The Richard Causton Lectures
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The Richard Causton Lectures are a series of annual talks in memory of the late Richard Causton, who became the first General Director of Soka Gakkai International of the United Kingdom (SGI-UK) in 1974, and remained so until his death in January 1995.
The purpose of these lectures is to commemorate Mr Caustons life and work in establishing a Buddhist movement in the United Kingdom dedicated to the furtherance of peace, education and culture, based on the teachings of the thirteenth century Japanese sage, Nichiren. The subjects of these lectures therefore address important issues facing the world today and discuss them in light of Nichirens Buddhism, which expounds the supreme dignity of human life.
The Lectures will honour the life achievement of Mr Causton and through this, bridge the gap amongst people, irrespective of their social, political or religious beliefs. These Lectures also aim to create awareness in society about SGI-UK's activities as an organisation dedicated to achieving peace through culture, education and friendship among all the peoples of the world.
It is suggested that the Lectures will be a national, annual event, that should be open to everybody, and should include friends of SGI-UK, the general public, members and their guests. It is proposed that in the future the event would be held in a number of locations throughout the UK, but to help the event become established, it should be held in London for the first years.
The first lecture was given on 7 March 1998 at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London. The speaker was SGI-UK member Edward Canfor-Dumas, who worked closely with Mr Causton on his book, The Buddha in Daily Life, and who was editor of SGI-UKs magazine, UK Express, from 1988 to just after Mr Caustons death.
The second lecture, on the subject of education, was delivered at the House of Commons in March of 1999.
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