“To renounce war, we must completely lay down our arms, the instruments of war.
Rissho-ankoku-ron written by Nichiren Daishonin states: “If one wishes to have peace for oneself , first pray for the tranquillity of the world”. If our vision is narrow, concerned solely with danger for ourselves or our nation, we become prone to the illusion that the Self-Defence Forces are necessary. However, the overriding issue of concern to humanity right now is the imminent danger of annihilation, leaving no nation safe. Let us broaden our vision and recognise that weapons and war by Japan or any nation are the enemies of humanity. For the sake of extricating humanity from the menace of annihilation, we must first eliminate weapons and war. The teaching shows that when we first and foremost pray for the tranquillity of the world – in other words, the emancipation of all humanity – then through that prayer, the safety for us as individuals and for the nation of Japan will naturally be realised. If Japan along with three fellow billion human beings of the world ultimately wish to seek a way out of modern civilisation’s tragedy into peace and tranquillity, the only viable option is to believe, embrace and uphold the precept of not to take life laid down by the World Honoured One, Buddha Shakyamuni”. Words of The Most Venerable Nichidatsu Fujii, Feb 26th 1961.
You and your friends are cordially invited to attend the
34th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF
THE LONDON PEACE PAGODA ON SATURDAY, 22nd JUNE 2019 AT 2 PM
* Annual ceremony of Nipponzan Myohoji
with various Buddhist traditions.
* Interfaith prayers for peace.
* Messages and speeches.
* Devotional music and dance.
The programme will be followed by an offering of tea and light refreshments, ending by 5 pm. Everyone is welcome to spontaneously offer incense, flowers, candles, etc.