Where Does the Buddha Live Now?
Align Our Values with the Buddha’s by Yasuo Hideshima
Yasuo Hideshima is director of Rissho Kosei-kai’s Dharma Missions Department and a member of Rissho Kosei-kai’s Teachings Studies Committee in Tokyo.
The Buddha Is Not Everywhere: Where Does the Buddha Live Now? by Gene Reeves
The Buddha does not live everywhere. But this does not mean that there are places from which the Buddha is simply and completely absent. The Buddha is everywhere we look for him, but you and I can never look everywhere. We can only look somewhere.
Gene Reeves has done research and given lectures on the Lotus Sutra worldwide for more than a quarter century. He was a visiting professor at Peking University and a professor at Renmin University of China in Beijing until retiring in 2012, and serves as an international advisor to Rissho Kosei-kai. Dr. Reeves was head of Meadville Lombard Theological School and a lecturer at the University of Chicago Divinity School from 1979 to 1988. His recent works include The Lotus Sutra and The Stories of the Lotus Sutra (Wisdom Publications, 2008 and 2010).
Where Does the Buddha Live Now? by Yasuaki Nara
If I am asked where the Buddha is, I can only reply that it is the place where we meet the Buddha while walking along the Buddhist path.
Yasuaki Nara is the author of numerous books on Buddhism and is chairman of the Society for the Promotion of Buddhist Studies. He received a LittD from the University of Tokyo in 1973 and taught the history of Buddhist culture at Komazawa University, Tokyo. Later he became president and then chancellor of Komazawa University, retiring in March 2006 as a professor emeritus.
Where There Is Peace, There Is Buddha
The Sublime Attitudes in Daily Living by Ruben L. F. Habito
[One’s appropriate] responses [in daily situations] arise from the heart of one filled with peace, a heart overflowing with loving-kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity. As we ourselves learn to live in this way, we are given a glimpse of where the Buddha resides in our day and age.
Ruben L. F. Habito is a faculty member at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, and is founding teacher of the Maria Kannon Zen Center in Dallas, Texas. He is the author of many works, including Healing Breath: Zen for Christians and Buddhists in a Wounded World (Wisdom Publications, 2006), and Zen and the Spiritual Exercises: Paths of Awakening and Transformation (Orbis Books, forthcoming 2013).
Seeing the Buddha in Our Midst by Paula Arai
On my path of seeking, I have learned it is easy to see the Buddha in flowers. It is more difficult to find the Buddha among the weeds. . . . Where the Buddha lives is not a question of where to look but how to see.
Paula Arai obtained her PhD in Buddhist Studies from Harvard University in 1993. Currently on the faculty at Louisiana State University, she has also taught at Brown University, Vanderbilt University, and Carleton College. She authored Women Living Zen (Oxford University Press) and Bringing Zen Home: The Healing Heart of Japanese Women’s Rituals (University of Hawaii Press). Her research has received the support of two Fulbrights and several grants, including from the Reischauer Institute. Arai also does public presentations and workshops on Buddhist women, healing, and rituals.
Where the Buddha Lives Now by Taigen Dan Leighton
Where can we find the Awakened One and the relief of suffering in our own world and in our own lives? With the Buddha somehow still alive and underground bodhisattvas at work right now, we must take responsibility and join the buddha-work and the flowering of Dharma encouraged by the Dharma Flowering Sutra.
Taigen Dan Leighton is a priest and Dharma heir in the Soto Zen lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi and the San Francisco Zen Center. Leighton teaches at the Ancient Dragon Zen Gate temple in Chicago (www.ancientdragon.org). He is the author of several books as well as editor and co-translator of numerous others. Leighton teaches online at Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, where he received a PhD, and he has practiced intensively in Japan as well as in America.
Reconnecting with Everyday Life:
Buddhism through Simple Gestures in the Café de Monk by Levi McLaughlin
Buddhism, in practice, need not be formal or dramatic, and perhaps Buddhist ideals are realized most clearly when they manifest in informal settings that encourage honest, extemporaneous expression.
Levi McLaughlin is Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, North Carolina State University. He received his PhD from Princeton University after studying at the University of Tokyo, and he holds a BA and an MA in East Asian Studies from the University of Toronto. He has been a visiting research fellow at the Asia Research Institute at the National University of Singapore and the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Iowa.
Niwano Peace Prize
Let a New Age of Tolerance Dawn Niwano Peace Prize Acceptance Address by Dr. Gunnar Stålsett, Bishop Emeritus of Oslo, Church of Norway
The Niwano Peace Foundation awarded the thirtieth Niwano Peace Prize on May 16, 2013, to Dr. Gunnar Stålsett, bishop emeritus of Oslo, the Church of Norway. Bishop Stålsett was chosen for his distinguished leadership in promoting interfaith dialogue and cooperation for world peace as well as for his unabated endeavors for peace by leading reconciliation efforts and performing confidence-building activities in conflict regions. The presentation ceremony took place in Tokyo. This is his acceptance speech.
Bishop Gunnar Stålsett was born in Nordkapp, Norway, in 1935. In 1972-73 he was state secretary in Norway’s Ministry of Church Affairs and Education, and he later represented Oslo in Parliament. He chaired Norway’s Centre Party in 1977-79 and led the Church of Norway Council on Foreign Relations as its general secretary. He served as general secretary of the Lutheran World Federation in 1985-94. He has been an ardent activist in interreligious dialogue, taking the lead in peace-building endeavors in conflict regions and in offering international humanitarian aid for victims of HIV and AIDS.
Showing Compassion for Those Who Suffer by Nichiko Niwano
Nichiko Niwano is president of Rissho Kosei-kai and a president of the World Conference of Religions for Peace. He also serves as special advisor to Shinshuren (Federation of New Religious Organizations of Japan).
Coventry’s Peace Message:
How Can Spiritual Ideals Help to Preserve Peace and Human Security? by Alan Hunter
Peace is a great blessing and a fundamental need for civilization; human security argues that people should also be blessed with at least minimum food, shelter, and safety.
Alan Hunter is Professor of Asian Studies and Associate Director of the Centre for Peace and Reconciliation Studies at Coventry University. He was formerly Associate Director of the Applied Research Centre in Human Security at Coventry University and has taught peace studies, religious studies, and Chinese studies in the United Kingdom, China, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Dr. Hunter has authored and edited several books on peace studies.
Prism of the Lotus Sutra
Prism of the Lotus Sutra (1) The White Lotus / The Bodhi Tree 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.
Building the Great Sacred Hall 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.
The Threefold Lotus Sutra: A Modern Commentary (113)
The Sutra of the Lotus Flower of the Wonderful Law Chapter 21: The Divine Power of the Tathagata (1) by Nikkyo Niwano
This is the 113th installment of a detailed commentary on the Threefold Lotus Sutra by the founder of Rissho Kosei-kai, Rev. Nikkyo Niwano.