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October 7, 2015

U.S. Institute Publishes Nanda-Ikeda Dialogue, Holds Commemorative Lecture

Our World to Make

A participant at the book launch peruses the book Our World to Make

MASSACHUSETTS, U.S.A.: Dialogue Path Press, the publishing arm of Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue, has released Our World To Make: Hinduism, Buddhism, and the Rise of Global Civil Society, a dialogue between Dr. Ved Nanda, a practicing Hindu and prominent figure in the field of international law, and Daisaku Ikeda. The work explores the shared principles of Hinduism and Buddhism, with the authors discussing international movements for human rights and nuclear abolition, as well as the creation of legal frameworks to punish war crimes and crimes against humanity. As part of a book launch held at the Ikeda Center on September 26, 2015, Dr. Nanda spoke on the themes addressed in the dialogue and shared anecdotes of his meetings with Mr. Ikeda. [For more: http://www.ikedacenter.org/thinkers-themes/themes/ethics/nanda-event]

Dr. Nanda teaches law at the University of Denver. He has previously served as president of the World Jurist Association and is presently a member of the advisory council of the United States Institute of Human Rights. He is also a recipient of the UN Association Human Rights Award. He met Mr. Ikeda in 1994 in Tokyo and in 1996, when the Buddhist leader traveled to the University of Denver to accept an honorary doctorate.

Founded by Mr. Ikeda in 1993 to promote ideas and beliefs that can lead to a more peaceful and flourishing world, the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Ikeda Center engages scholars, students, spiritual practitioners, social innovators and others in dialogue in pursuit of a shared vision for the future progress and wellbeing of humankind.

[Adapted from an article in the October 7, 2015, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]