Dalai Lama ringing the Bell of Peace
Dialogue of human rights leaders
To pray for blessings for the Tibetan and Indian people and all the living creatures in the universe, Dalai Lama rang the Bell of Peace in the 11th International Conference of Chief Justice of the World (ICCJW) and the 2010 Global Symposium on Awakening Planetary Consciousness on December 11, 2010 in Lucknow, India. When ringing the Bell, which has traveled around the globe, Dalai Lama expressed “Real peace must be developed from within. As such it is important to quell the fire of hatred. That also has to come through education.”The solemn ceremony of ringing the Bell of Peace was witnessed by 116 chief justices and around 100 NGO representatives from 63 countries and more than 1,000 students and teachers of the City Montessori School. The appraisal committee of Federation of World Peace and Love (FOWPAL) awarded to Dalai Lama the lifetime achievements of love and peace in recognition of his great endeavors in promoting the love for the world. The solemn and impressive ceremony has left deep impressions in the hearts of the witness.
In Chinese culture, the sound of the bell has the effect of cleansing people ' s hearts. Dalai Lama was in high spirits when ringing the Bell and enjoyed interactions with the energy boys and energy girls of FOWPAL. The more than 3,000 delegates in the ceremony were surrounded by the peaceful sound of the Bell .
Dalai Lama is in high agreement with the philosophy of Dr. Hong Tao-Tze, zhang-men-ren of Tai Ji Men, president of FOWPAL and honorary vice president and board member of UN/NGO Association of World Citizens. Dr. Hong says “ The pursuit of love, peace and human rights is incessant. A heart of pureness is the blessings by God to the one with wisdom. After countless lives of learning good and refraining from doing bad, we will eventually step onto the right path of going back to the origin. All our endeavors are witnessed by people and the heaven and earth. We will leave with no remorse as long as we are fully dedicated and spare no efforts. ” Dalai Lama has been committed to love, peace and non-violent resolutions to conflicts. And he won the Nobel Peace Prize on December 10, 1989 for his non-violent approaches. The appraisal committee awarded him the lifetime achievements of love and peace in recognition of his love, kindness, and mercy and his great contributions to the One World.
For over 4 decades, Dr. Hong Tao-Tze has led his dizi traveling around the globe conducting more than 2,000 cultural exchange programs, qigong and martial arts seminars, and summit of elite leaders of the world to spread the message of love and peace. Dr. Hong established the Federation of World Peace and Love (FOWPAL) in United States in 2000 to invite leaders to ring the Bell of Peace and work for a harmonious and sustainable future for generations to come. As of today, 207 world leaders from 69 nations have rung the Bell , including 22 heads of states, 5 Nobel Peace Laureates, ambassadors, UN officers and many other leaders of governments. The bell-ringers have made commitments to love and peace for humanity. Their efforts in stopping wars and promoting peace are exemplified by peace works of Abdoulaye Wade, President of Senegal, Fradique de Menezes, President of Sao Tome and Principe , and Leonel Fernandez, President of Dominican Republic.
Dalai Lama has maintained correspondences with Dr. Hong for years. He praises highly Dr. Hong and FOWPAL for their contributions to world peace. The two sages dedicated to peace and human rights share similar philosophies. Dr. Hong indicated in his speech “ People cannot dominate the world with their own ways. The world is now a global community. The key to mankind's survival lies in grasping the changing state of the world. ” Dalai Lama wrote to Dr. Hong to ensure his continuing efforts of promoting the universal value of human rights and peace.