A Buddhist Approach to Peace

By Nikkyo Niwano (1906–1999) Founder of Rissho Kosei-kai

Surely mankind desires peace, deserves peace; yet there has not been a time in living memory when the entire world has truly been at peace. Is this because man’s desire for peace is not strong enough, or because political and religious differences are insurmountable, or because the task of achieving peace is simply overwhelming for mere human beings? The author of the present book answers these questions with a firm “no”.

In A Buddhist Approach to Peace, Nikkyo Niwano discloses that the biggest obstacle to peace has been the restricted viewpoint of individuals and of their secular and religious leaders. As the author demonstrates, by expanding their field of vision, individuals can grow, achieving a sense of unity with other beings and making an effective contribution to the realisation of peace.

Convinced that the Lotus Sutra is the vehicle of world peace, the author has consistently acted on its principle that the problems of people anywhere are the problems of all, and thus that happiness cannot be realised for all. In A Buddhist Approach to Peace, he shows not only how faith in this principle has guided his efforts but also how this principle can be employed by anyone, regardless of religious affiliation.

162 pp. 14 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm (Hardcover)





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