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The International Day of Peace – Economic, Political and Buddhist Perspectives


Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The day is devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace through observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire. Achieving true peace entails much more than laying down arms. We all have a role to play in fostering peace. 

In the face of yet another major war between countries, the Global Peace Index continues to slip lower. Rigpa Australia invites you to join us to participate and contribute to this year’s International Day of Peace: exploring and reflecting on how we as individuals can help, or deal with our feelings of helplessness.

Moving from the global to the individual, we can look at what the Buddha taught to help us to bring peace to ourselves and to others.  It is said that for a peaceful world we need a world of peaceful people.  Every one of us can bring more peace to ourselves and consequently contribute to a more peaceful world. Rigpa’s teachers will guide us in reflection, meditation and compassion practices that you can take with you into your daily life.

Join us to understand more about peace, both global and personal, at Rigpa’s centre in Newtown. We will hear from the Institute for Economics and Peace, delving into the Global Peace Index and what it tells us, and importantly learning about the Pillars of Peace, those attributes that are consistently shown to be the bases of peaceful communities, large and small.

The 2022 theme for the International Day of Peace is “End racism. Build peace.” The United Nations are working towards a world free of racism and racial discrimination. A world where compassion and empathy overcome suspicion and hatred. In this light, we have chosen to give the funds donated during the evening to the Uluru Statement from the Heart, winner of the Sydney Peace Prize 2022.

Where: Temple on the Park, 158 Australia Street, Newtown; and online

When: Wednesday 21st September, 2022, 7.00 – 9.00pm

Cost: by donation 

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21st September, 2022 from  7:00 PM to  9:00 PM
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