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[Posted 6-19-15]

We extend our condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims of the horrible murders that occurred earlier this week at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. As President Obama and others have noted, Emanuel has been an important focal point in the African American struggle for freedom, equality, and liberty in our country. We will do our best to honor the legacy of Emanuel AME and Wednesday’s victims by maintaining our work in pursuit of peace, learning, and dialogue — work in which...

Betty Reardon

Betty Reardon is founder of the International Institute on Peace Education and one of the civil society originators of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace, and security. Earlier this year she sat down with the Ikeda Center to discuss her pioneering work in the fields of peace education and human rights. We will post video clips from this conversation in two sets. The first set deals with UN 1325, which addresses the harsh, disproportionate impact of armed conflict on women. In the three clips that comprise this set, Dr. Reardon discusses 1) the origins and significance of...

Ben Ferencz

The only surviving prosecutor from the Nuremberg Trials, Benjamin Ferencz has devoted his life to the creation of a peaceful world in which the rule of law triumphs over the rule of power. After Nuremberg, Mr. Ferencz commited himself to the creation of world law, and was among those responsible for the creation of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in 1998. This is a major achievement, but Ferencz cautions us that the work will remain incomplete until all states accept that they do not have “a sovereign right to wage war,” and that the ICC has the capacity to prosecute “illegal armed...

Chhabra and Kew

On May 4th, the Ikeda Center hosted its latest seminar bringing university students into dialogue with senior scholars working in peace- and education-related fields. The fourteen Boston-area students in attendance, who ranged from undergraduates to doctoral students, represented a rich range of interests and academic disciplines, including medicine, comparative religion, international affairs, international development, theological studies, and conflict mediation and resolution. They engaged in a 90-minute dialogue on the complexities of conflict resolution with Meenakshi Chhabra,...

On Monday, May 4, fourteen Boston-area university students gathered at the Ikeda Center to engage in dialogue with professors Meenakshi Chhabra of Lesley University and Darren Kew of University of Massachusetts Boston. Chhabra's remarks centered on her experience fostering Indian-Pakistani dialogue, and Kew's centered on his work facilitating Muslim-Christian dialogue and mediation in Nigeria. Finding common ground means being willing to cross borders of many kinds, Chhabra and Kew said. We will post an essay on the event during the week of May 11.

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For Nepal

Students at the University of South China lit candles in honor of those affected by the Nepal earthquake. The NYT has published a good first-person account of the earthquake and its aftermath. It's called "Perseverance and Grace as Nepal Is...

In Encountering the Poems of Daisaku Ikeda, literature scholars Ronald A. Bosco, Kenneth Price, and Sarah Ann Wider consider various dimensions of the poetic oeuvre of Buddhist thinker and leader Daisaku Ikeda. Dr. Bosco looks at lyricism in Mr. Ikeda’s work, Dr. Price traces the poetry’s connection with Walt Whitman, and Dr. Wider elucidates how the poems function as encouragement for their many readers worldwide.

Learn more about the book here!

Sabra WilliamsIn the latest SGI Quarterly, the London-born, Los Angeles-based actor Sabra Williams (right) describes her experience as director of the Actors' Gang Prison Project. Launched in 2006, the project employs theater — specifically the techniques of the 16th-century Italian "people's theater" known as commedia dell'arte — to help prisoners in the California system positively cope with their incarceration...

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.

Mr. Ikeda's talk 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...

Steven Rockefeller

Over the last few months our work has focused specifically on human dignity. But dignity is always near the heart of our work, no matter the time or topic. Philosophically speaking, dignity is a core aspect of the Buddhist humanism that undergirds all our endeavors and inquiries. In his opening lecture at the 2009 Ikeda Forum, Dr. Steven Rockefeller identified dignity as one of the values that unites the humanistic philosophies of Center founder Daisaku Ikeda and American philosopher John Dewey:

"There is agreement between Dewey and Ikeda on the general...

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