Pacific Northwest Peace Pagoda - Conceptual Drawing

Architects Takashita Keizo and Johnpaul Jones meet!

The Pacific Northwest Peace Pagoda is a monument, a work of art in the India tradition.
It will serve as an honored and lasting heritage forthe Pacific Northwest.

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"Peace Pagodas act as a beacon... reminding us that we have choices about how to live, that we can slow down, trust one another, and practice generosity."

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VENICE Peace Pagoda on the Danube

Stupas are an ancient form of sacred architecture that represent the heart of enlightenment—not just as a form of tribute, but as a radiating presence that transmits blessings to all those who come in contact with them.


The Peace Pagoda in a Japanese garden setting fits well with the goals of the Bainbridge Island Comprehensive Plan ... our community commitment to value the arts and humanities, to enhance quality of life and broaden mind and spirit of our citizens and visitors. It will be an asset to the Island for generations to come, similar to the Bloedel Reserve and our many parks which are natural retreats of beauty and serenity.

A Peace Pagoda is a Buddhist stupa—a monument to inspire peace, designed to provide a focus for people of all races and creeds, and help unite them in their search for world peace. Most (though not all) peace pagodas built since World War II 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.

Peace Pagodas were built as a symbol of peace in Japanese cities including 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, eighty Peace Pagodas had been built around the world in Europe, Asia, and the United States.

>The Nipponzan-Myōhōji monks of the New England Peace Pagoda were awarded the Courage of Conscience award June 5, 1998 in Sherborn, Massachusetts

Nepal Peace Pagoda

Grafton, NY - Northeast of Albany, near the Massachusetts State Line

On the Thames River, Battersea Park, London
There is also a Peace Pagoda in Vienna on the Danube

75 Peace Pagodas, which are also referred to as stupas, have been built by Nipponzan Myohoji—in Japan, Germany,
India, Nepal, including one on the Danube in Vienna and one on the Thames River in London (see below).
The are two Peace Pagodas in the United States—in Leverett, MA and Grafton, NY.

In the Buddhist tradition, building Stupas is undertaken to create symbols of peace and harmony.
Stupas can be seen all over the world. They are typically domed tower-like constructions
whose architectural features have a direct correspondence to the way the universe is constructed.

The focus of prayer and pilgrimage, they are considered to be the manifestation of perfect mind,
and as such, transmit positive energy to all who come into contact with them.

Most (though not all) have been built under the guidance of the Venerable Nichidatsu Fujii (1885–1985),
a Japanese Buddhist monk and founder of the Nipponzan Myohoji 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.

Currently, a Peace Pagoda, Peace Museum and Japanese-style Peace Garden are under construction in Delhi.



Leverett, MA
North of Amherst

Kyoto, Japan

London Peace Pagoda

Temple Interior, April 2013

Br. Senji Kaneda, 2013

Japanese Maple
Nipponzon Myohoji Dojo

Br. Senji Kanaeda, Br. Nissin Gyotoku,
Chisao Hata, Kathryn Keve
Chief Seattle's Grave 2003

Nipponzon Myohoji Dojo

Buddha & Bamboo
Nipponzon Myohoji Dojo

Gong-Nipponzon Myohoji Dojo
Bainbridge Island, WA

Nipponzon Myohoji Dojo

Little Buddha

Buddha's Birthday

Buddha - Dana's Showcase

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