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A Message from the President

A Message from the President

President’s Message

Education and Research at Otani University

Otani University declares the mind that is recognized as “ZyodoSinsyu” by Buddhist Shinran during the Kamakura-era to the philosophy of establishment. Buddhism means the mind that Buddha, who was born in India, advocated around 2,500 years ago. He teaches it is important to respect other and work for people each other with the deep thought of what they are for living. Shinran also asked for the truth to live with succeeding those teachings, and he encouraged that people should listen to what they are hoped than what they hope. Otani University, which has made much of these thought, have developed education and research, upon the ideology which is
“We would like to educate the human with the desires which they become oneself who can live with respecting other and create the society."

Now, the international society is under the greatly confusing circumstances. In global society, it is necessary to exchange among the various people, but people do not know how they make friendly relationship with other, so quarrels occurred one after another in many cases. In Japan too, The Internet society and social network service have developed, and they made up the environment which people can easily connect with others. However, it is difficult to say that human relations are much close to an ideal. The tools for originally cementing connection and relationships are used for despising and hurting people. Also, we often see the matter that these tools are used for excluding others.

The development of tools and technology is important for evolution of humankind, and this development comes together with this evolution. However, the most important thing is to think of how we establish personality in those tools and technology, for example how we grow up and how we build the relationships with others. Otani University will develop education and research in confused society with the hope which is “We would like to educate the human with the desires which they become oneself who can live with respecting other and create the society."

We hope for students to compete with others without hurting and to support others without taking by force. We would like students to learn deeply how they can become oneself who do not definitely despite others and how they build society, with the pride in their lives. Also, we hope that nobody loses the spirit of inquiry.

Kigoshi, Yasushi
President, Otani University

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