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Kyoto Journal Issue 38

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Arundhati Roy
Voices from Pakistan: Asma Jehangir and Imran Khan
Johan Galtung on conflict resolution
Buddhism in the West

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TRANSFORMING CONFLICT

War is big business. So is political repression, injustice, and all the other machinery of inequality and exploitation. ‘Globalization’ is unifying only the haves against the have-nots, and widening that gap daily. Can peace prevail on earth? Defenders of human rights (and environmental campaigners) around the world uphold Mahatma Gandhi’s moral commitment to non-violence, and Mikhail Gorbachev backs an international campaign for a worldwide week without war, to show the way for the new millennium. Utopia in our time? Humanity’s common future depends on the creative transformation of conflict.

Kyoto artist Walderedo de Oliveiro’s cover image of Mahatma Gandhi speaks of determined peaceful resolution of human rights problems around the world; inside, the serene 6th-century Miroku Bosatsu (of Kyoto’s Koryuji Temple) contemplates the happiness of all beings. An in-depth interview by Philip Grant with the founder of Peace Studies, Johan Galtung, explores his fifty years of conflict resolution and offers new thinking on achieving peaceful resolutions. Debbie Stothard of ALTSEAN-BURMA interviews Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on dialogue and the future of Burma. In “Voices from Pakistan,” Asma Jenhangir talks with Kathy Arlyn Sokol about human rights, and Imran Khan gives an Islamic perspective on social justice. Author Arundhati Roy (of best-selling The God of Small Things) talks to Kathy Arlyn Sokol about fame, writing and India; a photo-essay by Robert Kowalczyk explores light and shadow in Cambodia; Rick Tanaka discusses separatism in Okinawa; Lesley Keane and Dennis Bernstein investigate disturbing Burma-Singapore connections; reviews by Preston Houser examine the growing influence of Buddhism in the West, and manifestations of Bodhisattvas around us in contemporary life; Robert Brady discourses on true belonging.

Contents:

The Burma Singapore Axis: Globalizing the Heroin Trade – Leslie Kean and Dennis Bernstein
Journalists, Writers and Poets in Burma’s Gulag – Reprinted from The Irrawaddy
Interviews:
“Dialogue is Not a Debate in Which There Are Winners and Losers” – Debbie Stothard interviews Daw Aung San Suu Kyi
Voices from Pakistan: “Democracy is Survival for Women” – Kathy Arlyn Sokol Interviews Asma Jehangir
Voices from Pakistan: “Islam Means Justice, and Justice Means Rights” – Kathy Arlyn Sokol interviews Imran Khan
The Education of a Peace Maker – Philip Grant interviews Johan Galtung
Eclipse of the Heart: Between Light and Shadow in Cambodia – Photographs by Robert Kowalczyk
World without War – Declaration by an Open Meeting of Humanism, 1995, Santiago, Chile
“Okinawa Will Force Japan to Change” – David Cozy interviews Rick Tanaka
Philosophizing in the Void: Loy Duels with Duality in Nonduality – Morgan Gibson
Ramble:
True Belonging – Robert Brady
Reviews:
How the Swans Came to the Lake: A Narrative History of Buddhism in America, by Rick Fields — Preston L. Houser
The Construction of Racial Identities in China and Japan, by Frank Dikotter — William Corr
Bodhisattva Archetypes: Classic Buddhist Guide to Awakening and their Modern Expression, by Taigen Daniel Leighton — Preston L. Houser
The Light Comes Slowly, by Edith Schiffert, sumi illustrations by Kohka Saito — Ebba Story


Cover image by Walderedo de Oliviera
86pp
published November 1, 1998

 

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