On 14th July 2018, SSIO members from the Mill Hill Centre visited the Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Temple in Milton Keynes, located 72 km northwest of London. The visitors started their morning with prayers and meditation alongside the resident monks, chanting “Nam-myoho-renge-kyo”— a chant which means, “Glory to the Sutra of the Lotus of the Supreme Law.” The monks then held a storytelling session, emphasizing the qualities of peace, non-violence and respect.

Afterwards, SSIO volunteers decorated 36 paper lanterns with illustrations of the five human values in support of the Hiroshima Day Lantern Ceremony. The event commemorates the lives lost during the atomic bombing on 6th August 1945. In keeping with Sathya Sai Baba’s teachings, the visit to the Nipponzan Myohoji Temple reinforced the universality of faith and devotion and offered participants an opportunity to reflect on an important day of remembrance.