IOP Hosts Public Lecture at Villa Sachsen, Germany
On January 10, 2009, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) hosted a lecture at SGI-Germany's Villa Sachsen Grand Culture Center. Dr. Michael von Brück, an eminent professor of religious studies at the Institute of Protestant Theology and Comparative Religions, University of Munich, spoke on the "Mentor and Disciple Relationship in Buddhism and the Present Age."
In his lecture, Dr. Brück elucidated what is meant by a "good teacher" as expounded in Mahayana Buddhism. Such a teacher would: (1) be a person of intellect who obtains a mastery of Buddhism and an ability to develop its spirit in the present age, while being able to pass on the law (of Buddhism) through his or her own experience; (2) uphold spirituality and acquire wide-ranging knowledge, while having a consciousness of being an "emissary of the Buddha," deeply reflecting on his or her behavior; and (3) be a friendly person who understands the nature of each disciple and leads people correctly and with wisdom.
Concerning the bodhisattva practice, Dr. Brück stated that the ideal bodhisattva way is to share the "utmost wisdom" obtained through Buddhist practice with ordinary people in the midst of the real world. After his formal remarks, Dr. Brück commended SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's decisive leadership that has enabled worldwide growth of the SGI and expressed his agreement with the SGI's efforts for humanistic education.
[Adapted from an article in the February 15, 2009 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]