Sunday, April 14, 2024

[HWPL] HWPL Religious Peace Camp held in Korea



[HWPL] HWPL Religious Peace Camp held in Korea

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 regarding HWPL's Religious Peace event in Korea :)

HWPL Religious Peace Camp held at Daeyaksa Temple

On February 24th, 2024 the ‘Daeyaksa Temple HWPL Religious Peace Camp’ was held – jointly hosted by the HWPL Global 10 branch and Daeyaksa Temple – at the Yeorae Order of Korean Buddhism. Dae Yaksa Temple is located in Okcheon, South Korea. About 45 leaders attended this religious peace camp, to include religious leaders from various religious denominations in Korea such as Buddhism, Islam, Jeungsando, and Gungeuldaedo, as well as overseas religious leaders from Hinduism (India) and Islam (Pakistan).

HWPL held a religious peace camp to find causes, and answers, beyond religion and ideology to resolve wars and conflicts around the world. Additionally, attendees experienced Buddhist culture and had time to consider the value of coexistence between different religions through continued interest, understanding, and respect for other religions.

▲ Daeyaksa Temple Religious Peace Camp with domestic and foreign religious leaders

The event began with a greeting from Ven. Myeong An, Abbot of Daeyaksa Temple. Ven. Myeong-An is actively participating in, and supporting, HWPL’s various peace activities, and last year opened a WARP office at Daeyaksa Temple. Ven. Myeong-An said, “Ven. Inwang, Changjong-ju of the Yeorae Order, and Mr. Man-hee Lee the Chairman of HWPL, are people who experienced the Korean War and have done, and are still doing the work of peace.”

▲ Ven. Myeong-An greeting with a bright smile.

The religious leaders in attendance then prayed according to the etiquette of each religion along with messages of peace under three themes: commemorating the victims of war; consoling the families of the bereaved; cessation of war and peace in the world, and harmony between religions.

Lastly, attendees had the opportunity to make their lotus lanterns, which are typically used in Buddhist cultural events. Attendees learned about their meaning, wrote their wishes, and hung their lotus lanterns. They had a meaningful time throughout all the stages of the Religious Peace Camp.

Jeong Rae-Gyun, the leader of the Daejeon headquarters of Gungeuldaedo said, “HWPL’s peace activities are very meaningful, and I think Mr. Man-hee Lee, the Chairman of HWPL, is doing a great job. I was very happy to attend this event,” expressing his thoughts about attending.

▲ Prayers for End of Wars

▲ Religious leader making lotus lanterns as a Buddhist cultural experience

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