A Peace Pagoda
is a Buddhist stupa
designed to provide a focus for people of all races and creeds, and to help unite them in their search for world peace. Most (though not all) have been built under the guidance of Nichidatsu Fujii
(1885–1985), a Buddhist monk from Japan
and founder of the Nipponzan-Myōhōji
Buddhist Order. Fujii was greatly inspired by his meeting with Mahatma Gandhi
in 1931 and decided to devote his life to promoting non-violence. In 1947, he began constructing Peace Pagodas as shrines to World peace
The first Peace Pagodas were built as a symbol of peace in the Japanese cities of Hiroshima
where the atomic bombs
took the lives of over 150,000 people, almost all of whom were civilian, at the end of World War II
. By 2000, eighty Peace Pagodas had been built around the world in Europe, Asia, and the United States.
The Peace Pagoda was awarded the Courage of Conscience award June 5, 1998 in Sherborn, MA.
Barrydale, South Africa
In 1969 at Rajgir
, near the site where the Buddha is believed to have preached the Lotus Sutra
. The event coincided with the 100th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi
. The site also includes a Nipponzan Myohoji temple.
The shanthi stupas in India were established by Fuji Guru, a... Read More