Dialogue Starts With Courage

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I’m so happy to be holding my first memoir book signing at the Gilroy, California Barnes & Noble Bookstore. I can’t wait! It will be held on Saturday, October 11th from 2-4pm and copies will be available for purchase. I will be available at an information table near the front of the store to answer questions and discuss my memoir. I hope to plan a future event, maybe in December, in the San Jose area so stay tuned!

I am especially looking forward to sharing my experience with other people. I believe it is so important to talk to other people, not just about my memoir, but about our shared experiences. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda states:

Dialogue starts from the courageous willingness to know and be known by others. It is the painstaking and persistent effort to remove all obstacles that obscure our common humanity. Genuine dialogue is a ceaseless and profound spiritual exertion that seeks to effect a fundamental human transformation in both ourselves and others. Dialogue challenges us to confront and transform the destructive impulses inherent in human life.

SGI President Ikeda’s Message to the Civil Society Peace Forum held at the Cooper Union in New York – 9/8/2007

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Dialogue takes courage. It is much easier to isolate myself and ignore other people, rather than initiate conversation. For some people, it is easier to strike out at another person, rather than attempt to resolve the problem through dialogue. The same can be said of numerous politicians in the U.S. government, who prefer war and conflict over peace and diplomacy.

My determination for my October 11th book event is to have meaningful dialogue with the people who express interest in my memoir. I will not be reading from my memoir, nor will I be giving a talk. Instead, I will be available to speak with anyone who is interested in learning more about my incredible experience.


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