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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7 Homepage of SVA . http : / / www . sva . or . jp / 8 Shanti means " peace ” in
Sanskrit . Shikka means “ education ” in Thai . 9 Ryāyaku , a term derived from
the Lotus Sutra , means " good or effective medicine . " 10 Homepage of Ayus :
Shuyodan Hoseikai , part of whose name means “ group for moral cultivation , ”
likewise the only way to world peace is the individual moral cultivation of each
human person . Finally , Byakko Shinkokai also promotes moral self - cultivation
What I mean by separation is , for example , what the homeschoolers have done .
Several months ... It means building our own schools , media , entertainment ,
universities , every institution people need in order to live good lives . It means ,
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