Each year, the International Day of Peace is observed by people around the world on September 21. This day was dedicated by the United Nations as a day to “contribute to strengthening such ideals of peace and to alleviating the tensions and causes of conflict, both within and among nations and peoples.”
Rev. Terry Keenan of Santa Anita Church, Arcadia, invited 10 representatives from various religious communities to gather and share their values on the topic “Peace.” Representatives of Christian, Catholic, Islamic, Buddhist, Hindu, Sikh, and Baha’i backgrounds presented their understanding on the topic through means of prayer, chanting, speeches, singing, and musical performance.
Ven. Director Manguang, Ven. Youheng of the Social Education Department, and Ven. Ruhang attended the event as representatives of the Buddhist community. They performed the English Buddhist song, Harmonize, written by the New York Young Adult Division (YAD) accompanied with traditional Buddhist liturgical instruments – the wooden fish and guiding bell. A Dedication of Merit was also chanted in English with a very traditional Chinese Buddhist melody.
Senior Advisors and Subchapter Presidents of BLIA Alhambra and Monterey Park, Echo Tsai, Huang Yafen, Li Caiyun, Zhou Liqing, Liang Daping, as well as more than 20 subchapter members attended the event. Brothers, 19-year-old Jimmy and 15-year-old Tony of the Baha’i faith, won applause from the audience, brilliantly performing four songs on the guitar. Ven. Tikkhaviyo from Wat Phra Dhammakaya closed the event that evening with a guided meditation and Pali chant to for world peace.