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just a kind dedication to our hospitable 2008 olympic host country ;)) [pun intended]


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background info:

New England Peace Pagoda in Massachusetts, Leverett, is the first Nipponzan-Myōhōji Peace Pagoda to be built in the US and was completed in 1986. There are around 80 Peace Pagodas around the world in Europe, Asia, and the United States, and most (though not all) have been built under the guidance of Nichidatsu Fujii (1885-1985), a Buddhist monk from Japan and founder of the Nipponzan-Myōhōji Buddhist Order. Fuji 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. The first Peace Pagodas were built as a symbol of peace in the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Dalai Lama visited Pagoda a few years ago.

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a side note about... Tibet:

"Tibet is a plateau region in Central Asia and the home to the indigenous Tibetan people. With an average elevation of 4,900 metres (16,000 ft.), it is the highest region on Earth and is commonly referred to as the "Roof of the World." Geographically, UNESCO and Encyclopζdia Britannica consider Tibet to be part of Central Asia, while several academic organizations consider it part of South Asia.

The region was unified in the seventh century by King Songtsδn Gampo. In the 13th century Tibet became a part of Mongol-ruled Chinese empire and four centuries later Tibet was further incorporated into the Chinese Empire in the Qing Dynasty. The Dalai Lama lineage was established in 1578, and rose to political power during the times of the 5th Dalai Lama (1617-1682). In 1653, the "Dalai Lama" became an official title, as it is recognized by the Qing government. Between the 17th century and 1951, the Dalai Lama and his regents were the predominant political power administering religious and administrative authority over large parts of Tibet from the traditional capital Lhasa.

In 1912 the 13th Dalai Lama unilaterally declared separation from China.[2] but two years later the Tibetans accepted nominal subordination to China. From 1912 to 1950, Tibet possessed de facto independence, although no nation has ever recognized Tibet as independent. In 1951, under Chinese military pressure, Beijing and the Tibetan government signed an agreement reintegrating Tibet. The 14th Dalai Lama, the head of the Tibetan government in exile believes that in order for it to modernize, Tibet must remain within the People's Republic of China, although he also wants China to give "a full guarantee of preservation of Tibetan culture." [full credit to Wikipedia.org]

and the latest news as they relate to Tibet, you have probably seen ;)


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peace pagoda related posts:

- USA, Peace Pagoda, by avene
- spring romance with some mischief...
- brewing up the spring, same place again
- spring fairy, as captured by avene
- some swedish colors (from Massachusetts) for Dennis


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technical: ISO 400, @ F/8 FOR 1/2000 sec, focal length: 10 mm

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