Like all of our fellow global citizens, we staff of the Ikeda Center are doing all we can to avoid spreading the contagion of COVID-19 and are grateful for the brave souls fighting on the front lines against this global pandemic. Also, as we hope and pray for an early end to the outbreak, we are digging deeper within our own hearts to find an even stronger aspiration toward a shared future of respect for the dignity of life.
One source of inspiration for us is a recent message from Center founder Daisaku Ikeda, entitled “Become Pioneers of a Better Age.” In his message, he recalls the conviction of one of his first dialogue partners, British historian Arnold Toynbee, that “those living in an age of crisis” – certainly this refers to all of us right now – “must become pioneers of a better age, striving to find positive solutions” rather than being paralyzed by panic or hopelessness. In so doing, we will turn the age into one of achievement. The “achievement” Dr. Toynbee refers to, for us at the Ikeda Center, means building a culture of peace through learning and dialogue. This is nothing but an extraordinary effort of co-creation in which anyone anywhere can become a protagonist.
To help inspire strength, wisdom, and optimism, we have turned to the plentiful resources on our website representing many years of Center effort. In this issue of our e-newsletter, you will find particular talks and essays we have selected with our Ikeda Center community in mind. We will be so happy if you find even just a word or phrase you can take to heart during this unprecedented
With warmest regards and sincere wishes for your good health,