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Ikeda Forum on the Dignity of Life

When: Saturday, September 27, 2014, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Where: Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue • 396 Harvard Street • Cambridge

Respect for the dignity of life is of central importance to human rights, conflict resolution, and peace building. It provides a starting point for cultivating an awareness that all life is connected and inviolable. A deeper understanding of dignity could impact the way we view ourselves, our interactions with others, and, ultimately, the way we treat the planet itself.

In his 2013 Peace Proposal, Daisaku Ikeda states, "If we picture a global society of peace and creative coexistence as an edifice, the ideals of human rights and human security are key pillars that hold it up, while the foundation on which these rest is respect for the dignity of life." With this statement as a framework, this year's Ikeda Forum will explore the role of dignity in fostering peace and transforming conflict—both on the individual and group level. We will examine how violations of dignity happen at all stages of human interaction, and the ways in which we might cultivate a broader recognition of, and respect for, the inherent value of all life. We will also discuss the essential elements needed to sustain a culture which supports respect for dignity as its foundation.

Please join us on September 27 for this timely discussion on how a greater emphasis on the dignity of life would lead to a more harmonious and peaceful world.

This event is free and open to the public, though seating is limited. To RSVP, please email

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