World Meditation Day - 6 Aug 2020 by Ven. Dr. Pornchai Palawadhammo
Peace Message on
World Meditation Day , 6 August 2020 ( B.E. 2563)
World Meditation Day is a day of great significance for Buddhists and people throughout the world as meditation is a universal practice that everyone can engage in regardless of race, religion, culture, age, or gender.
The origins of World Meditation Day can be traced back to the atomic bomb that was dropped on the people of Hiroshima, Japan, on 6 August 1945, the deadliest in human history. This catastrophic event of World War II led nation states and their people to realize the hazards of war leading to the establishment of a federated organization for keeping the world peaceful. That organization is the United Nations.
At the General Conference of World Fellowship of Buddhist Youth (WFBY) in 1988, the 6th of August was declared as World Meditation Day, a day to unite Buddhists and people around the world to meditate together to create world peace through inner peace.
Every year Buddhist organizations around the world meditate together on this day to dedicate merit to the lives lost in war. Wat Phra Dhammakaya and the Dhammakaya Foundation have also jointly organized events to commemorate World Meditation Day held every first Sunday during the month of August for more than 30 years now.
This year humanity faces difficulties from a different kind of war - COVID 19. To protect ourselves, we should make every day World Meditation Day as part of the new normal.
Stop thinking for a Still mind at the centre of the body and the inner peace that arises within us all will lead to sustainable peace for the world.
Ven. Dr. Pornchai Palawadhammo ( Pinyapong)
President of World Alliance of Buddhists(WAB) Download