We, The Peace Club
The Peace Club is based in Dunedin at the University of Otago and Otago Polytechnic. The Peace Club is open for everyone to join, regardless of their religion, belief, gender or age. We expect that whoever participates in our events will realise their own inner peace and pass that on to others in society so that they can find real peace within themselves. Inner peace can inspire people to share peace, loving-kindness and compassion to their societies, and can encourage people to think more about peace and to create more activities around the issue of peace in society.
Those who seek peace have long debated how world peace should begin. They have examined various environmental factors such as ecology, food supply, access to medicine, laws, limitation of nuclear weapons , treaties, technology, political stability, the economy, society and poverty.
Despite such close and detailed examinations, they have failed to notice that the origin of peace is much closer than any of those factors they have studied. The starting point of peace is within them. The dream of world peace will never come true if the dreamer is unable to find his or her own inner contentment.
Once everyone experiences inner happiness, true world peace will occur. When the defilements in the hearts of humans are totally eliminated, things that were once beyond our imagination, like world peace, are suddenly possible and within reach. All it takes is to accomplish that first step – which is to practice meditation to experience the source of inner happiness. This knowledge is as ancient as the human race.
Happiness from within can be attained by quietly stilling the mind at the centre of one’s body. The deeper you sink into this peace and calm found at the centre of each one of us, the more it expands outwards to our loved ones, family, friends, and society, without limits – like the sun that radiates its brilliance throughout the universe.
If everyone meditated, the results will be magnified; encircling entire countries and even the whole world. Imagine a world of peace. Police, soldiers and the criminal justice system will no longer be necessary when all we feel towards one another is joy and friendship. War, terrorism greed and ignorance would be eradicated.
Achieving World Peace
World peace begins with us. It does not require money, international schemes or treaties to bring about this plan of peace. It starts by first bringing our mind to a standstill, then spreading this peace to the world. Every good thing begins with us when we still our mind at the centre of the body at the seventh base of the mind. When our minds are at peace, the process of achieving world peace will not be difficult.
Peace is not just the absence of conflict but the prevalence of justice. It’s about hope opportunity, empowerment and dignity. Peace guarantees the world is preserved for generation to come by ending poverty combating climate change and fighting injustice and inequality. Peace is the ability to differ in opinion, culture, religion, ethnicity, ideology and live united in the same community.
Let’s make peace possible!
It’s about how we act toward one another in the face of challenges instability and terror. Peace is about respect for human dignity, respect for human life, respect for neighbours and strangers alike. A threat to peace anywhere is a threat to peace everywhere. We must think of ourselves as global citizens and not just citizens of our community and country. For peace to prevail we must bring hope to the hopeless, opportunity to the underserved, empowerment to the oppressed, and dignity to the disrespected. The conditions that threaten peace are man-made and it will be the actions of global citizens that reverse these conditions. Now is the time to mobilize people from around the world to commit to creating peace. We must create awareness, advocate for peaceful communities, and take action together. Let’s make peace possible!