Dharma World

May-June 2005, Volume 32

Rissho Kosei-kai 67th Anniversary

From the Advisor’s Desk

Reflections on the Thirtieth Anniversary of the Donate-a-Meal Campaign by Kinjiro Niwano

Kinjiro Niwano is chairman of the Niwano Peace Foundation.

Essays

Healing Our Suffering World by Cheng Yen

A Taiwanese Buddhist nun who established a compassion relief foundation nearly four decades ago has seen it grow into a worldwide volunteer organization that assists victims of disasters like the earthquake and tsunami in South Asia last December.

Venerable Master Cheng Yen was born in Chingshui, a small town in central Taiwan, in 1937. When she was twenty-three years old, she left home to become a Buddhist nun. In 1966, she established the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation, which has concentrated its activities in the four major missions of charity, medicine, education, and culture. The foundation, which now has over four million supporters, provides disaster relief throughout the world, sending supplies to victims and dispatching volunteers to help them rebuild their lives.

Karma and Character: Fatalism or Free Will? by I. Loganathan

The Buddha found that the theory of karma was often confused with fatalism, but he turned the message of despair into one of hope. He encourages the sinner to realize that it is never too late to mend.

I. Loganathan is honorary president of the Buddhist Society of India and of the Gautama Buddhist School, Karnataka State, India.

The Emerging Euroyana by Michael Fuss

As Buddhism gains widening acceptance as a European religion, new questions are raised about whether its presence will be lasting, and about the resulting dialogue with the Roman Catholic Church.

Michael Fuss is a professor at the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome. After ordination as a Catholic priest, Dr. Fuss specialized in Buddhist studies and today is engaged in Buddhist-Christian dialogue and is a member of the International Buddhist-Christian Theological Encounter Group. Among his publications is Buddhavacana and Dei Verbum (Leiden: Brill, 1991), a comparative study of scriptural inspiration in the Lotus Sutra and the New Testament. This article is adapted from an article that originally appeared in The Way (Vol. 41, 2001), a journal for contemporary Christian spirituality published by the Jesuits in Britain.

The Real Purpose of Prayer by Kinzo Takemura

It might be wise when we pray to recognize that we may be treating the Buddha as a mere means to attain our own desires.

Kinzo Takemura, now retired, was the director of the Overseas Mission Office (now the International Faith Dissemination Group) of Rissho Kosei-kai and the president of Kosei Publishing Company. He served for many years as chief secretary to the late Rev. Nikkyo Niwano, founder of Rissho Kosei-kai.

Reflections

The Benefits of Hoza Counseling Sessions by Nichiko Niwano

Anxiety over human relationships is the main source of stress among people in the workplace and the community as a whole. In an attempt to alleviate that stress, companies and schools often have professional counselors available, and more and more people are seeking their help. We seem to have lost the knack for human relationships.

Nichiko Niwano is president of Rissho Kosei-kai and the Niwano Peace Foundation, a president of the World Conference of Religions for Peace (WCRP), and chairman of Shinshuren (Federation of New Religious Organizations of Japan). This article is a translation of a recent interview with Rev. Niwano that originally appeared in Rissho Kosei-kai’s Japanese periodical Yakushin.

The Precept Against Killing and Acting Against Violence by Nikkyo Niwano

This essay is part of a continuing series of translations from a volume of inspirational writings by the late founder of Rissho Kosei-kai. DHARMA WORLD will continue to publish these essays because of their lasting value as guidance for the daily practice of one’s faith.

Nikkyo Niwano, the late 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.

The Stories of the Lotus Sutra

The Parable of the Good Physician by Gene Reeves

The heart of the second half of the Lotus Sutra contains a parable about a wise physician who used skillful means to heal his poisoned children. We are those sick children, and the Buddha is the wise father who uses every means available to save us. We must learn not only how to see the Buddha in others, but also how to let others see the Buddha in us.

Gene Reeves is currently studying, teaching, and writing on Buddhism in Tokyo. A consultant and teacher at Rissho Kosei-kai, he was recently a research fellow at Rikkyo University. Before coming to Japan in 1989, Dr. Reeves was the dean of Meadville/Lombard Theological School and professorial lecturer in the Divinity School of the University of Chicago.

Buddhist Living

The Dharma Taught Me Self-Reliance and Equality by Pradeep Saksena

An Indian travel agent describes how his curiosity about Japanese Buddhism led to his visiting Tokyo and discovering the bodhisattva practice of Rissho Kosei-kai.

Pradeep Saksena is the director of the Delhi Dharma Center of Rissho Kosei-kai in the Indian capital.

The Buddha’s Teachings Save the Children

The mother of an elementary-school boy who was then nine years old describes her personal experience with one of his classmates who was seen as the main cause of the chaos that was disrupting school for everyone.

Harumi Ogawa is a member of the Minami-Tama Branch of Rissho Kosei-kai in Tokyo.

Gotama Buddha (72)

Venerated as a Human Being by Hajime Nakamura

Early Buddhists looked up to Sakyamuni as a great teacher who had been able to control his own passions. He exemplified the ideal of human existence.

The late Dr. Hajime Nakamura, an authority on Indian philosophy, was president of the Eastern Institute in Tokyo and a professor emeritus of the University of Tokyo at the time of his death in October 1999. This ongoing series is a translation of Gotama Buddha, vol. 2 (Tokyo: Shunjusha, 1992).

The Threefold Lotus Sutra: A Modern Commentary (82)

The Sutra of the Lotus Flower of the Wonderful Law
Chapter 10: A Teacher of the Law by Nikkyo Niwano

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

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    Buddhism’s One Vehicle in a World of Many Religions

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    Features: Listening

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    Buddhism and Food

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    Dual Religious Identity: Can One Practice Two Religions?

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    The Modern Significance of Meditative Practices in Religions

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    Religious Rituals and Their Meaning for Today

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  14. January-March 2015, Volume 42

    Cultivating Hearts That Welcome the Other

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    Life After Death

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    Aging Societies and Religion

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    Where Does the Buddha Live Now?

  21. April-June 2013, Volume 40

    Modern Meanings of Festivals

  22. January-March 2013, Volume 40

    Transforming Greed

  23. October-December 2012, Volume 39

    Religions Coping with Prejudice

  24. July-September 2012, Volume 39

    The Significance of Religious Communities

  25. April-June 2012, Volume 39

    Buddhist Teachings on Spiritual Liberation

  26. January-March 2012, Volume 39

    The Meaning of Modern Pilgrimage

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    The Evolution of Funerals in Japan

  28. July-September 2011, Volume 38

    Buddhism in North America

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    What Is True Wealth?

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    Dialogue Draws Religions Closer

  32. July-September 2010, Volume 37

    Tackling the Question "What Is the Lotus Sutra?"

  33. April-June 2010, Volume 37

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  34. January-March 2010, Volume 37

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    Religion and Prayer

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    Rissho Kosei-kai 67th

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  56. January-February 2005, Volume 32

    Emerging Forms of Spirituality

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    Peace Building Through Multi-Religious Cooperation

  58. September-October 2004, Volume 31

    The Increasing Importance of Dialogue and Cooperation

  59. July-August 2004, Volume 31

    Paths to Reconciliation

  60. May-June 2004, Volume 31

    Religion in Crisis

  61. March-April 2004, Volume 31

    Spiritual Friendship

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    Resolving Conflict

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    Dividing Good From Evil

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    Common Truths: Cooperation Among Religions

  65. July-August 2003, Volume 30

    Niwano Peace Foundation

  66. May-June 2003, Volume 30

    Religionists United in Prayer for Peace

  67. March-April 2003, Volume 30

    Life is Larger Than Globalization

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    Emerging Forms of Spirituality

  69. November-December 2002, Volume 29

    Roundtable Disscussion at the World Congress of the International Association for Religious Freedom

  70. September-October 2002, Volume 29

    Sixth Assembly of the Asian Conference on Religion and Peace, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

  71. July-August 2002, Volume 29

    The Most Reverend Samuel Ruiz Garcia, Recipient of the 19th Niwano Peace Prize

  72. May-June 2002, Volume 29

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    Celebration of the Anniversary of Shakyamuni's Birth

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