Peace, Justice, and the Poetic Mind

Conversations on the Path of Nonviolence

By Stuart Rees and Daisaku Ikeda

Dialogue Path Press, September 2018
ISBN: 978-1-887917-19-3 / $12.95 USA
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About the Authors

STUART REES is professor emeritus at the University of Sydney and former director of the Sydney Peace Foundation. Born in England, he was the founding director of Sydney’s Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies and served in that position for eighteen years.

DAISAKU IKEDA is 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.

Advance Praise

This latest in a series of books documenting conversations between Daisaku Ikeda, president of Soka Gakkai International, and leading global citizens features Dr. Stuart Rees, peace activist and professor emeritus of the University of Sydney. Topics for the twelve dialogues featured in this text range from the family histories and upbringings of both speakers to the individual nuances of their shared vision for a peace-, justice-, and joy-filled future for the world community. The authors’ sensitive and compassionate insights on the current condition of humanity are rendered even more powerful by frequent citations of poetry. While there is much in this book to engage the intellect, the numerous quoted verses speak to a deeper realm of the reader’s psyche.
Isabel Nunez, Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Studies, Purdue University Fort Wayne

In this dialogue, Daisaku Ikeda and Stuart Rees take us on a journey that is rich in insights and delightful in its story telling. As they seamlessly traverse the varied and fertile ground of poetry, spirituality, ethics and identity, we encounter the passion and wisdom of two men whose engagement with the human predicament has never wavered. It is engagement born from a firm grasp of the horrors of war and the enormity of the nuclear peril. But it is also engagement born of the conviction that human effort can make a difference. Peace, Justice, and the Poetic Mind offers us a compelling diagnosis of our ills. More than that, it points to the nonviolent pathway that leads to a just peace, and offers the pilgrim of peace much needed encouragement and inspiration.
Joseph Camilleri, OAM, Emeritus Professor of International Relations, La Trobe University, Melbourne



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