HAMPTON, Minn. — The Jade Buddha for Universal Peace, as part of its annual world tour, will be at Watt Munisotaram in Hampton, for six days, from Aug 6-10, 2014. This is considered an extraordinarily rare community event for the temple just south of the Twin Cities at 2925 — 220th Street East, Hampton, MN 55031.
The Cambodian Buddhist community in Minnesota and the Minnesota Cambodian Buddhist Society, Inc. is welcoming the public to come and experience this extraordinary event and to pray for universal peace.
The world today lives in constant fear, suspicion, and tension, because human beings are still living under the influence of greed, hatred and delusion. Science has produced weapons, which are capable of causing unimaginable destruction. We are all living in fear of the situation we have created.
The presence of the world largest polar jade Buddha at Watt Munisotaram gives us a rare opportunity to pause and reflect on the teachings of the Buddha and on his message of non-violence and peace, of love and compassion, of tolerance and understanding, of truth and wisdom, of respect and regard for all life, of freedom from sensual desire, selfishness, greed, hatred and violence.
The Buddha taught us to win anger through kindness, wickedness through goodness, selfishness through charity, and falsehood through truthfulness.
There can be no peace or happiness as long as we nurture our desire to conquer and subjugate our neighbor.
The Buddha said “He, who renounces both victory and defeat, is happy and peaceful”.
Victory breeds hatred, and defeat breeds vengeance. The only conquest that brings peace and happiness is self-conquest. For self-development, the Buddha taught us to develop three things: Ethical conduct, mental discipline, and wisdom.
The ethical conduct is built on the conception of universal love and compassion for all living beings. It aims at promoting a happy and peaceful life for individuals, societies and nations.
The right speech or abstention from telling lies or talk that may bring about hatred, enmity, disunity or disharmony among individuals or group of people;
The right action which aims at promoting moral, honorable and peaceful conduct;
The right livelihood or abstention from making one‘s living through a profession that brings harm to others.
The mental discipline includes three other factors of the Buddha teachings known as the Noble Eightfold Path: Right Effort to prevent or get rid of evil and unwholesome states of mind, Right Mindfulness when the mind is free from falsifying influence, and Right Concentration which aims at cleansing the mind of impurities and disturbances.
The wisdom is built on the remaining two factors: Right Understanding of things as they are or seeing things in its true nature, and Right Thought or thoughts of selfless detachment, love, non-violence and compassion.
Buddhism aims at creating a society or a world where the destructive struggle for power is renounced, where calm and peace prevail, where hatred is conquered by kindness and evil by goodness, where enmity, jealousy, ill-will, and greed do not infest men’s mind, where compassion is the driving force of action, where all are treated with fairness, consideration and love.
For information contact Watt Munisotaram through Mr. Chanda Sour or Mr. Yanat Chit at 952-261-4686 and at www.wattmn.org.