Peace and Disarmament
"Building a Culture of Peace" Exhibition Shown in India
On September 16, SGI's exhibition "Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World" opened at the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) center's auditorium in Lodhi Estate, India. The exhibition highlights the small but significant steps that a single individual can take to contribute to advancing peace.
The opening ceremony began with a performance of "Champions of Peace," sung by Bharat Soka Gakkai members. A screening of the film Another Way of Seeing Things, based on an essay of the same name written by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, followed. Over 1,000 visited the exhibition, which was open to the public from September 17-19. After viewing the panels and film, guests were encouraged to write what they would do for peace on colored paper flowers, which were then placed on a Peace Tree.
The exhibition is divided into three segments: display panels, a Peace Corner and the film screening. The display panels, in both Hindi and English, deal with three themes. The first, titled Barriers to Peace, examines how poverty, environmental degradation, economic disparity and the obsessive use of force lead to violence. Religions and Peace addresses how religious groups can find common ground so that practitioners can begin dialogues with one another. Peace Builders showcases the efforts of people who have made outstanding contributions to peace.
The Peace Corner is designed to appeal to small children and includes a variety of age-appropriate activities. Activities at the recent showing included sticking bindis on a smiley-shaped face; putting eyes and noses on paper fish; coloring flowers and adding them to a nearby display. Children were also provided paper on which they could write their thoughts on peace.
[Adapted a report from Bharat Soka Gakkai; photos courtesy of BSG]