#Peace #Temple-#Pagoda #Gotemba, #Shizuoka, #Japan 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. Fuji 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 and Nagasaki 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, 80 Peace Pagodas had been built around the world in Europe, Asia, and the United States. Civilization is not to kill human beings, not to destroy things, not to make war; civilization is to hold mutual affection and to #respect one another. -Most Ven. Fujii The Peace Pagoda was awarded the Courage of Conscience award June 5, 1998 in Sherborn, MA.