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Introduction

History

  • 📜 Founded: The Peace Pagoda in Vienna was established in 1983.
  • 🧘‍♂️ Founder: Built by the Nipponzan Myōhōji Buddhist order, founded by Nichidatsu Fujii.
  • 🌍 Global Network: Part of a network of around 80 Peace Pagodas worldwide.
  • 🇦🇹 Recognition: The same year, Buddhism was formally recognized as a religion in Austria.
  • 🤝 Collaboration: Involved high-ranking Austrian officials like Chancellor Bruno Kreisky and President Rudolf Kirchschläger.

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Symbolism

  • 🕊️ Unity: Symbolizes the unity of all humans regardless of background or religion.
  • 🌸 Peace: Represents the hope for world peace.
  • 📿 Chanting: Regular chanting of 'namu Myōhōrengekyō', the title of the Lotus Sūtra.
  • 🧘‍♂️ Meditation: Stupas are generally built for meditation purposes.
  • 🌍 Global Mission: Part of Nipponzan Myōhōji's mission to spread peace worldwide.

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Events

  • 🎉 Vesākha: Annual celebration organized by the Austrian Buddhist Society.
  • 🕯️ Hiroshima & Nagasaki: Commemoration festivals for the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
  • 🧘‍♂️ Peace Walks: Regular peace walks in commemoration of the end of World War II.
  • 📅 Anniversary: Celebrated its 33rd anniversary in June 2016.
  • 🤝 Interfaith Dialogue: Important rallying point for interdenominational and interreligious dialogue.

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Activities

  • 🧘‍♂️ Meditation: The stupa is used for meditation by visitors.
  • 📿 Chanting: Regular chanting sessions of 'namu Myōhōrengekyō'.
  • 🚶‍♂️ Peace Walks: Organized peace walks to promote global peace.
  • 🤝 Intermediary Role: Nipponzan Myōhōji acts as a host and intermediary between peace-oriented groups and the public.
  • 🌿 Walking Trail: Located along a peaceful waterside walking trail.

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Location

  • 🌍 Address: Located along the Danube, near the Donauinsel.
  • 🚶‍♂️ Accessibility: Accessible via a waterside walking trail.
  • 🌳 Surroundings: Situated in a serene environment ideal for walks and meditation.
  • 🚴‍♂️ Activities: Popular spot for running and cycling along the Danube.
  • 🗺️ Nearby: Close to the Donauinsel, a 21-kilometer-long island between the Donau and the Neue Donau.

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Architecture

  • 🏛️ Structure: White dome structure typical of Buddhist stupas.
  • 🧘‍♂️ Design: Built for meditation and peace activities.
  • 🌸 Aesthetic: Simple yet profound design symbolizing peace and unity.
  • 🕊️ Symbolism: Encases a statue of Buddha, representing peace and enlightenment.
  • 🌿 Integration: Harmoniously integrated into the natural surroundings along the Danube.

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Travel Information
📞   Phone: +43 1 7263551
🌐   Website: http://www.peacepagoda.net/
🕒   Hours: See hours
📍   Address: Hafenzufahrtsstraße F, 1020 Wien, Austria

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