For the Sake of Peace: A Buddhist Perspective for the 21st Century

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Based on 20 years of university lectures and proposals to the United Nations, this book addresses the issue of peace from the Buddhist perspective of compassion, interconnectedness of all life, and absolute respect for human life. Informed by the teachings of Nichiren, the 13th-century Japanese Buddhist teacher and reformer, this book considers peace from various angles, including economics, the environment, disarmament, religion, and culture. Asserting that nothing is more precious than peace, this ...

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Overview

Based on 20 years of university lectures and proposals to the United Nations, this book addresses the issue of peace from the Buddhist perspective of compassion, interconnectedness of all life, and absolute respect for human life. Informed by the teachings of Nichiren, the 13th-century Japanese Buddhist teacher and reformer, this book considers peace from various angles, including economics, the environment, disarmament, religion, and culture. Asserting that nothing is more precious than peace, this guide affirms that through self-mastery, dialogue, and belief in the sovereignty of the people, the world may come to know a peaceful existence.

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“Ikeda and the Soka Gakkai International have been articulate spokespeople for peace throughout the world. For the Sake of Peace is a passionate, intelligent plea for mindfulness in both individual and societal action.” —ForeWord magazine
Foreword Magazine
For the Sake of Peace is a passionate, intelligent plea for mindfulness in both individual and societal change. This book lays an articulate foundation for, as Vaclav Havel says, 'the resuscitation of fundamental ethics.' If all practiced of empathy, dialog, and awareness that this book outlines, the world would experience a true peace.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780967469720
  • Publisher: Middleway Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

Daisaku Ikeda is the author of more than 60 books including Buddhism Day by Day and The Way of Youth. He is the president of Soka Gakkai International Buddhist renewal movement and has received the United Nations Peace Award, the Rosa Parks Humanitarian Award, and the International Tolerance Award of the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Ch. 1 The Prospect of Peace
Ch. 2 The Path of Self-Mastery
Ch. 3 The Path of Dialogue and Tolerance
Ch. 4 The Path of Community
Ch. 5 The Path of Culture
Ch. 6 The Path of Nations
Ch. 7 The Path of Global Awareness
Ch. 8 The Path of Disarmament
App. A SGI's Initiatives for Peace
App. B Proposals for Peace
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2001

    Excellent

    This excellent and well informed book will be of great interest to anyone interested in the historic and philosophic dynamics of our changing world. Ikeda is a wonderful writer whose understanding of Buddhism, Christianity and other world religions helps us to see current world conditions more clearly. His ability to incorporate the teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha and Nichiren into a discussion of world history and contemporary discourse will be welcomed by those who have felt confused by the esoteric approach of other Buddhist writings. The structure of this book is clear and easy to reference, making it an excellent text for teachers and activists. For a reader who has found so much of contemporary Buddhist writings alienating and unrealistic this book is a refreshing and exciting addition to social dialogue on how to create a better world. Highly recommended.

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