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September 15, 2016

Hangul Edition of Chandra–Ikeda Dialogue Published in South Korea

Hangul edition of Lokesh–Ikeda dialogue

Hangul edition of Lokesh–Ikeda dialogue

SEOUL, South Korea: JoongAng Ilbo Plus has released a Hangul edition of Buddhism: A Way of Values, a dialogue between renowned Buddhist scholar Dr. Lokesh Chandra and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda.

An internationally acclaimed authority on Buddhist studies and a linguist, well versed in numerous languages including Sanskrit and Pali, Dr. Chandra is an honorary director of the International Academy of Indian Culture and has served as member of the Council of States, India’s upper legislative chamber and also on the board of directors of Visva–Bharati University.

Mr. Ikeda meets with Dr. Chandra

Mr. Ikeda meets with Dr. Chandra (Hachioji, Tokyo, March 2008)

The coauthors first met in 1979 in India, and have continued their dialogue that culminated in this collaboration. Since its initial release in Japanese in 2002, the book has been translated into Chinese (traditional and simplified), English, French and now Hangul.

In the book, the two discuss the humanistic values underlying Nichiren Buddhism and the spiritual masters of the East including Shakyamuni, Kumarajiva and Gandhi, as they embark on this “spiritual journey” in pursuit of a new guidepost for leading humanity to peace and harmonious coexistence.

Dr. Chandra commended Mr. Ikeda’s efforts to spreading the philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism, which elucidates the foremost Law for effecting a profound, inner-directed transformation in each person, stating that this “spiritual revolution” has already become a force for humanity’s revitalization. Mr. Ikeda responded in kind, praising Dr. Chandra’s deep insights as an eminent philosopher who has engaged in dialogue with many of the world’s intellects. He commented that the “spiritual revolution”—or “human revolution”—mentioned by Dr. Chandra is what will transform the 21st century into one affirming the core values of peace, life and human rights, and that this transformation begins with one-to-one dialogue.

[Adapted from an article in the September 15, 2016, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]