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Bosco & Myerson
6th Ikeda Forum
Cox & Knitter Books

November 2009

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Bosco & Myerson Bring the Spirit of the American Renaissance to the Ikeda Center

Bosco & Myerson

On September 24, Ronald A. Bosco (right) and Joel Myerson (left) appeared at the Center to talk about their new book, co-authored with Center founder Daisaku Ikeda, Creating Waldens: An East-West Conversation on the American Renaissance. Their comments ranged from reflections on their dialogue with Mr. Ikeda to insights into the meaning of Emerson and Thoreau for our times. Professor Anita Patterson of Boston University shared some opening comments on the book .

>> Read about the Creating Waldens author event!
"John Dewey, Daisaku Ikeda, and the Quest for a New Humanism"

IF09 brochure coverThis year's Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue, the sixth annual, will feature top thinkers exploring resonances between the naturalistic humanism of John Dewey and the Buddhist humanism of Daisaku Ikeda. Presenters include scholars with expertise in Dewey in particular and humanistic religion, philosophy, and education in general. How can the philosophies of Dewey and Ikeda help to foster both individual and social change? How can we build spiritual lives equal to the challenges of our time? To find out, please join us on November 14 for "John Dewey, Daisaku Ikeda, and the Quest for a New Humanism." Registration required.

>> Learn more and sign up for the Nov. 14 Ikeda Forum!


Knitter and Cox Publish Important New Books

Two good friends of the Ikeda Center, Harvey Cox and Paul Knitter, recently published books that have received positive attention in the mainstream media. In The Future of Faith, Cox argues that we have entered an era in which increasing numbers of religious practitioners care more about ethics and spirituality than in the dogmas that divide us. Knitter's book, Without Buddha I Could Not Be a Christian, echoes Cox's theme of practice over dogma and reveals how Knitter's exploration of Buddhism worked to enrich his own Christian faith. An early advisor to the Center, Professor Cox recently participated in the 2008 Ikeda Center event called "Understanding Death, Appreciating Life." Co-editor of the Center's book Subverting Greed, Professor Knitter was the subject of this 2008 Ikeda Center interview.

>> Learn about The Future of Faith by Harvey Cox.

>> Learn about Without the Buddha I Could Not Be a Christian by Paul Knitter.

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