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On June 12, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) sponsored a showing of SGI and Earth Charter International's environmental exhibition "Seeds of Hope: Visions of sustainability, steps toward change," during a workshop held at the Taj Mahal Palace hotel in Mumbai, India.
The hotel is seen by some as a symbol of the resilience of the Indian people. In November 2008, it was almost completely destroyed in a terrorist bomb attack during which hostages were seized and held for three days. Some 167 people were killed. The hotel was fully refurbished and reopened on August 15, 2010.
The "Seeds of Hope" exhibition was held on the second day of the two-day GRI workshop on sustainability reporting with support from Bharat Soka Gakkai (BSG), whose 42 volunteers gave guided tours to viewers. Some 520 people viewed the exhibition, including Director of GRI Focal Point India Aditi Haldar.
On the first day of the workshop, the SGI-sponsored film A Quiet Revolution was screened. The documentary introduces case studies from India, Kenya and Slovakia that demonstrate the power of the individual to solve local environmental problems. BSG Director Vinay Jain also spoke. He introduced BSG, its activities and the Buddhist concept of dependent origination--that all life is interrelated, interconnected and mutually supporting--as well as how SGI's activities for sustainability are underpinned and inspired by the reverence for the value of life itself.
In South Korea, "Seeds of Hope" was on display at the Presidential History and Culture Center of the Cheong Nam Dae Presidential Villa in North Chungcheong Province from April 12-19. Provincial Governor Lee Si-jong attended the opening ceremony along with SGI-Korea members. Visitors were also able to view A Quiet Revolution.
Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) also organized showings of "Seeds of Hope" at the Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka from March 24-28 and at the University of Malaya on April 22, Earth Day, at the request of the university's Environmental Secretariat (UM CARES). related article The Two Bundles of Reeds There is a Buddhist concept called "dependent origination" (Jpn. engi) which means that all phenomena are interrelated. In other words things exist only in relation to other things. Though the term engi has now come to mean omens or luck in popular usage and is often used in a negative context, it originally meant "arising in relation."
[Adapted from an article in the June 19, 2014, issue of Seikyo Shimbun and reports from Bharat Soka Gakkai (BSG), Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) and SGI-Korea (KSGI); photos courtesy of BSG and SGM]
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