February 27, 2023

Statement concerning the one year mark of the invasion of Ukraine

We of Nichiren Shu, continue to strongly condemn the Russian Federation’s invasion of Ukraine.

It’s has been a year since the start of the war on February 24 last year, but there is still no end in sight, and precious lives are still taken one after another. We are profoundly worried about the minds and bodies of people at the mercy of the war, living without hope in the depths of fear and sadness.

As the poet Kenji Miyazawa once said, ‘There is no personal happiness until all people in the world are happy,’ each of us must not take this invasion as someone else’s business, but take interest and show it, and above all, continue to pray together loudly for lasting peace.

Namu Myoho Renge Kyo

Reverend Eshin Tanaka
Chief Administrator of Nichiren Shu
February 24, 2023