Dharma World

November-December 2004, Volume 31

November-December 2004, Volume 31(PDF)

Peace Building Through Multi-Religious Cooperation

“Simply Ordinary Men” by Yoshiaki Sanada

Yoshiaki Sanada is a professor of law who has taught Western legal history and comparative law based on Islamic law at Chuo University’s School of Law in Tokyo. Since 1994 he has been a guest professor at the Institute of Comparative Law of the China University of Politics and Law in Beijing. He is also director of the Peace Research Institute, which is affiliated with the Japanese Committee of the World Conference of Religions for Peace.

Essays

Interfaith Understanding and Collaboration by Son Soubert

All religious faith is the result of an acknowledgment that something exists beyond our physical longing, life, and understanding.

H.E. Son Soubert is a member of the Constitutional Council of the Kingdom of Cambodia, appointed by His Majesty King Norodom Sihanouk, and is a professor in the Faculty of Archaeology of the Royal University of Fine Arts, Phnom Penh. During 1993–98, he served as second vice-president of the National Assembly (parliament) and in March 1998, he became president of the Son Sann Party, elected by the congress of the party.

Faith and Interfaith in Britain, 2004 by Richard Boeke

A leading advocate of interfaith dialogue calls on us to develop a sense of oneness with all that lives, taking the first step in a spiritual life.

Richard Boeke is honorary secretary of the World Congress of Faiths, which is now based at the London Interfaith Centre . After studies at the Harvard Center for World Religions, in 1959 he entered the Unitarian Universalist ministry. Dr. Boeke served as minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, California, and in 1995 moved to England, becoming minister of the Unitarian Church of Seven Oaks and serving as secretary to the International Council of Unitarians and Universalists.

Buddhism and Forgiveness by Joseph S. O’Leary

Christianity is based on the event of divine forgiveness. In some early Buddhist texts, the emphasis falls not on forgiving, but on the foolishness of taking offense in the first place.

Joseph S. O’Leary studied literature, philosophy, and theology in Maynooth College, Ireland, and in Rome and Paris. Resident in Japan since 1983, he has participated in research at the Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture, and lectures in the Department of English Literature at Sophia University. His publications include Questioning Back: The Overcoming of Metaphysics in Christian Tradition (Minneapolis, 1985) and Religious Pluralism and Christian Truth (Edinburgh, 1996). This article is adapted from his article that appeared under the same title in the Japan Mission Journal (Spring 2002, Vol. 56, No. 1).

Reflections

All of Us, Everywhere, Are Life’s Children by Nichiko Niwano

This concept, Rev. Niwano says, is itself the invaluable spirit of living in a world of coexistence. The following is the text of the address delivered by Rev. Niwano to the 43rd General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) held in Long Beach, California, on June 25.

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 the Japanese Association of Religious Organizations.

Human Beings Cannot Live Alone 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 practice of one’s daily faith.

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

Report

The Importance of the Ninth Lotus Sutra Conference by Christopher Rupp

Christopher Rupp is a second-year graduate student in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. His work focuses on East Asian Buddhism in the medieval period, particularly late Heian and early Kamakura Japan.

The Stories of the Lotus Sutra

Two Nuns: Mahaprajapati and Yashodhara by Gene Reeves

By admitting women into the Sangha as nuns, the teaching that all are equal won out, but the reality of the monks’ sexual desire and of consequent disrespect for women did not go away.

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

Giving Thanks Today for the Trials of Yesterday by Yoshie Sugawara

A member who is a working wife and mother learns from her chapter leader that she herself was partly responsible for problems not only with her teenage son, but also with her husband.

Yoshie Sugawara is a member of the Toyama Branch of Rissho Kosei-kai.

Gotama Buddha (69)

The Final Rites for the Buddha by Hajime Nakamura

Both Sanskrit and Pali texts mention that perfumes, garlands, and musical instruments were brought, suggesting that these were standard items at funerals.

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 (79)

The Sutra of the Lotus Flower of the Wonderful Law
Chapter 8: The Five Hundred Disciples Receive the Prediction of Their Destiny (3) by Nikkyo Niwano

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

Dharma World

  1. Spring 2020, Volume 47

    Violence in Buddhism

  2. Autumn 2019, Volume 46

    Manga, Anime, and Contemporary Religion

  3. Spring 2019, Volume 46

    Is Emptiness the Goal?

  4. July-December 2018, Volume 45

    The Buddhahood of Plants and Trees: The Environment and Buddha-Nature

  5. January-June 2018, Volume 45

    Buddhism’s One Vehicle in a World of Many Religions

  6. July-December 2017, Volume 44

    Religions Tackling Extremism

  7. January-June 2017, Volume 44

    Religion and Animals

  8. October-December 2016, Volume 43

    Features: Listening

  9. July-September 2016, Volume 43

    Contemporary Ideas about Karma

  10. April-June 2016, Volume 43

    Buddhism and Food

  11. January-March 2016, Volume 43

    Dual Religious Identity: Can One Practice Two Religions?

  12. October-December 2015, Volume 42

    The Modern Significance of Meditative Practices in Religions

  13. July-September 2015, Volume 42

    Religious Rituals and Their Meaning for Today

  14. April-June 2015, Volume 42

    Religion's Contributions to Society

  15. January-March 2015, Volume 42

    Cultivating Hearts That Welcome the Other

  16. October-December 2014, Volume 41

    Buddhism and Language

  17. July-September 2014, Volume 41

    Life After Death

  18. April-June 2014, Volume 41

    Building an East Asian Community: Roles of Religions

  19. January-March 2014, Volume 41

    Aging Societies and Religion

  20. October-December 2013, Volume 40

    Nuclear Power and Contemporary Religion

  21. July-September 2013, Volume 40

    Where Does the Buddha Live Now?

  22. April-June 2013, Volume 40

    Modern Meanings of Festivals

  23. January-March 2013, Volume 40

    Transforming Greed

  24. October-December 2012, Volume 39

    Religions Coping with Prejudice

  25. July-September 2012, Volume 39

    The Significance of Religious Communities

  26. April-June 2012, Volume 39

    Buddhist Teachings on Spiritual Liberation

  27. January-March 2012, Volume 39

    The Meaning of Modern Pilgrimage

  28. October-December 2011, Volume 38

    The Evolution of Funerals in Japan

  29. July-September 2011, Volume 38

    Buddhism in North America

  30. April-June 2011, Volume 38

    Religion and the Power of Women

  31. January-March 2011, Volume 38

    What Is True Wealth?

  32. October-December 2010, Volume 37

    Dialogue Draws Religions Closer

  33. July-September 2010, Volume 37

    Tackling the Question "What Is the Lotus Sutra?"

  34. April-June 2010, Volume 37

    Religion's Role in Abolishing Nuclear Weapons

  35. January-March 2010, Volume 37

    Help in Overcoming Alienation

  36. July-September 2009, Volume 36

    Religion and Prayer

  37. July-September 2009, Volume 36

    Religion and Media

  38. April-June 2009, Volume 36

    Religion and Health

  39. January-March 2009, Volume 36

    The Changing Forms of the Family and the Role of Religion

  40. October-December 2008, Volume 35

    The Meaning of Giving in the Contemporary World

  41. July-September 2008, Volume 35

    Buddhism in the Face of Environmental Crisis

  42. April-June 2008, Volume 35

    The Many Forms of the Bodhisattva Kuan-yin

  43. January-March 2008, Volume 35

    Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution

  44. October-December 2007, Volume 34

    Buddhism and Bioethics

  45. July-September 2007, Volume 34

    Respect for Ancestors

  46. April-June 2007, Volume 34

    Self-Examination and Peace Work

  47. January-March 2007, Volume 34

    Buddhism and Social Responsibility: Boddhisattva Practice Today

  48. October-December 2006, Volume 33

    Buddishm in Dialogue

  49. July-September 2006, Volume 33

    Religions Working for Peace

  50. April-June 2006, Volume 33

    Creating the World of the One Vehicle: The Centennial of the Birth of Rev. Nikkyo Niwano

  51. January-February 2006, Volume 33

    The Human Condition and Religion: A Global Future?

  52. November-December 2005, Volume 32

    Remembering Hiroshima

  53. September-October 2005, Volume 32

    Spirituality and Development

  54. July-August 2005, Volume 32

    Women in Contemporary Japanese Religion and Society

  55. May-June 2005, Volume 32

    Rissho Kosei-kai 67th

  56. March-April 2005, Volume 32

    "Thousand Buddhas," Sanbanggulsa Temple, South Korea

  57. January-February 2005, Volume 32

    Emerging Forms of Spirituality

  58. November-December 2004, Volume 31

    Peace Building Through Multi-Religious Cooperation

  59. September-October 2004, Volume 31

    The Increasing Importance of Dialogue and Cooperation

  60. July-August 2004, Volume 31

    Paths to Reconciliation

  61. May-June 2004, Volume 31

    Religion in Crisis

  62. March-April 2004, Volume 31

    Spiritual Friendship

  63. January-February 2004, Volume 31

    Resolving Conflict

  64. November-December 2003, Volume 30

    Dividing Good From Evil

  65. September-October 2003, Volume 30

    Common Truths: Cooperation Among Religions

  66. July-August 2003, Volume 30

    Niwano Peace Foundation

  67. May-June 2003, Volume 30

    Religionists United in Prayer for Peace

  68. March-April 2003, Volume 30

    Life is Larger Than Globalization

  69. January-February 2003, Volume 30

    Emerging Forms of Spirituality

  70. November-December 2002, Volume 29

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

  71. September-October 2002, Volume 29

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

  72. July-August 2002, Volume 29

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

  73. May-June 2002, Volume 29

    National Treasure Tapestry Illustrating Shakyamuni Sermon to the Faithful

  74. March-April 2002, Volume 29

    Celebration of the Anniversary of Shakyamuni's Birth

  75. January-February 2002, Volume 29

    Religious Delegates Gather in New York for WCRP Symposium

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