Symposium on Society and Religion Held at Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
From October 13-14, 2009, a symposium on society and religion was sponsored by the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) and the Institute of World Religions of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences（CASS）in Beijing, China. Renowned Buddhist scholar and professor at Peking University Lou Yulie participated in the symposium. More than 70 researchers attended the event.
This was the fourth symposium sponsored by IOP and CASS. Previous symposiums have focused on the Lotus Sutra and Mahayana Buddhism and modern civilization.
Institute of World Religions Director Zhuo Xinping and IOP Director Yoichi Kawada spoke at the opening ceremony held at CASS on October 13. In particular, Director Zhuo Xinping discussed the wisdom that can be gained from religions and how that wisdom can contribute to creating a society that strives for the wellbeing of its citizens.
Director Yang Zengwen from the Research Institute of the Buddhism Culture Of China lectured on Buddhist scholars' contributions to the friendship between China and Japan and the role of Buddhism in strengthening bonds between the countries.
During the two-day symposium, researchers Wei Daoru and He Jinsong from CASS, and Zhang Zhigang, Head of the Graduate School of Religious and Cultural Studies at Peking University, gave presentations on religion and society. Three researchers from IOP, Hiroshi Kanno, Shuichi Yamamoto and Kenichi Maekawa and Director Kawada also presented papers on religion and society.
[Adapted from an article in the October 24, 2009, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photo courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]