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Into Full Flower
Into Full Flower

Into Full Flower

Making Peace Cultures Happen


184 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Trade Paper, $12.95 (US $12.95) (CA $14.95)

Publication Date: March 2010

ISBN 9781887917087

Rights: US & CA

Ikeda Center for Peace Learning and Dialogue (Mar 2010)
Dialogue Path Press

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Through these 15 intimate conversations, Elise Boulding, an American Quaker, and Daisaku Ikeda, a Japanese Buddhist, reveal that while journeys in peace may build from vastly divergent locales and traditions, shared wisdom grows from an unwavering commitment to a better world. Throughout the book, they explore the dynamic qualities of peace cultures, including peace building as a continuum from the family to global institutions, the valuing of women’s contributions at all levels of society, and education as a holistic, lifelong process. Unique in their fresh connections between Buddhist humanism and a Quaker vision of peace, the conversations enable readers to understand peace and peacemaking not as abstract concepts, but as attitudes and practices that inform every aspect of human life.


“Coming from different traditions, Elise Boulding and Daisaku Ikeda share a profound commitment to peace and human welfare, to diversity and world citizenship, to open listening and dialogue, and to envisioning and building a better future. In a flowing dialogue, they build on each other’s experiences and ideas to produce valuable insights for creating peace cultures.”  —Herbert Kelman, Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics, emeritus, Harvard University

“This animated conversation between Elise Boulding and Daisaku Ikeda covers many intriguing topics in the field of peace culture. Each draws upon decades of personal experience, and their dialogue winds its way from the small-scale but crucial details of family life, through the organization and practice of education, to the broad lessons of intercultural learning. Boulding and Ikeda encourage us to rethink our own priorities and to consider alternatives that are more social, peaceful, just, and fun.”  —Paul Joseph, professor of sociology, and director, Peace and Justice Program, Tufts University

“This book is a wonderful encapsulation of so much of what is important and necessary to transform our present global war culture into one of peace, sustainability, and hope. In this series of dialogues, Daisaku Ikeda and Elise Boulding share with readers their rich wisdom, based on their lifetimes of studying, speaking, and writing of the importance of a sea change in our values.”  —Mary Lee Morrison, founding director, Pax Educare, Inc., and author, Elise Boulding: A Life in the Cause of Peace

Author Biography

Elise Boulding was a professor of sociology emerita at Dartmouth College, where she developed the nation’s first peace studies program. She served on the board of the United Nations University and the International Jury of the UNESCO Prize for Peace. She was the author of Building a Global Civic Future, Cultures of Peace: The Hidden Side of History, and The Future: Images and Processes. Daisaku Ikeda is the founder and president of the Soka Gakkai International, a lay Buddhist organization with 12 million members worldwide. He has written and lectured widely on Buddhism, humanism, and ethics, and has published dialogues with global figures such as Arnold Toynbee, Linus Pauling, and Mikhail Gorbachev.