Au Coeur des Nations pour La Paix - In the Heart of Nations for Peace
Le Cercle de Réflexion

Religious Meeting for Peace in the World

Islam Buddhism - Asia Arab World
December 18-22, 2006

Faith and Reason, Joy and Convergence

……..such as we can characterize this religious meeting between Islam and Buddhism, between Asia and the Arab World for world peace, in Morocco, December18 to 22, 2006.

This great moment of convergence is due to the inspirations of certain individuals and the team who is committed and devoted to building peace in the world.

 - H.E. Si Ahmed Abaddi: Secretary-general of Rabita Mohammadia of Oulémas,

- H.E. Professor Rachid Benmokhtar Benabdallah: President of Al Akhawayn University,

- H.E. Hassan AOURID: Wali (Governor) of the Meknes area - Tafilalet.

- Most Venerable Thich Chon Thien: Director of the Department of the Education of monks and nuns of Vietnam, deputy to the French National Assembly (Vietnam)

- Pr. Huu Dong Nguyen: Statesman of Vietnam, President of the Commission “Strategy and International Affairs” of Cercle de Reflexions des Nations

- Jacques Coudy: Advisor in Europe of the Vietnamese delegation

- Dr. Michel Thao Chan: Président of Cercle de Reflexion des Nations (CRN)

- Ms. Soraya Ayouch: Coordinator of the program of the ` Doctorate of Peace Administration'           (DPA)

- Keo Douang: President of Securitas Systems, France, and Advisor to President of CRN.

The delegation visited cities, institutions and university in Morocco:

- Rabat, Marrakech, Ifrane, Casablanca, Meknes

- Mausoleum de Mohamed V and of Hassan II, Bab Mansour El Mansour, Heri be Souani, Mausoleum Moulay Ismaïl

- Association Yad El Hanna, Association Ikhouan Safa

- Al Akhawayn University of Ifrane  

 

 

 

 

 

MONDAY DECEMBRE 18,  2006

 

1- Work Meeting with Rabita Mohammadia of Oulémas of Morocco

The discussions that unfolded during the inter-religious meetings illuminated our main challenge to date: ` We do not know yet how to vibrate in union with others or to sincerely acknowledge the point of view of others. We have not yet made a sincere effort to understand the convictions of our neighbours, and to suspend our thoughts and feelings.” It is based upon this challenge that Si Abaddi and Most Venerable Thich Chon Thien came to a consensus.

Harmony is as a pre-requisite and the acquisition of harmony have to integrate spiritual experiment passing beyond the limits of personal symbols essential in each religion. By habit we try to establish this harmony by giving to the Scripture, an arbitrary interpretation.

Isn't the essence of all the Scripture to encourage Man to engage in a form of discipline where he can acquire Truth during his existence?

Although the practices, initiations, and code of morals vary from one religion to another, the asceticism that is recommended across religion share a common link, that is, to transform  the personal individual in its realization for the search of the impersonal God.


"Joy and Secret "

The education of our time is incomplete and a shift in paradigm is necessary. Knowledge and fostering of human development must integrate:

 - unselfishness love, or unlimited love

-  unlimited goodwill and the unshakeable faith  

-  theory and the existential experiment of self supreme or merge with other paradigms (omni-science, omni-love, and the omni-spirit).

The awakening of this knowledge opens the source of creation, which is itself the ` source of civilisation'. This structure of this educational paradigm belongs to and is the responsibility of religion.

 2 Meeting with the Journalists of national weekly magazines and the Press

(Hassan Tour in Rabat)

In the presence of the journalists of Morocco

 - L’Opinion'

 - Le Matin du Sahara et du Maghreb

- Aujourd’hui le Maroc

Questions/debates/discussions  è see Synthesis

 

 

 

 

 

 

TUESDAY DECEMBRE 19, 2006

 

 

1 Morocco TV 2M

Interviews of the Most Venerable Thich Chon Thien, the President of the CRN and Sheik Abaddi. Interviews are transmitted on the channel 2M Wednesday evening of December 20

2 Meeting with the eminent scientists in the Association of "Yad El Henna (Marrakech)


"Joy and Knowledge"
organized by President Dr. Abdessalam Damoussi and his team.
- Sheikh Abaddi, Most Venerable Thich Chon Thien, Dr. Michel Thao Chan


The message and the prayer which we all shared with those of Sheik Abaddi, are that each being,

according to their religion, must endeavour to carry out a right life

 to receive the blessing of the Divine Presence

 

 

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 20, 2006

 

MEKNES: Historical town, world inheritance established by UNESCO since 1996

1 Conference and debates discusses with the intellectuals and the members of Association Ikhouan SAFA (brothers of purity)


"Sharing and Knowledge"
H.E. Hassan Aourid (Wali de Meknès-Tafilalet) - Very worthy Thich Chon Thien (Vietnam)
- Dr. Michel Thao Chan (President of the CRN) - Pr. Nguyen Huu Dong (Vietnam, CRN) `

 


The big family in ‘El Mansour' Palace - MEKNES

 

 

IFRANE, Al Akhawayn University of Ifrane

"A great moment of exchange and compassion"
- H.E. Professor Benmokhtar Benabdellah (President of AUI)
- Most Venerable Thich Chon Thien (Vietnam
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"Companions of prayer"
Al Mosque Akhawayn University of Ifrane
The Imam of Ifrane and the Most Venerable of Vietnam

 


"Together Prayer, Meditation and Contemplation in the Mecque’s direction
at Al Akhawayn University mosque in Ifrane

 

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Synthesis of Questions - Answers

The interviews, discussions and debates explored several fields: science, education, sustainable development, world peace, faith and reason, Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, Zoroastrism and Hinduism.

3 series of questions arose at the time of these meetings:

1- Is Buddhism a religion?

2- Why the choice of Morocco, as the gate entry to the Arab World?

3- How to integrate spirituality in education?

1- Is Buddhism a religion?

Buddhism cannot be defined as a religion when religion is associated with the existence of a deistic or theological God. On the other hand, if religion is defined as a Way, a discipline of science' aspiring us towards the awareness of the ultimate reality of oneself as divine, then Buddhism is a religion,

2- Why the choice of Morocco, as the gate entry to Arab World?

First of all, we wish to express our warm greetings to the respected leaders and honourable guests. We are here in Morocco to express all our best regards, and we sincerely hope to hear your suggestions and ideas in order to study, understand, and spread these ideas at a greater scale in our country and in Asia.

The history of Morocco presents some similarities to that of Vietnam: the strong identity of the people and the capacity to resist invaders. It is a country recognized internationally as a country of peace, and a crossroad of civilization and cultures. It represents a moral and spiritual power in its image of tolerance and hospitality.

The anchor in the formation of the peace ` Doctor Leaders' is in the rooting process in Islam soil, in Asia and in the world with the 3 pillars representing a new approach to peace building and the fostering of happiness in all human beings:

We believe firmly that today is an auspicious time to realize the founding projects for the future of the life on this planet because spirituality will increasingly be the primary force in development, as compared to economics and politics.

This religious meeting inspired by men of faith makes it possible to bridge Islam and Buddhism, Asia and the Arab World in a generative vision for peace and stability;

Additionally, 3 subjects concern specifically the persons in charge of religion and of human sociology that Morocco and Vietnam can work in synergy:

1- The safety for life on this earth which is being deeply damaged by pollution. It is of primary importance that religious people meet often to exchange and to find the co-operative issues in order to save the life on this earth, and because the primary source of destruction is caused by the human beings themselves.

2- Happiness is the principal aspiration of all human beings. Man was born to be happy and not to live in worry, sadness and suffering. This must be the nodal point of the religions.

3-The relationship between human beings and their environment presents an impact on the conservation and the life development of this earth.

It is the same for religion. If the principles of religions could articulate themselves, their contribution to the resolution of the social crises, morality and the viability of the environment would not be neglected. The harmonious relationship between the nations and the regions will be balanced, and will have common developmental goals.

 

For this reason we come in your splendid country, to share,

to learn and to move forward

 

 

3 How to integrate spirituality in education and development?

Culture is what contributes to characterize and define humanity in society. Culture and civilisation are also the fruits of education. For this reason, discussion on the role of education is at the root of culture and civilisation.

Man was born on this earth for happiness and joy and not for sadness and suffering. The goal of education is to help individuals realize their happiness in this world. To achieve this goal, education must provide two foundations: the ‘being human’ and the ‘social human’.

To feel happiness, the being human needs to know itself perfectly (to understand its capacities, its desires, its wishes), to know the others, as well as the multiple interconnections existing between him and the surrounding world.

With these assets, it can manage its life and experience joy and happiness.

The social being, in particular in the leaders, is the product of its interactions with others and the environment. It requires the acquisition of a specific knowledge, an engagement at work, the capacity to build in the company and to meet the needs for the Nation, the maintenance of peace, the co-operation and the total life on ground.

To train the man as a whole is what education must contribute.

That requires some modifications in the education systems, their contents and the structuring state of mind:

-  Integration of the competing and competitive spirit with the co-operative spirit  

- Promotion of universal principles and ethics in coordination with economic, trade, and global development

 - Inclusion of sustainable development issues concerning the protection of the earth

- Facilitation of development of wisdom not limited by mental and social knowledge.

By observing the current state of nature, companies, and business world, we note two essential components having an impact on the existing facts. These two components are:

 - component of man as autonomous, independent, individualistic

 - component of man as interconnected, collectivistic

Today, world economics and trade occur at an extremely rapid and accelerating rate. As a result, many aspects of cultural development and religious development are neglected and forgotten. Additionally, the competition objective and profit on a large scale can block the social organizations and the co-operative spirit of the Nations.

It is in this direction of education and discipline that religion, focusing on ‘Duty of Man’ ‘Duty of Human Being’ in various forms, can act and reconcile by harmonizing all the forces, powers as well as their interactions.

 


Synthesis and Opinion

Religious Meeting for Peace in the World

Islam Buddhism – Asia Arab World

December 18 -22, 2006

Faith and Reason, Joy and Convergence

Today the process of destruction of life on this planet is alarming, and these eminent persons, conscious and worried, wished to link their joint efforts in this religious meeting for peace in the World.

(See declaration at the United Nations, New York, March 1, 2006 by the CRN: the Duty of the Man)

- Sheik Ahmed Abaddi, Secretary-general of Rabita Mohammadia of Oulémas, ex-Director of the Islamic Businesses to the Ministry representing the Worship in Morocco.

- Most Venerable Thich Chon Thien, representing Buddhism of Vietnam and Asia. He was the Secretary of the first Patriarch of Vietnam, today Director of the Department of the National Education of the monks and nuns and Deputy at the National Assembly

Faith and Reason

In our modern world some subjects often raise burning controversies:

- Why religion, and which religion is true?

- What religion, as affirm by some devotees, contains all the truth whereas others would not have the right to declare similar claims?

Some people think that their religion has the exclusive privilege to teach the Truth and continue to deny the validity of other religions. Some religions are more tolerant, make some concessions: they recognize that other religions contain a grain of truth, but they remain convinced that only their religion holds all the Truth.

The inter-religious conferences and its round tables among monks, scientists, philosophers, thinkers, and educators will continue to run for centuries to come. These meetings however reveal major aspects of the duality and judgements which are maintained particularly by religions.

In this sense, these meetings reinforce in a more subtle way our duality and judgements which have direct consequence on our thoughts that our religion professes more of the Truth than that of our neighbours.

To understand another religion, it is advisable to learn how to see through the eyes of its faithful devotee. Nobody can approach a complete knowledge of God if he does not have experience of the other paths than his own. The more he has experiences on other paths, the more his spiritual life becomes complete as well as his contribution to the collective life.

All the religions have legitimate steps leading to the Truth; none has itself the unique path of universality; each one is a message which, at a certain time, was delivered to the collective.

If one wanted to apply one Revelation of the scripture to all of human societies, he would be imposing his own understanding which would only serve to disconnect rather than connect.

 

 

 

The spiritual experiment must be the base of the true religious comprehension and not a simple tolerance or a social need

Observing one Revelation (or any revelation) presents two aspects: one universal and the other particular

The universal aspect is the language used to encourage the human heart to search the Ultimate Reality, the communion with God. By listening to it, we are inspire to engage ourselves on the way of the mystical experiment, the innumerable path of pious people; In spite of distinct beliefs between different beliefs and symbols we felt an exaltation of the heart where our consciousness is in a state higher than that of our usual behaviour full of judgement, pre-judgment and duality.

This mode of spiritual awakening allows us to advance on the self-knowledge and the reality of the inter-connecting between human being. At the same time, this knowledge grows and makes it possible for us to advance towards this search and this truth beyond the barriers of language.

Here the discussions and the arguments can neither prove nor dismiss.

Also, each religion, prescribes it a certain kind of asceticism aiming to this high frame of mind with the practice of the disciplines, teaching to dominate the directions and complying with rules morals and spiritual exercises.

The particular aspect (or individual) is reported to the myths, the rites, the traditions and the ceremonies, that people translate into concrete facts of his religious concepts. They are part of the history of people or a broad group of people.

One can enumerate:

- origins history to the arrival of certain races, expressing the authority which the revelation confers, of the beliefs and the dogmas, which in spite of their divergences, join all a manner of living according to the spirit

- relative legends of the various saints and divinities

- means that the faithful ones were to employ to reconcile the benevolence of God

- code of existence to which man was to subject himself to enjoy and to experience a more complete happiness

- social hierarchy which involves multiple obligations

- description of the worlds which one reaches after death

- place which the human being occupies there, the reincarnation It is clear that by calling upon the authority of only one revelation of the Scripture, while trying to impose on all the races in this Earth, the beliefs which are particular; one would introduce at the same time, in the structure the national characters, the heterogeneous and disparate elements.

 Early or late one has to expect majordisorders

Making Universal the application the ‘particular aspect’ of these concepts would attack directly the social virtues which have the roots of the people with their specific characters.

 


"Joy & Convergence"

On the contrary if we seek in the religion, the universal principles guiding the spiritual aspirations of all men, we will be rewarded for our effort in all religious meetings for peace in the world. The religious harmony must become the plenitude of the divine creativity and an immense potentiality for the well being of humanity .

 

 

 

Michel Thao Chan