Peace Efforts

Like all major world religions, Buddhism is essentially a religion of peace. The fundamental tenet of the Buddhist faith is peaceful thinking and peaceful way of life.

SSA seeks to promote a culture of peace through various events held at the community level. Coming from varied walks of life, SSA members contribute in spreading the message of kindness and warmth to the society through efforts at a variety of platforms, including the spirit of community building and volunteerism.

Peace Lectures

Since 2001, SSA has initiated peace lectures and seminars annually to promote discourse and exchange on issues pertaining to peace and happiness of humanity. These events have also significantly become platforms for interfaith and inter-racial dialogues and exchanges among concerned individuals from the civic and community organisations and the academia.

Prof Alatas delivering his lecture at the second Daisaku Ikeda Annual Lecture.

Daisaku Ikeda Annual Lecture (DIAL)

The Daisaku Ikeda Annual Lecture (DIAL) was instituted in 2000 in honour of Dr Daisaku Ikeda (1928 – ), peace activist, poet, writer, photographer and philosopher who has contributed greatly to humanity by way of his works in these areas. Besides being widely known as the president of Soka Gakkai International, Dr Ikeda is also the founder of Soka University in Japan and the United States, the Ikeda Centre for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue and the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research.

DIAL seeks to provide a platform for distinguished individuals to speak on issues of concern to humanity that pertain to peace, culture and education. The lectures aim to further promote the sharing and exchange of views and ideas for the betterment of humanity.

The DIAL Committee was headed by Dr Gwee Yee Hean, former president of the Singapore South Seas Society. The committee comprises Dr Tan Eng-Chaw, Association Professorial Fellow with the Department of Chinese Studies, National University of Singapore; Dr Agnes Chang Shook Cheong, Associate-Dean with the National Institute of Education; Dr Lim Jit Ning, Mr Michael Yap Gim Chuan and Mr Chan Heng Yuen of Singapore Soka Association.

In 2006, SSA published “New Thinking on Peace” which is a collection of papers that were delivered by 11 distinguished speakers at the peace lecture series.

Youth Peace Lecture

The first Youth Peace Lecture was held in 2001 in response to September 11. Since then, the annual Youth Peace Lecture has become an event of great importance in engaging youths on issues relevant to peace, culture and education. The event also serves to inspire youths to play an active role in contributing to building peace in society.

Student Peace Lecture (SPL)

In conjunction with the Student Division 21st Anniversary in 2005, the Division held its inaugural Student Peace Lecture (SPL). The SPL had since become a significant academic collaboration between Student Division and the Universities.

SSA Women Peace Award
SSA Women Peace Award presented to Ms Claire Chiang.

Women Peace Lecture

The Women Peace Lecture is an initiative of the Women Peace Committee that was formed in 2004 to encourage greater women participation in activities promoting peace, culture and education. The Women Peace Lecture aims at creating awareness and understanding of the potential of women as peace messengers and peace builders.

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