The Symposium “Peace Now! Making peace in difficult times” should encourage us not to give up hope and not to let ourselves be swept away by constant uncertainty, the aggravation of fears, and a growing manipulation of our thinking and feeling. If we do not want to be involved in these destructive and socially divisive activities any longer, then it is up to each of us to remember our real good heart as human beings and to act on it.

Many women and men have started initiatives in various sectors of society and have begun to shape a good future for us all. Only a few of them could be invited to this symposium, but the speakers and the leaders of the workshops will offer a wide range of insights into what is possible and how we can actively and effectively contribute.

Even if the symposium is organised by a Buddhist community, it is not a question of faith or religious attitudes. Rather, it is about grasping the basis for every contribution to a good society within ourselves. On closer examination, we can not help but realize that we must first cultivate and nurture this core in our hearts in order to make a meaningful social contribution at all. It is about networking and supporting each other so that we can go forward in shaping a good future together.

„We humans have come to a crossroads in our history: We can either destroy the world or create a good future. Our ecosystem is in a precarious and fragile state, and our future depends on our actions as a species. At this time, many of us feel overwhelmed by the day-to-day. We don’t have the time or energy to contemplate personal or social principles, and we may feel helpless in terms of shifting the future.

How we move forward cannot depend on one spiritual tradition, economy, or political system, but rather should depend on who we feel we are, both personally and socially. In this light, human nature is the most important global issue.“

(Quote from: Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, The Shambhala Principle, ISBN 978-0770437459)