Phra Aren Abhipasanno
Peace Mala Endorsement
On Friday 21st September 2018 I had the great honour and pleasure of representing Theravada Buddhism in an interfaith celebration and procession. In the company of the Archbishop of Wales, Gower’s own Father Tim Ardouin, John Higgon who represented the wonderful Lama Rabsang of Palpung Tibetan Meditation centre Wales, an imam, a Hari Krishna monk, A Brahma Kumari sister, people from the Baha’i faith, Hinduism, druids and various pagan based groups, a representative of native/tribal spirituality and a Master Lady Wizard from the path of Wayfinders and Modern Wizardry - together we gathered in the name of peace.
The United Nations day of peace was the perfect time for us all to join in unity against religious intolerance, racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, bigotry, prejudice and bullying of all kinds. Hosted by ‘Peace Mala’ an ever growing charity based in South Wales with Pam Evans, the founder, and her team, we were treated to readings and beautiful singing from school children of all races, faiths and social backgrounds. It was very touching and many of us were fighting back the tears at seeing and hearing such young people express a heartfelt desire to see peace, love and tolerance being practiced in society and in our world.
In a social climate where young people all over the world are often struggling to find meaning, worth and security, where social media and technology have robbed many of necessary social skills and interaction, often growingly isolated, today was refreshing and encouraging. It may sound clichéd to say that the children are our future but that, of course, is true. How our children are raised and educated, in life, ideals, skills and understanding is crucial.
To see children raised to practice kindness, generosity, to practice love, to embrace differences and striving to break down barriers caused by ignorance, misunderstanding, hate and fear is powerful.
I would HIGHLY recommend Peace Mala’s programme to everyone. Why not contact your local schools directors to see if they would allow this wonderful, hugely beneficial, kindness based program to become a part of your child’s day? From what I saw and heard today, if I were the director of education, I would be implementing it in every school in the UK
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