Wahid and Ikeda's Dialogue on Peace and Tolerance Discussed in Indonesia
On April 19, a panel discussion titled “Dialogue of Civilizations on Tolerance and Peace” was held at the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) Headquarters in Jakarta, Indonesia. The discussion was based on the dialogue of the same name between former president of Indonesia Abdurrahman Wahid (1940-2009), and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda.
Some 280 attended the discussion, including representatives from NU, which is one of the largest independent Islamic organizations in the world, the Wahid Institute and media organizations.
Lajnah Taklif wan Nasyr Pengurus Besar Nahdlatul Ulama (LTN PBNU), responsible for NU public relations, organized the event. Supporting the talk were SGI-Indonesia, the Wahid Institute and Gramedia Pustaka Utama, Indonesia's largest publisher, which released the Indonesian edition of the dialogue in December 2010.
In his opening remarks, Dr. KH Said Aqil Siradj, NU chairman, expressed his appreciation for the dedicated efforts of everyone who worked to publish the dialogue and invited readers to ponder the themes of tolerance and peace introduced in the book.
NU Vice Secretary General Dr. H Abdul Mun'im DZ, Wahid Institute Director Yenny Wahid, cultural figure Romo Muji Sutrisno and SGI-Indonesia Chair Peter Nurhan were guest speakers at the event.
In his talk, Dr. Mun'im noted that Wahid and Ikeda share many common viewpoints and both have a deep respect for and understanding of each other's culture. He also remarked that the book models dialogue between civilizations.
[Adapted from a report from SGI-Indonesia; photos courtesy of SGI-Indonesia]