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IOP Representatives attended the 37th ICANAS Congress in Moscow

The 37th International Congress of Asian and North African Studies (ICANAS) was held in Moscow from August 16 to 21, 2004. The theme of the congress was “Unity Within Diversity.” ICANAS is a world-class academic conference, with a 130-year-old tradition. At the opening ceremony, Russian President Putin, Foreign Minister of Russia, Sergey Lavrov, President of Kyrgyzstan, Askar Akayav, and founder of the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) Daisaku Ikeda’s message were introduced. During the “Spiritual Culture” subcommittee, Mr. Ikeda’s keynote thesis “World Peace and the Lotus Sutra” was presented.

From our institute, IOP Director Yoichi Kawada delivered his presentation titled, “Dying with dignity, euthanasia, and the Lotus Sutra,” and IOP Chief Research Fellow Toru Shiotsu spoke on “Viewing the Significance of the Idea in the Lotus Sutra from the Eyes of Contemporary Constitutional Law.” IOP Senior Research Fellow Hiroshi Kanno gave a presentation on “Huisi’s Perspective on the Lotus Sutra as Seen Through the Meaning of the Course of Ease and Bliss in the Lotus Sutra.”
On this occasion, "Lotus Sutra Manuscript Series" which was published by Soka Gakkai was exhibited. The editor of the series, IOP commissioned Resea
rch Fellow Haruki Kotsuki introduced the manuscripts to the delegates.

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