My religious background always comes up first as an origin of my interests in peace and conflict resolution. I have almost spent my entire life at the Japanese Buddhist temple in Japan. Both my father and brother are Japanese Buddhist monks as well as local mediators for community in Shizuoka, Japan. As his assistant, I experienced mediatin g various kinds of conflicts. This first hand mediation experience gave me a significant learning that my father’s approach based on the Buddhism concepts were useful for conflict resolution and earned high reputation in the local community.
Later on, in a Peace Studies class at University of Wisconsin in which I was chosen as an exchange student, a book entitled “Being Peace” written by Thich Nhat Hanh made me strongly believe the positive impact of Buddhism at any level of conflict resolutions.
Furthermore, through my dedication to academic activities such as the Model United Nations, this belief encouraged me to study conflict resolution by enhancing my understanding about a nexus between-religion and conflict resolution.
Why I want peace:
Because I strongly believe that we can make a world as a better place. More than anything, we are all brothers and sisters which are meant to share justice and peace equally.
Interests and activities:
My research interests lies in the issues revolves around religion and conflict, in particular, the interfaith dialogue.
Based on my belief in positive impact of Buddhism at the stage of resolving conflicts, I have been collecting Buddhist sources such as original Buddhist sutras regarding conflict resolutions and would like to apply those for exploring the issues that comes with any kinds of religious based conflicts. I am currently working for Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict resolution at Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, george Mason university.
Something you didn't know about me:
how deeply my religious identity comprises my identity.
How I found mepeace.org:
Invitation from my professor
What I want to achieve here:
Networking for peace building.
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It's really neat to meet you here on mepeace.
Was Wisconsin colder than what you were used to in Japan?
I lookforward to getting toknow you and your ideas better here on mepeace.
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Welcome. I spent some time in Japan and learned a lot. Not enough, of course. Enough though to know what I don't know about Japan and the Japanese people, and some things that I can apply daily to my life.