Seminar der EKŌ-Gemeinschaft der Europäischen Shin-Buddhisten

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Fr–So 1.–3.12., Beginn: Fr 1.12., 14 Uhr
Prof. emer. Toshikazu Arai (Sōai University, Ōsaka)

“Good and Evil”

“Good and evil” is an unending theme in the study of Shin Buddhism. Shinran is quoted in the Tannishō (Epilogue) as saying, “I do not know whatsoever what is meant by the two words, good and evil.” By this he meant that it is beyond the capacity of ordinary unenlightened persons to know good and evil; it requires the Buddha’s wisdom to know them thoroughly. Good and evil are only relative in this fleeting world.

– 1. Traditional and “popular” belief in falling into hell and birth in the “Land of Bliss” as retribution for evil conduct and reward for good conduct.

– 2. Karma and Dharma: as long as we live in the world dominated by the law of karma, we cannot hope to attain emancipation from birth-and-death. The Dharma in the form of Amida’s Primal Vow turns karmic evil into good and leads us to birth in the Pure Land.

– 3. We will also talk about “shame and self-reproach” (zangi 慚愧) and “repentance” (sange 懺悔) as the moment of evil turning into good.

Der Eintritt für die Vorträge ist frei. Wer auch an den gemeinsamen Essen teilnehmen möchte, wird gebeten, eine Tagespauschale zu entrichten (Abend 1.12. für Buffet: 15 €, Mittag 2.12. für O-bento: 8 €)

Weitere Information: 0211-577 918-224 (Deutsch, Englisch) , 0211-577 918 213 (Japanisch)

House of Apprenticies for Thinking Religion

Scientific Studies

The core matter of the „House of Apprentices for Thinking Religion“ is thinking the oneness of religion along the ways of the difference of cultures. This endeavor would neither like to compare cultures nor to mix them together.

Instead, it takes as its aim the contemplation of the One as it reveals itself specifically in each culture without deserving, or being conducive to comparison.

The efforts of this house should therefore not be subsumed under the idea of „comparative studies.“ As a consequence, this „House of Apprentices“ promotes attentive listening and concerned conversation between the cultures and thereby comes close to the main purpose of the EKŌ Centre.

Please pose questions regarding the general framework, forthcoming lectures and gatherings to the person in duty: Dr. habil. Hermann–Josef Röllicke, Tel.: 0211–577918–214, E–mail: roellicke@eko–

Scientific Studies - BDK-Grant


The BDK Grant is meant for candidates below the age of 40 who are plannig to enroll for a scientific buddhological research programme at a Japanese university or some different institution in Japan in preparing their dissertation projects. Applications from interested parties of Japanese nationality will not be allowed for.

For further information and questions please consult:
Society for the Promotion of Buddhismus
Attn: BDK Fellowship
3-14 Shiba 4-chome
Minato-ku Tokyo
108-0014 JAPAN
Tel.: +81 (0)3-3455-5851
Fax: +81 (0)3-3798-2758
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Please note: Questions concerning this grant that are directed to the EKŌ Centre, Düsseldorf, cannot be answered here.

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