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From May 5 to June 1, SGI-Korea's student group sponsored peace activities at 182 venues including 150 universities across the country. A specially created exhibition titled "Harmonious Coexistence: Building Peace Together" was shown, accompanied by discussions and seminars based on SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's annual peace proposals.
The seven-panel exhibition stresses that key to establishing peace is transforming our self-centered way of living to one that is more contributive and altruistic. It also introduces the American civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr., highlighting his emphasis on nonviolence and the equality of all people, and the contributions of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda to building peace.
Attended by a total of some 98,000 people, the exhibition and related activities were held as part of UNIPEACE, an SGI-Korea student-led initiative that was first launched in 1998 to raise young people's awareness of issues relating to peace such as the role of dialogue and the promotion of humanistic values.
Participating universities included Seoul National University (SNU), Yonsei University, Korea University, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Pusan University, Kyungpook National University (KNU), Kookmin University (KMU) and Myongji University. Public spaces such as Seoul Plaza and Gwanghwamun Square in Seoul were also used as venues for the peace events.
[Adapted from a report from SGI-Korea and an article in the June 30, 2013, issue of Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photo courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]
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