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January-March 2015, Volume 42

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Cultivating Hearts That Welcome the Other

Embracing the Joy of Living with All Who Are Different by Yoshitaka T. Hatakeyama

The 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States shook the world in 2001, the UN-designated Year of Dialogue among Civilizations. Why do there continue to be such threats to peace despite the horrific experience of two world wars and the Cold War in the twentieth century?

Yoshitaka T. Hatakeyama is secretary-general of the Asian Conference of Religions for Peace and Religions for Peace Japan.

An Educational Pathway through the Root Causes of Past Violence toward Peace Building by Johnston McMaster

Education is personal and political, about social participation and action. Education empowers us to be community participants and is a dynamic source of social reform, transformation, and liberation from injustice, violence, oppressive structures, and a paralyzing past.

Johnston McMaster is the Senior Research Writer and Educator with the Ethical and Shared Remembering Programme with the Junction, in Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland (www.thejunction-ni.org). His doctorate is in political theology from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, Illinois. He directed a community-education program for sixteen years with the Irish School of Ecumenics at Trinity College, Dublin, and remains as an Adjunct Professor with the university. He is also a writer and broadcaster. His main area of interest is in peace building and reconciliation.

The Role of Religion and Peace Education in Cultivating Hearts That Welcome the Other by Kathy R. Matsui

The minds of the leaders of the world are still set in thinking that national security is about being equipped with military arms and strength, that violence can be prevented by violence, and that violence can be resolved by violence. But is that so? . . . How can we change the mind-set of our leaders and our society from the culture of war to the culture of peace?

Kathy R. Matsui, PhD, is Professor of Global Citizenship Studies at Seisen University, Tokyo. She has worked with peace researchers and educators internationally at the International Institute on Peace Education, the Global Partnership for Prevention of Armed Conflict, and the Global Campaign for Peace Education of Hague Appeal for Peace. She is also active in interreligious dialogue and cooperation for world peace as a member of the Women’s Executive Committee, the Peace Research Institute, and the Peace Education Task Force of the World Conference of Religions for Peace Japan.

Cultivating Hearts That Welcome the Other by Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot

When we speak of “cultivating hearts,” we refer to cultivating human persons themselves, inculcating in them values that will make them more and more humane – loving, generous, compassionate, and merciful – and will help them nurture human relationships whereby they are able to “see others not as enemies or rivals but as brothers and sisters to be accepted and embraced.”

Rev. Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot was born in 1952 in Seville, Spain. After joining the Comboni Catholic Missionaries, he was ordained priest in 1980. From 1982 to 2002 he served as a missionary in Egypt and Sudan. From 2005 to 2012 he was director of the Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies, where he had been a student. In 2012 Pope Benedict XVI appointed him secretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. Rev. Ayuso speaks Spanish, Arabic, English, French, and Italian.

Buddhism’s Modern Challenge by David R. Loy

Is modern Buddhism opening up new perspectives and possibilities that challenge us to transform ourselves and our societies more profoundly – to seek genuine happiness in a different way, as the Buddha did?

David R. Loy is a professor, writer, and Zen teacher in the Sanbo Kyodan tradition of Japanese Zen Buddhism. He is a prolific author whose essays and books have been translated into many languages. A Japanese translation of Loy’s book Money Sex War Karma: Notes for a Buddhist Revolution will be published early this year. He teaches nationally and internationally on various topics, focusing primarily on the encounter between Buddhism and modernity and what each can learn from the other. See: www.davidloy.org


Welcoming the Other – Being Tolerant by Nichiko Niwano

Nichiko Niwano is president of Rissho Kosei-kai and an honorary president of Religions for Peace. He also serves as special advisor to Shinshuren (Federation of New Religious Organizations of Japan).


Kenji Miyazawa’s Discombobulated Lotus Literature: Japanese Literature as Benevolent Guerilla War on Common Sense by Gerry Iguchi

The benevolent guerilla warfare of Miyazawa’s literature potentially functioned . . . by discombobulating common sense and disrupting unexamined and unnecessarily fixed assumptions.

Gerald Iguchi earned a PhD in History at the University of California, San Diego. His doctoral dissertation was on the nationalistic Buddhist movement Nichirenism, spanning the years between the late nineteenth century and 1945. While teaching at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Iguchi has been working on a book manuscript tentatively titled Modernity’s Transgressions: Nichirenism, Imperialism, Japan. Iguchi’s research straddles the interstices connecting the disciplines of historical interpretation, religious studies, and literary analysis.

Seminar Report

Perspectives on the Lotus Sutra by Rebecca Mendelson

The 2014 International Lotus Sutra Seminar, sponsored by Rissho Kosei-kai, was held near Tokyo on May 29-31, 2014, at the National Women’s Education Center of Japan.

Rebecca Mendelson is a doctoral student in religious studies at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. She specializes in modern Japanese Buddhism and plans to write her dissertation on the development of lay Zen organizations in the Meiji, Taisho, and early Showa periods of Japan.


Championing an Equal Voice for Women of Faith, East and West An Interview with Ms. Dena Merriam, Recipient of the Thirty-First Niwano Peace Prize

The Niwano Peace Foundation awarded the thirty-first Niwano Peace Prize on May 16, 2014, to Ms. Dena Merriam of the United States for her leadership of the Global Peace Initiative of Women (GPIW). On May 19, Dr. Hiroshi M. Niwano, chair of the foundation, interviewed Ms. Merriam at the International House of Japan, in Tokyo. The interview highlighted the importance of interfaith dialogue and partnership between men and women in building harmony between people as well as between humanity and nature.

Dena Merriam graduated from Barnard College, affiliated with Columbia University, and received an MA from Columbia University. As the founder and convener of GPIW, she has been engaged in reducing international tensions and fostering reconciliation by taking advantage of women’s qualities. She has also served on the boards of the Harvard University Center for the Study of World Religions and the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy.

Founder’s Memoirs

Preparing for a Conference of World Religions by Nikkyo Niwano

Nikkyo Niwano, the founder of Rissho Kosei-kai, was an honorary president of the World Conference of Religions for Peace and was honorary chairman of Shinshuren (Federation of New Religious Organizations of Japan) at the time of his death in October 1999. He was awarded the 1979 Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion.

Prism of the Lotus Sutra

Prism of the Lotus Sutra (7) The Elephant / The Stupa / The Kalavinka by Atsushi Kanazawa

Atsushi Kanazawa is a Professor in the Faculty of Buddhism at Komazawa University, Tokyo. He specializes in the Indian philosophy of language and the history of Indian philosophy and culture.

The Threefold Lotus Sutra: A Modern Commentary (119)

The Sutra of the Lotus Flower of the Wonderful Law Chapter 23 The Former Lives of the Bodhisattva Medicine King (3) by Nikkyo Niwano

This is the 119th installment of a detailed commentary on the Threefold Lotus Sutra by the founder of Rissho Kosei-kai, Rev. Nikkyo Niwano.

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    Religions Coping with Prejudice

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    Dialogue Draws Religions Closer

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    Tackling the Question "What Is the Lotus Sutra?"

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    Help in Overcoming Alienation

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    Religion and Prayer

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    Buddishm in Dialogue

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    Emerging Forms of Spirituality

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    The Increasing Importance of Dialogue and Cooperation

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    Paths to Reconciliation

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    Religionists United in Prayer for Peace

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    Life is Larger Than Globalization

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