Back to listOct 18, 2008

SGI Represents Buddhism at Interfaith Symposium at Nur University, Bolivia

081108bol_nur_faith.jpg Interfaith Symposium at Nur University

On October 18, 2008, Nur University hosted a symposium on interfaith dialogue at the university’s auditorium in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Representatives of Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Baha’i exchanged opinions on organized religions' contributions to peace. Some 120 university professors and students attended.

Speaking for Buddhist organizations, an SGI-Bolivia young man described SGI members’ grassroots activities that build peace in local communities, based on the ideal of “human revolution” or each individual's profound inner transformation that brings about positive change in the environment. Using visual materials, he also introduced the SGI’s activities that promote peace, culture and education in 192 countries and territories.

Nur University Professor Juan Martinez commented that the SGI's philosophy, which respects diversity and encourages individuals first to change themselves to then transform the reality of their daily lives in society, is something noteworthy for other religions. Some symposium attendees remarked that they were impressed by the SGI’s pacifist beliefs and first Soka Gakkai President Tsunesaburo Makiguchi’s struggle against militarism, the origin of the SGI's peace movement.

[Adapted from an article in the November 8, 2008 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]