Religions for Peace: A Call for Peace in Israel and Gaza

A Statement from the Religions for Peace Executive Committee28 February 2024, New York, NY: After over 140 days of the Israel-Hamas war, Religions for Peace reaffirms its urgent call for peace in the Middle East—and, throughout the world.Undisputedly, the attacks on Israeli and Palestinian civilians are horrific. The acts of murder, rape, capturing civilians, maltreating hostages, targeting residential areas, and restricting access to essential resources such as medical care, food and water are fundamentally inhumane. As both Israelis and Palestinians each grieve the loss of thousands of innocent lives, especially those of women and children, we are reminded that the prioritisation of political interests over the lives of human beings is wholly unacceptable and that Read more about Religions for Peace: A Call for Peace in Israel and Gaza[…]

Message of Condolences for The Most Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh

Message of Condolences to those who have deeply associated with the Most Venerable Thich Nhat HanhWe would like to express our sincere condolences on the passing away of the great Buddhist monk, the Most Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh.As a Buddhist in action, the Most Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh devoted his life wholeheartedly to concrete practices based on the Buddhist spirit and teaching for the happiness of humanity and the realization of peace in the world. During the Vietnam War, he devoted himself to humanitarian aid work for the victims and anti-war activities.Despite the harsh conditions of his life in exile, he continued to work tirelessly for the relief of people Read more about Message of Condolences for The Most Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh[…]

The Most Rev. Nichiko NIWANO

President Nichiko Niwano, the first son of Founder Nikkyo Niwano, was born in 1938. He entered the Faculty of Buddhist Studies at Rissho University in 1958. After graduating from the university’s Graduate School in 1968, he entered Rissho Kosei-kai and held the offices of head of the Dissemination Department and president of the Rissho Kosei-kai seminary.On November 15, 1991, the birthday of Founder Niwano, he succeeded to the presidency in the ceremony of the Inheritance of the Lamp of the Dharma. Since President Niwano was inaugurated as president, he has continued to disseminate the teachings throughout Japan as well as in other countries.He speaks about the Buddha’s wish for us Read more about The Most Rev. Nichiko NIWANO[…]

Inauguration Speech by Rev. Nemoto

[This speech was delivered at ACRP/RfP Asia Executive Committee Meeting on 20th May, 2017 in Beijing, China]  Distinguished religious leaders, your eminencies, excellencies, all friends. Thank you very much for giving me this opportunity of sharing my thought on this very honorable and important occasion.   It is a great honor for me that I have just been appointed as a Secretary General of Asian Conference of Religions for Peace and would humbly like to take this very important and sacred responsibility for the betterment and peaceful conviviality of peoples in the world, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region from now onward.  I would truly appreciate it to you all, distinguished religious leaders Read more about Inauguration Speech by Rev. Nemoto[…]

Rev. Nemoto, New ACRP Secretary General

Beijing, China. At the annual Executive Committee Meeting, Asian Conference of Religions for Peace (ACRP)/Religions for Peace Asia (RfP Asia) announces the election of Rev. Nobuhiro Masahiro Nemoto as the new Secretary General.  He will serve the remaining term of office of Rev. Yoshitaka Hatakeyama until the next ACRP/RfP Asia General Assembly, who relinquished his post due to his appointment as the Head of Dharma Center in Mitaka, Tokyo. Rev. Nemoto is a reverend minister of Rishho Kosei-kai and a board member of WCRP /RfP Japan. He worked at the UNHCR Geneva HQs for 3 years and a member of the governing board of RKK. As the new Secretary General, Rev. Nemoto Read more about Rev. Nemoto, New ACRP Secretary General[…]

Congratulatory Remarks to the Annual Friendship Dinner

Congratulatory Remarks to the
Annual Friendship Dinner
Organized by the
Pacific Dialogue Foundation
by: Rev. Yoshitaka Hatakeyama, ACRP Secretary General
June 23, 2016; 6:00pm; Makati Shangri-La Hotel


Dr. Cihanger Arslan, President of the Pacific Dialogue Foundation, Fr. Thomas Michel, our distinguished speaker, His Eminence Orlando Cardinal Quevedo, and to all our religious leaders and peace-advocates present this evening, ladies and gentlemen, my warmth greetings to all of you.


ACRP, A Movement for Peace

              In Asia we are experiencing a plethora of new changes and developments. One of the most significant is the shift of the center of economic gravity from the West to the Asia-Pacific region. Asia is now considered as the world’s center of economic activity, and within that sphere, East Asia has emerged as the core of development. Our continent is considered to be the key area of growth, modernization and industrialization in our modern age. Of course, this attention has both negative and positive consequences. […]