One of Rissho Kosei-kai's peace activities that continues to attract wide support is the Donate-a-Meal Movement which was officially inaugurated in 1974. Rissho Kosei-kai members who participate in the movement forgo a meal per day on the first and 15th of every month and contribute the money saved to the Rissho Kosei-kai Donate-a-Meal Fund for Peace through their local Dharma Centers. Donation is an important part of Buddhist practice, and is considered a bodhisattva practice-a practice of those aspiring to buddhahood.
Members taking part in this movement feel compassion for people who go hungry, among the 1.2 billion people, nearly a fifth of the world's population, who subsist on the equivalent of one U.S. dollar or less per day. Members pray that their donations to help the world's poor will also contribute to world peace.
A report issued by the Donate-a-Meal Fund for Peace in March 2008 revealed that the amount collected through the movement in the course of three decades totaled 11,784,322,826 Japanese yen. This has been used to support 1,745 projects in Japan and other countries to address such causes as disarmament, regional development, defense of human rights, the relief of refugees, environmental protection, disaster relief, preventive diplomacy, and human resource development.
The memorable first step in the movement's history was its contribution for the construction of the Friendship Tower in the Philippines in 1975.
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