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  Exciting Changes at the Center!

July 2009

Dear Friend,

Greetings! We hope this letter finds you well and happy, getting ready for enjoyable summer activities.

We want to let you know about some exciting changes. First of all, on July 3rd, the Boston Research Center for the 21st Century changed its name to the Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue!

After sixteen years of hosting conferences and publishing books on global ethics and humanistic philosophy, we feel proud to have put into action, in our own way, the spirit of founder Daisaku Ikeda. Many of you know Mr. Ikeda as a distinguished Buddhist leader and educator dedicated to far-ranging intercultural dialogue. For this reason, and many others, we chose to incorporate his name into the new name for the Center.

Moving forward as the Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue, we will deepen and expand our work under a name that more directly reflects our long-standing values and objectives as well as our profound respect for Mr. Ikeda and his inclusive, humanistic vision.

Also, on July 1st, we made a new addition to the Center’s leadership team. Richard Yoshimachi, a graduate of Soka University in Japan and an experienced national leader of the Soka Gakkai International-USA, joined the Ikeda Center as President and Executive Director. In this capacity, Richard will take lead responsibility for the Center’s activities, working closely with Masao Yokota in his new role as Advisor and with me in my new role as Senior Research Fellow.

With these fresh developments, all of us at the Ikeda Center are more determined than ever to achieve the goal that has always guided our work: a fundamental shift in US and international culture from isolation, violence, and war to interconnectedness, nonviolence, and peace. We are honored to count you among our allies in this crucial endeavor.

With warm regards,
Ginny Benson



Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue
396 Harvard Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138
Phone: (617) 491.1090 Fax: (617) 491.1169

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