A Baptist Preacher's Buddhist Teacher: How My Interfaith Journey with Daisaku Ikeda Made Me a Better Christian

A Baptist Preacher's Buddhist Teacher: How My Interfaith Journey with Daisaku Ikeda Made Me a Better Christian

by Lawrence Edward Carter Sr.


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In this inspiring, soul-stirring memoir, Lawrence E. Carter Sr., founding dean of the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel, shares his remarkable quest to experience King's "beloved community" and his surprising discovery in mid-life that King's dream was being realized by the Japanese Buddhist philosopher and tireless peace worker Daisaku Ikeda. Coming of age on the cusp of the American Civil Rights Movement, Carter was personally mentored by Martin Luther King Jr. and followed in his footsteps, first to get an advanced degree in theology at Boston University and then to teach and train a new generation of activists and ministers at King's alma mater, Morehouse College. Over the years, however, Carter was disheartened to watch the radical cosmic vision at the heart of King's message gradually diluted and marginalized. He found himself in near despair—until his remarkable encounter with the lay Buddhist association Soka Gakkai International and a life-changing meeting with Ikeda, its president. Carter knew that King had been inspired by Gandhi, a Hindu, and now Ikeda, a Buddhist, was showing him how King's message of justice, equality, and the fundamental dignity of life could be carried to millions of people around the world. What ensued was not a conversion but a conversation—about the essential role of interfaith dialogue, the primacy of education, and the value of a living faith to create a human revolution and realize at last Martin Luther King's truest dream of a global world house. In these dark and frustrating times, the powerful dialogue between Carter and Ikeda gives hope and guidance to a new generation of reformers, activists, and visionaries.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780977924592
Publisher: Middleway Press
Publication date: 11/01/2018
Pages: 300
Sales rank: 258,892
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Lawrence Edward Carter Sr. is the founding Dean of the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College. Dedicated to interfaith dialogue, Carter has spoken to Jewish, Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, Christian, and New Thought Spiritual communities. He is also the author of Walking Integrity: Benjamin Elijah Mays as Mentor to Martin Luther King Jr​

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xiii

1 Getting the Call 1

2 My Path 21

3 Meeting My Mentor 35

4 Turning Poison Into Medicine 55

5 Morehouse Mission 67

6 World House 83

7 Human Revolution 97

8 Buddhist Teacher 115

9 The Power of Moral Cosmopolitan Dialogue 131

10 Education for Cosmic Citizenship and Friendship 147

11 Value Creation 159

12 Global Commonwealth of Realized Citizens 183

13 An Inside Job 199

14 Faith to Heal the World 211

Afterword 229


A Gandhi, King, Ikeda Community Builders Prize Recipients 233

B Gandhi, King, Ikeda: A Legacy of Building Peace Exhibition Venues and Gandhi, King, Ikeda Award Recipients 237

C Annual Peace Proposals by Daisaku Ikeda to the Member Ambassadors of the General Assembly of the United Nations 259

D A List of Daisaku Ikeda's Published Dialogues 263

Notes 271

Selected Bibliography 279

Index 283

About the Preacher and the Teacher 293

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