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5th Annual Ikeda Forum
New BRC Website
Upcoming Lecture with Yoichi Kawada

October 2008
BRC E-Newsletter

The Boston Research Center e-newsletter is designed to keep you up to date with our activities in support of peace, learning, and dialogue.
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"Living with Mortality:
How Our Experiences with Death Change Us"

Ikeda Forum Panel

On September 20, 2008, more than 100 community members attended the 5th Annual Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue, a series that honors BRC founder Daisaku Ikeda's commitment to dialogue as the surest path to peace. Called "Living with Mortality: How Our Experiences with Death Change Us," the daylong event featured small group discussions among all attendees in the morning, and an afternoon panel discussion with (seated, left - right) social historian Vincent Harding, philosopher of education Megan Laverty, psychologist Anthony Marsella, and hospice physician Pam Kircher.

Full coverage of the event is posted online, including a feature story, a photo essay , and a summary of participant insights .

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BRC Launches New Website!
Our new site is built for exploration. For example, the Thinkers & Themes section includes interviews, articles, and lectures from many of the dynamic scholars, activists, and social innovators
who have participated in BRC events over the years. And the Current Focus section provides a good overview of our yearlong investigation, "Understanding Death, Appreciating Life." You can also find information on BRC events and publications, as well as a nice introduction to our mission and history. Please take a look around -- and bookmark us while you're at it!

Visit our new website!

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Upcoming Lecture: Enjoying the Rhythm of Birth and Death
On Saturday, October 18, 2008, from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m., Dr. Yoichi Kawada will be at the BRC to lecture on the topic "Enjoying the Rhythm of Birth and Death: A Buddhist Perspective." Dr. Kawada is the director of the Tokyo-based Institute of Oriental Philosophy. Mary Catherine Bateson will provide commentary. Dr. Bateson is a noted cultural anthropologist and the author of Willing to Learn and Composing a Life. We hope to see you then! To learn more about the event -- and to RSVP -- select the link below.

Information and RSVP for the October 18 lecture

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