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Mahabodhi Inter-religious harmony programmes
 
gurujiThe great Emperor Ashoka said

One should not honour only one’s own religion and condemn the religion of others… Whosoever honours his own religion, and condemns other religions, does so indeed through devotion to his own religion, thinking “I will glorify my own religion”, but on the contrary, in so doing, he injures his own doctrines professed by others”.
Religions may appear quite different on the surface but their core teachings are often very similar. Keeping in view the specific needs of the people, time, age and region, certain common rules, regulations and principles have been laid down by all the great religious teachers. As Guruji Ven. Sangasena Mahanayaka Thera emphasizes, Different religions should be considered like different flowers. The colours and shapes of flowers may be different, but all are flowers nevertheless. The more flowers that exist in the garden, the more beautiful that garden will be. The teachings of all the religions are sacred and are but facets of one truth.

Mahabodhi International Meditation Centre is one of the first organizations in Ladakh region to have organized Interfaith / Inter- Religious meetings, dialogues and seminars in Ladakh.

gurujiGuruji Ven. Bhikkhu Sanghasena Mahanayaka Thera spear heads the interfaith programmes in Ladakh by inviting different religious heads and international organizations working in the direction of peace, harmony and dialogue between religious groups for world Peace. MIMC has been an active member of the International Association for Religious Freedom (IARF) and the International Association of Liberal Religious Women (IALRW) since 1996. When the IARF was founded in 1900 it stood almost alone as an interfaith community and the uniqueness of its World Congresses attracted thousands. The IARF Ladakh chapter was formally inaugurated in 1998. The IARF Ladakh Chapter has consistently encouraged dialogue between the different communities of Ladakh.

MIMC is also Associated with United Religious Initiative (URI),International Association of Liberal Religious Women (IALRW),  International Association of Educators for World Peace (IAEWP), Elijha Interfaith Instutute and Musium of World Religion and Guruji is regional Chapter/Branch head of these orgazinations working for peace through interfaith.
 
‘We are ever thankful to our Spiritual Masters who out of love and compassion, protect and guide us along the path of righteousness and liberation”  – Guruji Venerable Sanghasena Mahanayaka Thera.

Buddha taught :- Just as, with her own life, mother shields her only child, from hurt and pain, so let all embracing thoughts of love for all beings be yours.
Jesus Christ taught :- Resist not evil; but whosoever shall slap one cheek, turn the other too. And if your shirt is taken from you, give your coat too, let him have your cloak also, love your enemies, bless them, that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them that despitefully use you, and prosecute you.
Hinduism taught :- We should not do for others what we may not like for ourselves. He who feels at his own the joys, sufferings and sorrows of others, is a true religious man. The life giving breath of other beings is as dear to him as the breath of his own self.
Prophet Mohammed taught :- Do good to all the creatures, help the oppressed, and love your fellow beings. No one can be called as a Muslim unless he practices tolerance and accepts the essential truths of all other religions as true. The meaning of "Islam" is peace for all.
Guru Nanak taught :- Give up the ego idea, lead a pure and holy life, love and serve every being as your own self, practice humility, love, mercy and forbearance in abundance.
Mahavir taught :- Ahimsa Paramo Dharma not to injure any living being but to love all beings is the highest kind of Dharma.
Judaism taught :- You shall not kill, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. You shall not covet your neighbor's house, you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his men or maid servants, nor his ox, donkey, nor anything, that belongs to your neighbor.
Shinto taught :- See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil and do no evil. Evil deeds recoil on the doer. Give up pride and practice kindness and love to one and all.
Confucius taught :- Blame yourself as you would blame others; excuse others as you would excuse yourself. Obedience is better than reverence.
Taoism taught :- Always accumulate virtues. Treat all with love and gentleness. Respect elder and the aged, and love all younger than you. Do not injure any living being, always be compassionate.

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