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"Ecology and Ethics in Religious
Traditions" is the theme of the second issue of Religion
East and West, the annual journal published by the Institute
for World Religions, which is centered at Berkeley Buddhist
Monastery and is sponsored by the Dharma Realm Buddhist
University. Religion East and West, which had its inaugural
issue in 2001, furthers the Institute for World Religions'
mission of promoting knowledge about the world's religions
through the medium of interfaith understanding and trust.
The Institute was founded in 1976 by the Venerable Master
Hsuan Hua and Paul Cardinal Yu Bin, in the belief that
harmony among the world's religions is an indispensable
prerequisite for a just and peaceful world.
The annual journal features the annual
Venerable Master Hsuan Hua Memorial Lecture, which is given
at the Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley. In keeping
with the Memorial Lecture's purpose of bringing the wisdom
of the East to problems of the modern world, this year's
lecture focused on the need for the world's religions to
take an active part in addressing the environmental crisis.
The speaker was Professor Mary Evelyn Tucker of Bucknell
University. Her speech heads the list of articles in the
This year the journal is dedicated to the
memory of the late Thomas F. MacMillan, who was a friend of
the Dharma Realm Buddhist Association and a member of the
Dharma Realm Buddhist University Advisory Board. An
associate pastor of the First Baptist Church of Ukiah,
California, Professor MacMillan was a model of the
ecumenical spiritual seeker. His article, "Virtue Based
Ethics: A Comparison of Aristotelian-Thomistic and Buddhist
Approaches," appears in this year's Religion East and West.
Among the contributors to this year's
journal are Swami Prabuddhananda of the Vedanta Center of
Northern California; Sister Marianne Farina of the
Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross; Confucian
scholar Zhuohao Yu of Pacific Lutheran Seminary; Islamicist
Snjezana Akpinar, who is president of Dharma Realm Buddhist
University; and others. The Venerable Master Hsuan Hua is
represented by a short excerpt of his many teachings on
Copies of Religion East and West are
available at Dharma Realm Buddhist Association monasteries.
Those interested in subscribing or in receiving a copy of
this year's issue by mail may write to the Institute for
World Religions at Berkeley Buddhist Monastery; 2304
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free; donations are welcome.