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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Nirvana Sutra teaches that all human beings are born with the seed of Buddha
nature , and Shinnyo - en emphasizes the nurturing of this seed in people as the
prime motivation of its activities for society . There are many different programs ...
There are currently about 5 , 850 places where Shinnyo - en followers engage in
cleaning activities in Japan and abroad . It should also be added that for
followers cleaning is a part of religious practice , as a way of purifying themselves
For several years now the Shinnyo - en branch in Hawaii has presented the
annual Lantern Floating Ceremony on Memorial Day , to encourage the harmony
of human beings and to pray for all spirits . Non - followers are invited to join in
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