Dharma World

September-October 2002, Volume 29

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

Reflections

Facing Problems 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 faith in daily life.

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

The Age of Life by Nichiko Niwano

Merely being born physically is not enogh to make us human. Only when we awaken to the realm of eternal life and are reborn to the realm of the spirit are we truly human.

Nichiko Niwano is president of Rissho Kosei-kai and the Niwano Peace Foundation, a president of the World Conference on Religion and Peace (WCRP), and vice-chairman of Shinshuren (Federation of New Religious Organizations of Japan).

Symposium

Buddhists Seek New Paths to Peace by Paul H. Sherbow

Paul H. Sherbow is a special consultant for Hindu affairs at the WCRP International office in New York.

Interview

2,000 Years of Contacts and Eight Years of Official Relations by Eva Ruth Palmieri

A very special embassy was set up in Rome less than ten years ago. In fact, after centuries of misunderstandings, in the year 1994 the Roman Catholic church and the Jews set their seal on official relations with the establishment of the Israeli Embassy to the Holy See. His Excellency Yosef Lamdan, appointed in 2000 as the third ambassador to the Holy See, agreed to be interviewed by Dharma World about his unique assignment.

Eva Ruth Palmieri worked for the Embassy of Israel to the Vatican for several years and has a deep personal interest in interreligious dialogue.

Essays

Promoting a Culture of Peace–A Task for UNESCO by Jacqueline Rouge

From 1984 to 1994, Jacqueline Rouge was an active president of the International Committee of the World Conference on Religion and Peace (WCRP) and is now its honorary president. She is also now official WCRP representative with UNESCO.

The Whole Earth as Our Sangha by Ruben L.F. Habito

The intuitive path, which the sages have traversed for thousands of years, is now converging with the scientific path, which tries to figure out reality in terms of equations and relationships.

Ruben L.F. Habito is professor of world religions and spirituality, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles and a dozen books in Japanese and English, including Original Enlightenment: Tendai Hongaku Doctrine and Japanese Buddhism (Tokyo: International Institute for Buddhist Studies of ICABS, 1996).

Ethic of Survival or Vision of Hope? by John D’Arcy May

Just what is interreligious dialogue and what is its aim? How can we maintain our own faith and beliefs and effect true dialogue with those of other faiths? Should we look to an “ethic of survival” or a “vision of hope” as we move into the future? These and many other questions are examined here in detail.

John D’Arcy May, Th.D. (ecumenics), Ph.D. (history of religion), served as director of the Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College in Dublin, and is now associate professor of interfaith dialogue and ethics there. He is a member of the International Interfaith Centre (IIC) in Oxford.

The Stories of the Lotus Sutra

The Dharma Flower Assembly and Sun Moon Light Buddha by Gene Reeves

The Lotus Sutra delights us with its imaginative vision. It represents the Buddha’s attempt to teach all of us that we should hear and share the Dharma. Just as heavenly flowers fell upon the holy assembly at Sacred Eagle Peak, so does it shower its blessings upon all who hear and revere its teachings.

Gene Reeves, former dean of the Meadville/Lombard Theological School in Chicago, recently retired from teaching at the University of Tsukuba, where he taught Buddhism and American Studies. He is currently doing research, teaching, and writing on the Lotus Sutra at Rissho Kosei-kai in Tokyo.

Buddhist Sculpture

Kuya Shonin: A Wandering Sage by Takeshi Kuno

One of the best-known works of Japanese sculpture abroad, this thirteenth-century rendition of an itinerant priest is filled with power and majesty. Especially striking are the six small Amida figures that issue forth on his intoning the name of the Buddha Amida.

Takeshi Kuno, formerly a director of the Tokyo National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, is now director-general of the Institute of Buddhist Art Research in Tokyo.

Buddhist Living

My Daughter Showed Me How Important a Change of Heart Can Be by Izumi Ogino

Izumi Ogino is a member of the Fukuchiyama Branch of Rissho Kosei-kai in Kyoto.

Gotama Buddha (56)

The Venerable One Converts the Courtesan by Hajime Nakamura

This installment describes how the Buddha Sakyamuni rejected the invitation of the Licchavi nobles in order to dine at the house of a successful courtesan, who had been the first to honor him with an invitation. During the meal, his words convert Ambapali, who then donates her mango grove to the Buddha and the Sangha.

The late 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 Budda, vol. 2, Tokyo, Shunjusha, 1992.

The Threefold Lotus Sutra: A Modern Commentary (66)

The Sutra of the Lotus Flower of the Wonderful Law
Chapter 5: The Parable of the Herbs (3) by Nikkyo Niwano

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

Dharma World

  1. Autumn 2019, Volume 46

    Manga, Anime, and Contemporary Religion

  2. Spring 2019, Volume 46

    Is Emptiness the Goal?

  3. July-December 2018, Volume 45

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

  4. January-June 2018, Volume 45

    Buddhism’s One Vehicle in a World of Many Religions

  5. July-December 2017, Volume 44

    Religions Tackling Extremism

  6. January-June 2017, Volume 44

    Religion and Animals

  7. October-December 2016, Volume 43

    Features: Listening

  8. July-September 2016, Volume 43

    Contemporary Ideas about Karma

  9. April-June 2016, Volume 43

    Buddhism and Food

  10. January-March 2016, Volume 43

    Dual Religious Identity: Can One Practice Two Religions?

  11. October-December 2015, Volume 42

    The Modern Significance of Meditative Practices in Religions

  12. July-September 2015, Volume 42

    Religious Rituals and Their Meaning for Today

  13. April-June 2015, Volume 42

    Religion's Contributions to Society

  14. January-March 2015, Volume 42

    Cultivating Hearts That Welcome the Other

  15. October-December 2014, Volume 41

    Buddhism and Language

  16. July-September 2014, Volume 41

    Life After Death

  17. April-June 2014, Volume 41

    Building an East Asian Community: Roles of Religions

  18. January-March 2014, Volume 41

    Aging Societies and Religion

  19. October-December 2013, Volume 40

    Nuclear Power and Contemporary Religion

  20. July-September 2013, Volume 40

    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

  27. October-December 2011, Volume 38

    The Evolution of Funerals in Japan

  28. July-September 2011, Volume 38

    Buddhism in North America

  29. April-June 2011, Volume 38

    Religion and the Power of Women

  30. January-March 2011, Volume 38

    What Is True Wealth?

  31. October-December 2010, Volume 37

    Dialogue Draws Religions Closer

  32. July-September 2010, Volume 37

    Tackling the Question "What Is the Lotus Sutra?"

  33. April-June 2010, Volume 37

    Religion's Role in Abolishing Nuclear Weapons

  34. January-March 2010, Volume 37

    Help in Overcoming Alienation

  35. October-December 2009, Volume 36

    Religion and Prayer

  36. July-September 2009, Volume 36

    Religion and Media

  37. April-June 2009, Volume 36

    Religion and Health

  38. January-March 2009, Volume 36

    The Changing Forms of the Family and the Role of Religion

  39. October-December 2008, Volume 35

    The Meaning of Giving in the Contemporary World

  40. July-September 2008, Volume 35

    Buddhism in the Face of Environmental Crisis

  41. April-June 2008, Volume 35

    The Many Forms of the Bodhisattva Kuan-yin

  42. January-March 2008, Volume 35

    Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution

  43. October-December 2007, Volume 34

    Buddhism and Bioethics

  44. July-September 2007, Volume 34

    Respect for Ancestors

  45. April-June 2007, Volume 34

    Self-Examination and Peace Work

  46. January-March 2007, Volume 34

    Buddhism and Social Responsibility: Boddhisattva Practice Today

  47. October-December 2006, Volume 33

    Buddishm in Dialogue

  48. July-September 2006, Volume 33

    Religions Working for Peace

  49. April-June 2006, Volume 33

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

  50. January-February 2006, Volume 33

    The Human Condition and Religion: A Global Future?

  51. November-December 2005, Volume 32

    Remembering Hiroshima

  52. September-October 2005, Volume 32

    Spirituality and Development

  53. July-August 2005, Volume 32

    Women in Contemporary Japanese Religion and Society

  54. May-June 2005, Volume 32

    Rissho Kosei-kai 67th

  55. March-April 2005, Volume 32

    "Thousand Buddhas," Sanbanggulsa Temple, South Korea

  56. January-February 2005, Volume 32

    Emerging Forms of Spirituality

  57. November-December 2004, Volume 31

    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

  62. January-February 2004, Volume 31

    Resolving Conflict

  63. November-December 2003, Volume 30

    Dividing Good From Evil

  64. September-October 2003, Volume 30

    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

  68. January-February 2003, Volume 30

    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

    National Treasure Tapestry Illustrating Shakyamuni Sermon to the Faithful

  73. March-April 2002, Volume 29

    Celebration of the Anniversary of Shakyamuni's Birth

  74. January-February 2002, Volume 29

    Religious Delegates Gather in New York for WCRP Symposium

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