The Practice of Altruism: Caring and Religion in Global Perspective
Cambridge Scholars Press, 2006 - 209 pages
The study of altruism and altruistic behavior has caught the attention of social scientists especially in recent years. What motivates individuals to cultivate attitudes and actions that promote the wellbeing of others at the expense of, or at the risk of negative consequences for their own?
In our contemporary global society marked by conflict and violence among different sectors of the population in various regions of the world, and wherein religion can be a factor that exacerbates such conflict and violence, harnessing the power of religion towards directions of reconciliation, creativity, and altruistic action, remains a crucial task for humankind.
This volume addresses a question especially relevant in our day: do people who profess religious commitment or affiliation in a particular religious community tend to nurture altruistic kinds of attitude and action more than others? Social scientists present results of their empirical studies on Japanese society, as well as on North American, European, Indian, and Thai societies, to focus on this issue and offer insightful reflections on the relationship between religion and society.
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Trans - sectarian Networking and Association Formation One of the major trends
in Japanese Buddhism in the modern period has been the formation of
associations by Buddhist priests and laity of diverse sectarian affiliations and
Caring and Religion in Global Perspective International Association for the
History of Religions. ... producing good fortune or good merits by good deeds ( in
this case compassion and charity for the needy ) , this association founded
Similarly , All Japan Young Buddhist Associations ( Zen Nihon Bukkyō Seinen -
kai ) is an inter - sectarian association of young Buddhist priests and laymen .
Besides co - operating with Buddhists from different countries , its members are
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