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Back to listFeb 9, 2008

Club of Budapest International President Talks with SGI-USA Members

Nobel Peace Prize nominee Ervin Laszlo (right) speaks at an evening with SGI-USA members

On February 9, 2008, the Club of Budapest U.S.A. and the SGI-USA Marin Earth Charter Committee cosponsored an evening with Ervin Laszlo, generally recognized as the founder of systems philosophy and general evolution theory. Dr. Laszlo, a Nobel Peace Prize nominee, is president of the Club of Budapest International and the recipient of the Goi Peace Prize.

During his opening remarks at the event held in Sausalito, California, Dr. Laszlo discussed what he calls the Akashic field (Akasha means the basis and essence of all things in Sanskrit). He explained how Western society would benefit by understanding the interconnectedness of all things.

His keynote address was followed by a stimulating panel discussion with Dr. Allan Combs, a professor of psychology and consciousness studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, and Peter Hendrickson, the SGI-USA Redwood Coast Region men's leader. Muriel Adcock, the president of the Club of Budapest U.S.A., then led a dialogue on how each person can greatly impact the world in a positive way. The panelists shared how Dr. Laszlo's theory on the Akashic field holds strong similarities to Buddhism.

Dr. Laszlo is also founder and director of the General Evolution Research Group, science director of the International Peace University of Berlin, fellow of the World Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the International Academy of Philosophy of Science and a senator of the International Medici Academy.

[Adapted from an article in the March 28, 2008 issue of the World Tribune, SGI-USA]