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Synopsis for "The Global Solidarity of Youth: Ushering in a New Era of Hope"

Proposal submitted to the United Nations by Daisaku Ikeda, February 2017

Read the full proposal here

Sixty years have passed since my mentor, second Soka Gakkai president Josei Toda (1900–58), issued his declaration calling for the prohibition and abolition of nuclear weapons. At the core of his thinking was a vision of global citizenship rooted in the philosophy of respect for life’...

Here's a Top Ten list of our website articles that received the most views during 2016. The mix ranges from our page featuring the poems of Mary Oliver to Yoichi Kawada's discussion of the Buddhist outlook on life and death to Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen's essay on his concept of development as freedom. The Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue is our signature event, so it was gratifying to find features on three separate forums on our list. Enjoy, and please join us for more peace investigations in 2017! [Posted 12-29-16]

1. "What is Community?",...

Marinoff

We're celebrating our fourth printing of The Inner Philosopher: Conversations on Philosophy's Transformative Power by posting an excerpt from the concluding chapter to our website. In the excerpt, called "Life Itself is Our Common Ground," co-authors Lou Marinoff and Daisaku Ikeda explore the interplay between respect for local communities and unique traditions and the need to foster global unity around issues of peace and well being.

Lou Marinoff summarizes:

"The key...

[12-15-16] We are pleased to post a video of Ceasar McDowell's presentation at this year's Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue, "Crisis or Opportunity: A Dialogue on Democracy, Inclusion, and Community." His remarks focused on what he sees as the particular modes of dialogue that can unite diverse segments of society while strengthening democracy in the process. One of his key points was that any dialogue aimed at meaningful social change will of necessity include those at the margins of society since they are the ones who live with the failures of the...

What better time than Thanksgiving to think about how gratitude can impact our lives and the lives of others for the better! This brief essay at the website of the Soka Gakkai International explores why gratitude is a core practice for Center founder Daisaku Ikeda in particular and Nichiren Buddhists in general. There's plenty of good advice here for the non-Buddhists among us as well. Here's an excerpt.

"While the admonition to 'count one’s blessings' may seem trite, in times...

2016 Ikeda Forum

Compared to what he envisions as the work of true democracy, the current presidential contest, said Ceasar McDowell, defined as it is by rancor and a scarcity of content, amounts to little more than theater. McDowell offered this perspective in his role as the featured speaker and dialogue facilitator at the 13th Annual Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue, called “Crisis or Opportunity: A Dialogue on Democracy, Inclusion, Community.” Held at the Ikeda Center on October 27, just twelve days before the 2016 elections and near the end of a year marked by bitter and emotional conflict...

In her new essay for the Ikeda Center website, "The Personal Is Social," Natalie Evans observes:

Often, we attribute our powerlessness to other people, institutions, or forces. This is when the “blame game” comes into play. We accuse: “You’re wrong. You’ve created this for me. I’m the victim.” But this is not the complete truth. While we are certainly impacted by social conditions as well as the actions of others, other people don’t have control over our emotions, reactions, and inner states. And so, the most important way that we can create a positive...

2016 Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue

Crisis or Opportunity?
A Dialogue on Democracy, Inclusion, and Community

With Ceasar McDowell

October 27, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Reception at 6:00 p.m.

RSVP for this free event here!

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Gandhi

If you work in education you might have seen it on a refrigerator magnet or read it on a poster; or maybe you’ve heard it quoted in a talk. Lately you might have encountered it as an Internet meme. It being Gandhi’s claim that “if we are to reach real peace in this world..., we shall have to begin with children.” But what did Gandhi mean by that? What kind of education of youth would lead to peace, in his view? This September 2016 essay by the Center's Mitch Bogen looks at how Gandhi was inspired by Montessori...

A great resource for up-to-the-minute articles and essays relating to peace, learning, and dialogue is the Common Threads blog, hosted by Soka Gakkai International, the parent organization of the Ikeda Center. The Common Threads mission is "to generate interest in topics related to the development of a culture of peace and to stimulate a growing network of global citizens active in the pursuit of peace. It features articles written by a diverse range of contributors in the hope of providing a space for sustained dialogue and for exploring...

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