September 24, 2007
Russian Scholar Lectures in Tokyo on "Daisaku Ikeda and the Lotus Sutra"
On September 24, 2007, Dr. Margarita Vorobyova-Desyatovskaya of the St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences lectured on "Daisaku Ikeda and the Lotus Sutra" at the Nihon Seinenkan Hall, Tokyo. The Institute of Oriental Philosophy hosted the event. Dr. Vorobyova-Desyatovskaya, a world renowned authority on Lotus Sutra studies, discussed the history of the spread of the Lotus Sutra and the profundity of Nichiren's philosophy in relation to the sutra. While analyzing SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's book Lectures on the "Expedient Means" and "Life Span" Chapters of the Lotus Sutra, she said she wholly concurred with his explanations on the dynamism of the Buddhist views of life and the universe and applauded Mr. Ikeda for teaching people around the world the spirit of the Lotus Sutra. She noted the respect and trust he always has toward others when engaging in dialogue, in accord with the Lotus Sutra's teaching that all people inherently possess the life state of a Buddha.
In the ensuing question and answer session, when asked how to manifest the humanistic spirit of the Lotus Sutra in daily life, Dr. Vorobyova-Desyatovskaya stressed three points. The first was to endeavor to transform one's inner self; the second to show respect to oneself and others; and the third to battle against forces that pose a threat to peace and culture.
[Adapted from an article in the September 25, 2007, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]