Amidst increasing global conflicts and religious discord, the role of religious people and leaders is becoming ever more crucial in the international community.
The remarks were made at a recent ‘Religious Peace Youth Camp’ bringing together Buddhists, Muslims and Christians from Sagaing and Mandalay in Myanmar, held as part of efforts to build a harmonious society.
Convened in Upper Myanmar, the camp was organized in conjunction with an international peace NGO, Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL).
Accompanied by 90 students, the religious people from Buddhist, Islamic, Protestant, and Hindu participated in the camp, featuring different cultures based on the different religions.
Each religious leader educated the group on the scripture teaching about peace.
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 Islamic culture.
U Soe Nay Oo, Imam of Myoma Mosque, briefed participants about Islamic customs, including features of mosque architecture.
The participants also had time to listen to the choir at St. Mary Church in Mandalay.
They later visited Hindu temple, Shuri Sanatan Dama, and Buddist Sandamooni Pagoda. Ramachandra Das of Hindu lectured on 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.