April 23, 2008
Dialogue with Honorary Club of Rome President Ricardo Díez-Hochleitner Published in English
Dr. Díez-Hochleitner and Mr. Ikeda (Tokyo, February 1996)
An English language edition of a dialogue between Ricardo Díez-Hochleitner, honorary president of the Club of Rome, and Daisaku Ikeda has been published by I. B. Tauris, London. In A Dialogue between East and West--Looking to a Human Revolution
the authors examine a wide range of challenges as well as opportunities confronting humanity in our era of globalization. A key focus of interest for both is the concept of "human revolution," a positive change within the individual that brings about broader social change. This concept is based on the Buddhist principle of dependent origination, which holds that all life, and indeed all phenomena, exists in a web of mutually dependent relationships. From this perspective of the deep interrelationship between human beings and their environments, an inner-directed transformation in human beings themselves is fundamental to the ultimate resolution of the problems facing humans at the global level.
A Dialogue between East and West--Looking to a Human Revolution
Originally from Spain, Dr. Díez-Hochleitner has held key education-related posts in various international organizations since the 1950s, including the Organization of American States, the World Bank and UNESCO. He was also under-secretary of state for Education and Science in Spain. He served as president of the Club of Rome from 1991 to 2000. He is currently honorary president of the international think tank and a member of its executive committee, as well as senior advisor to the UN University for Peace, Costa Rica.
[Link to The Daisaku Ikeda Library site: http://www.ikedabooks.org/]
[Adapted from an article in the April 23, 2008, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]