Tokyo, November 24, 1985

Every year the Day for Peace is celebrated on 1 January. We're publishing some notes that Chiara prepared on this topic in answering two questions asked by the young people of the Buddhist Movement Rissho Kosei-kai.

Peace is an effect of unity.
When there is unity between God and the human person, we have inner peace. When there is unity among brothers and sisters, there is peace among brothers and sisters. When there is unity among peoples, there is peace in the world.

The text is a second draft with respect to the original

1) What, in your opinion, is the meaning of the word "peace"?

Peace is an effect of unity.
When there is unity between God and the human person, we have inner peace. When there is unity among brothers and sisters, there is peace among brothers and sisters. When there is unity among peoples, there is peace in the world.

2) We have spoken about the importance of unity. What must be united if we wish to accomplish peace in the world?

To accomplish unity we must unite our soul with God by carrying out the will of God. We must unite generations, groups, and Movements. We must bring about unity between rich and poor (hence we must do all we can to foster a communion of goods); and between persons of different races and nations. Inasmuch as possible, we must unite those who follow different religions and ideological systems.

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