Open Letter

Religious Youth Peace Camp to Promote Mutual Understanding in Religion Held in Upper Myanmar

Written by Ibrahim Ahmed

Amidst increasing global conflicts and religious discord, the role of religious people and leaders is becoming ever more crucial in the international community. To build a harmonious society, Buddhists, Muslims and Christians from Sagaing and Mandalay held ‘Religious Peace Youth Camp’ in cooperation with the international peace NGO, Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) last month.

Accompanied by 90 students, the religious people from Buddhist, Islamic, Protestant, and Hindu participated in the camp and experienced different cultures based on their religions. Each religious leader educated the group on the teaching of each scripture about peace.

On the first day, the religious leaders and students visited Myoma Mosque in Sagaing to share opinions on the need for peace. Before entering the mosque, they washed their hands and feet without hesitation to experience Islam culture focusing on its meaning which is keeping themselves clean in front of the mosque. U Soe Nay Oo, Imam of Myoma Mosque, explained the meaning of Islamic customs and the features of mosque architecture while visiting.

On the second day, the participants had time to listen to the choir at St. Mary Church in Mandalay to understand what the Christianity people praise for. Then, they also visited Hindu temple, Shuri Sanatan Dama, and Buddist Sandamooni Pagoda. Ramachandra Das of Hindu lectured on how to practice love and peace in their life.

Buddhist monk Jotika, the dean of the World Peace University, who organized the event said “This event has become a forum for young people with different religions. Peace will be achieved through mutual understanding and respect among young people.”

Based on the UN Charter and the principles of peace in various international organizations, HWPL has been carrying out peace projects based on the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW), which deals with the peaceful resolution of international law for dispute prevention, the guarantee of religious/ethnic identities and the propagation of peace culture. In religion, HWPL has established World Alliance of Religions’ Peace (WARP) Office in 120 countries around the world to promote interfaith communication among religious leaders.

 

Followed by the first religious youth peace camp in Cambodia, this was the second religious youth peace camp hosted by HWPL. HWPL’s religious youth peace camp is aiming to approach to the mutual understanding and harmony in between religions and the people by experiencing and learning the culture and the teaching of each scripture.

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