Peace and Disarmament
Peace Scholars Discuss SGI President's 2010 Peace Proposal in Kathmandu
On January 29, SGI-Nepal members celebrated the 36th anniversary of the SGI's founding with a symposium on SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's 2010 Peace Proposal, "Toward a New Era of Value Creation."
The symposium, initiated by SGI-Nepal women members, featured four guest speakers: Dr. Tri Ratna Manandhar, vice chancellor of Lumbini Buddhist University; Ganga Lal Tuladhar, former member of Parliament; Dr. Yagya Adhikari, director of the Centre for Nepal and Asian Studies (CNAS) and journalist Yuvraj Ghimere. Other dignitaries and academics also attended.
The day's event began with a short film introducing the core ideas contained in the 2010 peace proposal. SGI-Nepal youth members followed this with a musical performance. SGI-Nepal Vice General Director Sagar Thapa gave welcome words and SGI-Nepal Public Relations Chief Kanta Rizal shared an introduction of SGI and Mr. Ikeda.
In his speech, Professor Manandhar spoke about the central focus of Mr. Ikeda's proposal--peace and humanity for the world as a whole. He also expressed his appreciation for Mr. Ikeda's vision for the empowerment of women and children and shared his own belief that Buddhist philosophy can bring about a great change in the development of humanity.
The second speaker, Mr. Tuladhar, applauded Mr. Ikeda's efforts to engage in dialogue with an array of dignitaries, politicians and intellectuals in his endeavor to promote peace. In his talk, Mr. Adhikari from CNAS spoke about his reading of Mr. Ikeda and British historian Arnold Toynbee's dialogue, Choose Life. He expressed agreement with Mr. Ikeda that social maladies and internal conflicts within a country can be cured only through a spiritual revolution in the hearts and minds of human beings. [CNAS published the Nepali version of Choose Life in 1995.]
Concurrent with the symposium, SGI's exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit" was on display. For the occasion, SGI-Nepal also donated 60 books to Lumbini Buddhist University Library. Professor Manandhar received the books on behalf of the library. Expressing his appreciation, Professor Manandhar shared his hope that Lumbini Buddhist University and SGI-Nepal would continue to deepen ties of friendship.
[Adapted from a report from SGI-Nepal; photos courtesy of SGI-Nepal]