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The Philosophy Hall Ceremony 2015 Conducted

The Philosophy Hall Ceremony 2015 was conducted at Philosophy Hall Park in Nakano-ku, Tokyo, from 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 7, 2015.

哲学堂祭

The Philosophy Hall Ceremony is performed at Philosophy Hall Park in Nakano-ku, Tokyo, on the first Saturday of November every year, according to the final wish of Dr. Enryo Inoue, the founder of Toyo University, who sought to encourage the dissemination of philosophy. This year’s ceremony, conducted on November 7, saw the participation of about 100 people, including those related to the university and members of the general public.
After visiting Dr. Inoue’s grave in Rengeji Temple next to Philosophy Hall Park, participants moved to Shiseido Shrine in the park to conduct the Philosophy Hall Ceremony.
The opening remarks by Board Chairman Shinji Fukukawa were followed by the reading of Dr. Inoue’s writing by Mr. Tamio Inoue, Dr. Inoue’s grandson, and the three-time reciting of “Namu zettai mugenson (Hail to the infinite absolute lord)” by President Makio Takemura.

哲学堂祭

Shiseido Shrine is dedicated to Kon Zi (Confucius), Gautama Buddha, Socrates, and Kant, whom Dr. Inoue admired as the four saints (“shisei” in Japanese) of philosophy. A memorial lecture on one of the four saints in turn is offered in the Uchukan building also in Philosophy Hall Park every year. This year, Professor Atsushi Ibuki at the Department of Eastern Philosophy and Culture, Faculty of Letters, Toyo University, gave a lecture on Gautama Buddha titled “From Buddha to Zen: Essence and significance of Buddhism.” Professor Ibuki discussed a wide range of topics, including the outline of Gautama Buddha’s thought, the evaluation of the post-Zen development of Buddhism from Zen’s point of view, and the ways of making good use of thought of Buddha and Zen for present-day society.
In his lecture, Professor Ibuki stated, “Satori (spiritual enlightenment) requires as a prerequisite a kind of mystic experience through zenjo (meditation), which is a way to transcend the world of everyday life. While satori is often explained by the terms of knowing ‘four noble truths (the truth of suffering, the truth of the origin of suffering, the truth of cessation of suffering, and the truth of the path of liberation from suffering)’ and ‘twelve causes (ignorance, formations, consciousness, name and form, six sense bases, contact, feeling, craving, clinging, becoming, birth, and old age and death),’ satori is, after all, a way of attaining a state of nothing denying all ideas and values, without adhering to the above terms, to create your own values from nothing and live a valuable life.”

On the day of the ceremony, old buildings in Philosophy Hall Park, including Rokkendai and Mujinzo, which are usually closed, were opened to the public, and neighbors strolling in the park enthusiastically observed the inside of the buildings, as well as enjoying amazake (a sweet fermented-rice beverage), coffee and tea, served according to Dr. Inoue’s final wishes.

On Philosophy Hall Park