Symposium

Co-sponsored : "Religion and Environment"

Symposium “Religion and Environment” (co-sponsored)

“The 2nd Symposium on Religeon and Environment ? Lifestyle of a New Civilization Paradigm Practice and Religeon” was held on November 12, 2011 at Hakusan Campus of Toyo University, under the sponsorship of Religious and Scholarly Eco-Initiative (RSE) and co-sponsorship of International Research Center for Philosophy (IRCP), with the support of Transdisciplinary Initiative for Eco-Philosophy (TIEPh), Toyo University. Religious and Scholarly Eco-Initiative (RSE/ Chief: Professor Shigeru Nishiyama, Toyo University) is an organization for the cooperation of reserachers in religious studies and religionists to face environmental challenge, and this is the second symposium following the first one in last year. The symposium this year, in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake, was intended to ponder upon change of civilizartion paradigm in particular depth. More than 200 people participated in the symposium.

Symposium “Religion and Environment” (co-sponsored)

The symposium featured the following lectures and presentations: Opening address by Ryoichi Yamamoto (Professor, Tokyo City University & Deputy Representative of RSE) “Establish an Ethics Panel to realize ecological civilization”; Keynote Lecture by Makio Takemura(Professor, Toyo University) “The imminent change of civilization paradigm and the mission of religious philosophy: Can the human race control desire?”; Panel presentation by Sadasumi Motegi (Professor, Kokugakuin University) “Shikinensengu of Ise-Jingu Shrine perserving Japan’s origin -- in the pursuit of a sustainable society”; by Michio Takeda (Associate Professor, Shukutoku University) “Lifestyle for a sustainable society based on Buddhist ethics: a personal view”; Michiya Murata (Professor, Hannan University ) “ Christian theism and environmental issues ― to live as a steward”; Takanori Sato (Professor, Oyasato Institute for the Study of Religion, Ternri University) “Tenrikyo’s view of nature and environmental protection movements.” Following these, there was a panel discussion titled “Lifestyle in a new civilization paradigm and religeon” moderated by Kyoji Okamoto (Vice-President, Sustainable Management Forum of Japan.).

Symposium “Religion and Environment” (co-sponsored)

Professor Takemura presented an outlook for inter-generation ethics based on a profound understanding of oneself and nature, founded on Buddhism and Kitaro Nishida’s religious philosophy. In the panel presentations, speakers from Shinto, Buddhist, Christian, and newer religious sectors discussed the religeous foundation for the environmental initiatives of their groups, which together served to draw a map of their positions and the common points shared. In the panel discussion, mutual understandings were further deepened, and finally, all panelists together with the floor agreed as persons in religeon to work harder to promote the change of the civilization paradigm and to put that in practice in daily life.