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November 30, 2016
Lecture: "Thoughts on Earth in the Contemporary World"
Prof. Keta has taught at Kanazawa University, and currently specializes in religious philosophy and religious studies. Having earned her PhD in literature at Kyoto University, she now teaches there while also serving as president of the Japanese Association for Religious Studies. Prof. Keta has written many books including Nishida Kitaro ‘Zen no Kenkyu’ [‘The Study of Good.......read more
November 21, 2016
First Lotus Sutra Exhibition Held in Peru
On November 21, 2016, "The Lotus Sutra—A Message of Peace and Harmonious Coexistence" exhibition was launched at the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (UNMSM) in Lima, Peru. UNMSM, established in 1551, is the oldest academic institution in South America. The exhibition was created by the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) and organized.......read more
November 17, 2016
Lecture: "A Sustainable Future and Religion"
Prof. Kato is an honorary professor at Kyoto University. To date, he has taught at Chiba University and Kyoto University and served as president of Tottori University of Environmental Studies. He is a specialist in philosophy, bioethics and environmental ethics. He has written many books including Tetsugaku no Shimei [Mission of Philosophy] (1992), Hegeru Tetsugaku no......read more
October 25, 2016
Lecture: "Toynbee and Religion"
Dr. Kawakubo’s fields of research are the comparative study of civilizations and American literature. He served as the dean of the College of Foreign Languages at Reitaku University, vice president of the International Society for the Comparative Study of Civilizations and president of the Nathaniel Hawthorne Society of Japan. While lecturing at Reitaku University......read more
October 3, 2016
Lecture: "Multimimentional Understanding of Islam--the Dialogue with Muslims in Indonesia"
Prof. Kato is a professor at the Graduate School of Policy Studies at Chuo University in Tokyo. His specialties are Anthropology of Religion and Society and Comparative Civilizations. Prof. Kato graduated from Hosei University in Tokyo and obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Sydney in Australia......
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October, 2016
IOP Publishes The Journal of Oriental Studies volume 26
Feature: The Possibility of Buddhism for the Future of Humankind 

From the Second Symposium with the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies 
Opening Address  Richard Gombrich ......read more

September 21, 2016
Lotus Sutra Exhibition Opens in South Korea
On September 21, 2016, “The Lotus Sutra--A Message of Peace and Harmonious Coexistence” exhibition was launched in South Korea. To date, it has shown in 13 countries. Some 2,500 delegates including South Korean academics, media representatives and leaders in politics, finance and education attended the opening ceremony held at Ikeda Memorial Hall in Seoul......read more
April 2-10, 2016
IOP organizes "Buddhist Sutras: A Universal Spiritual Heritage--Manuscripts and Iconography of the Lotus Sutra Exhibition" in Paris
From April 2 to 10, 2016, “Buddhist Sutras: A universal spiritual heritage―manuscripts and iconography of the Lotus Sutra” exhibition was held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. The exhibition was organized by the Soka Cultural Association in France, and supported by the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts, Russian Academy of Sciences (IOM RAS)......read more
March 20, 2016
IOP holds they Smposium: "The Possibility of Buddhism for the Future of Humankind" in Oxford
The Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies (OCBS), a Recognized Independent Centre (RIC) of the University of Oxford that was founded in 2004, conducts a wide range of research including studies of Early Buddhist Manuscripts as well as Buddhist theories and practices. .....read more
March 20, 2016
Lecture on “The Psychology of Democracy”
On March 19 and 20, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) held its 31st annual conference at Soka University and the IOP respectively. Since its inauguration, IOP annual conferences have been held with the aim of contributing to a global civilization through the study of various topics including the Lotus Sutra, interreligious and intercivilizational dialogue, peace, human rights and the environment......read more

March 19-20, 2016
IOP Holds 31st Annual Conference
On March 19 and 20, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) held its 31st annual conference at Soka University and the IOP respectively. Since its inauguration, IOP annual conferences have been held with the aim of contributing to a global civilization through the study of various topics including the Lotus Sutra, interreligious and intercivilizational dialogue, peace, human rights and the environment.....read more

October 29, 2015
Lecture: “The Relationships Among Life, Art, Scientific Technique”
Dr. Cassim is from Sri Lanka. He is a specialist in architectonics and urban engineering and obtained his MA from the University of Tokyo. He has served as a dean at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University and as vice president of Ritsumeikan University. Currently, he is a director of Kyoto Museum for World Peace, and is actively engaged in issues related to peace, education and.....read more
October 12, 2015
Lecture: “A Philosophy of Peace, Unity and Hope in Contemporary Society: SGI President Ikeda’s Dialogue on the Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra”
Professor Carlos Manuel Rua graduated from the Universidad del Salvador, Argentina and obtained his PhD in bioethics from the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina. He also served as a director of Escuela de Estudios Orientales (School of Oriental Studies), Rev. Padre Ismael Quiles S. J. ).....read more
October 15, 2015
Lecture: “The Power to Build the 21st Century―Learning from the Wisdom of Socrates and Kant”
Dr. Ishigami is a specialist in Philosophy and Ethics. He was the dean of the faculty of literature at Soka University, and from this year, has been serving as a senior research fellow at the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP). He has been leading a study on Arnold J. Toynbee and a comparative study of civilizations. ......read more
September 29, 2015
Lecture on “Transition Stage of Civilizations―The Past and the Future of Humanity”
Dr. Ito graduated from the University of Tokyo and obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in the U.S. To date, he has taught at the University of Tokyo, the University of Copenhagen, and Universität Tübingen in Germany. He was a special fellow at Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, a visiting research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, director of the International Society for the Comparative Studies of Civilizations, the History of Science Society of Japan and. ......read more
September 17, 2015
Lecture: “Public Philosophy of Religion—Toward Interreligous Dialogue”
Prof. Yamawaki is an honorary professor at the University of Tokyo and dean of the faculty of biochemistry at Seisa University. He graduated from Hitotsubashi University and received his Ph.D. from the University of Munich in Germany. Prof. Yamawaki has taught at Tokai University, Sophia University, and the University of Tokyo. ......read more
September 2015
Lecture: “Wisdom and Self―A Dialogue Between Buddhism and Christianity”
Professor Inagaki graduated from the University of Tokyo and obtained his Ph.D. from the Catholic University of America. He has taught at Nanzan University, Kyushu University, Fukuoka Jo Gakuin University, Nagasaki Junshin Catholic University and several other universities. To date, he has translated publications by Thomas Aquinas, the prominent theologian of the Medieval Period, including The Summa Theologiae. ......read more
August 2015
IOP publishes The Journal of Oriental Studies volume 25
The Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) recently published The Journal of Oriental Studies vol. 25. It includes the final installment of the dialogue “The Challenge of Global Transformation—Humanity and the Environment (2),” between eminent German environmentalist Dr. Ernest Ulrich von Weizsäcker and Daisaku Ikeda, president of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) and founder of the IOP......read more
August 6, 2015
Lecture on the "Appeal of Oriental Wisdom―The Spread of Research on Daisaku Ikeda's Philosophy in Chinese Academia"
Dr. Professor Wei Lixin earned his PhD in history at Jinan University. His fields of research are Sino-Japan Buddhist Culture and the History of Japanese Buddhist Thought. He is a senior professor at the East Asia Research Center, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (GDUFS) in China, Vice-president of the Chinese Society for Studying Japanese Philosophies, and Chairman of the China Japanese History Association’s Committee for Ancient History.....read more
June 18, 2015
Dr. Radhakrishnan delivered a lecture on Resilient and Sustainable Societies
On June 18, 2015, Dr. N. Radhakrishnan presented a lecture titled, “Building Resilient and Sustainable Societies: Lessons from Gandhi and Dr. Ikeda” in Sendai, Miyagi prefecture. Prior to the lecture, Dr. Radhakrishnan and his wife visited Ishinomaki city in Miyagi prefecture, an area severely damaged by the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011....read more
June 6, 2015
Dr. Shihab Ghanem gave a lecture on "Al Fatihah―The Opening Chapter of the Quran"
On June 6, 2015, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) organized a lecture titled, “Al Fatihah―The Opening Chapter of the Quran” by Dr. Shihab M. A. Ghanem and Dr. Waddhah Ghanem held at the Central Tower of Soka University....read more
May 3-25, 2015
Second Lotus Sutra Exhibition Opens in Hong Kong
On May 3, 2015, the opening ceremony of “The Lotus Sutra--A Message of Peace and Harmonious Coexistence” exhibition was held at the SGI Hong Kong Culture Center. Hong Kong is the place where the exhibition was initiated in November 2006. To date, it has shown in 12 countries and attracted more than 400,000 viewers....read more
May 2-July 19, 2015
Lotus Sutra Exhibitin shown in Kaohsiung, Taiwan
On May 2, the opening ceremony of the “The Lotus Sutra--A Message of Peace and Harmonious Coexistence” exhibition was held at the Fongshan Cultural Center of the Taiwan Soka Association in Kaohsiun City....read more
March 22, 2015
Lecture on "Women and Youth in Civilizational Dialogue"

Dr. Raihanah is Deputy Dean of Humanities Research Cluster at the University of Malaya (UM) and Associate Professor at the Department of Shariah and Law, Academy of Islamic Studies, UM. Her research areas are Islamic Family Law, Islamic Law and Gender, and Islamic Law and Society. She is currently engaged in research on the role of women in building peace and harmony....read more
March 21-22, 2015
IOP Holds 30th Annual Conference
On March 21 and 22, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) held its 30th Annual Conference at Soka University and the IOP respectively. Since its inauguration, the IOP Annual Conferences have been held with the aim of achieving a global civilization through the study of various topics including the Lotus Sutra, interreligious and intercivilizational dialogue, peace, human rights and the environment...
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January 25-April 19, 2015
Second Lotus Sutra Exhibition held in Taiwan
On January 25, 2015, the “The Lotus Sutra--A Message of Peace and Harmonious Coexistence” exhibition was opened in Taiwan for the second time at SGI-Taiwan Changhua Culture Center. The first exhibition was held at Zhi Shan Culture Center in Taipei in 2013. .....read more

November 22-29, 2014
Lotus Sutra Exhibit held at the National University of Tucumán
On November 22-29, 2014, the exhibition “The Lotus Sutra--A Message of Peace and Harmonious Coexistence” was held at the National University of Tucumán (UNT) in Buenos Aires, a national university located in Tucumán Province, the largest in Argentina's northwest region.
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October 7, 2014
Lecture on “Mahatma Gandhi Ethical Leadership and Transformational Change”
On October 7, 2014, The Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) organized a lecture titled, “Mahatma Gandhi Ethical Leadership and Transformational Change,” by Ms. Shobhana Radhakrishna, President of Centre for Gandhian Vision & Values. Ms. Radhakrishna spent part of her life in Gandhiji’s Sewagram Ashram in Wardha and has dedicated her life to the cause of rural development to serve the poor and underprivileged communities.....read more
October 4, 2014
Lotus Sutra Exhibition Opens in Hokkaido, Japan
On October 4, 2014, the exhibition “The Lotus Sutra--A Message of Peace and Harmonious Coexistence” co-sponsored by the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) and Soka Gakkai was opened at Hokkaido Ikeda Hall in Sapporo, Japan. 175 people attended the official opening, including Mr. Teng Anjun from the Consulate-General of the People's Republic of China in Sapporo and Mr. Andrey A. Fabrichnikov from the  Consulate-General of the Russian Federation in Sapporo....
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October 2, 2014
Dr. Cheryl Desha, co-author of Factor Five, gave a lecture on Global Sustainability
On October 2, 2014, The Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) hosted the third lecture of the 2014 public lecture series, “The Path Toward a Global Civilization” at Nippon Seinen-Kan Hall in Shinjuku, Tokyo.
In the lecture titled “Factor Five—Toward global Sustainability through doing much more with much less,” Dr. Cheryl Desha, co-author of Factor Five
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September 25, 2014
Lotus Sutra Exhibition Held in Argentina
On September 25, 2014, the exhibition “The Lotus Sutra--A Message of Peace and Harmonious Coexistence” was held at the Universidad del Salvador (USAL) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. On display was the Lotus Sutra Manuscript Series, Sanskrit Lotus Sutra Manuscripts from the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Facsimile Edition (2013) and Gilgit Lotus Sutra Manuscripts from the National Archives of India, Facsimile Edition (2012)....read more
September, 2014
IOP publishes the new volume of The Journal of Oriental Studies

The Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) recently published The Journal of Oriental Studies vol. 24. It includes the seventh installment of “The Challenge of Global Transformation—Humanity and the Environment,” a dialogue on building a sustainable global society between an eminent German environmentalist Dr. Ernest Ulrich von Weizsäcker and Daisaku Ikeda, president of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) and founder of the IOP.....read more
July 14, 2014
Dr. Mohamed Fauzi Yaacob gave a lecture on Pluralism in Malaysia
On July 1, 2014, Professor Dr. Mohamed Fauzi Yaacob, a Visiting Professor at Soka University and Former Dean of Faculty of Arts and Social Science, Malaya, gave a lecture on “Embracing Pluralism: A Commentary on an Initiative” at the lecture hall of the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP)....read more
June 3, 2014
Y. Bhg. Datuk Nik Mustapha bin Nik Hassan gave a lecture on Civilisational Approach to Economic Development from An Islamic Perspective
On June 3, 2014, Y. Bhg. Datuk Nik Mustapha bin Nik Hassan, Director General of the Institute of Islamic Understanding Malaysia (IKIM), gave a lecture titled “Civilisational Approach to Economic Development: An Islamic Perspective.”...read more
March 28, 2014
IOP Publishes Lotus Sutra Manuscript Series 14
On March 28, 2014, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) and Soka Gakkai published a romanized text of Sanskrit paper Manuscript from the Asiatic Society, Kolkata, India (No. 4079), the fourteenth part of its ongoing Lotus Sutra Manuscript series...read more
March 22, 2014
IOP holds the 29th Annual Conference on the Possibility of Buddhism for the Future of Humankind
On March 22, 2014, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) hosted the 29th Annual Conference at Soka University in Tokyo, Japan. In the Conference, Dr. F. Gombrich, Founder-President, Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies delivered his presentation on... read more
February 25, 2014
The Lotus Sutra Exhibition Opens in Malaysia
On February 16, "The Lotus Sutra–A Message of Peace and Harmonious Coexistence" exhibition created by the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) opened for the first time in Malaysia at Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM)'s Wisma Kebudayaan culture center in Kuala Lumpur... read more
November 27, 2013
IOP Publishes Lotus Sutra Manuscript Series 13
On November 27, 2013, The Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) published Lotus Sutra Manuscript Series 13, Sanskrit Lotus Sutra Manuscripts from the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts of the Russian Academy of Sciences,

Facsimile Edition (2013)... read more
November 23, 2013
IOP Organizes Public Lecture by Prof. Chandra Wickramasinghe, director of the Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology, University of Buckingham
On November 25, 2013, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) organized a public lecture titled, “The search for life in the Universeconcordance with Buddhist thought” by Prof. Chandra Wickramasinghe, director of the Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology, University of Buckingham...read more 
September 6, 2013
IOP co-organized Symposium with the Center of Japanese Religions and Culture of the University of Southern California's School of Religion on Buddhist Environmentalism
On September 6, 2013, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) and the Center of Japanese Religions and Culture of the University of Southern California's School of Religion co-organized a symposium on “Buddhist Environmentalism” which was held at the University of Southern California (USC) Doheny Memorial Library. Experts in Buddhist approaches... read more
March 24, 2013
IOP Hosts Public Lecture by Dr. Winston E. Langley, Provost and Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, University of Massachusetts, Boston
On March 24, 2013, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) organized Public Lecture in Hiroshima, Japan. In his speech, Dr. Winston E. Langley, Provost and Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, University of Massachusetts, Boston stated that the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima (and Nagasaki) represent the consummation of a long...read more



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