The Shanti Stupa Society was established to build the Vishwa Shanti Stupa (World Peace Pagoda) in the Indraprastha Park in the heart of the City of Delhi. The purpose of the Shanti Stupa is to provide a “peace haven” for all and to develop programs that promote peace-building efforts all over the world with an emphasis on ahimsa, or nonviolence.
November 13-14, 2007: Inauguration Ceremony of the Shanti Stupa, Delhi
The Shanti Stupa has become a symbol of universal peace and acceptance over the centuries. Nipponzan Myohoji was founded by Most Venerable Nichidatsu Fujii (1885-1985) with the mission of building Shanti Stupas all over the world as a way of creating peace and transforming people’s mind and heart. This order has built more than eighty Shanti Stupas all across the globe.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama being welcomed by
Rev. Katsu Horiuchi and Ven. Tenzin Priyadarshi
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The Shanti Stupa Project envisioned by Fujii Guruji in 1978 soon after he received the Jawahar Lal Nehru Award for International Understanding by the Government of India in recognition of his work. The project in Delhi began in 2004 in collaboration with the Delhi Development Authority and the Lt. Governor of Delhi.
Text from the Dedication Stone at the Stupa:
Vishwa Shanti Stupa, New Delhi was Inaugurated on November 14, 2007 and Dedicated to the people of India and the World with hopes of cultivating long-lasting peace as envisioned by Fujii Guruji. Following dignitaries and luminaries were present at this occasion:
His Holiness the Dalai Lama
H.E. Dr. A.R. Kidwai, Hon. Governor of Haryana
H.E. Shri M.C. Bhandare, Hon. Governor of Orissa
Shri Tejendra Khanna, Hon. Lt. Governor of Delhi
Shri Ajay Maken, Hon. Minister of State for Urban Development
Shri L.K. Advani, Hon. Leader of the Opposition
Smt. Sheila Dixit, Hon. Chief Minister of Delhi
Relics and Sacred Objects for this Stupa were donated by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the President of Sri Lanka, the President of Mongolia, and the Prime Minister of Nepal.
This work was made possible by the Shanti Stupa Society in partnership with D.D.A. and Nipponzan Myohoji.
||Bhavatu Sarva Mangalam|| May All Be Auspicious||