Victoria: WOMEN WITH WISDOM

WOMEN WITH WISDOM is night of music and inspirational conversation with Tencho Gyatso, daughter of Jetsun Pema La (Younger sister of His Holiness Dalai Lama), Meshel Laurie, Kerry Armstrong, Tenzin Choegyal and the Tarella Strings, moderated by Gabriel Lafitte.

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Gyuto Monks of Tibet return to Fremantle

The Gyuto Monks of Tibet have been touring Australia and will return to Fremantle, Western Australia for their Farewell Tour: Concert, Meditation Retreat & Cricket Match. Thereafter, the monks will depart Australia and return to their own monastery in Tibet.

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Brisbane: 2015 Festival of Tibet

Tenzin Gyatso

The 2015 Festival of Tibet will be held in honour of HH Dalai Lama’s 80th Birthday at Brisbane Powerhouse Museum, 19 – 25 Jan 2015. “In our struggle for freedom, truth is the only weapon we possess.” – HH the 14th Dalai Lama

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Message from the Secretary General

Rev. W. Vendley, Secretary-General, Religions for Peace

Dear Friends,

Religious believers and men and women of good will are rightly troubled by the fact that religions are increasingly being used in support of violent extremism. Perversely, religions-typically understood by their followers as the foundation of human dignity-are being used to justify killing others.

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NSW: Service for Siege Victims

Mona Vale Baha'i Temple

The Sunday service at the Baha’i House of Worship in Sydney on 21 December will be dedicated to prayers for the innocent lives lost this week in Sydney and elsewhere in the world, and for the unity of the entire Australian community.

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Mad or bad: the inadequacy of the lone wolf theory

Radical Muslim cleric goes unchecked

Religiously motivated terrorism and psychological imbalance are not mutually exclusive. Viewing the tragedy in the Lindt Café as a ‘one-off’ by a ‘maddy’ is dangerous wishful thinking, writes Rachael Kohn.

Rachel Kohn, host of the ABC Radio National program The Spirit of Things is a regular participant at meetings of Religions for Peace NSW Branch. Rachael Kohn also recently chaired a panel at the recent Interfaith G20. Here, we bring you Rachel Kohn’s reflections from The Drum.

The hostage taking in the Lindt Café in Martin Place, Sydney, which resulted in three dead – two innocent victims and the perpetrator – has prompted observations that the lone gunman should be viewed as mad rather than bad.

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FAITH LEADERS CALL FOR PEACE AND UNITY

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The members of the Victorian Multifaith Advisory Group (MAG) and the Faith Communities Council of Victoria (FCCV) offer their deepest condolences and sympathies to the victims of the Sydney hostage crisis and their families. They also extend their sincere gratitude to the police and emergency services personnel who put their lives at risk in the service of others.

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Together for Humanity

religious leaders at lakembah mosque

Religious leaders are joined together in prayer as a hostage incident in Sydney was unfolding and urged their followers to do the same. Members of Religions for Peace NSW Branch attended a multifaith prayer service at Lakemba Mosque.

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End the Danger and Moral Tyranny of Nuclear Weapons

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“The prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons is a deeply spiritual and moral imperative,” stated Dr. William F. Vendley, Secretary General, Religions for Peace-International (RfP), at the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons convened by the Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, Federal Ministry of the Republic of Austria.

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