Won Buddhism UN & Interfaith Office
Envision a world where all individuals and communities live in peace and harmony based on the Buddhist principles of interdependency and interconnectedness; embrace and work with all faiths; advocate equality and fairness for all; foster sustainable economic and social systems; cultivate a heart based wisdom at the individual, community, and global levels; promote Interfaith understanding and cooperation; cultivate inner wisdom and compassion; overcome injustice; create Culture of Peace; understand diversity; work for a sustainable environment.
Won Buddhism is actively engaged in supporting human rights, gender equality, religious freedom, cultural exchange, and environmental protection. Won Buddhism has been accredited by the Department of Public Information of the United Nations as a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) since 1992.
- Interfaith Retreat
All religions and churches must understand their foundation of the common source. This understanding can bring a greater harmony among different religious traditions. Hosted by the Executive Director of UN and Interfaith Affairs of Won Buddhism International, at the new Won Dharma (Retreat) Center, the gathering is becoming an annual strategy session for UN officials and religious communities leaders interested in moving the two into closer streams of cooperation. Key note speeches such as 'How to Strengthen Partnership between the United Nations and World Religions', 'World Interfaith Harmony for World Peace', 'The Local and Global Role of the Interfaith Communities', and 'The Role of Religious Education in Interfaith Harmony', as well as interfaith receptions and an interfaith walking meditation on nature trails have been part of the retreat's programme
- World Interfaith Harmony Week Celebration at the UN
Cultivating inner peace is a critical first step for the world peace. The Buddha taught that if the mind is trained, there is inner peace and joy, and if the mind is undisciplined, there is suffering. The World Interfaith Harmony Week is based on the pioneering work of the Common Word initiative. This initiative, which started in 2007, with the initial aim calling for Muslim and Christian leaders to engage in a dialogue based on two common fundamental religious commandments. In 2012, Won Buddhism UN & Interfaith Office participated in the World Interfaith Harmony Week Celebration at the UN
- NYC Interfaith Breakfast 2010
The Won Buddhism UN & Interfaith Office participated at the annual Mayor's Interfaith Breakfast. The breakfast is traditionally held at the historic New York Public Library building on 42nd Street and has long served to showcase the city's diversity during overlapping winter holidays
- Interfaith Dialogue
In 2010, Won Buddhism organised the Dialogue among Religions, Cultures and Civilization in Korea with sixty religious leaders from all over the world.
Main Focus Countries of Activities
New York, NY, USA - Iksan City, South Korea - Seoul, South Korea - New York, NY, USA - New York, NY, USA - Seoul, South Korea