Wednesday, June 14, 2023

[HWPL] HWPL Hosted Religious Youth Camp in Thailand!


[HWPL] HWPL Hosted Religious Youth Camp in Thailand!

Chairman ManHee Lee is the head representative of the global peace organization HWPL (Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light), which is striving for the enactment and implementation of the international peace law 'Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW)'. The  DPCW is a legal instrument comprised of 10 articles and 38 clauses that can end wars and hostilities throughout the world. HWPL is also spreading a culture of peace and implementing peace education.

Chairman ManHee Lee experienced the cruelty and tragedy of war as a veteran of the Korean War. This is one of the reasons why he founded a global peace campaign as the head of HWPL. He has traveled the globe more than 35 times to meet and persuade politicians, legal experts, journalists, professors, peace activists, civil organization leaders, heads of tribes and others to unite them for the work of peace. The significant fruits borne out of his hard work are the World Alliance of Religions' Peace (WARP) Summit and HWPL Peace Committee. The DPCW was drafted and finalised by the HWPL Peace Committee.

How, you may wonder, do I know this? About 10 years ago, when I had just been discharged from military service, I came to know HWPL and Chairman ManHee Lee while researching the topic of civil conflicts to satisfy my curiosity in ongoing global issues. At that time, the island of Mindanao in the Philippines was suffering from a major civil conflict that lasted more than 40 years, and Chairman ManHee Lee and HWPL resolved this conflict through non-violent means.

Chairman Lee brought an end to the conflict in Mindanao by holding a peace talk between the warring Catholic and Islamic groups. Before the talk, HWPL and Chairman ManHee Lee held a Peace Walk to spread the culture of peace in Mindanao with the many locals who had gathered out of a desire for peace.

Chairman ManHee Lee's pressing appeal today is that humanity unites for sustainable peace in order to pass on the legacy of peace to future generations worldwide. He doesn't just talk peace, but has worked tirelessly for it through practical peace campaigns for over a decade.

I decided to become a supporter of HWPL and Chairman ManHee Lee's peace initiatives because I also desire a world of peace for all posterity.

Today I'd like to introduce HWPL Religious Youth Camp which is part of the WARP (World Alliance Religions' Peace) Office that pursue understanding and peace between religions through scripture comparison and discussion. It also helps the youth to learn peace between culture and religions too. Let's read article together :)

HWPL Religious Youth Peace Camp was held in Thailand


On February 17 and 22, HWPL held the HWPL Religious Youth Peace Camp at the Haroon Mosque temple in Bangkok, Thailand, and at the Chiangmai Campus of Maha Chulalongkorn Rajavidyalaya University respectively. The event, held offline for the first time since the pandemic, took place for the full understanding of other religions and religious peace.

The HWPL Religious Youth Peace Camp was a great opportunity to promote cultural exchanges between religions beyond ideology and religions through “Religious Culture Class,” experiencing other religions in person. And with a lecture on the theme of “A conversation that turns war into peace” participants had time to think about the value of mutual patience, understanding, respect, and continued interest in other religions in situations of conflict. 



The HWPL Religious Youth Peace Camp at the Haroon Mosque temple on February 17 was organized by Imam Thanarat Watcharapisud, and 31 young people including temple officials attended the event. Imam Thanarat introduced the temple and Islamic worship culture to the participants, and they had time to experience the Islamic worship culture themselves.

Imam Thanarat Watcharapisud from Haroon Mosque temple said, “I’m so pleased to host this program inviting you who recognize the diversity of religion. Islam, in particular, belongs to a minority in Thailand. However, it is a religion that practices peace and love. I’m glad that this time has helped resolve the misunderstanding of Islam.”

At the HWPL Religious Youth Peace Camp held in Chiangmai Campus of Maha Chulalongkorn Rajavidyalaya University on February 22, a total of 20 university students and monks from Wat Sanpakha temple attended. At the request of the university, Mr. Frank Sethi, the secretary of the Chiang Mai Sikkh Temple, gave a lecture on the theme of “A conversation that turns war into peace.”



Mr. Frank Sethi, who was a lecturer that day, said, “There are two methods of conflict resolution. It is patience and understanding. People often forget about equality and inner state. Agreeing with the other person, and if you disagree, having a conversation about what you disagree with can help resolve the conflict.”  

He also said, “I shared Sikhism at the Buddhist University and answered questions, and it was a very interesting time. There are many differences between Buddhism and Sikhism, but by comparison, it was also a time when we could find something in common that advocates peace.”

Kyow Wang Marma, Lecturer of Meditation and Buddhism Center of Wat Sanpakha, said, “we think we should train ourselves first. If you can’t change yourself, you won’t be able to change others either. We are no different from each other. We all have different names, countries, religions, surnames and positions, but fundamentally we are human beings.”

He said “We are all born, sick and die. In the process, it would not be the purpose of human life to judge each other, say right and wrong, and reach a dispute without knowing other people well. If religion can teach us about conflict and violence and provide solutions, it can protect humanity and build a better world. And I think that is also the role of religious leaders.”

Through the event, participants from Buddhism, Islam and Sikhism had time to communicate one another, and shared a peaceful way of dialogue to reduce potential conflicts between religions.

You want to know more about HWPL's peace work? How about visiting following HWPL homepage? :)

HWPL Official Homepage

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