SGI-Bolivia Gives Seminar on Buddhist View of Human Rights

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On October 22, SGI-Bolivia representatives were invited to give a seminar on Buddhist principles and how they inform the idea of human rights at a Professional Ethics course at Domingo Savio Private University in La Paz.

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The seminar began with an introduction to SGI’s Buddhist movement and the philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism, given by SGI-La Paz Zone Coordinator Toshihiro Nakajima. The film “Our Shared Humanity” was also shown.

Next, drawing upon SGI President Daisaku Ikeda’s 2011 peace proposal, “Toward a World of Dignity for All: The Triumph of the Creative Life,” SGI-Bolivia youth member David Carpio stressed that it is important for young people to actively make the protection of human rights a part of their daily lives, regarding this as their personal mission and responsibility, rather than simply viewing human rights as a matter of knowledge.

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Reflecting upon the presentations, one student commented, “This seminar has changed my perspective on the concept of change. I’ve learned that rather than waiting for others to change, we are the ones who must first transform ourselves and thereby initiate the chain reaction of change.”

[Adapted from an article in the November 2014, issue of Sol de Felicidad, SGI-Bolivia; photo courtesy of Sol de Felicidad]

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