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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Altruism , however , cannot be attributed solely to the effects on members '
attitudes of the teachings and practices of new religions . Some members may
have had a sense of altruism prior to joining new religions . However , they may
CONCLUSION My research in Britain ( Inaba , 2000 ; 2004 ) showed that altruism
is developed not so much by reading about teachings or by listening to sermons
that motivate members to carry out altruistic acts as it is by the relationships with ...
Shinnyo - en bases its teaching on the Nirvana Sutra which is considered as the
final teaching of the Buddha . ... Shinnyo - en offers several types of practices for
its followers that are mainly based on Buddha ' s teachings as found in scriptures
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