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Thứ Bảy, tháng 10 07, 2006

No. 1172 ( Upekha dịch)

Going on a fast for peace
Sunday, Oct 08, 2006
Staff Reporter


FOR A CAUSE: Buddhist monks Masao Ishitani and Kimura during their fast, in the city on Friday . — PHOTO: S. JAMES


MADURAI: Hunger seems to have little effect on him. The Utopian concept of seeing a peaceful world has strong roots in him.

His heart aches at the sight of violence.

The bloodshed all over the world, especially in Sri Lanka, made him go on a one-day fast at the Gandhi Museum on Friday. But why Gandhi Museum? For Masao Ishitani, a Buddhist monk, belonging to the Nipponzon Myohoji sect established by Nichidatsu Fuji, nothing in this world could be achieved through violence.

Moreover, the close relationship enjoyed by his spiritual leader, Nichidatsu Fuji, with Mahatma Gandhi, as they shared common interests, made him a follower of the Gandhian principle of non-violence.

"I was deeply pained to read the news about huge influx of Sri Lankan refugees arriving every day. So, I felt it was my responsibility to express our concern over the developments in Jaffna peninsula," said the 65-year-old Ishitani from Asahikawa city in Hokkaido.Though his experience, while spreading peace in Jaffna were not pleasant, he still remembers the people for their care and support.

"People were afraid to talk to me. But clandestinely they offered me food and money ,"he said.

Along with Ishitani, Kimura, another monk, also went on a day's fast.

http://www.hindu.com/2006/10/08/stories/2006100815510200.htm