Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World

This is an an exhibition to promote Peace. It is an experience that leaves viewers confident that they can be protagonists in the drama of building a culture of peace. When people view the callous or violent trends around them, they are often left with a feeling of powerlessness and helplessness. This exhibition aims to counteract that feeling, to make each viewer feel he can be a major player in the drama of building a culture of peace.

Seeds of Hope: Visions of Sustainability, Steps toward Change

The exhibition stresses our interconnectedness with the rest of the community of life and the need to broaden our sphere of compassion and concern. It encourages viewers to overcome feelings of powerlessness and highlights the fact that “a single individual can initiate positive change”. The key message here is “it starts with one”, the slogan for the ‘Earth Charter Plus 10’ campaign in 2010 to celebrate the Charter’s 10th anniversary.

The exhibition uses the “learn, reflect, empower” formula outlined in the SGI President Dr Daisaku Ikeda’s 2002 proposal on education for sustainable development.

Dialogue with Nature

A display of 95 stunning photographs taken by Dr Daisaku Ikeda are showcased in the Exhibition titled “Dialogue with Nature”. The photographs, many of them accompanied by short poems, have been taken during his travels. Curiously, he never uses a viewfinder. Instead, “I use my heart to photograph,” he says. He describes his photographs a “struggle to capture the truth”. Encouraging a culture of co-existence between man and environment, this exhibition has been viewed by over 50,000 people in Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai and Kolkata.

Lotus Sutra Exhibition

This exhibition brought together a rare collection of artefacts and calligraphic and pictorial representations of the Lotus Sutra—both original and reproductions—from India, Nepal, China and Japan, regions along the legendary Silk Route, and particularly Dunhuang. The exhibition came to New Delhi in August 2003.

In 2012 the National Archives of India published copies of what scholars have termed “indisputably the oldest manuscript in India”, the Buddhist Lotus Sutra, after months spent on a restoration of the original pages, inscribed in Brahmi on birch bark at some time in the fifth or sixth century. The publication was made possible because of an association with Japan’s Institute of Oriental Philosophy and the Soka Gakkai.

Gandhi, King, Ikeda: A legacy of building peace

This exhibition honours three towering figures of the 20th century: Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr and Daisaku lkeda. Though from different countries, cultures and religions, all three are linked by a common vision—that peace is possible through non-violence. Since March 2002, the exhibition has been travelling all over India—from Delhi to Chennai , Mumbai, Bangalore, Thiruvananthapuram, Pune, Nashik, Kolkata, Santiniketan, Guwahati, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Salem, Nagpur, Vadodara, Ahmedabad and Dehradun. It has already been seen by 1.5 lakh people, and is still moving from city to city.

Driven by the mission of fostering long-term peace-oriented thought and behaviour, BSG’s Education Division has taken the initiative to ensure that large numbers of schoolchildren see this exhibition.