Back to listMay 25, 2012

IOP Supports Publication of Russian Encyclopedia of Buddhist Philosophy

Buddhist Philosophy. EncyclopediaThe Buddhist Philosophy Encyclopedia

On May 23, the launch of the Buddhist Philosophy Encyclopedia, published by the Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IPhRAS) and supported by the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP), Japan, was held at IPhRAS in Moscow.

The encyclopedia is one of the first to be published in Russia providing a comprehensive overview of Buddhist philosophy. Chief editor of the encyclopedia, Professor Marietta Stepaniants, who is also the director of Centre for Oriental Philosophy Studies at IPhRAS, stressed the value of the publication and how the study of the history of Buddhist philosophy can contribute to a deepened understanding of various cultures and religions.

The Third Moscow International Conference on Comparative PhilosophyThe Third Moscow International Conference on Comparative Philosophy at IPhRAS

The launch was held as part of the Third Moscow International Conference on Comparative Philosophy held at IPhRAS from May 22-25. Some 30 researchers specializing in Far East, Indian and Islamic philosophy attended, including IOP researcher Dr. Mitsuru Eguchi who is also an associate professor at Soka University of Japan.

On the first day of the conference, Dr. Eguchi commented on the philosophy of the dignity of human life and interdependence expressed in SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's 2012 peace proposal and highlighted its relevance to the prospects for Japanese society following the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011.  

IPhRAS was founded in 1929 as the principal institute in Russia for academic research in the field of philosophy. In 2008, IPhRAS and IOP cosponsored their first symposium titled "Buddhist Philosophy in Multicultural Context" and have continued to strengthen academic exchanges over the years. 

[Adapted from an article in the June 1, 2012, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photos courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]