Soka Gakkai International
Buddhism in Action for Peace
On November 1, members of SGI-Korea (KSGI) were part of a group of parents, teenagers and young people who participated in an annual walk in Seoul to raise awareness of bullying and violence in schools. Wearing stickers with messages promoting anti-bullying on their chests, participants walked an 8 km circuit which began at Yeouido Hangang Park and went along the River Han to the Wonhyo Bridge.
The walk was organized by Seoul Special City and The Hankyoreh newspaper, with support from KSGI. In his remarks at the opening ceremony at Yeouido Hangang Park, Jeong Seok-gu, a senior editorial writer at The Hankyoreh, talked about the therapeutic value of walking and the idea behind starting the initiative three years ago. He said that more time spent outdoors could help reduce high stress levels that may increase the likelihood of bullying. KSGI's Arirang Fife-and-Drum Corps, comprised of members of the young women's division, also performed at the opening.
At the park, additional activities were organized to help deepen awareness of the role of verbal and nonverbal communication in breaking cycles of violence in schools. Participants filled heart-shaped cards with thoughtful, caring messages and viewed panels from KSGI's UNIPEACE exhibition on the Buddhist perspective of empathy--the spirit of recognizing and sharing the sufferings of others.
UNIPEACE is a KSGI 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.
[Adapted from a report from SGI-Korea; photos courtesy of SGI-Korea]
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