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[Posted 11-10-12] The ninth annual Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue, held in Cambridge on Saturday, October 13, celebrated and explored the Buddhist concept of interdependence, known more formally as dependent origination. Center founder Daisaku Ikeda’s writings and lectures on Buddhist humanism and global ethics contain many passages on interdependence. Among those that inspired this event, was this from Mr. Ikeda’s 1991 lecture at Harvard University called “The Age of Soft Power”:

"All things are linked in an...

[Posted by M. Bogen, 11-5-12] From the October 2, 2012 Boston Globe obituary: "Barry Commoner, a founder of modern ecology and one of its most provocative thinkers and mobilizers, died Sunday in Manhattan. He was 95. His wife, Lisa Feiner, confirmed his death. Dr. Commoner was a leader among a generation of scientist-activists who recognized the toxic consequences of America’s post-World War II technology boom and one of the first to stir the national ­debate over the public’s right to comprehend the risks and make decisions about them." The...

Lou Marinoff at the Ikeda Center

Karma, said Lou Marinoff, is traditionally understood as “the ripening fruits of action.” In Cambridge on September 21 to celebrate the publication of his new dialogue with Daisaku Ikeda, The Inner Philosopher: Conversations on Philosophy’s Transformative Power, Dr. Marinoff observed that “this book is the very ripe fruit of a lot of little actions” that were taken over the last few years. During his presentation, he reflected on the book’s creation and offered a vision of philosophy based on twin commitments to the alleviation of suffering and the practicing of virtues. He also...

Conversations on Philosophy's Transformative Power

By Lou Marinoff and Daisaku Ikeda
Dialogue Path Press, September 2012
ISBN 978-1-887917-09-4 / $12.95

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In the sixteen spirited conversations of The Inner Philosopher, Lou Marinoff and Daisaku Ikeda revive philosophy as an accessible source of wisdom and courage. In their telling, the philosophies of Shakyamuni Buddha, Lao Tzu, Confucius, Aristotle, Socrates,...

Keith Motley

The Ikeda Center’s first public event for 2012, held on Saturday, April 28, featured J. Keith Motley, 8th chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Boston (UMass Boston), discussing the topic, “Education and Human Possibility.” The Center has been building a relationship with Dr. Motley since November 2010, when he headed a delegation from UMass Boston to Tokyo to sign an academic exchange agreement with Soka University of Japan and present Center founder Daisaku Ikeda with an honorary doctorate, his 300th honorary academic award.

As prelude to Dr. Motley’s lecture, Alex...

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