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Northeast Asian Leaders to cooperate for Alliance of Religions and Peace

Jul 10, 2016, 4:11 PM

HWPL holds Korea-China-Japan Trilateral Religious Leaders’ Peace Conference

While interfaith discussions on peace has endorsed various peace movements throughout the world, 120 prominent representatives of Korean, Chinese, and Japanese religious circles came together in Gyeonggi, Korea today (Wednesday).

Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), an international non-governmental organization for peace, hosted a Korea- China- Japan Trilateral Religious Leaders’ Peace Conference with the goal of putting religious boundaries aside to achieve peace together.

Leaders representing Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikhism, Christianity, Taoism, Confucianism, and indigenous religions discussed the roles of spiritual leaders and the concept of peace based on each respective religious texts. These discussions led to stimulating debate and mutual understanding among different faiths.

Chairman Man Hee Lee of HWPL awakened the duties of religious leaders of today. “Religious leaders have a crucial role in constantly studying and determining which religious scripture is the most believable to achieve peace. Leaders are responsible for their congregations that differences in religions must not hinder the progress of peace and harmony in the interfaith world. I hope we, leaders of religions of the Northeast Asia, will establish a path to peaceful coexistence,” he said.

Chairwoman Nam Hee Kim of the International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG) also urged the participants to actively cooperate with the alliance of religions projects advocated by HWPL.

Hyegeo, Abbot of Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism Geumgang Seonwon stated during his congratulatory remarks, “I give my deepest appreciation on behalf of all Korean Buddhist leaders for hosting this conference which lays foundations for prosperity and peace in Asia. I strongly believe that world peace, longed by every religion for a significant amount of time, will be achieved through efforts like this.”

The background of this peace conference is HWPL’s World Alliance of Religions’ Peace Office (WARP) Meetings, a series of the worldwide interfaith peace dialogue solely based on scriptures aimed at establishing alliance of religions and preventing causes of conflicts which involves religious misunderstandings. Syed Reza Hosseini Nassab, Islam Grand Ayatollah of Ahlul Bayt Assembly of Canada, who has been attending 9 consecutive WARP Office meetings said “WARP Office is where we can understand each other and keep up our conversations. If all religious gather here and try to understand each other, war will no more occur” to encourage religious leaders to participate the meetings. Currently, 172 WARP Offices are established in 85 countries.

 Source: HWPL