effort of co-creation in which anyone anywhere can become a protagonist.

We are determined to pursue our mission with renewed vigor in the weeks ahead, engaging more and more allies in our cause, especially young people. Though we cannot physically meet in person, by temporarily moving our events to the virtual platform, we will be able to invite and engage in dialogue with even more participants from all over the world. 

Furthermore, to help inspire the necessary strength, wisdom, and optimism, we have turned to the plentiful resources on our website representing many years of Center effort. We hope that through our web resources, social media, and virtual events, you will find even just a word or phrase you can take to heart during this unprecedented time.

Wishing you health, safety, and success in co-creating a better age,

Ginny Benson




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