THE HIMALAYAS TO THE DARLING DOWNS: CITIES OF PEACE AND HARMONY
Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 30, 2012
Lumbini, Nepal, the Buddha’s birthplace is a small poor hamlet that is set to be reborn as a model city of peace and harmony and its designer, internationally renowned architect, political scientist and educator Kwaak Young Hoon brings his mega vision and high spiritual ideals to realise the plan.
Toowoomba, Queensland is a wealthy agricultural town, known for its annual Carnival of Flowers and a bit of a ‘red neck’ reputation. But if the vision of Master Chin Kung of Pure Land Learning College garners enough support it will become a leading example of a multi-faith community that lives in peace and harmony.
Interfaith forums and weekly friendship dinners have become an institution, and local and state government spokesmen are already behind the plan. Stephan Tang of the PLLC outlines the vision, and local police officer Scott McGrath and Councillor Geoff McDonald explain why they are hopeful.
Professor Kwaak Young Hoon
One of Korea’s best known architects, member of the Assembly of Olympeace (the spirit of the Olympics joined with humanity’s yearning for peace), he planned and supervised the redevelopment of the Han River Waterfront and the construction of Olympic Park, Seoul. He is the architect for a redesigned Lumbini, Nepal (the Buddha’s birthplace) as an international city of peace.
Secretary of the Pure Land Learning College, Toowoomba, Queensland.
Councillor Geoff McDonald
Chair, Environment and Community, Toowoomba Regional Council.
Crime Prevention officer and Deputy Chair of the PCYC, Toowoomba, Queensland.
The Reverend Jonathan Inkpin
Rector of St Luke’s Anglican Parish, Toowoomba, interfaith activist in the Parliament of the World’s Religions 2009, and with the Pure Land Learning College, Toowoomba.
A vision and perspective of Lumbini as a world peace city, from the Second World Buddhist Summit, 2004.
Dr Rachael Kohn
Dr Rachael Kohn / Geoff Wood