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INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE COOPERATION


People of different religions posing for a group picture
Photo credit @ Religions for Peace

All of Rissho Kosei-kai's peace activities are based on the teachings of the Lotus Sutra. Truth is universal, and all religions manifest the truth; all life springs from the same source. Thus, all people are related and belong to one family. Interreligious dialogue cooperation is a path for harmony.


True peace can only come through collaboration. Rissho Kosei-kai believes that cooperation among religions, organizations, and individuals worldwide is the key to achieving true peace. Since its founding, RK has sought cooperation with others. We work with other religions, the United Nations, and various nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), such as Religions for Peace.


The organization tries to lay the groundwork, through confidence-building measures, for mediation between those who are embroiled in disputes or have conflicting interests so that they can find common grounds for cooperation. Members dedicate themselves to working for a world in which bonds of friendship will link people of all persuasions.


After World War II, many problems on a global scale emerged, such as the Cold War and the arms race. Also, the spread of famine, poverty, discrimination, and the destruction of the natural environment. Consequently, the world's eye turned toward the mission and role that religious leaders should play to realize world peace through mutual understanding and strengthening solidarity. 


The founder always cherished in his innermost heart the activities of cooperating with other religions ever since his encounter with the Lotus Sutra. Thus, he called for world peace through interreligious cooperation in such an era: "Religions should not turn their backs on each other. They must cooperate to save humanity. If all of the ardent desires for the same ideal of world peace were gathered together, their power would be one hundred times, one thousand times greater." 


His wish led to convening the first World Assembly of the World Conference on Religion and Peace in Kyoto in 1970.


For further information on WCRP, visit http://www.religionsforpeace.org/

For further information on ARCP, visit https://rfpasia.org/

For further information on IARF, visit https://iarf.net/

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