Back to listAug 26, 2010

SGI Representatives Participate in Interfaith Dialogue in Thailand

100826thai-interfaith.jpg Professor Honma (right)

From August 22-26, SGI representatives participated in an interfaith dialogue between Buddhists and Christians, sponsored by the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the World Council of Churches (WCC), at Payap University in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

At the international conference, 30 representatives from both faiths, including experts from the field of economics, exchanged their views and thoughts on a variety of topics. Among the issues discussed were the role of religion in the face of the global economic crisis and moral and spiritual decline resulting from greed.

Kazunari Fujii, SGI UN Liaison Officer in Geneva, attended the conference, as well as Professor Mariko Honma from the Department of Economics at Soka University of Japan, who gave a talk on "Economic Egoism and the Common Good."

In her talk, Professor Honma emphasized the importance of cooperative strategies based on the Buddhist concept of "dependent origination" and on "humanitarian competition"--a nonviolent mode of mutual striving for excellence originally propounded by the first president of Soka Gakkai, Tsunesaburo Makiguchi.

Conference participants expressed their appreciation for SGI's various social contributions and shared their hope that SGI will continue to promote interfaith dialogue.

[Adapted from an article in the September 30, 2010, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photo courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]