“The construction of the Peace Pagoda from one point of view is a revolution in religion, a work that remains for more than a thousand years. The Daibutsu (Great Buddha) statues of Nara and Kamakura which remain to this day prove this. The life of spiritual work is long, yet many difficulties accompany it. The beginning of Buddhism, the beginning of peace, should start from the construction of a Peace Pagoda. Peace already lies in the fate of the American people, because they accept the Peace Pagoda.
China has one of the most ancient cultures in the world. However, recently it took a wrong course through Marxism, ‘violenceism’, the cultural revolution. But it seems that China will start afresh. I feel that the Chinese people will become the pillar of creating future peace in the world. When the Chinese people unite their thought and devote themselves to the construction of peace, they can exert an astonishing power. The decoration of this restaurant’s architecture is culturally Chinese. Chinese culture is accepted throughout the world.
Civilisation and culture is to create people’s joy and pleasure. China succeeded in this over 2,000 years ago. Civilisation is not to kill, but to enrich people’s lives. Food, clothing and housing were all made to bring joy and peace to the people. Nothing was made to kill others. It was nuclear weapons which were made to take others’ lives. They were developed in the United States, but nuclear development is bringing the United States to a dead-end.
Humanity cannot live under the threat of nuclear weapons. We all aspire to live in a beautiful and peaceful world. We are naturally led to a civilisation that was handed down in China when we search for this. China will become a great pillar for the coming peaceful world”. (Words of the Most Venerable Nichidatsu Fujii. Excerpted from a conversation with Dr Ichinose in a Chinese restaurant, San Francisco, USA.June 20, 1982).
You and your friends are cordially invited to attend the
32nd ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF
THE LONDON PEACE PAGODA ON SATURDAY, 17th JUNE 2017 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.