Honoring the practice of cultivating a peaceful heart one million children assembled at the Dhammakaya Temple in Thailand to meditate on how they can make the world a better place.
The event known as V Star Day is a combination of silent reflection, prayer and joyful singing after which the children get to use the rest of the school year to practice activities in which they will be of service and benefit to others.
In the words of the Temple’s residing Abbot: " When the mind of each person in this world knows true peace, the world will know peace. Love and good intention for mankind will arise and we will become the center of peace for people around us, like the sun shining warm light to big and small stars, both near and far."
Dhammakaya essentially means ' True Self ' and Dhammakaya Meditation or Middle Way Meditation, as it is sometimes known, represents a path towards self-discovery, relaxation and purification of the mind.
The practice of Dharma, as it is more commonly known in the US is the practice of seeing and loving things as they are, as they naturally arise and without judgment. What this type of practice establishes is a happiness free of external factors, a happiness that is self - sustaining. This way, with little or no effort the mind becomes gentler and kinder and good wholesome habits naturally arise.
If we can instill these jewels of wisdom in the hearts of our children at a young age we will bear a generation of open hearted, flexible thinkers capable of forging new solutions to old problems. Integrating this approach into the education of our children today will allow them to develop the skills necessary to flourish in the 21st century where compassion empathy and mindfulness should become an integral part of the curriculum.
It is stillness within that changes the world. When we promote happiness and freedom in people’s lives we create everlasting peace in the world. One picture speaks a thousand words..