The Institute of Oriental Philosophy
  Public Lectures




To widely introduce the results of academic studies, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) holds public lectures. We invite researchers from many fields such as philosophy and thought, peace, environment, human rights and bioethics. Moreover, The IOP sponsors special lectures with scholars from other countries and holds symposiums and seminars with professionals from various fields. We also conducts open lectures by the IOP research fellows and commissioned research fellows to present the outcomes of their studies to the public.

Commemorative Lectures were held at the commencement of "The Lotus Sutra and Its World: Buddhist Manuscripts of the Great Silk Road" Exhibition.


Margarita I. Vorobyova-Destyatovskaya
(Head of the Section of South Asian Studies, The Institute of Oriental Manuscripts of the Russian Academy of Sciences)
 “Bodhisattvas in the Lotus and Other Sutras” Exhibition Date: November 9, 1998.
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Evgenij I. Kychanov
(Director, St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences) “The State and the Buddhist Sangha: Xixia State (982–1227)” Exhibition Date: November 10, 1998


Dr. Lokesh Chandra
 (Director, International Academy of Indian Culture)
 “Toward the 21st Century, the Light of the Lotus Sutra”
 Exhibition Date: November 30, 1998

Main Lectures


2004 Theme: The Spirit of India and the Present Day “India-Japan in Resurgent Asia”
Lecturer: Dr. Aftab Seth(Prof., Keio University)

“Creating Value with Democracy and Education” (2005) Lecturer: Dr. Larry A. Hickman(President, the John Dewey Society

“Soka Gakkai in a Global World” (March, 2005 
Lecturer: Dr. Karel Dobbelaere (Past-President, the International Society for the Sociology of Religion)


“Soka Gakkai in the Perspective of Historical Examination in Religious Studies” (2009) Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Michael von Brück
(Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)

“Was Goethe Japanese?”
(December, 2009)
Lecturer: Dr. Manfred Osten
(Adviser, the Weimar Goethe Institute)

“Nonviolence of Gandhi and Human Revolution of Ikeda: Their Relevance toward World Peace” (April, 2012) Lecturer: Dr. N. Radhakrishnan (Chairman, Indian Council of Gandhian Studies)

“East-West Trade and Cultural Exchange Seen on
the Dunhuang Wall Paintings” (August 2012)
Lecturer: Fan Jinshi (Director, the Dunhuang Academy)

2012 Theme: Modern Civilization and Women
“The Power of the Word: Understanding It Wisely, Using it Truly” (October, 2012)
Lecturer: Dr. Sarah Wider (Former President, the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society)


“Loving Dialogue” (November, 2012)
  Dr. Hans Peter Dürr
(Director, The Max-Planck-Institute of Physics)


“Hiroshima and the Trajectory of History” (March, 2013) Dr. Winston E. Langley
(Provost and Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, University of Massachusetts, Boston)
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“The search for life in the Universe - concordance with Buddhist thought” (November, 2013)
Dr. Chandra Wickramasinghe (Director of the Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology, University of Buckingham)
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“Factor Five—Toward global Sustainability through doing much more with much less” (October, 2014)
Dr. Cheryl Desha (Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Development, Science and Engineering Faculty, Queensland University of Technology)
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"Women and Youth in Civilizational Dialogue" (March, 2015)
Associate Professor Dr. Raihanah Abdullah (Deputy Dean of Humanities Research Cluster, University of Malaya)
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“Building Resilient and Sustainable Societies: Lessons from Gandhi and Dr. Ikeda" (June, 2015)
Dr. N. Radhakrishnan (Chairman at The Indian Council of Gandhian Studies)
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“Appeal of Oriental Wisdom―The Spread of Research on Daisaku Ikeda’s Philosophy in Chinese Academia" (August, 2015)
Professor Wei Lixin (Professor, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies)
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"A Philosophy of Peace, Unity and Hope in Contemporary Society: SGI President Ikeda’s Dialogue on the Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra" (October, 2015)
Professor Carlos Manuel Rua (Professor, Universidad del Salvador)
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“The Psychology of Democracy" (March, 2016)
Professor Fathali M. Moghaddam (Professor, Georgetown University)
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Multidimensional Understanding of Islam—the Dialogue with Muslims in Indonesia” (October, 2016)
Professor Fathali M. Moghaddam Professor Hisanori Kato (Professor, Chuo University)
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“Toynbee and Religion" (October, 2016)
Dr. Keisuke Kawakubo (Professor emeritus, Reitaku University)
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“A Sustainable Future and Religion" (November, 2016)
Prof. Hisatake Kato (Honorary Professor, Kyoto University)
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“Thoughts on Earth in the Contemporary World"
(November, 2016)
Prof. Masako Keta (Professor, Kyoto University)
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