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Greater Self Essays
Education Seminar
Call for Proposals

July 2011

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Cultivating the Greater Self  

Two New Essays on the Center's 2011 Theme  


In "Education and the Greater Self," the Center's Mitch Bogen argues that educating for the cultivation of the greater self is education of the most ambitious sort: It promotes a learning process that is ongoing and inclusive in scope and noble and compassionate in character. This vision of learning begins with the individual and expands outward to include all of life in its sphere of concern.


>> Read the essay    


The "greater self" of Mahayana Buddhism, writes Daisaku Ikeda, "always seeks ways of alleviating the pain, and augmenting the happiness, of others, here, amid the realities of everyday life." In "Public Health: The Foundation of Global Flourishing," biologist Janet Hart introduces the scope of our global public health crises and highlights the work of three compassionate individuals who, through their innovative work on behalf of suffering people, embody the greater self and promote its emergence in others. 


>> Read the essay  


Engaging with Matters of Consequence 

Seminar considers ethics- and character-driven aspects of contemporary education 


June education seminar


On June 3rd, a group of education scholar-leaders gathered at the Center for a seminar exploring and expanding on themes from Daisaku Ikeda's 1996 Teachers College lecture, "Thoughts on Education for Global Citizenship." The assembled educators tackled the hard questions of how wisdom, courage, and compassion can be practiced and promoted in today's test-oriented schools. They also affirmed the potential of a single individual to make a positive difference in a student's life and learning, even in the face of institutional pressures.


>> Read about the seminar    

Call for Proposals

Education Fellows Program Promotes Research on  

Soka Education 

The Ikeda Center's Education Fellows Program aims to advance research and scholarship on Soka education, an emerging field of study in humanistic education. The education fellows advisory board includes top American education scholars, all of whom have made significant contributions to the understanding and advancement of humanistic education in the United States. Interested doctoral candidates are encouraged to apply.  Fellows will be eligible for two years of funding at $10,000 per year. Applications accepted between December 1, 2011, and March 1, 2012.


>> Learn more about the Education Fellows Program 


>> Read a bibliographic essay on Soka education themes and sources  



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