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Indo-Japan Symposium: A New Humanism for World Peace

The second from the left, Dr. Gopa Sabharwal, vice Chancellor, Nalanda University, to right, Prof. Lokesh Chandra, director of International Academy of Indian Culture, Chinmaya R. Gharekhan, president of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, Dr. Yoichi Kawada, director of IOP, and Dr. Manimala, director of Gandhi Smriti and Darsjam Samiti.
On February 6, 2011, an Indo Japan symposium (sponsored by the Institute of Oriental Philosophy, International Academy of Indian Culture and the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts) was held at Soka Bodhi Tree Garden located on the outskirt of New Delhi. It was held to commemorate the 50th anniversary since SGI President Ikeda conceived the idea of the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) during his visit to Buddha Gaya, India. The theme of the symposium was “A New Humanism for World Peace.” It served as a reflection of SGI President Ikeda’s address, “A New Humanism for the Coming Century,” which he delivered when he was invited to the Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies in October, 1997.
 
After the message from SGI President Ikeda was shared, Chinmaya R. Gharekhan, president of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts gave a speech. He said, “if you want peace, if you want to attain nirvana, salvation, look no further, look within yourself. This is also the message of Dr. Ikeda.” He stressed that the biggest message he received from SGI President Ikeda was compassion for humanity and to serve the people.


Leaf of Bodhi at Bodhi Tree Garden

Lotus Pond at Bodhi Tree

In his speech, Prof. Lokesh Chandra, director of International Academy of Indian Culture touched on President Ikeda’s visit to India in 1979.
 
Dr. Manimala, director of Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti emphasized the significance of Gandhian concept of Ahimsa, ‘practice peace through non-violence.”
 
Dr. Gopa Sabharwal, vice chancellor of Nalanda University introduced the revival plan of Nalanda University.
 
At the symposium, there were also other eminent participants, such as Shri V. B. Pyarelal, joint secretary of Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, Mushirul Hasan, director general of National Archives of India and Dr. Farukh Amil, Ambassador of Tunisia.
 
Message of SGI President Ikeda
 
Speech of IOP Director Yoichi Kawada


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