DialoguesWith the unshakable conviction that true peace may only be forged in the hearts and minds of the world’s ordinary citizens, Daisaku Ikeda has engaged in dialogues with the representatives of all realms of human society. He has for more than 30 years met with cutting-edge thinkers in dialogues for peace. His actions stem from his faith in the ability of people to cast bridges of friendship and trust across the seeming chasms of our differences and from the conviction that the accumulated weight of such endeavours will tip even the global scales toward peace.

Ikeda’s love of dialogue was nurtured by Arnold Toynbee, the British historian, with whom he met for the first time in May 1972. Their dialogue entitled Choose Life was later published in 24languages.

Toynbee encouraged Ikeda to seek out people of outstanding insight and wisdom in the pursuit of wide-ranging dialogue for the sake of humanity. Ikeda has since carried out discussions with leaders of various fields around the world, many of which have been published.

DialoguesIkeda has since carried out discussions with leaders of various fields around the world, many of which have been published. A few of them are:

  • Choose Peace with Johan Galtung (Pluto Press, 1995)
  • Space and Eternal Life with Chandra Wickramasinghe (Journeyman Press, 1998)
  • Choose Hope: Your Role in Waging Peace in the Nuclear Age with David Krieger (Middleway Press, 2002)
  • Global Civilization: A Buddhist-Islamic Dialogue with Majid Tehranian (British Academic Press, 2003)
  • On Being Human: Where Ethics, Medicine, and Spirituality Converge, with René Simard and Guy Bourgeault (Middleway Press, 2003)
  • Planetary Citizenship: Your Values, Beliefs and Actions Can Shape a Sustainable World with Hazel Henderson (Middleway Press, 2004)
  • Revolutions: To Green the Environment, To Grow the Human Heart with M. S. Swaminathan (EastWest Books Pvt. Ltd., 2005)
  • Moral Lessons of the Twentieth Century: Gorbachev and Ikeda on Buddhism and Communism with Mikhail Gorbachev (I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd, 2005)
  • Choose Life: A Dialogue with Arnold J. Toynbee (I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd, 2007)
  • Dawn After Dark with René Huyghe (I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd, 2007)
  • A Quest for Global Peace: Rotblat and Ikeda on War, Ethics and the Nuclear Threat with Joseph Rotblat (I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd, 2007)
  • Human Values in a Changing World: A Dialogue on the Social Role of Religion with Bryan Wilson (I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd, 2008)
  • Search for a New Humanity: A Dialogue with Josef Derbolav (I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd, 2008)
  • A Dialogue between East and West — Looking to a Human Revolution with Ricardo Díez-Hochleitner (I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd, 2008)
  • A Lifelong Quest for Peace: A Dialogue with Linus Pauling (I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd, 2009)
  • A Passage to Peace: Global Solutions from East and West with Nur Yalman (I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd, 2009)
  • Ode to the Grand Spirit with Chingiz Aitmatov (I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd, 2009)
  • Human Rights in the Twenty-first Century with Austregésilo de Athayde (I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd, 2009)
  • Creating Waldens: An East-West Conversation on the American Renaissance with Ronald A. Bosco and Joel Myerson (Dialogue Path Press, 2009)
  • The Persistence of Religion: Comparative Perspectives on Modern Spirituality with Harvey G. Cox (I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd, 2009)
  • Buddhism: A Way of Values with Lokesh Chandra (Eternal Ganges Press Pvt Ltd, 2009)
  • Before It Is Too Late: A Dialogue with Aurelio Peccei (I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd, 2009)
  • Into Full Flower: Making Peace Cultures Happen with Elise Boulding (Dialogue Path Press, 2010)
  • New Horizons in Eastern Humanism: Buddhism, Confucianism and the Quest for Global Peace Tu Weiming (I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd, 2011)
  • America Will Be! Vincent Harding (Dialogue Path Press, 2013)
  • The Inner Philosopher: Conversations on Philosophy’s Transformative Power, Lou Marinoff (Dialogue Path Press)