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New Horizons in Eastern Humanism : Buddhism, Confucianism and the Quest for Global Peace - Weiming, Ikeda, Daisaku Tu

New Horizons in Eastern Humanism

Buddhism, Confucianism and the Quest for Global Peace

Paperback Published: 24th May 2011
ISBN: 9781848855939
Number Of Pages: 176

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China now attracts global attention and headlines that are directly proportionate to its increasing economic and geopolitical power. But for several millennia the philosophy that has guided and shaped the soul of China is not modern Communism, or even new forms of capitalism, but rather Confucianism. And one of the most striking phenomena relating to China's ascendancy on the world stage is a burgeoning interest, throughout Asia and beyond, in the humanistic culture and value-system that underlie Chinese politics and finance: particularly the complex, multi-layered and sophisticated thought of Confucius as passed on in the Analects.

In this stimulating and wide-ranging conversation, two leading thinkers from the Confucian and Mahayana Buddhist traditions explore the timely relevance of rejuvenated Confucian ethics to some of the most urgent issues in the modern world, including: Sino-Japanese-US relations; the transformation of society through education and dialogue: and the role of world religions in promoting human happiness and flourishing. Assessing fascinating correspondences between the Confucian and Buddhist world-views, and discussing such thinkers as Mencius. Nichiren, Zhang Zai. Spinoza. Gandhi, Max Weber. Levinas. Tang Junyi, and Habermas, the interlocutors commit themselves to a view of spirituality and religion that, without blurring cultural difference, is focused above all on the `universal heart': on a notion of harmony between people and nature that leads finally to peace and to a hopeful future for all humanity.

Prefacep. vii
Prefacep. x
A Starting Point for Peacep. 1
Life-Changing Encounters with Mentorsp. 11
Learning and Youthp. 18
Learning as a Way of Lifep. 25
Dialogue of Civilizationsp. 32
Dialogues for Changep. 40
The Social Role of Religionp. 46
Buddhism and Confucianism for a Better Worldp. 53
A New Doctrine of Cultural Dialoguep. 61
The Globalization of Peace Culturep. 69
Confucian Humanism and Buddhist Humanismp. 77
The Analects and a Dialogical Communityp. 86
Humanity and Compassionp. 96
The Unity of Heaven and Humanity and the Oneness of Self and Universep. 104
Buddhist and Confucian Wisdom: A Full Flowering of Humanityp. 114
Sino-American Relations: The Underlying Current of Two Countriesp. 124
Toward a Dialogical Civilizationp. 134
Glossaryp. 144
Notesp. 155
Indexp. 159
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ISBN: 9781848855939
ISBN-10: 1848855931
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 24th May 2011
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 1