I.B. Tauris Releases Tu Weiming-Ikeda Dialogue, New Horizons in Eastern Humanism
Professor Tu Weiming (left) and Mr. Ikeda (right) meet at Soka University (Tokyo, April 2005)
LONDON, UK: Publisher I.B. Tauris has released New Horizons in Eastern Humanism: Buddhism, Confucianism and the Quest for Global Peace, a dialogue between Dr. Tu Weiming, a leading authority on Confucian studies, and Daisaku Ikeda. The work offers Confucian and Buddhist perspectives on advancing peace and explores the nature, potential and necessity of dialogue.
Born in China and raised in Taiwan, Dr. Tu graduated from Harvard University where he has been a professor of Chinese history and philosophy and of Confucian studies since 1981. He is also the former director of the Harvard-Yenching Institute (1996-2008) and a distinguished research scholar at the Asia Center, Harvard University. Currently he is professor of philosophy and director of the Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies at Peking University in China. Dr. Tu was included in the Group of Eminent Persons invited by the United Nations to facilitate its Year of Dialogue Among Civilizations in 2001.
Dr. Tu first met Mr. Ikeda in Hawaii, where he attended a lecture delivered by Mr. Ikeda at the East-West Center in 1995.
The Japanese and Chinese editions of their dialogue have already been published and a Chinese literary newspaper, China Reading Weekly, included the work in its list of 2007's 100 best books.
Publisher of general nonfiction as well as scholarly writing in the humanities and social sciences, I.B. Tauris has, since 2007 and under the collective title of "Echoes and Reflections," released a selection of 12 dialogues between Mr. Ikeda and world figures.
[Adapted from an article in the May 15, 2011, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]