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Reflecting on “Our World to Make”

Renowned international lawyer and professor Dr. Ved Nanda visits SGI-USA Denver Culture Center.

Dialogue partner— Members at the SGI-USA Denver Culture Center join a book-signing event with Dr. Ved Nanda, a renowned international lawyer and professor, who co-authored Our World to Make with SGI President Ikeda, May 15, 2016. Photo: Taka Tamara.


DENVER, May 15, 2016—Dr. Ved Nanda, a renowned international lawyer and professor, visited the SGI-USA Denver Culture Center to share reflections on his encounters with SGI President Ikeda, as well as various themes from the book they co-authored titled Our World to Make: Hinduism, Buddhism, and the Rise of Global Civil Society.

Dr. Nanda is an Evans University professor and Thompson G. Marsh professor of law at the University of Denver, where President Ikeda received his first honorary doctorate in the United States in June 1996.

OurWorldToMakeExpressing his appreciation for President Ikeda’s advocacy for world peace, Dr. Nanda said that he always looks forward to reading President Ikeda’s annual peace proposal to the United Nations (issued over the past 33 years). In fact, nuclear disarmament is a topic that President Ikeda has talked about “from the first day that we met.” To abolish nuclear weapons and eradicate war are ideals that Dr. Nanda said he holds in common with the SGI.

Recognizing in today’s world affairs the need for greater tolerance, and the need to work for peace and human rights, Dr. Nanda said that it is our spiritual traditions that provide an anchor for carrying on this important work. “Don’t be complacent,” he said. “Life is full of turmoil, but it’s individuals who bring about change!”

—Lauren Matsuda


Our World to Make: Hinduism, Buddhism, and the Rise of Global Civil Society, co-authored by Ved Nanda and Daisaku Ikeda, is available for $12.95 at http://bookstore.sgi-usa.org and major online bookstores.