Search for a New Humanity: A Dialogue Between Josef Derbolav and Daisaku Ikeda

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Weatherhill, 1992 - Religion - 265 pages
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In the tradition of the great philosophers, the two authors of this book engage in a dialogue on fundamental issues, including tradition and modernization, humanism in the East and the West, and the role of ethics and religion in contemporary society. Through this systematic encounter between Buddhism and Christianity, they hope to offer a bridge of understanding between Asian and European cultures and somehow contribute to the improvement of the human situation today.

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Josef Derbolav (1912-87) was Professor of Education and Philosophy at the University of Bonn. For many years he was a leading thinker in West Germany in the field of education. He published widely, and served as a visiting professor in the USA, the Soviet Union, and Japan. Daisaku Ikeda (1928-) is the President of Soka Gakkai International, a lay Buddhist organisation with some eleven million adherents in over 190 countries throughout the world. He is the author of over 80 books on Buddhist themes, and received the United Nations Peace Award in 1983.

Daisaku Ikeda was born in Tokyo, Japan on January 2, 1928 into a family of seaweed farmers. Ikeda is a prolific writer, environmentalist, peace activist, and follower of Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism, also considered "true Buddhism". He has written over 100 books on Buddhism. Ikeda was the president of Soka Gakkai, an organization supporting the practice of Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism, from 1960 to 1979 and currently maintains the position of Soka Gakkai Honorary President. Ikeda developed SGI (Soka Gakkai International) which is an international outreach program for Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism. Many members of this organization refer to him as their "mentor in life". Ikeda has been influential world-wide. He holds over 230 honorary doctorates and over 550 honorary citizenships around the world. Ikeda also holds numerous memberships and has received many awards. Ikeda has founded many educational, peace and cultural institutions including Soka University (1971), Tokyo Fuji Art Museum (1983), and Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research (1996). Ikeda and his wife, Kaneko, married on May 3, 1952. They have three sons.

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