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President-Designate Niwano Visits Cambodia

December 2016

Rev. Kosho Niwano, president-designate of Rissho Kosei-kai, visited Cambodia December 8-11. On December 8 she participated in a meeting of the Cambodian Inter-Religious Council (CIC), a regional committee of Religions for Peace, at Wat Ounalom in Phnom Penh. She spoke as a co-moderator of Religions for Peace. President-designate Niwano was accompanied by Rev. Masahiro Nemoto, Rissho Kosei-kai's executive specialist in charge of interreligious cooperation, and Rev. Kyoichi Sugino, deputy secretary general of Religions for Peace.

On December 8, before the CIC meeting, President-designate Niwano visited H. H. Samdech Tep Vong, the great supreme patriarch of Cambodian Buddhism and an international copresident of Religions for Peace, at Wat Ounalom. They conferred on the roles of Religions for Peace in promoting peace through dialogue and nonviolent means. On December 9 she visited Mr. Him Chhem, Cambodia's minister of cults and religion, in his office to ask for understanding and cooperation for the activities of CIC and Religions for Peace. She also conferred with representatives of several NGOs in Phnom Penh that have been involved in relief work, youth education, and promotion of women's rights.

On December 11, in the city of Siem Reap in northwestern Cambodia, Rev. Niwano visited the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies and conferred with its executive director, Dr. Emma Leslie, who led Rev. Niwano on a tour of the Metta Karuna Centre in the city, which offers temporary shelter to refugees.


The Rissho Kosei-kai of Bangladesh Dharma Center offered family education programs March 17-18.
The Rissho Kosei-kai of Bangladesh Dharma Center offered family education programs March 17-18.

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