Tuesday, November 28, 2023

[HWPL] HWPL's International Religious Peace Academy!



[HWPL] HWPL's International Religious Peace Academy!

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 an article from HWPL official homepage regarding HWPL's International Religious Peace Academy Special lectures that hosted during HWPL World Peace Summit :)

HWPL International Religious Peace Academy (IRPA) Special Lectures

At the 9th Anniversary of the September 18th HWPL World Peace Summit, which took place from September 18 to 21, 2023, the International Religious Peace Academy (IRPA) featured special lectures from representatives of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Sikhism over three days. Following the earlier IRPA event held online in July, these special lectures were conducted offline with Q&A sessions, which allowed the audience to actively interact with the speakers. Notably, Chairman Lee Man Hee, Chairman of HWPL and the President of Shincheonji Church of Jesus, took the stage to speak to the audience as a lecturer for the IRPA special lecture on Christianity.

On the first day, special lectures on Sikhism and Islam were conducted. Dr. Bhai Sahib Satpal Singh Khalsa, Ambassador of the Sikh Religion of the Western Hemisphere delivered his lecture on the philosophy of Sikhism. In his lecture, he explained,“Today, we live in a world that is involved in countless wars and unrest due to a lack of compassion.” He also emphasized that misinterpretations of religion have led to terror and communal disharmony in society. He conveyed that the Sikh faith teaches us to be compassionate to others.

The Islamic speaker, Sheikh Haji Ibrahim Tufa, President of Ethiopian Islamic Affairs Supreme Council, deliberated on the significance of security in Islam and its role in promoting peace.

In the lecture on Hinduism held on the second day of the peace summit, Swami Vedanand Saraswati, the spiritual leader of Arya Samaj in South Africa, said, “The ultimate goal Hindus strive for is the highest good and the welfare of all; to promote the physical, spiritual, and social development of all beings.” He highlighted that no one should be content with their own welfare alone but should consider the welfare and well-being of all.

On the last day of the summit, special lectures on Buddhism and Christianity were held. Venerable Phra Sithawatchamethi, Vice-Abbot of Royal Monastery Wat Pa Lelai, underlined Buddha’s teachings on the equality of all individuals. People are to be judged and determined by their own actions and speeches, not by birth, nor by color, nor by race. He stated, “We are one as the same human beings without distinction of race and color.”

Chairman Lee Man Hee, the speaker at the special lecture on Christianity, explained the prophecies and their fulfillments as written in the Book of Revelation, and emphasized the need for unity by stating, “We must all become one. To achieve this, the World Alliance of Religions Peace Offices were established, and all religious individuals are encouraged to come forward with their scriptures to discuss and compare the scriptures. To see which is trustworthy, and which has valuable content.”

Finally, Swami Vedanand Saraswati Singh, the speaker for the special lecture on Hinduism, also expressed satisfaction in dispelling misconceptions about Hinduism during his lecture and the subsequent Q&A session. He observed that attending lectures from different religions helped him realize the various expressions of truth that ultimately convey the same message. Through this experience, there was heightened confidence that different religions can be understood, respected, and unified.

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