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

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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 turm ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published July 22nd 2005 by I. B. Tauris (first published May 5th 2005)
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Iain Coggins
Feb 21, 2011 Iain Coggins rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in Buddhism, Communism, Socialism, social sciences in general.
Just a warning: any book in my library that is SGI/Daisaku Ikeda related will receive 5 stars. Since I am a Nichiren Buddhist and SGI member, such books hold religious meaning for me; thus my bias.

In this fascinating dialogue, Gorbachev and Ikeda discuss the intersections of Buddhist and Communist thought, along with a healthy dose of reflection on the foundations and ultimate fate of Communism in the 20th century. It is particularly interesting to encounter those points where these close friend
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Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev is a Russian politician. He was the last General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and the last head of state of the USSR, serving from 1985 until its collapse in 1991.

Gorbachev's attempts at reform—perestroika and glasnost—as well as summit conferences with United States President Ronald Reagan, contributed to the end of the Cold War, and also ende
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