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Joint Symposium of Harvard University’s Yenching Institute and Center for the Study of World religions and IOP: “Perspective on Religion and Globalization”

On October 7, 2005, the symposium “Perspective on Religion and Globalization” was held at the Center for the Study of World Religions (CSWR) at Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It was cosponsored by the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP), Harvard University’s Yenching Institute and the CSWR. Some 50 Harvard scholars discussed the role of religion in coping with various issues of the global community such as the growing disparity between the haves and have-nots, the rise in international terrorism and the environmental degradation that has reached alarming levels.
Panelists and topics were as follows: “‘Globalization’ in Historical Perspective: A View from Thai Buddhism,” CSWR Director Donald Swearer; “Humanity, Earth and the Universe: A Viewpoint of Mahayana Buddhism,” IOP Director Yoichi Kawada; “The Lotus Sutra and the Dialogue of Religions,” IOP Senior Research Fellow Hiroshi Kanno; and “Toward a Dialogical Civilization: Religious Leaders as Public Intellectuals,” Tu Weiming, Director of the Harvard-Yenching Institute.

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