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The Buddhist term ‘One Vehicle’ (Skt., ekayāna) means a supreme vehicle for liberating all people from suffering. The Lotus Sutra teaches that in Buddhism there is only One Vehicle, unifying earlier teachings that the Buddha taught as skillful means to bring all people to buddhahood.

In a modern context, Rissho Kosei-kai teaches that the One Vehicle represents all the Buddha’s teachings for leading all people to buddhahood. The world of the One Vehicle is a world of harmony, where all national, racial, and religious differences are overcome.

In today’s multicultural world, in which people of diverse values and ways of thinking often live side by side without sharing a common religion or culture, it is essential for people of different ethnic, national, and religious backgrounds to acquire the art of harmonious coexistence, not by rejecting or assimilating one another but by respecting and accommodating each other.

For this aim, interreligious dialogue has become more crucial than ever. Rissho Kosei-kai shares a keen awareness of this need.

How should we understand the One Vehicle in the context of the present-day need for interreligious dialogue and cooperation? Does it provide us with conceptual resources for negotiating unity and diversity in our world? Or can it be viewed as an inclusivist concept embracing all religious traditions within one’s own set of religious principles?

Interreligious Dialogue from the Viewpoint of the One Vehicle (Koichi Kawamoto)
One and All: Th e Single Vehicle and Universal Salvation in Tendai Buddhism (Matthew McMullen)
Tiantai, Tendai, and the Lotus Sutra: Religious Diversity and Change (Aaron P. Proffitt)
Aligning Religion with Reality Itself (Joseph S. O’Leary)
Two Stories of a Rich Father and a Poor Son: An Exercise in Interreligious Dialogue (Ernest Valea)

Kenji Miyazawa: Embodying the Lotus Sutra, with Mistakes and Failures (2) (Gene Reeves)
Understanding the One Vehicle for Today (Aura Di Febo)
The Role of Religion Today (The Thirty-Fourth Niwano Peace Prize Acceptance Address by Bishop Munib A. Younan)
The Niwano Peace Foundation (Nikkyo Niwano)
The Forgotten Genocide: The DR Congo in the Geostrategic Battle of Information Technology (J. P. Mukengeshayi Matata)
Skillful Means (Dominick Scarangello)
Moving Forward through Suff ering and Hardship (Nichiko Niwano)
THE THREEFOLD LOTUS SUTRA: A MODERN COMMENTARY
The Sutra of the Lotus Flower of the Wonderful Law
Chapter 26: Dharanis (1)

Published semiannually, Dharma World is a magazine that presents Buddhism as a practical living religion and promotes interreligious dialogue for world peace. It espouses views that emphasise the dignity of life, seeks to rediscover our inner nature and bring our lives more in accord with it, and investigates causes of human suffering. It tries to show how religious principles help solve problems in daily life and how the least application of such principles has wholesome effects on the world around us. It seeks to demonstrate truths that are fundamental to all religions, truths on which all people can act.

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