Soka Gakkai International
Buddhism in Action for Peace
History & Philosophy
Stories and reflections on the Buddhist approach to life
Every year, members of the SGI-Luxembourg (SGI-LUX) choir warm up their vocal chords and prepare to perform in the Action Groupe Inter-Religions (AGIR) annual interreligious concert, sharing and experiencing religious and secular music, songs and chants with other faiths and the community.
In 2008, SGI-LUX had a stand and exhibition at the “Festival of Migration, Cultures and Citizenship,” which celebrates Luxembourg’s cultural diversity. It was here that SGI-LUX was invited to join the interfaith dialogue group AGIR as a representative of the Buddhist community.
Shortly after this, the idea of holding a concert to promote interfaith understanding and raise awareness of AGIR’s activities came up at an AGIR meeting.
The first AGIR interreligious concert was held in 2009. SGI-LUX took part and has never missed a concert since. And from 2014, SGI-LUX was joined by members of SGI-Belgium (SGIBel), who have participated every year.
Hosted by the Jewish community at the Grande Synagogue de Luxembourg on March 31, the 2019 concert drew an audience of 300 people and marked the tenth year since the concert series began.
SGI-LUX and SGIBel members who participated in this and previous concerts offer their reflections:
Soka Gakkai in America: Focused on Servant Leadership and Dialogic Teaching
by William Aiken, director of public affairs, SGI-USA
Reflecting upon the SGI-USA community, William Aiken provides a Buddhist perspective on the future trends for religion in the US.
These interfaith activities are very important, enabling us to learn more about the practice, values and beliefs of other religions. Getting to know all these wonderful people from different religious traditions through the concert has helped me be more accepting of other religions.
I have performed at the concert for five years now. I think the challenge is to understand that the singing voices coming from different horizons, different religions, represent a single heart for peace.
—Anne-Francoise de Villenfagne
For me, the event is a moment of sharing, openness and respect for other religious communities. In the end, we are all human beings on this planet who aspire to live together in peace.
This activity has given me the courage to talk to people I don’t know more often than before.
Young Builders of Peace
by Daniel Ramón, Venezuela
Working for a Nuclear-Weapon-Free World in Iceland
by Eyrún Ósk Jónsdóttir, Iceland
Clean Up Jakarta
Press Release: Soka Gakkai President Meets Chinese Premier
The Guiding Light of Buddhist Philosophy
by Yoichi Kawada
Transforming Lives: The Power of Human Rights Education
Singapore Soka Association—Promoting Harmonious Coexistence in the Lion City
by Dennis Lee, Singapore