Monday, 19 March 2012

The Buddha in Kenya

Now this is a bit different......
Two tall Samburu warriors light the fire for the World Peace ceremony in Kenya in front of a reclining Buddha statue.

The 10th anniversary of the UN Global Peace Initiative of Women (GPIW) was celebrated in Laikipia, Kenya earlier this month.

The Global Peace Initiative has a three-fold focus: Deepening inter-religious dialogue; leadership training for youth and raising environmental concerns. It also aims to raise awareness of global issues such as climate change, environmental degradation, poverty and conflict.

Following the lighting of the fire a Fire and Water ceremony was performed by Her Holiness Shinso Ito head of the Shinnyo-en school of Japanese Buddhism. The ceremony created by Shinso Ito is based on an ancient fire ritual (Homa) performed in various forms in Hindu, Tibetan and Japanese Buddhist and Jain traditions.

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