Meeting a core challenge put forth in Daisaku Ikeda’s 1993 Harvard lecture, "Mahayana Buddhism and 21st Century Civilization," the third Dialogue Nights explored the topic “What Can Death Teach Us About Life? A Conversation.”
The concept of the greater self, which is central to the philosophy of Daisaku Ikeda and his 1993 lecture at Harvard University, provided the focus for the first Dialogue Nights of our 30th anniversary year.
On May 27, the Ikeda Center hosted its sixth and final “virtual” Dialogue Nights, with the plan being to return to in-person events this summer, more than two years after they were suspended in 2020 because of the pandemic.
The first Dialogue Nights of 2022 was held on March 4th, nearly two years to the day after businesses, restaurants, and institutions of all sorts started shutting down because of the rapidly-spreading COVID virus.
During times of crisis, personal or social, we often feel an obligation to be strong, for ourselves and others. But what are the costs of always being strong? And what are benefits of being, not weak, but at least vulnerable at such times?