Monday, August 5, 2013


Rev. Leland Stewart, B.S.E., B.T.
Unity-and-Diversity World Council, Inc.
28 July 2013

The need for cooperation can only strengthen humankind, because
it helps us to recognize that the most secure foundation for a new
world order is not simply broader political and economic alliances,
but each individual’s genuine practice of love and compassion.
The Dalai Lama, World Scriptures Vol. 2, page 4

Compassion is a term which has been stressed for many years by His Holiness The Dalai Lama, who was originally from Tibet. Around 1955, The Dalai Lama, who was serving as the spiritual and political head of Tibet, was forced to flee to India in order to continue his worldwide work as a Buddhist monk. The Unity-and-Diversity World Council played an important role in getting His Holiness to this country during his early years in India by working with the U.S. State Department to agree to his coming here. We were also one of the sponsors of his speaking in the Los Angeles area during his first visit.

The term “compassion” is now being brought into the limelight as a way of transforming human behavior in a world still full of violence and antagonism. Sande Hart, who has been working with our Peace Sunday committee, is a leader in this movement. She has helped to establish a number of Cities of Compassion and is inviting us to have compassion as the focus of our special Peace Sunday in 2015, the 70th anniversary of the United Nations. Compassion Games are being developed as a way of making this effort more real and understandable.

The United States needs to take to heart the meaning of compassion in its effort to remain a leader in the effort to bring the world together to cooperate among peoples and nations. Our present course of carrying on wars without end will not gain for us the respect that is needed to have a global civilization that serves the well-being of all. Instead, we need to learn how to listen to others, including those who disagree with us, and seek to find common ground. Our practice of compassion toward all peoples and forms of life is a necessary part of that transformation.

You are cordially invited to help UDC prepare itself for this special role in relation to Peace Sunday, the Culture of Peace Series, and in the other work in which we will be engaging in the near future. This is an important time for all of us as we seek to assist in the creation of a peaceful global community.

May peace prevail on earth!!!

Unity-and-Diversity World Council, Inc.
P.O. Box 661401, Los Angeles, CA USA 90066-9201
Phone: 424-228-2087; FAX: 310-827-9287
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