PEACE IN, PEACE OUT IN BANGLADESH WITH SOUTH ASIAN YOUTH SOCIETY

They say you cannot find peace in Google as peace is inside. Once we have established peace within ourselves we can spread it to our surroundings. This is the premise behind the inner peace workshop arranged by South Asian Youth Society (SAYS) on 2nd of October 2014 at the EMK Center, Dhaka. The event Peace In, Peace Out was a unique initiative by any youth group in Bangladesh as it incorporated lectures and guided meditation as a means to cultivate inner peace.

Why meditation, you may ask. It is basically a technique to still our monkey mind. Once we achieve this, we also get clarity, thus our thoughts and actions would be based on a clear mind. With the right thoughts, humans can change their lives and destiny. Additionally, right and positive thoughts are also our guiding principles, which are universal and applicable to all efforts towards peace building.

SAYS is a leading youth group in Bangladesh that connects young people, students and young professionals across institutions. It aims to restore peace and prosperity in the South Asian region, by focusing on individual growth, leadership,development and youth enterprise. Because peace in the region is not possible before having peace within, SAYS collaborated with Peace Revolution, a project launched in 2008 from Thailand to expose young people to the culture and practice of mindfulness through meditation. Peace In, Peace Out, or PIPO as it is commonly called is a term coined by Peace Revolution which is a project of World Peace Initiative and Dhammakaya Temple in Thailand. The PIPO campaign is no rocket science it is based on meditation practice, cultivating optimism in life and the acts of

Peace In, Peace Out, or PIPO as it is commonly called, is a term coined by Peace Revolution which is a project of World Peace Initiative Foundation in Thailand. The PIPO campaign is no rocket science. It is based on meditation practice, cultivating optimism in life and the acts of self-discipline. They have designed a creative self-development program to enhance clarity of thought, self-awareness and mindful living. Interestingly, they teach that meditation goes beyond the session when we close our eyes, relax and streamline our thoughts to a single dot. In 24 hours throughout the day we can practice thoughtful behaviour,how we clean our surroundings, use mindful speech, to little actions in day to day life done in a more careful manner.

Peace Revolution organizes fellowships twice a year. Those who complete the 42 days of the online self-development program in their website are eligible to apply for the two-week event. Its fellowship graduates spread inner peace withtheir families, friends and their community. Thus, it was a great opportunity for a youth group in Bangladesh to collaborate with Peace Revolution to give young people a chance to meet a Thai monk, and understand the basics of meditative practices to enhance their self-awareness .

The Thai monk who gave the lecture and guided the short meditation in the event is a very inspiring and interesting individual. His name is Pasura Dantamano, who was born in December 31, 1977. He is a graduate of International Relations from Thammasat University in Thailand.

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  1. I like the very first line of this post: They say you cannot find peace in Google as peace is inside

    Nice creation. bhai.

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