Island Innovation VI Form Campus
Saint James' Street
This talk introduces the work of Buddhist Philosopher Daisaku Ikeda, who calls for greater efforts to protect human rights, safeguard the planet’s ecology, and the urgent need to ban all nuclear weapons.
Humanistic scholar, author and peace-builder Daisaku Ikeda, president of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI), a worldwide lay Buddhist organisation, has written and published a Peace Proposal every year since 1983, submitting these to the United Nations as part of his lifelong commitment to dialogues supporting world peace and the realisation of human potential.
The Isle of Wight members of the socially engaged Buddhist movement SGI-UK* are hosting a talk, followed by question, answer and discussion about the ideas underpinning 2017 Peace Proposal: ‘The Global Solidarity of Youth: Ushering in a New Era of Hope’, by Daisaku Ikeda. Ikeda’s contribution has earned him profound respect and more than 200 honorary doctorates and awards from universities, educational institutions and peace groups around the world.
These proposals are geared to the ideal of a world in which no one is left behind. Ikeda suggests ways that individuals can contribute towards shared action, which will lead to greater solidarity and the elimination of needless suffering.
The talk will be delivered by Robert Harrap, SGI-UK General Director since 2013, and a Barrister in the areas of employment, social housing and human rights. Robert also appears regularly on the BBC Radio 2’ Programme ‘Pause for Thought’.
When: Monday, 8 May 2017
Time: 6.15pm (doors open 6pm)
Where: Island Innovation VI Form Campus, Upper St. James Street, Newport, PO30 1LJ
This is a free event
As places are limited please register your attendance in advance
For more information contact: Harry Vernon 07854 005042
Read a synopsis of the proposal
Read full text of proposal http://www.sgi-uk.org/sites/default/files/peace-proposal/PeaceProposal_2017.pdf
Soka Gakkai International (SGI) is a lay society of individuals practising the humanistic Nichiren Buddhism. As an active Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) working in partnership with United Nations agencies, the SGI is dedicated to cultivating peace through Buddhist practice and educational and cultural activities.
Individual members in over 192 countries and territories share this vision by challenging their own negative tendencies in order to activate the energy, compassion and wisdom inherent in their own lives and in the lives of other human beings.
In each country, members of the SGI take part in activities together which reflect local culture. In the UK, members carry out their daily practice at home, getting together once a month for small discussion meetings in the local area. Here, experiences about how individuals are using the practice of Buddhism in their daily lives are exchanged and guests have an opportunity to ask questions or chant if they wish to. In addition, there is a broad variety of study seminars happening throughout the year, which members contribute and learn from.
SGI-UK members also frequently participate in local interfaith activities and host exhibitions raising awareness about the threat of nuclear weapons, environmental concerns as well as pathways to peace.
SGI-UK is based at Taplow Court, a refurbished stately home in Buckinghamshire, which houses exhibitions and the Institude of Oriental Philosophy UK Centre. The house and grounds are open seasonally and free of charge to the public. Cultural events and concerts also take place with proceeds going to charities such as UNHCR and UNICEF.