In-Person Indigo Talk with Dr. Cynthia Dillard

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Join us for our first ever in-person Indigo Talk featuring a lecture by renowned scholar and award-winning author Dr. Cynthia B. Dillard (Nana Mansa II of Mpeasem, Ghana, W. Africa). Dr. Dillard is the William Allen Endowed Chair and Dean of the College of Education at Seattle University. Her talk titled, “Towards Hope and Joy in Life and Death: New Visions,” engages Daisaku Ikeda’s 1993 Harvard lecture, “Mahayana Buddhism and Twenty-first Century Civilization,” and explores what is possible when hope and joy are at the center of both life and death. Dr. Dillard writes, “Drawing on Ikeda’s lecture at Harvard University and through a series of stories from experiences across the globe, I will explore what I believe Ikeda calls us to consider: First, an acknowledgment of life and death as an inseparable whole of our cycle of formation as spiritual beings and second, his call for our existence as humans to be guided by deep appreciation for both joy and hope as central visions of a more essential and spiritual whole.” 

Join us and Dr. Dillard on Friday, October 27, at 7 pm ET, at the Ikeda Center (396 Harvard Street, Cambridge, MA).  Doors open at 6:30 pm for a pre-event reception. The talk will be followed by a Q&A and small group discussion. Download the event flyer here


For everyone’s health and safety, we ask the following:

  • Should you have any COVID-like symptoms, or are not feeling well, we kindly look forward to seeing you at a future in-person event!
  • Masks are now optional.

What are the Indigo Talks? The Ikeda Center’s Indigo Talks is a lecture series featuring renowned intellectuals in dialogue with enduring works by Center founder Daisaku Ikeda.