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Academic Seminar on Daisaku Ikeda's Thought Held at Hunan Normal University, China

On October 13 and 14, 2007, about 80 academics from 31 universities and institutions gathered in Hunan Normal University (HNU) in the city of Changsha, China, to participate in a seminar, entitled "Pluralistic Culture and Global Harmony--International Seminar on Daisaku Ikeda's Thought." The scholars from China and Taiwan represented a wide variety of fields such as philosophy, literature, anthropology and religious studies. More than 60 papers were submitted to the event, which was jointly organized by HNU's Ethics and Culture Research Center and Daisaku Ikeda Studies Institute and Soka University, Japan.

HNU's Party Committee Secretary Professor Zhang Guoji, Associate Supervisor of the Hunan Provincial Standing Committee of the People's Congress Tang Zhixiang and Soka University Vice President Yoshihisa Baba spoke at the opening. Hunan Province Governor Zhou Qiang sent a congratulatory message to the seminar.

Professor Fan Hao, chair of Southeast University School of Humanity and Professor Lu Feng, assistant director of Qinghua University Center for Ethics and Religious Studies, presented research papers. HNU School of Literature Chair Professor Tan Guilin and Central South University School of Political Science and Administration Chair Professor Li Jianhua shared comments on the papers. During the interdisciplinary sessions, 42 papers were presented. They included "A Culture Based on Humanism--A Study of Daisaku Ikeda's 'View on National Cultures of the World'" (Peking University Professor Shi Xiaoguang); "An Analysis of Daisaku Ikeda's Perspective on Environmental Justice" (Jiangxi Normal University Professor Zeng ); and "Daisaku Ikeda's Thoughts on Integration and Moral Education" (Sun Yat-Sen University Professor Wang Lirong).

[Adapted from an article in the October 18, 2007, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]