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Back to listFeb 5, 2005

Institute of Oriental Philosophy Hosts Second Lecture in "Indian Spiritualism and Today's World" Series

On February 4, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) invited Aomori Public College Professor Tatsuo Haya to speak at the second lecture of the series titled, "Indian Spiritualism and Today's World (tentative translation)," at the Nihon Seinenkan in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. Speaking on "Life and Thoughts of Gautama Buddha," Professor Haya introduced the life of Gautama Siddhartha, the historical Buddha, Shakyamuni, who was born a prince and renounced the secular world in search of solutions to human suffering. After Shakyamuni reached enlightenment underneath a bodhi tree, he spent the rest of his life sharing his teachings to relieve people of their suffering. Professor Haya said "Buddha" means "awakened one," or one who has "awakened" to the greater meaning and flow of life and is able to coexist in harmony with others. He emphasized the importance of promoting this Buddhist ideal to save humanity in the 21st century.