Philosophica Mahāyāna Buddhica Monograph Series
Online version： ISSN 2435-3515 Print version： ISSN 2434-8465
On the Publication of Philosophica Mahāyāna Buddhica Monograph Series
Chuo Academic Research Institute (CARI) of Rissho Kosei-kai (RK) has published the Philologica Asiatica Monograph series from 1994 to 2012 and the Philosophica Asiatica Monograph Series from 2014 to 2017: a total of 32 volumes. This Monograph Series aimed to build up a corpus of fundamental data such as pāda indexes, word indexes, and a catalogue of manuscripts that are helpful for the linguistic study of various religious canons and of traditional thought in Asia, such as early Buddhist texts, the Jain holy texts, Mahāyana Buddhist texts and the like.
Meanwhile, more than 20 years have passed since the beginning of the 21st century. In May this year, the curtain of a new era will be raised with the enthronement of the new emperor. In this new age, however, various problems still remain, and in reality it seems difficult to solve them. Now is the time, therefore, that we should heed the teachings and wisdom of the ancient oriental sages. We have to carry out sincere, reliable investigations of their teachings, and we also need to explore guiding principles that should be adopted in the future.
At CARI, we are studying religion, especially Buddhism, on the basis of relevant thought, culture, science, etc. CARI has the aim of contributing to the culture of humanity and to world peace by nurturing effective human resources. CARI was established in 1969 as a research institute associated with RK.
RK is a lay Buddhist organization founded in Japan in 1938 by Nikkyo Niwano and Myoko Naganuma. Last year we, CARI celebrated the 50th anniversary of our founding, thanks to the efforts of those who wish to build a peaceful world by practicing the teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha in our families, workplaces, and communities.
Aiming to clarify Mahayana Buddhist texts, especially the Lotus Sutra, through linguistic study and to seek out the contents of thought that bring us even one step closer to the world peace projected by Buddhism, especially within the Lotus Sutra, it is our intention to contribute widely to the development of research. As we follow the path laid out through the wisdom of the ancient oriental sages, we hope that the Philosophica Mahāyāna Buddhica Monograph series will be helpful for scholars whose work will hold the key to solving both present and future problems and that it will thereby become like a lamp that brings light to the darkness of modern society.
The Philosophica Mahāyāna Buddhica Monograph Series was launched in November 2019, the 50th anniversary of the establishment of CARI. We are planning to publish 1-2 times a year.
November 15th 2019
Director of Chuo Academic Research Institute of Rissho Kosei-kai.
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