The Institute of Oriental Philosophy
Dr. Professor Wei Lixin earned his PhD in history at Jinan University. His fields of research are Sino-Japan Buddhist Culture and the History of Japanese Buddhist Thought. He is a senior professor at the East Asia Research Center, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (GDUFS) in China, Vice-president of the Chinese Society for Studying Japanese Philosophies, and Chairman of the China Japanese History Association’s Committee for Ancient History. As the first director of the Daisaku Ikeda Research Institute of Jinan University at GDUFS, he has presented insightful research on SGI President Ikeda’s thoughts and philosophy, the founder of the Institute of Oriental Philosophy.
At the lecture, Professor Wei remarked that research and symposiums on SGI President Ikeda’s thoughts and philosophy in Chinese academia have steadily increased over the last ten years. He expressed his respect toward SGI President Ikeda for proposing the normalization of diplomatic relations between China and Japan in the 1960s when the political climate between the two countries was strained. He also emphasized the historical significance of the proposal, and quoted Zhou Enlai’s comment that “When you drink water, think of its source.”
Furthermore, Professor Wei referred to SGI President Ikeda’s philosophy and said, “His philosophy is what China should take as a model in fostering a harmonious culture and society.” He expressed his belief that Daisaku Ikeda’s philosophy, which stresses the importance of protecting the dignity of life and respecting each individual, would surely be understood and accepted in China in the future.
Professor Wei also stated that SGI President Ikeda’s messages are the crystallization of oriental wisdom, which draws on the Lotus Sutra to solve myriad problems facing contemporary society. In this spirit, he said, research on Daisaku Ikeda’s philosophy will continue to spread in China.