Monday, 21st September 2020, Leuven, Belgium: Lumbini-Kapilvastu Global Campaign Belgium (LKGCB) members celebrated 2020 International Day of Peace by arranging online meetings and spreading messages of compassion, kindness and hope in the face of COVID-19 pandemic through social media platforms. Dr. Rajendra Bari, general secretary of LKGCB, welcomed all meeting participants and emphasized the need to promote peace as well as address mental health issues that people are facing because of COVID-19 pandemic. Dr Bari also shared appropriate images of Buddha and his quotes aimed at promoting inner peace via social media platforms. Dr Bari also mentioned that LKGCB activities are important to promote peace and spread messages of kindness and hope.
Every year on September 21, the International Day of Peace is celebrated around the world. The United Nations (UN) General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire. The 2020 theme for the International Day of Peace is “Shaping Peace Together.”
Speaking during the meeting, Mr Damodar Prasad Acharya, chairman of LKGCB mentioned that COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world around us. More than ever, we need to work together to address various kinds of challenges we face today. LKGCB urges people to follow Buddha’s messages of peace and stand together with the UN against attempts to use the virus to promote discrimination or hatred.
As Lord Buddha said – “Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace”, LKGCB advocates for all kinds of peace and non-violence messages of Buddha for promoting peace around our world. In the concluding remarks, Mr Acharya thanked all meeting participants for their active contribution to promote peace and hope among all people.
During this difficult time, LKGCB requests all to work together towards global harmony and world peace using non-violent messages and teachings of Lord Buddha.