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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... and for that reason in 1973 it constructed a temple called Nippon - ji ( literally , “
the Japan temple ” ) in Buddha Gaya , and has setup a clinic within the premises
of this temple that provides free medical services to the residents of that area .
Only the central temples of the ward or county simultaneously established
Sunday Schools to help spread Buddhism . ... priests in their native native village
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temples are social capitals . Thus , villagers ' offerings are indispensable to the
development of temples . ... such as a lecture hall , a main hall , a confession hall
, residential quarters , a bell tower , a temple gate , and a crematorium .
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