Activity date: 11/14/2014, Release Date: 2014/11/17

Silver Jubilee Celebrations of Pilgrimage for Active Peace - ACTIVE PEACE 2014 CONCLAVE – A Confluence of Hearts and Minds

photos on 13 Nov 2014|photos on 14 Nov 2014|Rinpoche's opening speech (Audio in English)

Guru Vajradhara Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa from a young age had a great vision on the topic "ACTIVE PEACE: ONE WORLD – ONE HUMANITY". For this reason since the 1980's he put in a lot of effort and resources to share his vision and highlight its importance. He did this by bringing together a host of religious leaders, environmentalists, social and economic luminaries, artists, doctors, scientists and members of the general public with the intention to influence the world in various positive and wholesome ways.

To actualize the vision and goal of "ONE WORLD – ONE HUMANITY' merely a state of passive peace or absence of war is not sufficient since there can still exist inequities, hate and suffering for living beings.

Therefore Guru Vajradhara Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa continued with his focused and sustained efforts for many years to establish this idea and plant his vision of ACTIVE PEACE and get human beings who have made significant contributions to humanity such as religious leaders, social and political leaders, committed environmentalists, global business and economic leaders, Noble Laureates in the ACTIVE PEACE fold.

As per Guru Vajradhara Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa's vision "we are not looking at yesterday's problems but at tomorrow's solutions – perhaps anticipating the next hundred years". For him ACTIVE PEACE ensures how to take action ahead of time. For example "a business should be profitable but not at the cost of a collapse of the environment in the century ahead" he reiterates.

In 1989, Guru Vajradhara Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa undertook a special initiative to conduct the "One World Pilgrimage of Active Peace" around the world. It started off in Bodhgaya, India, the holiest place of Buddhism where it has been prophesized that a thousand Buddhas will manifest in this eon of our planet's life cycle. The pilgrimage continued from here to cover nine countries including Vatican City, Italy, USA, UK.

Thousands of people participated in the Pilgrimage for Active Peace which also consisted of H.H. The Dalai Lama, H.H. Pope John Paul II, H.H. Sankaracharya, heads of other religions and several Noble Laureates from various fields.

During the Pilgrimage for Active Peace, in 1989, more than a few auspicious signs took place globally and were witnessed by all of us. For example H.H. The Dalai Lama won the Noble Peace Prize and the Berlin Wall was brought down.

Over the years Guru Vajradhara Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa continues to champion his vision and mission of ACTIVE PEACE. He has been organizing conferences and symposiums and also actively participates in conferences organized by others on peace, culture, religion, art and humanitarian causes which are dedicated to One World for Humanity and Active Peace!

This year ACTIVE PEACE 2014 Conclave – A Confluence of Hearts and Minds, a two day event on the 13th and 14th of November 2014, was organized at Palpung Sherabling Monastic Seat by Palpung Munishasan Dharma Chakra Sangh to explore the "Relevance of Spirituality and Culture in the 21st Century". This was the occasion to celebrate the occasion of the silver jubilee celebration of the Pilgrimage for Active Peace.

For this two day event Spiritual Luminaries from different faiths, religions, humanities participated. These plenary speakers who participated were:

1. Swamy Avdeshanand Giri Maharaj
2. Sri. Anandmurti Gurumaa
3. Sri M
4. Shri. D.S. Negi –
5. Dr. A.K Merchant
6. Reverend Fr. Emmanuel Dominic
7. Pratibha Prahlad
8. Aruna Vasudev
9. Dr. Swarna Bhardwaj
10. Shri. Mansoor Khan
11. Ven. Khenpo Sonam Tenpel
12. Suma Varghese
13. Ven. B.K. Raghunandanji
14. Ven. Baba Sarbjyot Singh Bedi
15. Dr. Geetha Narayanan
16. Dr. Newton Kondaveti
17. Dr. Lakshmi G. V

Along with these 17 plenary speakers over 500 delegates also participated. They actively engaged in the dialogues and interacted though the Q&A segment with the speakers. This contributed to further enrich the dialogue of Guru Vajradhara Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa's ACTIVE PEACE vision. At the end of the conclave all unanimously concurred to work – seeing eye to eye and working shoulder to shoulder with one another!

The Conclave was also blessed by a special message to the delegates by the former President of India H.E. Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam lauding the Active Peace vision and initiatives of Guru Vajradhara Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa.

The two day Conclave celebrating the silver jubilee of the Pilgrimage for Active Peace concluded on a most auspicious note with a lot of positive energy and manifest blessings of the great leaders and their effortless dedication to benefit all sentient beings!