Wednesday, December 20, 2023

[HWPL] HWPL Unveiling Ceremony of Peace Monument Hosted in a Buddhist Temple!



[HWPL] HWPL Unveiling Ceremony of Peace Monument Hosted in a Buddhist Temple!

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 Peace Monument Unveiling Ceremony

“HWPL Unveiling Ceremony of Peace Monument,” which is Korea No. 1 Peace Symbol Erected in the Temple

On October 10, 2023 “HWPL Unveiling Ceremony of Peace Monument” co-hosted by HWPL Global Branch 10 and Korean Buddhism was held in Asan, Manjusa (Buddhist temple) in the Republic of Korea. This event was held to wish for peace and to commemorate practices and contributions of peace activities. For the first time in Korea, a monument was erected for building peace, making this a very meaningful event.

The unveiling ceremony of the peace monument was performed during the first session – before the Dharma ceremony – on the occasion of the 52nd first Tathagata Ilvung Mundo day. There were 175 people in attendance including the monks of the Ilvung Mundo Central Committee and figures from religious groups and society, wishing for the alliance of religions and peace in the world.

Congratulatory remarks by Ven. Venerable Man Ju, Chairman of the first Tathagata Ilvung Mundo Central Committee

“I will stand with HWPL because the chairman of HWPL and the 1st Tathagata Ilvung have the same will for peace,” said Ven. Venerable Man Ju, Chairman of the 1st Tathagata Ilvung Mundo Central Committee as he delivered the message for alliance of religions and peace to the monks. In addition, he gave congratulatory remarks saying, “I am pleased to host this meaningful event, the unveiling ceremony of the No. 1 peace monument, as an HWPL ambassador and will continue to erect HWPL peace monuments in my life from now on.”

From left to right: HWPL Unveiling Ceremony of Peace Monument” co-hosted by HWPL Global Branch 10 and Korea Buddhism, HWPL Korea No. 1 Peace Monument (located in Asan, Manjusa (Buddhism temple)

On this peace monument, there is a carved message, “Let us become peace messengers who fulfill peace, freedom, unification, the cessation of global war, world peace restoration, and peaceful re-unification,” which contains the heart of wishes for peace of HWPL and Korean Buddhism. Through this unveiling ceremony, everyone who loves peace can become a peace messenger, and the fact that the whole world could be closer to peace through peace activities is confirmed.

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