Fraternity as the Way Forward

  • Rev. Kyoichi Sugino Rissho¯ Ko¯sei-kai New York Center for Engaged Buddhism


Kenosis in Christianity and “Non-Self” or “Self-emptying” in Buddhism Pope Francis said, “Fraternity is an essential human quality, for we are all relational beings. A lively awareness of our relatedness helps us to look upon and treat each person as a true sister or brother; without fraternity it is impossible to build a just society and a solid and lasting peace.” What is the critical prerequisite and foundation for the notion and practice of “fraternity” in Buddhism and Christianity? “Non-Self” or” Self-emptying” in Buddhism and kenosis in Christianity are the key dynamics in our interactions with the “other.” Self-emptying creates the space for the other to be the other, offers a form of self-donation and expresses the true meaning of Love or Compassion.

Fraternity as the Way Forward