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IOP supports the publication of Russian Encyclopedia of Buddhist Philosophy

On May 23, 2012, the launch of the Buddhist Philosophy Encyclopedia, published of the Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Science (IPhRAS) and supported by the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) was held at IPhRAS in Moscow.
The encyclopedia (1,045 pages) is one of the first to be published in Russia providing a comprehensive overview of Buddhist Philosophy. The IOP took in charge of 16 sections of the encyclopedia relating to Japanese Buddhism, and each IOP Research Fellows wrote on some terms included “Rissho Ankoku Ron” (On Establishing the Correct teaching for the Peace of the Land) “Shinbutsu Shugo” (Syncretism of kami and buddhas) Nichiren” and “Kiyozawa Manshi.”

The launch of the Buddhist Philosophy Encyclopedia was held as a part of the Third Moscow International Conference on Comparative Philosophy at IPhRAS. At the launch, Academician Abdusalam A. Guseinov, director of IPhRAS, said that it was the first time for IPhRAS to cooperate with overseas research institution for writing and editing. He highlighted the contribution made by the IOP researchers and expressed his appreciation. Dr. Marietta Stepanyants, Research Fellow at IPhRAS, said this was the first comprehensive encyclopedia on Buddhist Philosophy available in the Russian language. She stated that the Encyclopedia introduced the philosophical aspects of Buddhism in the contexts of different civilizations and cultures. Moreover, a congratulatory message was given by Ambassador Malhotra from the Indian Embassy in Moscow.
The Third Moscow International Conference on Comparative Philosophy at IPhRAS was held from May 22 to 25. Some 30 researchers specializing in Far East, Indian and Islamic philosophy attended, including IOP researcher Dr. Mitsuru Eguchi. One the first day of the conference, Dr. Eguchi commented on the philosophy of the dignity of human life and interdependence expressed in SGI President Daisaku Ikeda’s 2012 peace proposal and highlighted its relevance to the prospects for Japanese society following the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011.

The Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IPhRAS) was founded in 1929 as the principal institute in Russia for academic research in the field of philosophy. At the present time there are more than 280 academic collaborators working at the Institute. In 2008, IPhRAS and IOP cosponsored their first symposium, titled “Buddhist Philosophy in Multicultural Context” and have continued to strengthen academic exchanges over the years.

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