July 26, 2012
-- SANTA MONICA, CA – Soka Gakkai International-
USA's Culture of Peace Resource Center in Santa Monica will host a lecture with Riane Eisler, acclaimed author of the international bestseller The Chalice and the Blade: Our History, Our Future, translated into 25 languages, and most recently, The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics, hailed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu as "a template for the better world we have been so urgently seeking.” Dr. Eisler is President of the Center for Partnership Studies and co-founder of the Spiritual Alliance to Stop Intimate Violence. She has received many honors, including honorary Ph.D. degrees, and is included as one of 20 leaders for world peace, along with Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa, and Martin Luther King in the award-winning book Great Peacemakers. She will discuss steps toward an economy that meets human needs, supports human dignity, nonviolence, and a good quality of life, recognizes women's huge but invisible economic contributions, and promotes the realization of our highest human potentials. The free lecture will take place on Saturday August 18 at 4:00pm in the SGI-USA Buddhist Center (1212 7th Street, Santa Monica CA 90401). Free parking is available.
“Part of our higher destiny is to put love into action by challenging unjust authority and violence in both intimate and international relations, by truly caring for ourselves, one another, and our Mother Earth,” says Eisler. “One of my aims is to show how and why economic rules and policies have blocked the expression of this basic human need and what is required to move to an economic system that promotes both human survival and the development of our capacities for caring, meaning, and self-actualization.”
“Ms. Eisler has been leading the global charge to change the conversation of economics to include the word caring,” says series organizer Ian McIlraith. “Furthermore, she has helped ordinary citizens worldwide empower themselves with the knowledge that they can be the protagonists for this paradigm shift by talking about caring economics at home, work, meetings, schools, parties and in public spaces. The Culture of Peace Resource Center is honored to contribute to this movement by providing a space for Ms. Eisler to speak with the local Santa Monica community.”
The Culture of Peace Resource Center in Santa Monica is one of five centers in the United States opened by Soka Gakkai International-
USA with the support of former United Nations Under-Secretary-
General Ambassador Anwarul Chowdhury.
Soka Gakkai International-
USA is a socially engaged Buddhist community promoting a culture of peace.