By Sarah Wider and Daisaku Ikeda
Dialogue Path Press, February 2014
ISBN: 978-1-887917-11-7 / $12.95
In The Art of True Relations, Sarah Wider and Daisaku Ikeda celebrate the great spiritual and literary figures, East and West, who have inspired their own work as educators, poets, and peace builders, including both the men and the women of the American Renaissance. They reserve their highest praise, though, for the lesser known among us, especially teachers and mothers, whose humble, compassionate actions provide the strongest foundation for the realization of ever-greater peace. Ultimately, The Art of True Relations is a tribute to the bonds that give life meaning.
"The Art of True Relations is a carefully crafted, beautifully organized, and deeply hospitable book. I strongly recommend it to anyone interested in living more humanely."
– Megan Laverty, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University
"Following the gentle flow of Ikeda and Wider’s conversations, we enter a heart-warming intimacy with them and with their mentors, Josei Toda and Ralph Waldo Emerson. The authors’ unabashed expressions of appreciation for mothers everywhere, for circles of support, and for the natural world evoke radical gratitude."
– Ann Diller, Professor Emerita, Philosophy of Education, University of New Hampshire
"This wonderful book both enacts and recalls dialogue as the most fundamental means of human growth. Sarah Wider and Daisaku Ikeda celebrate the self-reliance of Ralph Waldo Emerson as it flowered among others and urged awareness of their needs, with special attention to the women of transcendentalism who were mentors, friends, and teachers of new spiritual awareness. The Art of True Relations is a delight to read."
– Phyllis Cole, Professor of English, Women's Studies, and American Studies, Penn State Brandywine
SARAH WIDER is Professor of English and Women’s Studies at Colgate University, where she specializes in the American Renaissance, American women writers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and Native American literature.
DAISAKU IKEDA is founder and president of the Soka Gakkai International, a lay Buddhist organization with more than twelve million members worldwide. He has written and lectured widely on Buddhism, humanism, and global ethics.