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December 19, 2010

Marinoff-Ikeda Dialogue Published in Japan

Marinoff-Ikeda Dialogue

Japanese language edition of a discourse between Dr. Lou Marinoff and Daisaku Ikeda

TOKYO, Japan: Ushio Publishing Co. has released Tetsugaku runessansu no taiwa (working title: Buddhism and a Philosophy of Action on the Human Level), a discourse between Dr. Lou Marinoff, president of the American Philosophical Practitioners Association (APPA) and professor of philosophy at the City College of New York, and Daisaku Ikeda. In their work, the authors examine achieving individual empowerment through such means as dialogue, personal encouragement and philosophical counseling--a nonclinical form of counseling based on the premise that philosophy holds the key to overcoming many of life's problems--of which Dr. Marinoff is a proponent.

A Commonwealth Scholar originally from Canada, Dr. Marinoff earned his doctorate in the philosophy of science at University College London. He developed the practice of philosophical counseling, which utilizes philosophies from all ages and cultures in assisting people to resolve the problems encountered in daily life. He established APPA in 1999 and has authored two internationally acclaimed bestsellers, Plato, Not Prozac!, which has been translated into 25 languages since 1999, and Therapy for the Sane, translated into 13 languages since 2003.

Dr. Marinoff and Mr. Ikeda first met in Tokyo in February 2003 and on their second meeting, in March 2007, they agreed to collaborate on a dialogue. Their discussions were originally serialized in Pumpkin, a Japanese women's magazine, from June 2008 to October 2009.

[Adapted from an article in the December 19, 2010, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]