Olivier Urbain's Daisaku Ikeda and Dialogue for Peace PDF

By Olivier Urbain

ISBN-10: 1780765711

ISBN-13: 9781780765716

The well known Buddhist non secular chief and suggest for peace, Daisaku Ikeda, has put discussion on the centre of his efforts in the direction of securing worldwide justice and clash answer. in spite of the fact that, faraway from constituting summary plans for the way forward for the realm, Ikeda's dialogues signify very concrete and concentrated job. He concentrates on one major person (such as Joseph Rotblat, Linus Pauling and Mikhail Gorbachev) at a time, or occasionally small teams, so one can test the transformation of pondering and society via extreme dialogue. This booklet bargains certain exploration of this important point of Ikeda's philosophy of peace. participants learn themes corresponding to: the heritage to Ikeda's dialogic considering as present in the Lotus Sutra; Buddhism as a realistic philosophy of discussion; Ikeda's use of debate, in particular within the box of schooling; and discussion on the subject of the abolition of nuclear guns. Ikeda's idea of discussion emerges as a paradoxical circulation in the direction of universal floor in accordance with respectful distinction. This examine will entice scholars of peace, politics and glossy Buddhism.

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Third, global citizens are committed to nonviolence, as the behavior of the bodhisattva Never Disparaging suggests. They should not use violence as a means for improving the world, but develop, with wisdom and compassion, nonviolent means, such as dialogue, face-to-face or communication exchange, proactive participation, education, culture, and awareness-raising. 20 Daisaku Ikeda and Dialogue for Peace Fourth, for global citizens, self-actualization is found in work for the benefit of others and in doing their best to save all humanity and bring an everlasting peace to planet Earth.

That will help deepen our mutual understanding and it will also be a good way to introduce you to our readers (Tehranian and Ikeda 2011, 2). ” Urbain (2010) argues that by asking “personal questions at the beginning (…) [Ikeda] propels the dialogue to a more profound level” and that the significance of these exchanges around personal questions “lies in the sense of intimacy these personal details have created between Ikeda and his partners” (Urbain 2010, 129). I agree with Urbain. The “mutual understanding” and “sense of intimacy” that Ikeda seeks to establish early in an exchange have a philosophical significance beyond merely creating comfortable conditions for conversation.

The life energy of the Buddha world extends the Never Disparaging bodhisattva’s life, and he devotes that extended life to salvation of others through nonviolent means. It is global citizens who are the driving force behind the movement for nonviolence. In conclusion, therefore, let me sum up several qualities of global citizens as suggested by the Lotus Sutra. First, global citizens are those who embrace a view of life that supports the dignity of humankind and the sanctity of life. The Life Span chapter emphasizes this dimension by way of the Buddha as eternal savior, namely the eternal Buddha who is at one with the eternal Law.

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