14th annual Symphony of Peace Prayers (SOPP)
Celebrating the oneness of the human family, its cultural and religious diversity, through a Symphony of Peace Prayers
May 20, 2018, 10:15-14:00
Fuji Sanctuary, Japan
Hosted by Byakko Shinko Kai
The Symphony of Peace Prayers is a global event in which people from different faiths and cultures come together to pray for peace on earth. It has been held annually since May 2005 at Fuji Sanctuary in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan.
In the first part of the program, prayer leaders from a variety of faiths and spiritual traditions lead participants in prayers for peace representing their respective traditions. Everyone joins in offering the prayers of different faiths, creating a beautiful symphony of prayers and transcending boundaries of faith and culture. The second half of the program is a prayer ceremony calling for peace in each country and region on earth using the national flag of each country. 194 colorful national flags are graciously presented on stage as participants pray, “May peace be in (name of country)” in the country’s national language(s).
In 2015, the SOPP was the venue for the launch of the Fuji Declaration, a call to awaken the ‘divine spark’ in the spirit of humanity and create a harmonious, flourishing civilization. The Fuji Declaration has been endorsed and supported by thousands of individuals and organizations all around the world. In 2016, the Fuji Declaration initiated the Soul of WoMen campaign for harmony between the divine feminine and divine masculine. For more information, please visit www.fujideclaration.org.
This year’s ceremony continues the theme of ‘harmony between *the divine feminine and divine masculine’ that has been at the forefront of the SOPP for the past two years. Each of us has both the divine feminine and divine masculine within us, and when these two energies are brought into harmony, our inner divine nature shines forth. There are many ways to connect with our inner divinity, including art, literature, yoga, prayer, meditation, music, and science. At today’s event, we will be introducing a new method, called the Divine Spark IN. (An IN is a meditative prayer consisting of movements of the hands and arms, combined with breathing and/or vocal sounds.)
*In addition, this year we are pleased to welcome the hip-hop artist Nimo Patel. A graduate of the top-rated Wharton School of Business, Nimo worked on Wall Street in New York City for a time, when he began to earn fame as a rap musician on the American channel MTV. But he found that money and fame only led to suffering. He gave up that life, and for seven and a half years he worked with underprivileged children in India, helping them to improve their lives through better hygiene and sanitation. Since then, he has returned to his love of music with a project he calls Empty Hands, with the hope of spreading love, peace, and kindness through music. Nimo chose the name Empty Hands because all of us are born and all of us leave this world empty handed. The question he asks is, “How and in what spirit do we want to spend the time in between?” He believes in changing the world through small acts of love, kindness, and mutual aid, and his aim is to convey this message to others through his own way of living. Empty Hands’ music can be heard and downloaded for free at www.emptyhandsmusic.org.
To all those who cannot be with us in person, we invite you to join us in prayer from wherever you are through today’s live broadcast. We hope that through today’s event, you find yourself more in touch with the divinity that resides within you. As one by one, our individual consciousness is transformed, a new world will take shape.
A program guide for today’s ceremony is available in PDF format. Please download it here:www.symphonyofpeaceprayers.com
Facebook and Twitter users are invited to send messages to the global SOPP community using the hashtag #sopp2018.
For more information on the Symphony of Peace Prayers, please visit
May Peace Prevail on Earth!