St. John’s Cathedral in downtown Los Angeles was founded over 125 years ago. In 2009, Rev. Dr. Gwynne Guibord established The Guibord Center to offer people of different faiths and sacred traditions a place to gather together for greater understanding and cooperation.
On February 6 of this year, Ven. Man Kuang and Miao Hsi were invited to the location to join "A House of Prayer for All People” conference. Fourteen separate religions brought their individual prayer books to the event, and presented them alongside each other on an altar. More than 120 attendees came to witness the inspiring spiritual dialogue.
Representatives from Judaism, Baha’I, Islam, Sikh, Hinduism, Buddhism, Catholic and other Christian denominations gave 3-minute talks on the meaning and significance of each holy book. Chaplain Captain Brenda Threatt shared her picket-sized prayer book, and experiences serving in Iraq. Ven. Miao Hsi explained the profound teachings contained within the Lotus Sutra, how Shakyamuni Buddha used various analogies to proclaim the equal inherent potential in all beings to attain enlightenment. Buddhahood is open to every single life.
Afterward, the speakers received “The Book of Common Prayer” as a gift from St. John's Cathedral. Musical interludes were also provided by Native American flutist Carlos Reynosa, plus from the solemn melodies of the church's organ and choir. A reception followed the conclusion of presentations, while the audience was allowed to view the exhibited sacred books up-close.