2010 Fuji SOPP
On Sunday, May 16, thousands of peace-loving people at Fuji Sanctuary and around the world joined in lending their hearts and voices to the sixth annual Symphony of Peace Prayers (SOPP).
Since its inception in 2005, the SOPP has grown into a worldwide grassroots movement for peace, interfaith harmony, and the evolution of humanity’s consciousness. This year, in addition to the large-scale ceremony held at Fuji Sanctuary in Shizuoka, Japan, local SOPP ceremonies were held in eleven locations around the world. Through the Global Link network and the Global Peace Meditation and Prayer Day (World Shift Day) event, thousands more people on every continent held prayer and meditation gatherings, or joined in as individuals. More information on some of the ceremonies and gatherings held around the world can be found beginning on page 33.
Among this year’s guests at Fuji Sanctuary were eight youth leaders from different countries who are working for peace in a variety of fields. Following the ceremony, these young people and several other guests joined in a post-ceremony discussion on the power and influence of the SOPP.
Despite some rain the previous day, May 16 brought fair skies and pleasant temperatures to the 6,500 participants. The ceremony began at 10 am with opening remarks from Byakko President Tomohiko Naya and Chairperson Masami Saionji.