Moral Lessons of the Twentieth Century: Gorbachev and Ikeda on Buddhism and Communism

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I.B.Tauris, Jul 22, 2005 - History - 180 pages
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Mikhail Gorbachev and Daisaku Ikeda are contemporaries raised in different cultures: Gorbachev is a statesman influenced by Marx and communist politics while Ikeda is a Buddhist inspired by the thirteenth century Japanese sage, Nichiren. This book is a result of a series of conversations between these two men. Together they explore their experiences of life amidst the turmoil of the twentieth century and together they search for a common ethical basis for future development. They conclude that values are born of culture and that peace, progress and social justice can only be achieved through sincere communication and cultural exchange.
  

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Contents

Preface
Perestroika and Freedom
21
Humanity Faith and Religion
64
Roots
85
A New Civilization
109
Postscripts
146
Glossary
160
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Mikhail Gorbachev, the former General Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party and the last President of the Soviet Union, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990 for his diplomacy leading to the end of the Cold War.  Daisaku Ikeda is the spiritual leader of Soka Gakkai International, and the author of over 80 books on Buddhist themes.

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