74th Anniversary for victims of Nagasaki

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34th Anniversary Celebration of The London Peace Pagoda

 

“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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

33rd Anniversary Celebration of The London Peace Pagoda

 

“And are as untainted with worldly things as the lotus flower in the water” (The Lotus Sutra, Chapter XV, Spring Up out of the Earth).
 
 But it chanced the other day that I scented a white water-lily, and a season I had waited for had arrived. It is the emblem of purity. It bursts up so pure and fair to the eye, and so sweet to the scent, as if to show us what purity and sweetness reside in, and can be extracted from, the slime and muck of the earth, I think I have plucked the first one that has opened for a mile. What confirmation of our hopes is in the fragrance of this flower! I shall not so soon despair of the world for it, notwithstanding slavery, and the cowardice and want of principle of Northern men. It suggests what kind of laws have prevailed longest and widest, and still prevail, and that the time may come when man’s deeds will smell as sweet. Such is the odour which the plant emits. If Nature can compound this fragrance still annually, I shall believe her still young and full of vigour, her integrity and genius unimpaired, and that there is virtue even in man too, who is fitted to perceive and love it”. (‘Slavery in Massachusetts’ by Henry David Thoreau, 1817-1862)

You and your friends are cordially invited to attend the

33rdANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF

THE LONDON PEACE PAGODA ON SATURDAY, 16th JUNE 2018 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.

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72nd Anniversary for victims of Nagasaki

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On 9th August, from 6.30-7.30 pm, an ecumenical service organised by Pax Christi (020 8203 4884) will take place at the Crypt Chapel, Ambrosden Avenue, behind Westminster Cathedralin memory of the 74th anniversary of Blessed Franz Jagerstatter’s execution in 1943 for refusing to serve in Hitler’s army. Franz Jagerstatter was beatified in October 2007. Following the servicethe Peace Walk will start from in front of Westminster Cathedral to the London Peace Pagoda in Battersea Park for a Floating Lantern Ceremony. This will begin at dusk to commemorate the 72nd Anniversary for victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and all wars.

The ceremony seeks to reflect on the horrors of war in an atomic age and to pray together for peace and harmony between all people and nations.

All are very welcome to join and offer flowers and incense.

Contact Nipponzan Myohoji: Tel: 020 7228 9620

32nd Anniversary Celebration of The London Peace Pagoda

“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.

 

 

 

 

71st Anniversary for victims of Nagasaki

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NAMU MYO HO REN GE KYO

NAGASAKI DAY AUGUST 9th

 

On 9th August, from 6.30-7.30 pm, an ecumenical service organised by Pax Christi (020 8203 4884) will take place at the Crypt Chapel, Ambrosden Avenue, behind Westminster Cathedralin memory of the 73rd anniversary of Blessed Franz Jagerstatter’s execution in 1943 for refusing to serve in Hitler’s army. Franz Jagerstatter was beatified in October 2007. Following the servicethe Peace Walk will start from in front of Westminster Cathedral to the London Peace Pagoda in Battersea Park for a Floating Lantern Ceremony. This will begin at dusk to commemorate the 71st Anniversary for victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and all wars.

The ceremony seeks to reflect on the horrors of war in an atomic age and to pray together for peace and harmony between all people and nations.

All are very welcome to join and offer flowers and incense.

Contact Nipponzan Myohoji: Tel: 020 7228 9620