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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Although spearheaded by Sulak Sivaraksa of Thailand , it is supported by
Buddhist organizations from all over the world ... Maruyama Teruo , a former
priest of the Nichiren sect , was one of the founding members of this organization
International Voluntary Activities and the Formation of Buddhist NGOs ( non -
governmental organizations ) and NPOs ( non - profit organizations ) by launch
Pens Daijō - kyo , the other Buddhist organization that emerged out of Bukkyo
It needs to be mentioned that in Japan , NGO ( non - governmental organization )
is a term used to refer to voluntary organizations that are active outside Japan ,
whereas NPO ( non - profit organization ) refers to organizations involved in ...
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