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Our World To Make
Hinduism, Buddhism, and the Rise of Global Civil Society

"Indeed the world is ours and it is up to us to make it as beautiful and free as it can be! Our World To Make is a book of inspired words and inviting references. It is impossible to read it without being invited into the space of enriched possibilities explored by these two wise men...." - Andrea Bartoli, Dean, School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University

In Our World To Make, authors Ved Nanda, a practicing Hindu and prominent figure in the field of international law, and Daisaku Ikeda, a Buddhist thinker and peace advocate, engage in an expansive dialogue that demonstrates that it is but a short leap — or no leap at all — from the personal practice of religion to resolute support for the emerging norms and institutions of global civil society. Our World To Make shows that religion practiced with integrity demands nothing less.

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Encountering the Poems of Daisaku Ikeda
By Ronald A. Bosco, Kenneth M. Price, and Sarah Ann Wider

"I believe that if a poet can perceive the infinite possibilities of humanity, his poetry naturally becomes a song in praise of humanity." - Daisaku Ikeda

In Encountering the Poems of Daisaku Ikeda, literature scholars Ronald A. Bosco, Kenneth Price, and Sarah Ann Wider consider various dimensions of the poetic oeuvre of Buddhist thinker and leader Daisaku Ikeda. Dr. Bosco looks at lyricism in Mr. Ikeda’s work, Dr. Price traces the poetry’s connection with Walt Whitman, and Dr. Wider elucidates how the poems function as encouragement for their many readers worldwide. The three encounters are at once thoughtful and joyous.Encountering is intended to be a companion volume for the 2014 collection of Daisaku Ikeda poems called Journey of Life (I.B. Tauris).

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Living As Learning
John Dewey in the 21st Century

"Dewey's philosophy is a treasure house of the wisdom and vitality 
the twenty-first century requires." - Daisaku Ikeda

Living As Learning is a passionate and rewarding dialogue on the legacy of the great American philosopher and educator John Dewey (1859–1952). Focused on growth and the creation of value within the context of real life, Dewey’s pragmatic philosophy shares much with humanistic Buddhism. These similarities, which arise throughout the book, add richness to a dialogue already overflowing with faith in our capacity to find common ground and expand human well being in our rapidly globalizing world. For Dewey, individual and social potential alike are unlimited. 

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The Art of True Relations
Conversations on the Poetic Heart of Human Possibility

"The Art of True Relations is a carefully crafted, beautifully organized, and deeply hospitable book. I strongly recommend it to anyone interested in living more humanely." - Megan Laverty, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University

In The Art of True Relations, Sarah Wider and Daisaku Ikeda celebrate the great spiritual and literary figures, East and West, who have inspired their own work as educators, poets, and peace builders, including both the men and the women of the American Renaissance. They reserve their highest praise, though, for the lesser known among us, especially teachers and mothers, whose humble, compassionate actions provide the strongest foundation for the realization of ever-greater peace. Ultimately, The Art of True Relations is a tribute to the bonds that give life meaning.

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America Will Be!
Conversations on Hope, Freedom, and Democracy

"I have long known that Vincent Harding is the most profound living interpreter of the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. America Will Be! is packed with valuable insights about what Vincent calls the movement 'to expand democracy in America.' As Harding and Ikeda learn from one another, readers of this inspiring book can listen and be enlightened." - Clayborne Carson, editor of the papers of Martin Luther King Jr., and founding director, the King Institute at Stanford University

Join historian Vincent Harding, a friend and advisor to Martin Luther King Jr., and Buddhist leader Daisaku Ikeda as they engage in a thrilling cross-cultural dialogue illuminating the historic events of the American civil rights movement. The movement’s victories, say the authors, expressed a profound vision of freedom, equality, and nonviolent social change that can and should guide our modern experiments in democracy. Above all, the message of America Will Be! is one of hope and human possibility.

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The Inner Philosopher
Conversations on Philosophy's Transformative Power

"In this day and age, when uncertainty reigns along with various other dictates that challenge all aspects of human endeavor, it is essential that The Inner Philosopher become a part of world literature and world dialogue. The content within takes one to the front lines of life’s grand adventure of the enigmatic human condition, and further on to an open and revealing dialogue, unraveling the mystery of “us.” - Wayne Shorter, jazz composer and saxophonist, winner of nine Grammy awards, and National Endowment of the Arts Jazz Master

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, Epicurus, and others are as essential now as when first articulated more than 2,000 years ago. The authors celebrate these philosophies as optimistic and empowering. Philosophy, they say, should do nothing less than help us draw forth the inner strength needed to face life’s challenges and hardships. The Inner Philosopher shows that wisdom is never out of reach and opportunities for positive transformation are many.

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