Search for a New Humanity: A Dialogue between Josef Derbolav and Daisaku Ikeda

Search for a New Humanity: A Dialogue between Josef Derbolav and Daisaku Ikeda

Search for a New Humanity: A Dialogue between Josef Derbolav and Daisaku Ikeda

Search for a New Humanity: A Dialogue between Josef Derbolav and Daisaku Ikeda

Synopsis

In the tradition of the great philosophers, the two authors of this book engage in a dialogue on fundamental issues, including tradition and modernization, humanism in the East and the West, and the role of ethics and religion in contemporary society. Through this systematic encounter between Buddhism and Christianity, they hope to offer a bridge of understanding between Asian and European cultures and somehow contribute to the improvement of the human situation today.

Excerpt

In meetings in both Germany and Japan, the two authors of this book decided to undertake a dialogue similar in general plan to those already conducted between Daisaku Ikeda and such leading thinkers as Arnold J. Toynbee, René Huyghe, Aurelio Peccei, and Brian Wilson. Hoping that their dialogue would become a bridge between Asiatic and European cultures, in November 1982, they put the idea into more concrete form and determined discussion themes.

They decided that the dialogue should include a treatment of fundamental issues, including tradition and modernization, humanism in the East and West, the role of ethics and religion, and a systematically viewed encounter between Buddhism and Christianity. After a section on education, which is prerequisite to understanding what is to come, they concluded the dialogue with a glimpse into the conceivable future on the basis of an analysis of the crisis-laden present.

After initial meetings, in which topics were agreed upon, the dialogue was carried out in written form. Daisaku Ikeda, as a representative of Oriental culture, was responsible for the exposition of the main themes of each chapter and the subthemes generated by them. As a representative of European culture, Josef Derbolav undertook the systematic explication of those themes. Then both the Japanese and the German partners went through the dialogue again to deal with still unsettled problems and to put the whole into relatively complete form.

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